The Chicken Or The Egg

Author John Scalzi is pretty well know on the internets for being fairly pro-feminism, anti-misogyny, and an all around pretty great guy. He recently posted his list of the top 10 science fiction and fantasy works that mean the most to him. Here’s his list:

Always Coming Home, Ursula Le Guinalways1985
The Dark is Rising Sequence, by Susan Cooper
Dune, by Frank Herbert
Fall of Hyperion, by Dan Simmons
Grass, by Sheri S. Tepper
Perdido Street Station, by China Miéville
Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
Speaker For the Dead, by Orson Scott Card
Time Enough For Love, by Robert Heinlein
Winter’s Tale, by Mark Helprin

Science fiction is often a boys club. There are tons of lists of 25/100/whatever best science fiction books where women authors don’t crack the top 10 (or 15 or 20.) So is Scalzi a feminist because he was strongly influenced by women’s writing? Or was he strongly influenced by women’s writing because he was a feminist?

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