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Favorite/memorable Female characters

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Posted on Mar 22, 2013 12:59:50 PM PDT
Larry Kelley says:
WWS: I had the same problem with the Cyteen books--and they still are not among my favorites--well, I don't reread them as often. A book I have read several times, and still don't really get it is "forty thousand in Gehenna". From the first time I read it, to the last time I read it, 24 hours after reading I cannot remember anything about the book! Weird.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2013 5:39:53 AM PDT
W. W. Smith says:
I have "Faded Sun" sitting in my "to read" stack - along with about six others. Given my admiration for C.J., I'm sure I will enjoy it. I gave up on "Cyteen" a few chapters in, years back. A couple of years ago, with grim determination, I decided to tackle it again, and I'm so glad I did. It was part of my "Hugo Project." I assigned myself the task of reading every Hugo winner in chronological order, starting in 1954 (the books, not me).
I know what you mean by reading at the speed of sound - I have the same problem. Years back, when I grew tired of my too-frequent trips to the bookstore, I once selected a novel for No Other Reason than it was the thickest book I could find. That book was "Maia" by Richard Adams, of "Watership Down" fame. And you know what? It turned out to be one of the best books in my library. Its great length (ca. 1300 pages) allowed Adams to go into great detail, really making the story come alive. So much so that near the end of the novel, I exclaimed aloud when...well, I don't want to give it away. Suffice it to say that something happened. (Oh, I'm so bad!)
Another author I enjoy who takes patience to read is A.A. Attanasio. I'm currently reading his interpretation of the Arthurian legend, and can only manage a few pages a night. Meaty, dense stuff, chock-full of esoteric concepts.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 5:13:30 AM PDT
Larry Kelley says:
WWS: I liked Niven paired with Pournelle. His individual stuff just didn't ring my chimes. If you haven't read Cherryh's "The Faded Sun" series you are in for a treat--like most of her books it is a little slow going--I mean you cannot read at the speed of sound which I sometimes do. Years ago I just missed Loius L'Amour at "Shepler's" in Oklahoma City--stopped in there to pick up some cowboy clothes--was going bar hopping at C&W bars looking for "Wimmen"--and he was there doing a book signing--he went out the front door about the time I came in a side door. Missed him again a few years later at a little store in Onyx, CA. he had been in there on horseback--was doing research for a book that took place around Walker Pass. I didn't want an autograph, just to tell him thanks to his face for all the pleasant hours I had spent reading his books.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 7:47:40 PM PDT
W. W. Smith says:
"Rimrunners" is the novel that started me on my C.J. Cherryh path, and now she is one of my favorite authors of all time. I love all her characters, she writes them so well. Extreme irony alert. I went to her website for some reason or another, and discovered that she had been in my city for a convention less than two weeks earlier. Missed it by that much! But I also discovered that next year's keynote speaker is another of my favorite authors of all time: Larry Niven. Oh yeah, I got that date circled.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 7:20:34 PM PDT
Larry Kelley says:
W.W. Smith: You named some of my favorite female characters. Meg Kady/Sal Aboujib. Signy Mallory. I kinda liked Ariane Emory too, but Elizabeth Yates from "Rimrunner" is one tough lady. I probably have read that book 7 or 8 times. I wish Cherryh would come back to those stories and settle those she left floating--Signy and (my memory fails again) and the guys she use to run with. Lessa of Pern--she was absolutely something else. All alone and plotting the downfall of the man who murdered most of her kin--and she was what, 16, 17. I would add Theo Waitley, Miri Robertson, Aeri Caylon, Priscilla, etal., women warriors (and much more) from Sharon Lee's and Steve Miller's "Liaden Universe" books.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 6:32:25 PM PDT
W. W. Smith says:
The duo of Meg Kady and Sal Aboujib, from C.J. Cherryh's "Heavy Time" and "Hellburner."
Ariane Emory.
Signy Mallory.
Seven of Nine, but not for the obvious reason(s). I just love when she sneers. "I will not comply!"
And while we're talking about that, Kathryn Janeway.
Lwaxana Troi.
Lessa of Pern.
Does Galadriel count?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2013 6:09:39 PM PDT
W. W. Smith says:
Like your choices. I would like to add Mama Maureen. Have you read "To Sail Beyond the Sunset"? Possibly my favorite novel by him.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 5:08:53 PM PST
Fullme7al says:
That kind of reminds me of the horro film Pandorum. Well at least they took shifts to maintain the ship while traveling across space.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 4:57:26 PM PST
Fullme7al says:
At first I was like what are you talking about? Then looked up the characters name and she has my interest for sure.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 1:37:18 PM PST
Tom Rogers says:
re cryogenics: I've seen a couple references to a little proof done by some SF author (maybe Silverberg or Pohl) about applying cryogenics to very long missions in space and supposedly he was able to show that the decay of naturally occurring radioactive elements in our bones and tissues would damage a body irreparably within a hundred years or so. His solution was supposed to be waking people up to let their bodies repair the damage and then they'd go back into the deep freeze. I haven't gotten around to verifying this possibly apocryphal story, but it's an interesting idea. Anyone else seen this?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 3:03:40 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Rasd-Codurersa Diziet Embless Sma da' Marenhide (more so in "The State of the Art" than "Use of Weapons").

