Formidable Female Protagonists in Science Fiction Index

Here is an index to make it easier to find the protagonist you are looking for. I have some ideas for expanding this, maybe with a decade separated list so you can find characters from a specific era or by book title. What do you think?

The lists are organized per author and character name.

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Character Index

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  • Michael

    Cassandra Kresnov series by Joel Shepherd
    Jani Kilian series by Kristine Smith
    Stardoc series (Cherijo Grey Veil) by S. L. Viehl

    all I could think of off the top of my head.

  • Michael

    Cassandra Kresnov series by Joel Shepherd
    Jani Kilian series by Kristine Smith
    Stardoc series (Cherijo Grey Veil) by S. L. Viehl

    all I could think of off the top of my head.

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  • ove

    thanks Michael, I’ll add them

  • ove

    thanks Michael, I’ll add them

  • Very interesting list. Thank you very much.

    I think it would be a good idea to sort it by era, then you could easily follow developments in how women have been and are being portrayed in science fiction.

    Thanks again for all these interesting reading suggestions. :-)

  • Very interesting list. Thank you very much.

    I think it would be a good idea to sort it by era, then you could easily follow developments in how women have been and are being portrayed in science fiction.

    Thanks again for all these interesting reading suggestions. :-)

  • ken Fowler

    You have missed one of my favourite books, Freehold by Michael Z Williamson, and the heroine Kendra Pacelli.

    This is a book that I have read several times and will probably do again.
    Kendra has to flee form earth when framed for a crime in the United Nations forces, she take asylum in Freehold, and a long section of the book is how she asimilates into the culture, then she ends up having to fight for Freehold in their forces against the UN.

  • Great! That is one of my favorite books too, I can’t believe I forgot to include Kendra and Freehold. Thanks!

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  • ken Fowler

    You could try “The Apocalypse Troll” by David Weber. Ludmilla Leonovna is a major character throughout the excellent story. If you haven’t read it it is hard sci-fi not fantasy.

    David Weber is also generating a number of good female characters from the younger generation as part of the development of the Honor Harrington universe. Some of them have been fleshed out more in the short stories from the “Worlds of Honour” series. I am sure these will feature as main characters in future books

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  • Synaria

    Kristin Bjornsen, Freedom Series by Anne McCaffrey
    Mahree Burroughs, Starbridge Series by A.C. Crispin
    Shana, Elvenbane Series by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey

  • Thanks, Kristin is an interesting character with an interesting love life. The others I have to check out.

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  • Karon Rilling

    May I recommend
    Trevathan Ivins in Caron Cro’s Tierra del Fuego, Colony Ship; Parting Shots

  • Reader

    Candidia Maria Smith-Foster in “Emergence” by David R.Palmer

  • Moorhengrower

    Here’s one you don’t appear to have catalogued already: Ia a precog, ‘blessed’ with visions of the future….
    The book is called  ‘A Soldier’s Duty’ by Jean Johnson, and I thought it a damn good read. Sequel out in July (2012) ‘ An Officer’s Duty’ . Must get my order in soon – just right for my very own b’day present to me !

  • How did you miss Vonda McIntyre’s Dream Snake, Molly Gloss’s The Dazzle of Day, and Alexie Panshin’s Rite of Passage? Those three are marvelous and two of them, no, all three are award winners.

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  • Tiff_WA

    Just finished William C. Dietz’s excellent Legion of the Damned Pre-quel series (trilogy)…featuring a bad-ass female protagonist… Andromeda McKee/Cat Carletto. The titles are: Andromeda’s Fall, Andromeda’s Choice, and Andromeda’s War. Wasn’t entirely happy with the quick ending to the trilogy, but enjoyed it thoroughly.

