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Reading list: Sci Fi/Fantasy Written by Women

Created by: Familiar Diversions

SFF by women tends not to be as visible as SFF by men. Also, when female authors are included in SFF book lists, it's usually the same authors over and over. I created this list to make it easier for people to find and try out more SFF by women. Most authors are listed only once, although there are a few exceptions, usually because I couldn't decide which of their books was the best one to include.

I've started to annotate the list, including things like subgenre, whether the book chosen is part of a series, and aspects of note. I'm still feeling my way around what information to include, and how to list it. Also, in many cases I'm writing annotations for things I haven't read. If you have any suggestions, feel free to comment.

Books: 303

1.
Arrows of the Queen - Mercedes Lackey
Arrows of the Queen
Note: One possible starting point in the epic fantasy series Lackey is best known for. This particular book features a fantasy school setting and fantasy animal companions (horses), although there are other books that include gryphons, birds of prey as animal companions, and a variety of magical and psychic abilities.
2.
Dragonflight - Anne McCaffrey
Dragonflight
Note: The first book in McCaffrey's Pern series, which features telepathic dragons that bond with their riders. The series occasionally reads like fantasy but is actually science fiction.
3.
In the Garden of Iden - Kage Baker
In the Garden of Iden
Note: The first book in the Company universe. Historical time travel science fiction.
4.
To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis
To Say Nothing of the Dog
Note: Comedy of manners time travel science fiction.
5.
The Cloud Roads - Martha Wells
The Cloud Roads
Note: First in the Books of the Raksura. Stars a shapeshifting character and is set in a world with no humans.
6.
A College of Magics - Caroline Stevermer
A College of Magics
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Witch World - Andre Norton
Witch World
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Cordelia's Honor - Lois McMaster Bujold
Cordelia's Honor
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Lilith's Brood: Dawn / Adulthood Rites / Imago - Octavia E. Butler
Lilith's Brood: Dawn / Adulthood Rites / Imago
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Daughter of the Blood - Anne Bishop
Daughter of the Blood
Note: The first book in a dark fantasy trilogy that later morphed into a larger series. In this world, characters have jewels of varying degrees of darkness, which determine their magical abilities and rank. Be warned, although there are lighter, more humorous moments, this series does include rape and child abuse.
11.
The Blue Sword - Robin McKinley
The Blue Sword
Note: Strong heroine, magnificent warhorses, a fantasy desert culture with a hint of magic, and a bit of romance at the end.
12.
Dragonsbane - Barbara Hambly
Dragonsbane
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The Deed of Paksenarrion Book 1: Sheepfarmer's Dau... - Elizabeth Moon
The Deed of Paksenarrion Book 1: Sheepfarmer's Daughter
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14.
Black Unicorn - Tanith Lee, Heather Cooper
Black Unicorn
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15.
The Baker's Boy - J.V. Jones
The Baker's Boy
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16.
Foreigner - C.J. Cherryh
Foreigner
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17.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
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18.
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
Ancillary Justice
Note: The protagonist is an AI who used to be a military starship with thousands of human bodies she could inhabit. Twenty years prior to the book's beginning, something happened that reduced her to living in a single human body.
19.
Beggars in Spain - Nancy Kress
Beggars in Spain
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20.
Sister Light, Sister Dark - Jane Yolen
Sister Light, Sister Dark
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21.
Swordspoint - Ellen Kushner
Swordspoint
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22.
War for the Oaks - Emma Bull
War for the Oaks
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23.
Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1) - Diana Wynne Jones
Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)
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24.
A Thousand Words for Stranger - Julie E. Czerneda
A Thousand Words for Stranger
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25.
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Dart
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26.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Note: A magical school story about a boy who suddenly learns that a hidden magical world exists and that he's a wizard.
27.
Ash: A Secret History - Mary Gentle
Ash: A Secret History
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28.
The Silver Metal Lover - Tanith Lee
The Silver Metal Lover
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29.
Wraeththu - Storm Constantine
Wraeththu
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30.
The Fox Woman - Kij Johnson
The Fox Woman
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31.