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 2:00:04 AM PST
You can only be frozen immediately after death, so it's a race to beat your brain cells from deteriorating.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2013 6:44:21 PM PST
Fullme7al says:
Just imagine that some people are actually cyrogenically frozen now. Anyone ever think they will be brought back? I remember there was some girl who was terminally ill and went online to ask the public for money to fund her. I think she hit her goal too.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2013 8:56:06 AM PST
AJA says:

Re: Faye Valentine. Well, she does look like a pornstar. Ah, forgot about her backstory. Chronologically she's in her 60's or 70's, right? Sleep certainly has its health benefits.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 1:02:02 AM PST
Telzy Amberdon has got to be my all-time favorite but all of James H. Schmitz' female characters are great - Trigger Argee, the three Witches of Karres and even his Vega agents, although the Agent of Vega stories are among his early work and the characters aren't as fully developed.

All of these stories are available as reasonably priced ebooks from Baen Ebooks: . Also, some of them may be available for free on one of the many Baen free CDs if you search for them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013 6:57:56 PM PST
Fullme7al says:
Man, Faye Valentine is sch a great character in Bebop. But don't ever, google her name without Cowboy Bebop, because you will get a pornstar. I'm lucky I was my nephews weren't looking over my shoulder. Faye's backstory is pretty interesting, the whole woken up from cyrosleep and what not.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013 4:59:21 PM PST
AJA says:
James Cleaveland:

Never thought I'd see a Patlabor or Urusei Yatsura reference on any of these forums.
A number of years ago there was a short period of time where I watched a lot of anime series; Patlabor and Urusei Yatsura were among my favorites, along with Cowboy Bebop as far as SciFi related anime were concerned. I never read any of the manga versions of those titles. Oh yeah, NieA_7 was another anime I liked with a SciFi element (albeit a limited one).

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 3:46:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2013 4:04:33 PM PST
1. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
2. Susan Calvin from I, Robot
3. Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), in her original comic series in the 70's-80's
4. Wonder Woman
5. Kitty Pryde from X-Men
6. Noa Izumi from Mobile Police Patlabor
7. Lum from Urusei Yatsura
8. Triad from Legion of Super-Heroes.
9. Kyra Nerys from Deep Space Nine.
10. Gina, Britanny, and Brianna from the comic book Gold Digger
11. The Companion from the Star Trek Episode "Metamorphosis"
12. R. Dorothy Wayneright from Big O
13. Tsubasa and Hikaru from Figure 17
14. Dana Sterling from Robotech
15. Aeon Flux
16. Sh'lainn Blaze from Roswell Conspiracies
17. Melfina from Outlaw Star
18. Meg Murray from A Wrinkle In Time & its sequels by Madeline L'Engle
19. Molly from Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
20. Ryoko from Tenchi Muyo
21. Tekla from War Planets / Shadow Raiders
22. Mrs. Brisby from The Secret of NIMH
23. Lena from Four-Sided Triangle by William F. Temple
24. Katie Power from Power Pack
25. Mothra

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 11:36:18 AM PST
Maris from Windhaven (one of G.R.R.M.'s earlier books)

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 6:08:31 PM PST
Larry Kelley says:
Walter: You have a point. The Catholic church was a very powerful political influence back in the 50's and I am sure if they thought very many people were reading that short story, they would have called for it to be banned. If my dad knew I was reading something like that, his first impulse would have been to throw the book away--and he was a Southern Baptist preacher! Such stories never bothered me or my religious beliefs--they are just stories, pretty well written, challenging, and amusing in my opinion.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 6:01:57 PM PST
TO: Larry Kelley

RE: "Couldn't get to the Asimov story via your message, but found it by Google."

Well, I had found it several years ago. Perhaps the link is no longer active. Sorry 'bout that, but I'm glad that you found it anyway. By the way, here's another link that I've just found:


RE: "Always, it seems, that little twist at the end."

As I understand it, the story was considered to be "shocking" and "controversial" back in 1956 precisely because of "that little twist at the end." Come to think of it, I'm surprised that they didn't haul him in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) for writing "subversive" literature.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 5:38:27 PM PST
Larry Kelley says:
Thanks Gilbert, I will see if I can find it!!

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 4:48:06 PM PST
I know the story is called "The Big Shot."

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 4:32:45 PM PST
Rev Otter says:
Cirocco Jones (Titan trillogy)
Granny Weatherwax (Discworld series)
YT (Snow Crash)

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 3:17:05 PM PST
Larry Kelley says:
Walter: Couldn't get to the Asimov story via your message, but found it by Google. That's my Asimov! Always, it seems, that little twist at the end. It is startling that he wrote that back in 1956. Another explanation of where it all began.
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