One of his six favorite books by his female colleagues, as shared with The Week magazine:
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. ButlerRead about the other entries on the list.
Octavia's 1993 novel is classified as science fiction but is more concerned with theology. Her main character is a black woman who survives apocalyptic disasters and founds a new religion in California. I once spent a day with Octavia entertaining a crowd of Chicago inner-city schoolchildren. I answered the science questions; she answered all the others. She was the star of the show.