According to a recent list posted on, the top 10 fantasy writers of all time are men. J.R.R. Tolkien, author of “Lord of the Rings,” and Robert E. Howard, creator of “Conan the Barbarian,” top the list.

A similar list, “All-Time Top 20 Science Fiction Novels,” on listed works by 19 male authors, including “Dune,” by Frank Herbert; “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,” by Robert A. Heinlein; and “The Foundation Trilogy,” by Isaac Asimov — as the three best sci-fi novels ever.

“The Left Hand of Darkness,” by Ursula K. Le Guin, proved the exception.

However dated or sexist these “top” lists may or may not be, science fiction and fantasy is no longer just a man’s game.

Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series just scratch the surface of women’s growing contributions to both genres.

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It’s great to see that women are being recognized for their work in genres that men had the lead on. What do you think of this?