Medalon - Jennifer Fallon
Medalon
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32.
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik
His Majesty's Dragon
Note: I've heard this described as a cross between Anne McCaffrey (dragons that bond with specific people upon hatching) and Patrick O'Brian (Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars). It fits.
33.
The Pride of Chanur - C.J. Cherryh
The Pride of Chanur
Note: The first book in Cherryh's Chanur series. Cherryh's writing is very distinct - she uses "very tight limited third person." This book features both first contact and "humans as aliens."
34.
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
A Wizard of Earthsea
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35.
Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb
Assassin's Apprentice
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36.
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness
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37.
Many Colored Land - Julian May
Many Colored Land
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38.
The Gate to Women's Country - Sheri S. Tepper
The Gate to Women's Country
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39.
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
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40.
Daggerspell - Katharine Kerr
Daggerspell
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41.
The Rowan - Anne McCaffrey
The Rowan
Note: The main character is a lonely and powerful telepath.
42.
Turning Point - Lisanne Norman
Turning Point
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43.
Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce
Alanna: The First Adventure
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44.
Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel - Jacqueline Koyanagi
Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel
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45.
Zoo City - Lauren Beukes
Zoo City
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46.
The Snow Queen - Joan D. Vinge
The Snow Queen
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47.
Pigs Don't Fly - Mary Brown
Pigs Don't Fly
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48.
The Slave and The Free: Books 1 and 2 of 'The Hold... - Suzy McKee Charnas
The Slave and The Free: Books 1 and 2 of 'The Holdfast Chronicles': 'Walk to the End of the World' and 'Motherlines'
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49.
Exile - Betsy Dornbusch
Exile
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50.
Miserere: An Autumn Tale - Teresa Frohock
Miserere: An Autumn Tale
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51.
The Dark Victorian: Risen Volume One - Elizabeth Watasin
The Dark Victorian: Risen Volume One
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52.
Oathtaker - Patricia Reding
Oathtaker
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53.
Almost Adept - Olga Godim
Almost Adept
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54.
DarkShip Thieves - Sarah A. Hoyt
DarkShip Thieves
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55.
The Drowning City - Amanda Downum
The Drowning City
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56.
Black Sun Rising - C.S. Friedman
Black Sun Rising
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57.
Inda - Sherwood Smith
Inda
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58.
King's Dragon - Kate Elliott
King's Dragon
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59.
Sing the Four Quarters - Tanya Huff
Sing the Four Quarters
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60.
The Alchemist of Souls - Anne Lyle
The Alchemist of Souls
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61.
Living With Ghosts - Kari Sperring
Living With Ghosts
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62.
Luck in the Shadows - Lynn Flewelling
Luck in the Shadows
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63.
The Bone Doll's Twin - Lynn Flewelling
The Bone Doll's Twin
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64.
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time
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65.
Hunter's Oath - Michelle West
Hunter's Oath
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66.
The Curse of the Mistwraith - Janny Wurts
The Curse of the Mistwraith
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67.
The Innocent Mage - Karen Miller
The Innocent Mage
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68.
Transformation (Rai Kirah) - Carol Berg
Transformation (Rai Kirah)
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69.
An Exchange of Hostages - Susan R. Matthews, Gregory Bridges
An Exchange of Hostages
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70.
Fortune's Pawn - Rachel Bach
Fortune's Pawn
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71.
A Confederation of Valor - Tanya Huff
A Confederation of Valor
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72.
A Soldier's Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why) - Jean Johnson
A Soldier's Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why)
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73.
Trading in Danger - Elizabeth Moon
Trading in Danger
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74.
The Healer's War - Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
The Healer's War
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75.
Mainline - Deborah Christian
Mainline
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76.
The Outback Stars - Sandra McDonald
The Outback Stars
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77.
Dreamsnake - Vonda N. McIntyre
Dreamsnake
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78.
The Curse of Chalion - Lois McMaster Bujold
The Curse of Chalion
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79.
Nine Goblins - T. Kingfisher
Nine Goblins
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80.
Tooth and Claw - Jo Walton
Tooth and Claw
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81.
