As much as I am enjoying the Cage Match, I am very disappointed to see that women are barely represented in the contest. This seems like a missed opportunity to me.
Lets look at the numbers:
Male: 26 (81%)
Female: 4 (13%)
Genderless: 2 (6%)
Men: 25 (78%)
Women: 7 (22%)
Ouch. So Suvudu lets women be represented a little more than four time less often then men. I can think of a few women who certainly could have been included.
Skade (from _Redemption Ark_)
Molly Millions (from _ Neuromancer_)
Arya Stark (from _A Game of Thrones_)
Cirocco Jones (from _Titan_)
Leisha Camden (from _Beggars in Spain_)
Claudia (from _Interview With the Vampire_)
Ramoth (from _Dragonflight_)
And there are a ton more female characters out there!
I don't think that anyone doubts that men dominate the science fiction and fantasy genres, both as characters and as authors. But Suvudu and Random House had a great chance to show the breadth of kick-ass female characters and amazing female authors out there. I'm sorry that they missed this chance, but I hope that if a second Cage Match comes around we can look forward to seeing strong women as half of the characters competing!
* Raistlin and Haplo were created by a man/woman team, so I credited then as .5 each towards the male and female authors.