March is Women’s History Month. Last year I celebrated by writing a post on women's history in philosophy and science fiction. This year I thought I'd review work from three prominent women science fiction authors: Nnedi Okorafor, Leigh Brackett, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
The three works in question are all relatively short, hovering near the border between long novellas and short novels. Okorafor's Binti: Home is a longish novella while Brackett's The Nemesis from Terra and Le Guin's Planet of Exile are each really short novels.
All three works deal with the idea of being at home. This theme is clearest in Binti: Home (it's right in the title!), where the title character returns home after an interstellar sojourn. Brackett and Le Guin ask whether you can be at home in a place you're not expected to be at home; Okorafor deals with not being at home in a place where you expect to be.
What do I mean by all this? See the individual reviews below!