The Sixth Discipline (Haven #1) - Carmen Webster Buxton
The Sixth Discipline (Haven #1)
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82.
Happy Snak - Nicole Kimberling
Happy Snak
Note: Sci-fi from the perspective of a human snack bar owner. Has a "first contact" feel, with lots of alien cultural details.
83.
Games of Command - Linnea Sinclair
Games of Command
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84.
Hurricane Moon - Alexis Glynn Latner
Hurricane Moon
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85.
A Brother's Price - Wen Spencer
A Brother's Price
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86.
Braided World - Kay Kenyon
Braided World
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87.
Dust - Elizabeth Bear
Dust
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88.
The Accidental Sorcerer - K.E. Mills
The Accidental Sorcerer
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89.
Synners - Pat Cadigan, Neil Gaiman
Synners
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90.
Rangers at Roadsend - Jane Fletcher
Rangers at Roadsend
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91.
The Pyramid Waltz - Barbara Ann Wright
The Pyramid Waltz
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92.
Waking in Dreamland - Jody Lynn Nye
Waking in Dreamland
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93.
Dealing with Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede
Dealing with Dragons
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94.
Hellspark - Janet Kagan
Hellspark
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95.
The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper
The Dark is Rising
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96.
Grimspace - Ann Aguirre
Grimspace
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97.
Dragon Prince - Melanie Rawn
Dragon Prince
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98.
Jaran - Kate Elliott
Jaran
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99.
Lion of Senet - Jennifer Fallon
Lion of Senet
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100.
Archangel - Sharon Shinn
Archangel
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101.
The Ill-Made Mute - Cecilia Dart-Thornton
The Ill-Made Mute
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102.
Myrren's Gift - Fiona McIntosh
Myrren's Gift
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103.
Aurian - Maggie Furey
Aurian
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104.
Flesh and Spirit - Carol Berg
Flesh and Spirit
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105.
Riddle-Master: The Complete Trilogy - Patricia A. McKillip
Riddle-Master: The Complete Trilogy
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106.
The Last of the Renshai (Renshai Trilogy) - Mickey Zucker Reichert
The Last of the Renshai (Renshai Trilogy)
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107.
Green Rider - Kristen Britain
Green Rider
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108.
The Spirit Thief - Rachel Aaron
The Spirit Thief
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109.
The Book of Earth - Marjorie B. Kellogg
The Book of Earth
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110.
Convergence - Sharon Green
Convergence
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111.
Ship of Magic - Robin Hobb
Ship of Magic
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112.
Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier
Daughter of the Forest
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113.
The Wayfarer Redemption - Sara Douglass
The Wayfarer Redemption
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114.
Rhapsody: Child of Blood - Elizabeth Haydon
Rhapsody: Child of Blood
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115.
The Thief's Gamble - Juliet E. McKenna
The Thief's Gamble
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116.
Song in the Silence - Elizabeth Kerner
Song in the Silence
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117.
Fire in the Mist - Holly Lisle
Fire in the Mist
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118.
The Glass Dragon - Irene Radford
The Glass Dragon
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119.
Kingmaker's Sword - Ann Marston
Kingmaker's Sword
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120.
Reign of Shadows - Deborah Chester
Reign of Shadows
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121.
The Initiate - Louise Cooper
The Initiate
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122.
Daughter of Prophecy - Anne Kelleher Bush, Thomas Canty
Daughter of Prophecy
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123.
Mindscape - Andrea Hairston
Mindscape
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124.
Brown Girl in the Ring - Nalo Hopkinson
Brown Girl in the Ring
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125.
Who Fears Death - Nnedi Okorafor
Who Fears Death
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126.
Shikasta - Doris Lessing
Shikasta
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127.
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley, Maurice Hindle
Frankenstein
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128.
Midnight Robber - Nalo Hopkinson
Midnight Robber
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129.
The Female Man - Joanna Russ
The Female Man
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130.
Up the Walls of the World - James Tiptree Jr.
Up the Walls of the World
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131.
