Elizabeth Moon’s new novel Cold Welcome is a sci-fi thriller about a space fleet commander unexpectedly thrown into a life-or-death situation with an untested crew. It’s the first space opera that Moon has written since her Serrano’s Legacy novels wrapped up about a decade ago.
In the early days of science-fiction, space opera was largely dominated by male writers, excluding a few notable exceptions like Leigh Brackett and James Tiptree Jr (Alice Bradley Sheldon). Things have changed, though, particularly over the last several decades. Moon is just one of many female writers who have come to claim the genre for their own. Here are four more of them, and the books you should read to start.