Avani (avani) wrote,
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avani

RIP, Madeleine L'Engle

Thanks to L'Engle, I wanted to be an astrophysicist before I even knew what one was. She taught me that bunsen burners were cool, and that simultaneously liking both science and poetry didn't make you especially strange:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/08/books/07cnd-lengle.html?em&ex=1189483200&en=6085d935d8c5c173&ei=5087%0A

This has been a bad year for the major women in science fiction. I can't think of who is left aside from Le Guin and (somewhat) McCaffrey.

Edit:
I completely forgot about Connie Willis! The world is now a little brighter. (Doomsday Book has a solid spot on my top 50 list)

I included McCaffery for her Ship who Sang and her Pegasus in Flight serieses. I agree that most of her stuff is fantasy with psuedo-science backing it up, but imho those two are focused enough on science to make the cut.
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