Huh. I knew less than half of those myself. I like most of the others proposed above.
Seems to me you can't ignore the market success of JK Rowling or Stephenie Meyer.
I'm more a fan of Anne McCaffrey, Kim Harrison, Anne Rice, or Ursula K LeGuin myself.
edit - Crap, I forgot Andre Norton is a woman as well! And I've certainly acquired a taste for Connie Willis.
Last edited by Penforhire; 05-29-2012 at 04:42 PM.