Formidable Female Protagonists in Science Fiction Part 12

I prefer female protagonists and this series of posts is homage to some of the most formidable female main characters in science fiction novels or series.

  1. Ariane Emory – I Made Me (C. J. Cherryh)
  2. Claire Haskel – Super Razor (David J. Williams)
  3. Ellen Ripley – Kick-ass Mother (Alan Dean Foster)
  4. Sweetness Octave Glorious Honey-Bun Asiim Engineer 12th (Ian Mcdonald)
  5. Thursday Next – Literary Operative (Jasper Fforde)

Ariane Emory – I Made Me

Books: Cyteen (1988), Regenesis (2009)
Universe: Alliance-Union
Author: C. J. Cherryh)
Publisher: Warner Books | DAW

Cyteen and Regenesis is set in the same universe as Downbelow Station and deals mainly with the Union and the lives of Ariane Emory and her clone. Ariane is  one of fourteen Union-certified geniuses and in addition to her research on the cloned and tape-educated Azi she runs Reseune. One day she is murdered but she had set things in motion to have a copy of herself made. Regenesis is about finding out who really killed the original.


Claire Haskel – Super Razor

Books: Mirrored Heavens (2008), Burning Skies (2009), The Machinery of Light (2010)
Series: Autumn Rain
Genre: Space Opera | Military Science Fiction
Author: David J. Williams
Publisher: Bantam Spectra

Clair Haskel is a special kind of Razor (Hacker). From the beginning of the novels you think she is just a gifted one, but she is so much more. The Autumn Rain series is more of a movie than a book series, there is nonstop fast paced action from start to stop. Set around a future earth with two super powers on the brink of world war three with razors and meks, space colonies and moon bases, cloak and daggers like Clancy or Le Carré. The ending will blow your mind

Read my reviews: Mirrored Heavens | The Burning Skies | The Machinery of Light

Ellen Ripley – Kick-ass Mother

Books: Alien, Aliens (1986), Aliens 3 (1992)
Series: Alien Universe
Genre: Horror
Author: Alan Dean Foster
Publisher: Warner Books

Alan Dean Foster stood for the novelization of the first three Alien movies and it would be wrong to pass Ripley by on a list of formidable female protagonists in SF because she is one of the most kick-ass characters there is, even if she was born on a movie script. I still think the first movie was the best; at least it was most scary. She features in the movie  Alien Resurrection too but I didn’t find a novel to go with that.


Sweetness Octave Glorious Honey-Bun Asiim Engineer 12th

Title: Ares Express (2001)
Author: Ian McDonald
Genre: Nuclear punk
Publisher: Earthlight | Pyr

I have fond memories of this one. I will have to reread this one.

A Mars of the imagination, like no other, in a colourful, witty SF novel; Taking place in the kaleidoscopic future of Ian McDonald’s Desolation Road, Ares Express is set on a terraformed Mars where fusion-powered locomotives run along the network of rails that is the planet’s circulatory system and artificial intelligences reconfigure reality billions of times each second. One young woman, Sweetness Octave Glorious-Honeybun Asiim 12th, becomes the person upon whom the future – or futures – of Mars depends. Big, picaresque, funny; taking the Mars of Ray Bradbury and the more recent, terraformed Marses of authors such as Kim Stanley Robinson and Greg Bear, Ares Express is a wild and woolly magic-realist SF novel, featuring lots of bizarre philosophies, strange, mind-stretching ideas and trains as big as city blocks.


Thursday Next – Literary Operative

Books: The Eyre Affair (2001), Lost in a Good Book (2002), The Well of Lost Plots (2003), Something Rotten (2004), First Among Sequels (2007), One of Our Thursdays is Missing (March 2011)
Series: Thursday Next
Author: Jasper Fforde
Genre: Comic Fantasy Science Fiction
Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton | Viking

Both are new to me but this sounds like some interesting summer reading and a new book is expected next year.  Hmm and they all seems to have something to do with writing …

The Eyre Affair – In Jasper Fforde’s Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career. Fforde’s ingenious fantasy-enhanced by a Web site that re-creates the world of the novel–unites intrigue with English literature in a delightfully witty mix.

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