Today the topic of Top Ten Tuesdays is Top Ten Characters in X Genre.

I think I’ve already harped enough about my favorite fantasy characters so today I’m going to choose science fiction and limit myself to just one character per writer.

1, Pyanfar Chanur by C. J. Cherryh
She’s a starship captain and her crew are her relatives so she very much wants to keep them safe and sound which sometimes seem impossible.

2, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan by Lois McMaster Bujold
In Shards of Honor, she’s a Captain of a deep space exploration ship but things go awry on her career. She’s smart, logical, and empathetic, and yet ruthless when needed. In Barrayar she behaves like an anthropologist studying an alien culture. And she is surrounded by culture which is very different from the world she grew up in.

3, The Boss by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The books she’s in are written from the Boss’ first person point-of-view and we never get to know her name; the other characters call her Boss. She’s fiercely independent and even paranoid about her privacy. Her ship’s name is Nobody’s Business.

4, Joseph by Kage Baker
Joseph is an immortal cyborg who has lived through a lot of human history.

5, Eliza D. Braun by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
Eliza is an agent in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. She’s opinionated, very good with guns, and stubborn but also stubbornly loyal to her friends. Pretty much the only thing she’s afraid of is her feelings towards men.

6, Muire by Elizabeth Bear
When Ragnarok destroyed Earth and Valhalla, Muire was the only valkyrie to survive it and she did so by running away. She’s convinced that she’s a coward and a terrible person because of it and she tries hard to make up for it.

7, Katniss Everdeen by Suzanne Collins
Katniss is a very determined young woman. She pretty much the main breadwinner for her family and she doesn’t hesitate to protect her sister.

8, Jet by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge
When we meet Jet at the beginning of “Black and White” she seems like a super villain. However, she has her reasons for doing what she does. She’s in a bad situation but has made the best of it, even using others’ perception of her to her advantage.

9, Daav yos’Phelium by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
He’s the absolute head of his clan but he doesn’t misuse his power over others. If anything, he seems to want to help the members of his clan and is gracious towards others.

10, Venera Fanning by Karl Schroeder
Venera is a character who is usually seen as a villain; a ruthless, very intelligent woman who is plotting all the time how to turn every moment into her advantage and how to make people into allies. I found her absolutely fascinating as a main character.