  • Gabrielle Bouchard

    Thanks for the listing. It’s now !y go to for strong female characters. I would suggest you add Nathan Lowell as an other with the three book series RAVENWOOD http://nathanlowell.com/ravenwood/

  • Bren

    Formidable Females

    What an interesting
    list, meaning only the best. The familiar and the unfamiliar, the

    worth looking into.
    If your concern is ongoing, then, here are a few more;

    Ariel…Elegy Beach…Stephen R. Boyett (unicorn)
    Bobbie Lacey*…Polar City Blues …Katharine Kerr (PI)
    Casey*…Space Casey…Christiana Ellis (Podiobooks) (grifter)
    Chess Putnam*…Unholy Ghosts …Stacia Kane (church exorcist, drug addict)
    Clariel*…Clariel…Garth Nix (librarian)
    Diane Jamison*…Infectress…Tom Cool (federal agent)
    Ekatarian…Komarr & A Civil Campaign…Lois Bujold (botanist)
    Esil*…Beholder’s Eye…Julie E. Czerneda (alien xenologist)
    Every Girl*…Guide to Men…Helen Rowland (Librivox)
    the Fool (?)…Assassin’s Apprentice…Robin Hobb (oracle)
    Hildy (Hildegard Johnson)*…Steel Beach…John Varley (reporter)
    Ista* (mad Ista)…Paladin of Souls…Lois Bujold (saint)
    Jame*…Godstalk…P. C. Hodgell (thief)
    Jamisia*…This Alien Shore…C. S. Friedman (avenger)
    Joan Eunice*…I Will Fear No Evil … Robert Heinlein (heiress)
    Kay (KB)*…Looking for the Mahdi… N. Lee Wood (reporter)
    Kushiel*…Kushiel’s Mercy …Jacqueline Carey (BDSM)
    Marge* …the River of Dancing Gods…Jack L. Chalker (teacher)
    Marianne O’Hara,* Prime ~* …Worlds…Joe Haldeman (bureaucrat)
    Mary Ann~* …Bimbos of the Death Sun… Sharyn McCrumb (sf professor)
    Mary Griffith …the Empress of Mars… Kage Baker (barkeep)
    Maureen O’Hare* …To Sail Beyond the Sunset …Robert A. Heinlein (ummm)
    Mavra Chang~* …Midnight at the Well of Souls ….Jack L. Chalker (two Mavras; addict and write off, starship captain)
    Mercedes* …Moon Called…Patricia Briggs (mechanic)
    Nina* …Nina the Merciless…Christiana Ellis (Podiobooks) (barbarian)
    Paksenarrion (Paks)*…Sheepfarmer’s …Daughter Elizabeth Moon (mercenary)
    Podkayne* …Rolling Thunder… John Varley (Mars INS, singer)
    Reva* …Mainline… Deborah Christian (smuggler)
    Ruby*… Ruby…L. Esterman (radio drama)
    Sabriel* …Sabriel… Garth Nix (killer)
    Spark (Fawn Bluefield)* … Beguilement (the Sharing Knife) … Lois Bujold (runaway)
    Taimon (Theodora)* …the Gates of Ivory… Doris Egan ( omnibus ed. …the Complete Ivory… ) (tarot reader)
    Tamarion* ,,,the Bone Doll’s Twin… Lynn Flewelling (fugitive)
    Sargent Taura …Labyrinth (novelette in …Borders of Infinity~*,novelette… Winterfair Gifts*… {easier to find as audio mp3 from local library) Lois Bujold (mercenary)
    Trouble* ,,,Legacy… James H. Schmitz (secret agent)
    Nance Damas …Infinity Hold… Barry B. Longyear (bull dike lezzie haystack politician)
    Seraphine (the D.C. Chopper)… Infinity Hold… Barry B. Longyear (social worker, astronomer)
    (Bloody) Sarah Hovit …Infinity Hold… Barry B. Longyear (commando)
    Margo Hoyt …Infinity Hold… B. B. Longyear (harem slave, RC)
    Alna Moah …Infinity Hold… B. B. Longyear (draftee)
    Marietta ? …Infinity Hold… B. B. Longyear (RC)
    Marantha Silver …Infinity Hold… B. B. Longyear (UTR Investigator, RC)

    (…Infinity Hold…re-realed as part of omnibus…Infinity^3 {cubed or three)

    *protagonist