Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Guest Post-Aubrie Dionne-Favorite Women in Sci Fi

Thanks to Aubrie Dionne for the guest post today.  The second to last entry for August in her blog book tour.  

Favorite Women in Sci Fi
In Paradise 21, Aries Ryder is fed up with the status quo aboard her colony ship, The New Dawn, and wants to take destiny into her own hands. She’s an intelligent, driven, and compassionate main character inspired by all of the sci fi women in the movies I watched as a teen.
Here’s my favorite sci fi main characters and what I liked about each one:

Sigourney Weaver as Ripley from the Alien movies-
I love how tough Ripley is in the face of danger. She shows emotions, but she works her way through it. We see a softer side of her in Aliens, when she saves Nute, the little girl from the colony. She takes her job very seriously, and suffers ridicule for her crazy alien stories that turn out to be true. She sacrifices her own safety to go back after the aliens and save others. Truly heroic.
What I love most about her is that she doesn’t have a traditional romantic lead in any of the movies. She doesn’t need one. She is defined by her actions and not by who she falls in love with. Awesome.
Beverly Crusher from The Next Generation:

Beverly Crusher is the chief medical officer aboard the USS Enterprise. What I liked the most about her was her duel role as chief examiner and mom. (Remember Wesley Crusher?) She always treated everyone with compassion, and her quiet romance with Jean Luc Picard always kept me watching to see if they’d end up together in the end. She’s sensitive and highly perceptive, and seems to pick up on things that the rest of the crew overlook in others. She has a great sense of justice, and will defend the underdog fiercely. I liked how she was strong, yet feminine.

Princess Leia from Star Wars:
I loved how driven Princess Leia was. She wouldn’t let anything get in the way of her work with the rebellion. Her personality was forceful and blunt, and she fought against her attraction to Hans Solo, making for a great movie material! She kills Jabba the Hut in Episode VI, regaining her freedom wearing a metal bikini. She’s tough as steel, determined, and bold. A great sci fi role model.

My question: Can you name a strong female character in sci fi? Who’s your favorite? 
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Aubrie is the Author of the book Paradise 21, available now wherever books are sold.  

Paradise 21:  
Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where humanity can begin anew—a planet that won’t be reached in Aries’ lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe, she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries-long voyage.

But Aries has other plans.

When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers the rumors about pirates—humans who escaped Earth before its demise—are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possesses the freedom Aries envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet’s native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns her freedom will come at a hefty price.

The life of the man she loves.

6 comments:

TS Hendrik said...

Beverly Crusher, that's an unconventional pick. But she certainly had her good points. Love the other two picks.

Hey, you forgot to format the post for the black background. Had to highlight it to read.

Pavarti said...

I can't read it. I'm a sci-fi junkie :( Personally I'd pick Alia of the Knife from DUNE

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah, I had to read it in Google Reader - letters aren't showing up.
And I like Samantha Carter from Stargate SG1 and Zoe from Firefly.

MRanthrope said...

heck yes, Dr. Crusher FTW!

Pat Tillett said...

All good and I'm gonna have to go with Sigourney Weaver.

Max Silver said...

Seven of Nine!