100 sci fi women #22: Tricia McMillan aka Trillian

Today’s entertaining other sci fi list for the day is the 12 most gigantic hovering spaceships from sci fi film and television. This brings me to today’s topic (admire the segue here), because it sadly doesn’t include my favourite gigantic hovering spaceships, the Vogon Construction Fleet which, in Douglas Adams immortal words “hung in the skies exactly the way that bricks don’t.” Which naturally leads to….

Trillian aka Tricia McMillan The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy series (book version)

Trillian is a mathematician and an astrophysicist. She also ends up going off with Zaphod Beeblebrox, but I think we can forgive her that much. Aboard the Heart of Gold spaceships she is, pretty consistently, the most sensible and grounded person of the lot. How she manages this when surrounded by the emotionally disturbed, slightly insane men and computers, is a matter of some concern. She is however up for adventure, willing to travel out into the unknown because, as she says, “it was either that or the dole queue.” She is the most reliable pilot of the improbability drive spaceship, brave, resourceful and in Arthur’s words “beautiful, charming and devastatingly intelligent.” She also represents an aspect of the destroyed humanity which Arthur Dent in his glorious depression cannot.

This above all appeared to Trillian to be genuinely stupid, but she could no longer be bothered to argue about it.