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Beginning with authors who got their start in the 1980s:



Italicize the authors you've heard of before reading this list of authors, bold the ones you've read at least one work by, underline the ones of whose work you own at least one example of. Come up with improvements to flavour your versions.


Marcia J. Bennett
Mary Brown
Lois McMaster Bujold
Emma Bull
Pat Cadigan

Isobelle Carmody
Brenda W. Clough
Kara Dalkey
Pamela Dean

Susan Dexter
Carole Nelson Douglas
Debra Doyle

Claudia J. Edwards
Doris Egan
Ru Emerson
C.S. Friedman

Anne Gay
Sheila Gilluly
Carolyn Ives Gilman
Lisa Goldstein
Nicola Griffith

Karen Haber
Barbara Hambly
Dorothy Heydt (AKA Katherine Blake)
P.C. Hodgell
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Tanya Huff
Kij Johnson
Janet Kagan

Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
Katharine Kerr
Peg Kerr

Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
Rosemary Kirstein
Ellen Kushner
Mercedes Lackey
Sharon Lee
Megan Lindholm*
R.A. MacAvoy

Laurie J. Marks
Maureen McHugh

Dee Morrison Meaney
Elizabeth Moon
Paula Helm Murray
Rebecca Ore
Tamora Pierce
Alis Rasmussen (AKA Kate Elliott)
Melanie Rawn
Mickey Zucker Reichert
Jennifer Roberson
Michaela Roessner

Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Melissa Scott
Eluki Bes Shahar (AKA Rosemary Edghill)

Nisi Shawl
Delia Sherman
Josepha Sherman
Sherwood Smith
Melinda Snodgrass
Midori Snyder

Sara Stamey
Caroline Stevermer
Martha Soukup
Judith Tarr
Sheri S. Tepper

Prof. Mary Turzillo
Paula Volsky
Deborah Wheeler (Deborah J. Ross)
Freda Warrington
K.D. Wentworth
Janny Wurts
Patricia Wrede


I apologize to those I don't recognize.

* She has one story in the 1970s but what the hell.

Date: 2011-06-30 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/krin_o_o_/
All this and the death of Disco... The 80's were a good decade indeed.

Date: 2011-06-30 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caper-est.livejournal.com
Public service announcement in this connection, in case anybody needs it: Katherine Blake = Dorothy Heydt. My former ignorance of this very nearly cost me a read of The Interior Life, a book I would have been all ways poorer for missing.

Date: 2011-06-30 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thistleingrey.livejournal.com
Similarly: I'd identify Rasmussen as Kate Elliott and bes Shahar as Rosemary Edghill.

Also, I believe that K. Kerr spells her given name Katharine, not Katherine.

Date: 2011-06-30 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] davidgoldfarb.livejournal.com
Looks like you have an unclosed underline tag after C. S. Friedman.

Date: 2011-06-30 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arkessian.livejournal.com
We've missed Debra Doyle.

Date: 2011-07-01 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isfdb.livejournal.com
Seems to be there now? Although as far as we at ISFDB know, 80s appearances were only as "Robyn Tallis".

From my shelves

Date: 2011-06-30 09:30 pm (UTC)
ext_6283: Brush the wandering hedgehog by the fire (Default)
From: [identity profile] oursin.livejournal.com
Marti Steussy
Leslie Gadallah
appear to have been publishing from the 1980s.

Plus, I don't think Joyce Ballou Gregorian was in the 70s list?

Date: 2011-07-01 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tekalynn.livejournal.com
For what it's worth, Poppy Z. Brite identifies as male, and did as far back at least as the 1990s (AFAIK).
From: [identity profile] isfdb.livejournal.com
This is the possibly perfect example of why we haven't got a "Gender" field on Authors in ISFDB. (Probably the second most requested improvement for such after "Ordering Co-Authors as stated on the Publication"). We just don't care if it's "Kornbluth and Pohl" or "Pohl and Kornbluth". We do try and make sure people are credited as stated, and sometimes get into a dither over things like "Hank Stine" or "Jean Marie Stine" or "Jean Stine" as "Canonical" Name. For instance, we've bent over backwards to fix "John Grant" as opposed to "Eve Devereux" or "Paul Barnett" according to the author's preference. And will continue to try and respect author's preferences. Which reminds me: "James D. Nicoll" or "James Davis Nicoll"?
From: [identity profile] scott-sanford.livejournal.com
I was going to ask why, but apparently there are several James Nicolls.
From: [identity profile] james-nicoll.livejournal.com
And more: a grand uncle and his son for two and a 19th century painter for another.
From: [identity profile] isfdb.livejournal.com
"James Davis Nicoll" it is. I found a couple of Award nominations that were just "James Nicoll" and fixed those too.

Date: 2011-07-01 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juliansinger.livejournal.com
Oh, I just found a useful isfdb link, if you hadn't already. (/I/ sure hadn't.)

http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/index.php/Authors_By_Debut_Date

Date: 2011-07-01 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isfdb.livejournal.com
Actually, I just created that page due to a request from James. Feel free to request improvements or point out errors. I had to cut it down to "significant" authors based on having half-a-dozen titles published, but can provide the SQL for anybody wanting to run such intensive scripts offline with wider parameters.

Date: 2011-07-02 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juliansinger.livejournal.com
Oh, well, that explains it. Neat. Thanks. Even if you did have to cut it down.

Date: 2011-07-03 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isfdb.livejournal.com
Well, I could do fuller postings but would have to take them by Decade at most. 50,000 Authors makes for some VERY large pages! But as I said somewhere, anyone can download our data and query it anyway they want. I'm happy to help with such - I've spent a day updating our Database Schema documentation, and now reckon I understand about 2/3rds of our data. (I think we've got to the stage where NOBODY understands ALL of it.)

Date: 2011-07-02 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] james-nicoll.livejournal.com
I notice it does names alpha by first name: is there some way to do it by surname I am missing?

Date: 2011-07-03 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isfdb.livejournal.com
Yes, there's an "author_lastname" field we could sort by. It may not be perfect - it's auto-generated so may be tripped up by a final "PhD", for example, and I know there are bugs with apostrophes in the Author Directory - it's based on having two ASCII Letters at the start so "O'Donnell"s or "O'Reilly"s and such are screwed at present. :-( For small queries, I fix the results myself - but if it's a commonly desired query I'll try and improve the ISFDB interface. They let me code stuff now! (The founder seems to have mostly retired with his 2005 Wooden Rocket Award.)

Remember, ISFDB is something you can all contribute to, as well as use. We need more editors, and even if you only want to correct or add to your own bibliographies we'd appreciate the help.

Date: 2011-07-01 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] comrade-cat.livejournal.com
Thanks for posting more of the meme. :)

Date: 2011-07-01 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] comrade-cat.livejournal.com
Doris Egan is also Jane Emerson.

Date: 2011-07-01 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] comrade-cat.livejournal.com
I believe Judith Tarr is also Caitlin Brennan and Kathleen Bryan. (If she isn't, someone else is.)

Date: 2011-07-03 06:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jinty
I posted this on my journal as a meme and it was pointed out that Storm Constantine is missing.

Date: 2011-07-17 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peteyoung.livejournal.com
Megan Lindholm is AKA Robin Hobb. In fact I think she has the majority of her titles under that pseudonym.

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