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Science fiction and fantasy (not that sort) women

So I have been inspired by a number of projects that have been about recently exploring areas where women are often overlooked but are still there, still important and even if, unfortunately, often under-represented. The fabulous work on the alternative Hottest 100 and the work on the Feminist SF site on Mindblowing Science Fiction by Women. Also I have seen some wonderful lists of science fiction related areas recently, including Den of the Geek’s wonderful pice on sci-fi corridors and io9’s regular Top Tens, including unlikeliest apocalypse survivors and dirt cheap aliens who still look awesome. And let’s face it, everyone loves a list. So, over the next few weeks, I want to develop a Top 100 science fiction and fantasy women (and we might include supernatural world views in there too). I have a lot of them up my sleeve and will publish them in regular posts over the next few weeks, but please feel free to add in your own, and when we get to 100, we can stop. Or vote. Or something.

So, we might as well start with my current favourite…..

Starbuck aka Kara Thrace

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Starbuck kicks arse, both literally and figuratively. Could in no way be described as a girly-girl, but definitely scrubs up nicely in a frock – or her dress blues. The Top Gun of the Galactica, Starbuck shows that women can drink and fight and sleep with who they want, but still command respect and authority because they are good at what they do. With an abusive mother and an absent father and a fiance who died because she had slacked off as his instructor, Starbuck was tough, but also demonstrated vulnerabilities and insecurities. Her appearance in any episode of Battlestar Galactica brought it to life and she was a waaaaay better character than the Starbuck of the original series ever was. By the end of the series it turned out that Starbuck was more than human, possibly an angel of some description, and if there have to be some sort of metaphysical beings in the world, I love the idea that they chomp cigars, mess up their love lives and can’t resist punching a superior officer because he is, quite frankly, a dick. I miss her now I don’t get to see her all the time.

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2 responses to “Science fiction and fantasy (not that sort) women

  1. When I first watched BSG, it took me less than a second to latch on to the idea of Starbuck as a woman. It was a brilliant idea and Katee Sackhoff is so convincing that I never doubted her once. She wowed and infuriated us for four seasons and even in season four when the whole thing jumped the shark for me, she pulled off an awesome performance in the episode where she remembers her dad and parts of her childhood through the piano. I’m glad the depiction of her as an angel at the end of it all didn’t wreck her character but as you say, subverted the idea of what angels should be!

    • godardsletterboxes ⋅

      Katee Sackhoff is brilliant – I think she was the only good thing about the remade Bionic Woman although perhaps that is being a little harsh…

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