This Star Shall Abide - Sylvia Engdahl
This Star Shall Abide
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132.
The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
The Sparrow
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133.
Spin State - Chris Moriarty
Spin State
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134.
The Crystal Gryphon - Andre Norton
The Crystal Gryphon
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135.
City of Pearl - Karen Traviss
City of Pearl
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136.
Beholder's Eye - Julie E. Czerneda
Beholder's Eye
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137.
Silently and Very Fast - Catherynne M. Valente
Silently and Very Fast
Note: This could be called literary sci-fi. Features artificial intelligence.

Can be read for free here: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/valente_10_11/
138.
The Alchemy of Stone - Ekaterina Sedia
The Alchemy of Stone
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139.
Keeping It Real - Justina Robson
Keeping It Real
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140.
Mathemagics - Margaret Ball
Mathemagics
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141.
Becoming Alien - Rebecca Ore
Becoming Alien
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142.
Cinderblock - Janine Ellen Young
Cinderblock
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143.
Glimmering - Elizabeth Hand
Glimmering
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144.
Glass Houses - Laura J. Mixon
Glass Houses
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145.
The Nature of Smoke - Anne L. Harris
The Nature of Smoke
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146.
Slow River - Nicola Griffith
Slow River
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147.
Arachne - Lisa Mason
Arachne
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148.
God's War - Kameron Hurley
God's War
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149.
Tea from an Empty Cup - Pat Cadigan
Tea from an Empty Cup
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150.
Crashcourse - Wilhelmina Baird
Crashcourse
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151.
Queen City Jazz - Kathleen Ann Goonan
Queen City Jazz
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152.
Memento Mori - Shariann Lewitt
Memento Mori
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153.
Trouble and Her Friends - Melissa Scott
Trouble and Her Friends
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154.
Starbridge - A.C. Crispin
Starbridge
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155.
Ring of Swords - Eleanor Arnason
Ring of Swords
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156.
Fool's War - Sarah Zettel
Fool's War
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157.
White Queen - Gwyneth Jones
White Queen
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158.
The Steerswoman - Rosemary Kirstein
The Steerswoman
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159.
Ingathering: The Complete People Stories of Zenna ... - Elizabeth Rhys Finney, Priscilla Olson, Zenna Henderson
Ingathering: The Complete People Stories of Zenna Henderson
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160.
Native Tongue - Suzette Haden Elgin
Native Tongue
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161.
Through Wolf's Eyes - Jane Lindskold
Through Wolf's Eyes
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162.
Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls - Jane Lindskold
Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls
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163.
The Mount - Carol Emshwiller
The Mount
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164.
Dreaming in Smoke - Tricia Sullivan
Dreaming in Smoke
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165.
China Mountain Zhang - Maureen F. McHugh
China Mountain Zhang
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166.
The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel - Karen Lord
The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel
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167.
Star Rider - Doris Piserchia
Star Rider
Note: I haven't read any of Piserchia's works, but Wikipedia indicates that she'd be good for those looking for feminist science fiction. Also, at least one reader has said that Spaceling, Earthchild, and Star Rider feature female protagonists who may not be neurotypical.
168.
Virtual Girl - Amy Thomson
Virtual Girl
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169.
Warchild - Karin Lowachee
Warchild
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170.
Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang: A Novel - Kate Wilhelm
Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang: A Novel
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171.
Sarah Canary - Karen Joy Fowler
Sarah Canary
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172.
The Queen of the Tearling - Erika Johansen
The Queen of the Tearling
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173.
The God Stalker Chronicles - P.C. Hodgell
The God Stalker Chronicles
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174.
The Paper Magician - Charlie N. Holmberg
The Paper Magician
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175.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship o... - Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
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176.
A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Empl... - Rachel Cantor
A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World: A Novel
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177.
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Tre... - Marie Brennan
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent
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178.
Deadroads - Robin Riopelle
Deadroads
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179.
Nylon Angel - Marianne de Pierres
Nylon Angel
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180.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Claire North
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
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181.
Autodrome - Kim Lakin-Smith
Autodrome
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182.
