Fairy, Cyborg, Goddess

10 books with non-human heroines

As artificial intelligence becomes more and more sophisticated, the question of what defines a human being becomes ever more challenging. Some of these non-human heroines/female characters are more “human” than their Homo Sapiens sisters. Others are more powerful – and more frightening.

1. The Holy Machine

Chris Beckett
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2. The Windup Girl

Paolo Bacigalupi
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3. The Stone Gods

Jeanette Winterson

4. Handling the Undead

John Ajvide Lindqvist
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5. Dead Until Dark

Charlaine Harris
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7. Homer's The Odyssey

S. H. Butcher and Andrew Lang, trans.
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8. She

H Rider Haggard
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9. The Passage

Justin Cronin
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10. Firebrand

Gillian Philip

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Helen Grant
Helen Grant

Helen Grant and her family lived overseas for ten years and it was exploring the history and legends of Bad Münstereifel in Germany that inspired her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden. Her latest book, Demons of Ghent, is an urbex thriller set in Flanders. Helen now lives in Perthshire and is planning a novel set in Scotland. For more information, visit helengrantbooks.com.