A Poll

Dec. 5th, 2010 11:35 am
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A couple of months ago, Tricia Sullivan gave an interview in which, among other things, she discussed the fact that the proportion of Arthur C Clarke Awards going to women has nose-dived in the last ten years -- one winner between 2001 and 2010, compared to five between 1991 and 2000. I spun this off into a discussion at Torque Control, which eventually ranged far and wide over possible causes and effects.

As part of the follow-up to the discussion, and specifically as a counter to Gollancz's all-male "Future Classics" promotion of a couple of years ago, I've been running a poll to determine the best science fiction novels published in the last ten years by women. You can see examples of peoples' lists here and here, and I'll be announcing the overall top ten at [livejournal.com profile] torque_control over the next week, starting tomorrow.

So, this is a final trawl for votes! I'm looking for the top ten science fiction novels by women from the last ten years (2001-2010). You can email me, or fill in the poll below. All votes must be received by 23.59 on Sunday 5 December, that is, the end of today. I am looking for science fiction, as opposed to fantasy, because in the discussion it was generally felt that in the UK science fiction by women has a much harder time than fantasy by women. But your own definition of science fiction applies; whatever you think counts, counts. Also, you don't have to rank your nominations; they all get equal weighting. And if you only want to nominate five, or one, then please do so -- the ten will emerge from the wisdom of the crowd.

Thanks in advance for voting -- and feel free to link to this post.

[Poll #1653362]

Date: 2010-12-05 05:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rosefox
Published in the UK? Written by UK authors? Or any women anywhere?

Date: 2010-12-06 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coalescent.livejournal.com
I've answered this to Rose on Twitter, but for anyone else: Published anywhere, by writers from anywhere. As long as it's a novel, by a woman, and you consider it science fiction, and it was published between 2001 and 2010, it's fair game.

Date: 2010-12-06 06:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frogworth.livejournal.com
2001 and 2010 of course makes sense. That means that where I put Crescent City Rhapsody by Kathleen Ann Goonan, it does have to be Light Music.

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