Ecko Rising - Danie Ware
Ecko Rising
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183.
The Red: First Light - Linda Nagata
The Red: First Light
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184.
Rosemary and Rue - Seanan McGuire
Rosemary and Rue
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185.
Feed - Mira Grant
Feed
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186.
The Myriad - R.M. Meluch
The Myriad
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187.
Peacekeeper - Laura E. Reeve
Peacekeeper
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188.
Code of Conduct - Kristine Smith
Code of Conduct
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189.
Bitter Angels - C.L. Anderson, Sarah Zettel
Bitter Angels
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190.
Bone Dance - Emma Bull
Bone Dance
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191.
Archangel Protocol - Lyda Morehouse
Archangel Protocol
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192.
Looking for the Mahdi - N. Lee Wood
Looking for the Mahdi
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193.
Technogenesis - Syne Mitchell
Technogenesis
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194.
Someone to Watch Over Me - Tricia Sullivan
Someone to Watch Over Me
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195.
A Point of Honor - Dorothy J. Heydt
A Point of Honor
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196.
Snake Agent - Liz Williams
Snake Agent
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197.
The Magicians' Guild - Trudi Canavan
The Magicians' Guild
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198.
Sorcery Rising - Jude Fisher
Sorcery Rising
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199.
In Legend Born - Laura Resnick
In Legend Born
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200.
Wild Magic - Tamora Pierce
Wild Magic
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201.
Blood's Pride - Evie Manieri
Blood's Pride
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202.
The Sleeping God - Violette Malan
The Sleeping God
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203.
The Last Stormlord - Glenda Larke
The Last Stormlord
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204.
Bloodring - Faith Hunter
Bloodring
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205.
Dragonclaw - Kate Forsyth
Dragonclaw
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206.
The Summoner - Gail Z. Martin
The Summoner
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207.
Sword-Dancer - Jennifer Roberson
Sword-Dancer
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208.
Melusine - Sarah Monette
Melusine
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209.
Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder
Poison Study
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210.
Watchtower - Elizabeth A. Lynn
Watchtower
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211.
The Last Dragonlord - Joanne Bertin, James Frankel
The Last Dragonlord
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212.
Geist - Philippa Ballantine
Geist
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213.
Wolfwalker - Tara K. Harper
Wolfwalker
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214.
The House of the Scorpion - Nancy Farmer
The House of the Scorpion
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215.
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn - Alison Goodman
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
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216.
The Jaguar Princess - Clare Bell
The Jaguar Princess
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217.
Fall of a Kingdom - Hilari Bell
Fall of a Kingdom
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218.
Red Moon and Black Mountain - Joy Chant
Red Moon and Black Mountain
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219.
The Gate Of Ivory - Doris Egan
The Gate Of Ivory
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220.
Paper Mage - Leah Cutter
Paper Mage
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221.
Half World - Hiromi Goto
Half World
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222.
Teot's War - Heather Gladney
Teot's War
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223.
The Web of Wizardry - Juanita Coulson
The Web of Wizardry
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224.
Fire Dancer - Ann Maxwell
Fire Dancer
Note: First sold as sci-fi, later marketed as sci-fi romance.
225.
The Reliquary Ring - Cherith Baldry
The Reliquary Ring
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226.
The Chronicles of The Deryni: Deryni Rising, Deryn... - Katherine Kurtz
The Chronicles of The Deryni: Deryni Rising, Deryni Checkmate and High Deryni
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227.
The Color of Distance - Amy Thomson
The Color of Distance
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228.
Memory of Water - Emmi Itäranta
Memory of Water
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229.
Archetype - M.D. Waters
Archetype
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230.
The Creative Fire - Brenda Cooper
The Creative Fire
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231.
The Hollow Kingdom - Clare B. Dunkle
The Hollow Kingdom
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232.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
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233.
Fluency - Jennifer Foehner Wells
Fluency
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234.
Daughter of the Bright Moon - Lynn Abbey
Daughter of the Bright Moon
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235.
