The genre is still dominated by men, but there are many women writing science fiction now as well. The current president of SFWA is a woman, Catherine Asaro. The Nebula and Hugo Awards for 2004 were won by a woman (Lois McMaster Bujold's Paladin of Souls won both) as was the Philip K. Dick Award (Gwyneth Jones' Life). The Campbell Award this year was won by a man, but two of the five finalists were women. Though some men think women are too stupid to write science fiction, there are many, many women out there proving that that isn't true.
I started reading science fiction about four years ago, and I have read many different authors, but I tend to gravitate more toward the female authors. I enjoy the speculation and the ideas and the science and the cool gadgets that both men and women use to populate their worlds, but the women whose books I read tend to bring more humanity and more connection to their books (this isn't universally true, but is a tendency that I have seen in science fiction). Part of this may be that if men inject relationships into their books, they'll no longer be a member of the boys' club, whereas women have never had that worry (the reverse of this is that some women who are stretching the boundaries of romance are being treated like they aren't part of the girls' club by other romance authors).
I know most of the people who read my blog are romance readers first and probably most, but in case you were wondering about or interested in reading some science fiction, take a look at my favorites on the sidebar or at these interesting books that have caught my eye. Some are established authors, some are new, but these are recent books that I have on my TBR stack or am planning to buy as they come out.
Contact Imminent by Kristine Smith
Apocalypse Array by Lyda Morehouse
Grasp the Stars by Jennifer Winegert
Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon
Banner of Souls by Liz Williams
Crossing the Line by Karen Traviss
Finders Keepers by Linnea Sinclair
Buried Deep by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Cagebird by Karin Lowachee
Scardown by Elizabeth Bear
June 28, 2005
End in Fire by Syne Mitchell
June 30, 2005
Nylon Angel by Marianne de Pierres
July 5, 2005
A Brother's Price by Wen Spencer
July 5, 2005
War Surf by M. M. Buckner
August 30, 2005
Rebel Ice by S. L. Viehl