In 1975, I turned fifteen. The Nebula Award for best novel went to Joe Haldeman for his excellent book, THE FOREVER WAR. Everyone who won a Nebula in any category that year was male. But there was a bright pink light. Ursula K. LeGuin won the Hugo for THE DISPOSSESSED. She was the only woman on the final ballot, and she aced it. By then, I already knew I wanted to be a science fiction writer. Most of my role models were men, but there were women. Ursula was one. C.J. Cherryh was another, and Vonda MacIntyre. But it’s also clear from any list about SF from the 1970’s that male authors outnumbered and outsold women in aggregate.
In the 1980’s Connie Willis, Kate Wilhelm, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Nancy Kress started showing up with awards, and some of them haven’t stepped off the award shortlists since then.~ read more ~