Queen of Roses - Elizabeth McCoy
Queen of Roses
Note: Sci-fi that's part comedy of manners, part suspense. It takes place aboard a space-faring cruise ship and stars an artificial intelligence who isn't used to dealing with "biologicals."
236.
Mindtouch - M.C.A. Hogarth
Mindtouch
Note: A school story (in this case, university) featuring a close friendship between a humanoid being who is highly sensitive to the thoughts and emotions of others and a centauroid being. A good introduction to Hogarth's Pelted Universe, although the "slice-of-life" feel of this particular book may not be for everyone.
237.
The Horsegirl - Constance Ash
The Horsegirl
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238.
How Like a God - Brenda W. Clough
How Like a God
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239.
Eggheads - Emily Devenport
Eggheads
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240.
The Prince of Ill Luck - Susan Dexter
The Prince of Ill Luck
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241.
So You Want to Be a Wizard - Diane Duane
So You Want to Be a Wizard
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242.
Goblin Moon - Teresa Edgerton
Goblin Moon
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243.
House Of Zeor - Jacqueline Lichtenberg
House Of Zeor
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244.
Fire Logic - Laurie J. Marks
Fire Logic
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245.
Taylor's Ark - Jody Lynn Nye
Taylor's Ark
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246.
The Darkangel Trilogy - Meredith Ann Pierce
The Darkangel Trilogy
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247.
New Moon - Midori Snyder
New Moon
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248.
Second Star - Dana Stabenow
Second Star
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249.
Black on Black - K.D. Wentworth
Black on Black
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250.
The Bloodbound - Erin Lindsey
The Bloodbound
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251.
Darkwalker - E.L. Tettensor
Darkwalker
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252.
Heartwood - Freya Robertson
Heartwood
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253.
Dreamlander - K.M. Weiland
Dreamlander
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254.
The Summer Prince - Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Summer Prince
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255.
Ash - Malinda Lo
Ash
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256.
A Stranger in Olondria - Sofia Samatar
A Stranger in Olondria
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257.
The Stars Change - Mary Anne Mohanraj
The Stars Change
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258.
Ink - Sabrina Vourvoulias
Ink
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259.
Orleans - Sherri L. Smith
Orleans
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260.
Salt Fish Girl: A Novel - Larissa Lai
Salt Fish Girl: A Novel
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261.
The Lost Girl - Sangu Mandanna
The Lost Girl
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262.
The Sand Wars, Volume One: Solar Kill, Lasertown B... - Charles Ingrid
The Sand Wars, Volume One: Solar Kill, Lasertown Blues and Celestial Hit List
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263.
The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
The Thief
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264.
Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta
Finnikin of the Rock
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265.
Seraphina - Rachel Hartman
Seraphina
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266.
The Golem and the Djinni - Helene Wecker
The Golem and the Djinni
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267.
The Children of Men - P.D. James
The Children of Men
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268.
He, She and It - Marge Piercy
He, She and It
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269.
The Revolving Boy - Gertrude Friedberg The Revolving Boy - Gertrude Friedberg
The Revolving Boy
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270.
Echo 8 - Sharon Lynn Fisher
Echo 8
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271.
Soulless - Gail Carriger
Soulless
Note: Usually referred to as steampunk, although I think "gaslight fantasy" might be more appropriate. The first book in a Victorian-ish set fantasy series that features werewolves, vampires, and more. The heroine has the ability to nullify the powers of supernatural beings.
272.
Blood Oranges - Kathleen Tierney, Caitlín R. Kiernan
Blood Oranges
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273.
VIcious - Victoria Schwab, V. E. Schwab
VIcious
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274.
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti - Kiri Moth, Genevieve Valentine
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti
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275.
Sea of Shadow - Fuyumi Ono, 小野 不由美, Akihiro Yamada, 山田 章博, Elye J. Alexander, Alexander O. Smith
Sea of Shadow
Note: The first book in Ono's Twelve Kingdoms series, originally written in Japanese and translated into English by Tokyopop. It's highly recommend that you read the paperback editions, if possible, as these contain fewer editing errors. In the case of the fourth book, the hardcover is missing 8 whole pages. Despite Tokyopop's shoddy work, this is a fascinating series set in a world divided into Twelve Kingdoms. Each kingdom is governed by an immortal ruler and his or her kirin - the longer the ruler lasts, the more prosperous the kingdom. In the first book, a modern Japanese girl is torn from our world and deposited in the Twelve Kingdoms with no idea how anything works or what she's supposed to do.
