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Ripley, the First Lady of Sci-Fi? Sure. But Buffy at No. 2? No thanks...

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Alien-buffy_l According to Totalscifionline.com, Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, the heroine of the Alien films, tops a list of the 25 Women who Shook Sci-Fi. Which is fine and defensible and totally right — Aliens, in particular, is a masterful action film entirely about women: two leaders of their respective tribes, engaged in all-out war in defense of their species. In Sigourney’s words: “Ripley was like a samurai, a warrior. I’m so glad I got to wear actualclothes instead of a tiny little suit or something. And I’m glad Ididn’t feel I had to be glamorous….You didn’t haveto be a sex symbol.”

But the list — which also lauds Kara Thrace, Dana Scully, and Sarah Connor — loses most of its credibility by putting Buffy Summers in the No. 2 slot. Because, you know, Buffy the Vampire Slayer isn’t science fiction. Buffy is fantasy, through and through. Vampires, werewolves, mummies, really hot witches who don’t figure out they’re hot until they turn all evil and then are even hotter…pure fantasy. (And don’t tell me that just because there were robots on Buffy, it’s sci-fi. Fail.)

I’m all for celebrating positive female role models in science fiction — the world’s girls can always use characters to look up to — but let’s get our terminology right.

What do you think? Am I being too harsh on this well-intentioned list? Or should the dudes behind totalscifionline.com know better than to play fast and loose with subjects of such high geek importance?

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