I recently made my novel, The Star Captains' Daughter, available as a free eBook at Feedbooks and, since then, I've discovered many wonderful treasures there. I've been reading further and further back on the Science Fiction timeline, you know. There's a set of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs and I hope to read and review all or several of them for you. Bear in mind these ancient SciFi tales were written before women had the right to do much of anything besides be wives and mothers. Of course, I love being a wife and mother, but that is my choice. These were written before women had many choices at all. I intend to read them for fun and as sort of a history lesson. Some say Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is the very first Science Fiction novel ever. I think it's amazing she wrote it at all and, of course, it was originally published anonymously. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenstein Up until the 1970's, I think it was, some women Science Fiction authors were still using male-sounding pen names. It was a man's genre, but no more! And we have the trail-breakers, like Marion Zimmer Bradley to thank for it too. Here's a link to Wikipedia's article on the Science Fiction genre- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_Fiction
Here's the link to Feedbooks if you want to check out these great old novels- http://www.feedbooks.com/ You'll also find some newer Science Fiction novels free there too, ones published by real, paying publishers as opposed to me who just stuck it up there on my own. I'm such a rebel.
I tell people I like Fantasy, but I love Science Fiction. The difference, I say, is in Fantasy you can watch Harry Potter wave his magic wand and think, "I wish I could that." However, in Science Fiction, you can watch Captain Janeway order ice cream from the Voyager replicator and think, "I WILL do that!"