276.
Radiant: A Novel - Karina Sumner-Smith
Radiant: A Novel
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277.
Primary Inversion - Catherine Asaro
Primary Inversion
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278.
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
The Invisible Library
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279.
Starborn: The Worldmaker trilogy: Book One - Lucy Hounsom
Starborn: The Worldmaker trilogy: Book One
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280.
An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes
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281.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
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282.
Smiler's Fair (The Hollow Gods) by Levene, Rebecca... - Rebecca Levene
Smiler's Fair (The Hollow Gods) by Levene, Rebecca (2014) Hardcover
Note: Epic fantasy, mentioned here: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/breakout-female-voices-of-the-british-fantasy-scene
283.
The House of Shattered Wings - Aliette de Bodard
The House of Shattered Wings
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284.
The Fire Children - Lauren M. Roy
The Fire Children
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285.
The City - Stella Gemmell
The City
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286.
Stolen Songbird (Malediction Trilogy 1) by Jensen,... - Danielle L. Jensen
Stolen Songbird (Malediction Trilogy 1) by Jensen, Danielle (2014) Paperback
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287.
The Buried Life - Carrie Patel
The Buried Life
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288.
Marked - Sue Tingey
Marked
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289.
The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
The Goblin Emperor
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290.
Song of the Summer King - Jess E. Owen
Song of the Summer King
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291.
The Death House - Sarah Pinborough
The Death House
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292.
The Copper Promise - Jen Williams
The Copper Promise
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293.
The Story of Owen - E.K. Johnston
The Story of Owen
Note: Alternate history with dragons and dragon slayers.
294.
A Door Into Ocean - Joan Slonczewski
A Door Into Ocean
Note: 1986 Campbell Award winner. A planet covered entirely by water, inhabited by a race of exclusively female genetic engineers.
295.
The Fire Sermon - Francesca Haig
The Fire Sermon
Note: Post-apocalyptic world in which every birth results in twins, a perfect "Alpha" and an "Omega" who is deformed or disabled in some way. Mentioned here: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/breakout-female-voices-of-the-british-fantasy-scene
296.
Wind Follower - Carole McDonnell
Wind Follower
Note: Found on this list of books by women of color: http://theseptembreissue.tumblr.com/post/56878353635/paninyas-this-list-has-been-brewing-for-a-few

I think this may qualify as Christian fantasy. Reviews say it explores race and tribal relations.
297.
Dragon Sword and Wind Child - Noriko Ogiwara, Cathy Hirano
Dragon Sword and Wind Child
Note: This is an English translation of a work originally published in Japanese.
298.
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Note: This is an English translation of a work originally published in Japanese.

This takes place in a historical-ish setting. A female warrior becomes a young prince's bodyguard after he is declared to be the cause of a local drought.
299.
Silver Phoenix - Cindy Pon
Silver Phoenix
Note: A YA novel set in a fantasy historical China.
300.
vN - Madeline Ashby
vN
Note: Stars a "self-replicating humanoid robot."
301.
Debris - Jo Anderton
Debris
Note: Set in a future where technology is indistinguishable from magic.
302.
Stardoc - S.L. Viehl
Stardoc
Note: Space opera and Medical science fiction.
303.
Lightless - C.A. Higgins
Lightless
Note: A mystery/suspense story set on a spaceship. Three crew members capture two men who secretly boarded their ship and must figure out what their goals are.
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I highly recommend Time Shifters by Shanna Lauffey. Time travel. First of a 10 book series, but each book finishes neatly. No cliffhangers.
For the Love of Books!
This is an amazing list. Thank you.
The better to see you, my dear
So many more books I want to read! I'm equal parts exultant and anxious, lol. Thanks for compiling this

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