Ladies First: The Best Female Characters Of Sci-Fi Film And Television

RipleyLoaderOne of the reasons we love science fiction is because there’s no shortage of strong, dynamic, fascinating female characters kicking around the galaxy, a trait that isn’t always a given in other genres. Iconic characters like Ripley and Sarah Connor have become the bar by which most other female heroines are measured against, but thankfully sci-fi doesn’t limit its badass females strictly to the most obvious form of badassery. Our favorite sci-fi heroines might have what it takes to field-strip a pulse rifle, or they might have the fortitude to lead a desperate fleet of mankind’s remnants across the stars to a new home. They might be able to take down multiple murderous cyborgs, or they might have the courage to serve as inspiration for revolution against an oppressive government.

When it came time for us to pick out favorite female characters from science fiction film and television, the task was more than daunting. After several rounds of voting, arguing, throwing things, and threats of blackmail, we finally whittled our list down to 19, our picks for the very best, most interesting, most compelling, most badass female characters the genre has had to offer across film and TV. We’re listing them in alphabetical order by last name, but it’s strangely appropriate who wound up as number one regardless…

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Edge of Tomorrow Trailer Kills Tom Cruise, Like, A Lot

Based on Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s best-selling novel All You Need Is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow is an upcoming science fiction action film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt from Village Roadshow and Warner Bros Pictures. The movie’s premise is a mix between Starship Troopers and Groundhog Day, with humanity caught in a battle against aliens and the film’s protagonist dying in battle over and over again until he gets it right. Now Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. Pictures have served up a second trailer for the film, and it looks a bit better than the one we saw a few months ago. We get more of the film’s training sequences and a focus on Emily Blunt’s character, a high-ranking military officer who knows exactly what Cruise’s character is going through.


Douglas Adams’ Lost Poem About A Candle Found In A Cubboard

douglas adamsIn this week’s edition of “Not Quite Sci-Fi News,” we have the recent discovery of a pair of poems found inside of a high school cupboard, written by the late Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams and comedian/TV star Griff Rhys Jones. Had these merely been simple and unoriginal dedications of love or odes to a tree, I doubt we would be hearing about them. But then I doubt either one of these gifted men would have written something so trite.

The poems were found by archivist Stacey Harmer in a collection of poetry-filled books in a pile of documents at Brentwood School in Essex. Oddly enough, all of these writings, dated between 1950-1983, were collected by the literary society known as the Candlesticks, a society that held its potential members to a particular kind of initiation.

“At Candlesticks, which admitted only a select few,” Harmer explained, “they would get together and read plays. In order to join you had to write a poem on the theme of a candle, and read it aloud, and if they liked it you were allowed in.” And you can bet Adams’ poem was particularly “wick”-ed. Candle jokes?


Arnold Schwarzenegger Gets To The Choppa In This Excellent Jimmy Fallon Skit

No one is going to stand around here at GFR and claim that Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t a Hollywood icon and a flag waver for our genre of choice. But we’re also not going to challenge the fact that he’s never been nominated for an Academy Award. However, I will go on record saying Schwarzenegger puts on the performance of his life in the above clip from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, in which he pays hilarious homage to what are arguably his two most memorable movie quotes. I don’t think I’ve ever unironically laughed as hard at something that either man has ever been a part of.


Michael Bay-Produced Welcome To Yesterday Gets New Release Date And Title

Welcome to YesterdayI don’t know if you knew it, but it’s hard out here for an independent time-traveling sci-fi found-footage feature. It’s also hard saying that without feeling a bit of bile come up in the back of my throat. It’s been a bumpy little ride for Dean Israelite’s feature debut for Platinum Dunes and producer Michael Bay, a film that until yesterday was known as Welcome to Yesterday, but which will now and forevermore be called Project Almanac, which is similar enough to its original title of Almanac. We’ll assume June is when they’ll next retitle it Yesteryear Is Knocking, which will then change to The Almanac Thing in October, and finally settle on Found-Footage Time-Travel Movie to Watch by the time it gets released.


Star Wars: Episode VII Might Return To Hoth

HothLook out for Wampas and Tauntauns! After two years of rumors and speculation, Star Wars: Episode VII will finally go into production at Pinewood Studios in London, England this May. While Disney and Lucasfilm still haven’t even announced who’s actually in the movie, one new report suggests Episode VII might return to a very familiar — and chilly — planet.

According to the U.K.’s Metro, Lucasfilm is taking its production of Episode VII to Iceland. It’s speculated that the Iceland shoot won’t involve the film’s leads, but rather the production team, most likely second unit there to shoot mainly landscape “plate shots” that would be used for scenery and transitions. This led some to surmise that some of the film’s story might take place on the ice planet Hoth.

The Star Wars saga hasn’t returned to Hoth since The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. The frozen world was home to the Rebel Alliance’s Echo Base, which was mostly destroyed in Episode V. The Rebels relocated to Echo Base after they evacuated Yavin IV after A New Hope. Considering that Episode VII will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, there’s no telling who — or what — might be lurking on Hoth.