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Speculative Fiction in Translation for Women in Translation Month

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Rachel Cordasco

Staff Writer

Rachel Cordasco has a Ph.D in literary studies and currently works as a developmental editor. When she's not at her day job or chasing three kids, she's writing reviews and translating Italian speculative fiction. She runs the website, and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

For this Women in Translation Month (see Meytal Radzinski’s site for more info on this great effort), I am giving you a list. Not just any list, though. A much needed list of women who write speculative fiction that has been translated into English.

Let’s do better for next year’s Women in Translation Month.


Basma Abdel Aziz

aziz1The Queue, translated by Elisabeth Jaquette (Melville House, 2016).


Elia Barceló

Heart of Tango, translated by David Frye (MacLehose Press, 2010).

The Goldsmith’s Secret, translated by David Frye (MacLehose Press, 2011).

“The Star,” translated by Nur-Huda el Masri (in Castles in Spain, Sportula, 2016).


Karin Boye

Kallocain, translated by Gustaf Lannestock (University of Wisconsin Press, 1966).


Stella Carr Ribeiro

Sambaqui: A Novel of Pre-History, translated by Claudia van der Heuvel (Avon, 1987).


Daína Chaviano

The Island of Eternal Love, translated by Andrea Labinger (Riverhead Books, 2009).


Angélica Gorodischer

Kalpa Imperial, translated by Ursula K. LeGuin (Small Beer Press, 2003).

Trafalgar, translated by Amalia Gladhart (Small Beer Press, 2013).

“The Unmistakable Smell of Wood Violets,” translated by Marian Womack (in The The Big Book of Science Fiction, Vintage, 2016).


Marianne Gruber

The Sphere of Glass, translated by Alexandra Strelka (Ariadne Books, 1993).


Jacqueline Harpman

I Who Have Never Known Men, translated by Ros Schwartz (Seven Stories Press, 1997).


Ninni Holmqvist

The Unit, translated by Marlaine Delargy (Other Press, 2009).


Mariko Koike

The Graveyard Apartment, translated by Deborah Boliver Boehm (forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books, October 2016).


Leena Krohn

Leena Krohn: The Collected Fiction, translated by Eva Buckwald, Bethany Fox, Hildi Hawkins, Anselm Hollo, Vivii Hyvönen, Leena Likitalo, Herbert Lomas, J. Robert Tupasela, and Anna Volmari (Cheeky Frawg, 2015).


Xia Jia

“If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler,” translated by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld Magazine, November 2015).

“Tongtong’s Summer”, translated by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld Magazine, December 2014).

“Spring Festival: Happiness, Anger, Love, Sorrow, Joy”, translated by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld Magazine, September 2014).

“A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight”, translated by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld Magazine, February 2012).


Cristina Jurado

“The Shepherd,” translated by James and Marian Womack (in The Best of Spanish Steampunk, Cheeky Frawg, Ediciones Nevsky, 2015).


Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría

Memory, translated by Lawrence Schimel (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2015).


Miyuki Miyabe

miyabeThe Gate of Sorrows, translated by Jim Hubbert (Haikasoru, 2016).


Rosa Montero

Tears in the Rain, translated by Lilit Zekulin Thwaites (AmazonCrossing, 2012).


Sari Peltoniemi

“The Giftboy,” translated by Liisa Rantalaiho (Finnish Writers site).

“The Golden Apple,” translated by David Hackston (in The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, Dedalus, 2015).


Tiina Raevaara

“My Creator, My Creation,” translated by Hildi Hawkins and Soila Lechtonen (Books From Finland site).


Lola Robles

Monteverde: Memoirs of an Interstellar Linguist, translated by Lawrence Schimel (forthcoming from Aqueduct Press, 2016).


Kazuki Sakuraba

sakurabaRed Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas, translated by Jocelyn Allen (Haikasoru, 2015).


Karla Schmidt

“Alone, on the Wind,” translated by Lara Harmon (Clarkesworld Magazine, August 2016).


Nava Semel

Isra Isle, translated by Jessica Cohen (forthcoming from Mandel Vilar Press, November 2016).


Johanna Sinisalo

The Core of the Sun, translated by Lola Rogers (Grove Press, Black Cat, 2016).

The Blood of Angels, translated by Lola Rogers (Peter Owen Publishers, 2014).


Anna Starobinets

The Living, translated by James Rann (Hesperus Press, 2012).

The Icarus Gland and Other Stories, translated by James Rann (Skyscraper Publications, 2014).


Yoko Tawada

TawadaMemoirs of a Polar Bear, translated by Susan Bernofsky (forthcoming from New Directions, November 2016).


Karin Tidbeck

Jagannath, translated by the author (Cheeky Frawg 2012).


Tatyana Tolstaya

The Slynx, translated by Jamey Gambrell (Houghton Mifflin, 2003).

Spanish Women of Wonder (forthcoming 2016).