Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

Spring 2019

Publisher

Liverpool University Press

Source Publication

Science Fiction Film and Television

Source ISSN

1754-3770

Abstract

This article examines the newest television programme in the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: Discovery (2017–) and National Geographic’s part-documentary, part-fictional series Mars (2016–). I argue that Discovery and Mars make visible the depiction of developing technology and a breadth and depth of female astronaut characters, two elements that have been historically marginalised in sf narratives such as Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–9). Discovery and Mars both emphasise the purposeful centrality of female characters and their positions of authority as female astronauts and ship leaders. Each programme also foregrounds the representation and framing of technology, emphasising the not-yet-perfect science and the loss of lives associated with complex space expeditions.

Comments

Accepted version. Science Fiction Film and Television, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 2019): 127-150. DOI. © 2019 Liverpool University Press. Used with permission.

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