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May 12, 2011


Alden Ash

The latest I have enjoyed is Alexia Tarabotti from Gail Carriger's The Parasol Protectorate series.

Page Turner

If Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp had not invented herself in The Age of Steam, the task of creating her would have fallen to an author of The Age of Steampunk. It is difficult to comprehend how flesh and blood could ever produce or contain Josie Marcus Earp's combination of beauty, spunk, self-reliance, intellect, artistic ethos and gift for self-promotion. Wyatt Earp never knew what hit him and, apparently, neither did anyone else who ever crossed paths with the diminuitive force of nature named Josephine. Broken hearts, beauty marks, bustles, brass knuckles, and knuckle-dusters were all strewn in the wake of the head-strong and adventuresome Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp!


I would think the obvious choice would be Ada Lovelace -- both the real one and the fictional version in the Difference Engine.


To quote from the web-"When you think of great Victorian explorers inevitably you have an image of Darwin or Livingston, rucksack, pith helmet and machete in hand. Not a little middle-aged women with a collection of brushes and an easel, painting in the heart of the Brazillian jungle. “Well Marianne North, I presume”. Victorian botanist, painter, explorer. I like how she didn't even begin her travels until middle age.

Barry Huddleston

Warehouse 13 has a female H.G. Wells. By the way, it looks like she may get a spinoff. I would love to see a new steampunk TV series.


OK, Gail Carriger's Alexia Tarabotti, already mentioned, is a very strong contestant: I just love her (and who doesn't?). On a different note, any of Cherie Priest's strong female lead stars - Briar Wilkes, Maria Isabella Boyd, and Mercy Lynch- warrants a mention, too.

That being said, my heart will always belong to Irene Adler...

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