“To boldly go where no one has gone before”
“No law can give you freedom”
“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe it”
“Be curious, not judgmental”
“Never let the hand you hold, hold you down”
“Only the dead have seen the end of the war”
A captain on a star ship bound for adventure
A hacker with plans to overthrow an evil megacorporation
Scientists on a research vessel analysing a sentient planet
An anti war veteran struggling with the dark deeds he once performed in the name of the Machine
A woman, living on a highly oppressive planet, who invented a language that can be used to communicate secret messages to other rebels
A troop of soldiers on a space battleship preparing themselves for war
Full of action, interstellar escapades, and maybe some melodrama
Near future, dystopic, explore the breakdown of social order
Cerebral and scientifically accurate
Explores the human condition, explores relationships between humans, humans and aliens
Explores sexuality, gender, power dynamics
Full of guns, valorous muscled men, and things that blow up
Say “Aye, aye captain!” and jump into the control seat
Laugh and explain to your captain there’s a little something called “relativity” and “time dilation” that we have to deal with
Find it maddening that these social hierarchies such as “captain” and “crew” still exist in this imagined future and secretly plan a mutiny
Kick this piece of civilian junk into high gear! Woot!
Ummm.. being in space really isn’t my thing. Got any computers I can hack?
Find it interesting that these social hierarchies of “captain” and “crew” still exist in this imagined future and reluctantly engage the ship
Fatigues. Space fatigues.
Something gender nonspecific if possible. Loose enough that I can fight if I have to.
Whatever makes sense for the story I’m in
A lab coat or whatever equivalent outfit scientists wear in the future
Doc Martens and a bullet belt
A very slimming silver bodysuit
The wits and physical skills to outsmart the aliens
A brilliant mind and rebellious nature. The quintessential misfit antihero.
Characters don’t matter as much to me as long as they’re brainy. I’m more interested in exploring the world they live in.
The ability to reflect on the society around them. If not the character, then the story itself should be able to do that.
Strength, endurance, and the ability to overcome institutionalized oppression
A sense bravery, honor, duty
Ask “Be ye friend or foe?” with raygun in hand
Quarantine it and study it from a distance
Are curious about what life is like on its planet and what conditions arose to bring this being here to you now
Aliens? I don’t have time to deal with aliens when corporations are using nanotechnology to invade our minds!
Shoot first, ask questions later
Wonder if the alien is going to respect your boundaries and be an ally to you