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[GUEST POST] Amanda Bridgeman’s Space Opera Dream Team (+ Worldwide Giveaway!)

Born in the seaside/country town of Geraldton, Western Australia, and raised her on a diet of Rocky, Rambo, Muhammad Ali and AC/DC, Amanda Bridgeman grew up somewhat of a tomboy, preferring to watch action/sci-fi films over the standard rom-com, and liking her music rock hard. That said, she can swoon with the best of them and is really not a fan of bugs. In Perth (WA), she pursued her dreams to study film & television/creative writing at Murdoch University (BA Communication Studies). She is a writer and a film buff. She loves most genres, but is particularly fond of the Spec-Fic realm. She likes action, epic adventures, and strong characters that draw you in, making you want to follow them on their wild, rollercoaster rides. Her debut novel Aurora:Darwin was published with Momentum in May 2013, and the sequel Aurora: Pegasus was released in December 2013.

My Genre Maidens

by Amanda Bridgeman

Sports fans do it all the time and Marvel and DC Comics are getting in on the action too – creating their dream teams, their fantasy leagues (think The Avengers, Justice League, etc). I’m a huge fan of The Avengers, because let’s face it, it’s a pretty awesome line-up: Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Widow – all on the one screen. This trend isn’t limited to comic superheroes, however, with the recent release of The Expendables series – a gathering of top action stars, past and present. And now there are moves to create the Expendabelles, an all-female line up.

Thinking about this trend, I started wondering what an all-female line up could look like, and more importantly, what I would want one to look like. So, I sat down, and like Marvel and DC Comics, created my own fantasy league. This wasn’t an exercise in feminism, but a celebration of the female genre superstars that have inspired me and my writing.

Now being a writer, I’m not just going to provide a list of names and leave it at that. I like to use my imagination and see the whole picture. So, if I’m going to bring these genre heroines together, they each need a role to play, and they need some sort of transport to travel around in order to fight the evil forces, right? Given my preferred genre is sci-fi, it seems only right to give them a spaceship, and even more right to give it an awesome name like the Iron Maiden.

So without further ado, may I introduce my dream team, the crew of the Iron Maiden:


The Iron Maiden needs a captain, and I can think of none better than the greatest sci-fi heroine ever – Ellen Ripley (Alien Series). She is a natural leader; intelligent, cautious and compassionate, but is also willing to stand her ground. She’s level headed and rarely volatile. With Ripley at the helm, the Iron Maiden is guaranteed success. Oh Captain, my captain!


Every captain needs a wingman, a VP, and I see no better than Trinity (The Matrix Series). Again, she’s cool, calm and collected, but she can also deliver an ass-whooping when required. Her loyalty is one of her strongest traits and this ‘Ripley – Trinity’ combination will form a solid foundation upon which to build the rest of the Iron Maiden crew.


So now I have my backbone, it’s time to add the muscle…

Although I need leaders that are calm and steady, the rest of the soldiers, however, can be as volatile as they like. After all, they’re the ones doing most of the ass-kicking, right? I think you’ll agree my selections are more than suitable for the job. Although, word of warning: I’d be polite if I were you…

  • Sarah Connor (Terminator Series) – Capable of fighting not only man, but also machine
  • Samantha Caine (The Long Kiss Goodnight) – Super-fast, multi-skilled, very valuable
  • Private Vasquez (Aliens) – Just. Don’t. Even. Think. About. It.
  • Jordan O’Neill (GI Jane) – Toughness and resilience to see any mission through.
  • Brienne of Tarth (Game of Thrones) – Because it’s not all about guns. Sometimes it’s about bludgeoning someone medieval style too.

Now, I need a couple of pilots to fly the Iron Maiden, and these women will do just fine:

Chief Pilot: ‘Starbuck’ (Battlestar Galactica) – Full of courage and full of talent
Co-Pilot: Trudy (Avatar) – Look, just Michelle Rodriquez in any film really.

Lastly, every ship needs their ‘comms/tech’ wiz, and I’m giving the job to Lisbeth Salander (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo). She clearly knows her way around IT systems and let’s face it, with that attitude, I think she’ll fit in rather nicely.

So this is the crew of the Iron Maiden.

They are locked, loaded and ready to go.

Their mission: To take on whatever evil force comes their way, be it human, alien, or machine.

Now…who wants to play?

WORLDWIDE GIVEAWAY: Win eBook Copies of AURORA: DARWIN and AURORA: PEGASUS by Amanda Bridgeman

SF Signal has 10 pairs of ebook copies of Amanda Bridgeman’s space opera duology Aurora:Darwin and Aurora:Pegasus to give away to 10 lucky SF Signal readers!

Here’s what the books are about

A distress signal on the edge of inhabited space. A mission that is far outside normal parameters. Two very different people with one common goal – survival.

When a distress signal is received from a black-ops space station on the edge of inhabited space, Captain Saul Harris of the UNF Aurora is called in from leave to respond. But the mission is not what it seems. Female members of the United National Forces have not been allowed to travel into the outer zones before, but Harris is ordered to take three new female recruits.

For Corporal Carrie Welles, one of the Aurora’s new recruits, her first mission in space seems like a dream come true. Determined to achieve the success of her father before her, and suddenly thrust into a terrifying mission, she must work with her new captain and the strained Aurora crew to make it home alive.

When the Aurora arrives at the station Harris and Welles soon find themselves caught up in a desperate fight for survival. Station Darwin is not what they expected. The lights are off. But somebody is home.

Before they can rise victorious, they must first descend into hell

Captain Saul Harris of the UNF Aurora gets the call he does not want to receive. Forced to pull his team back together and go hunt down and capture old enemies, he finds himself faced with a whole new terror.

He thought the Darwin mission was over, but all those unanswered questions are beginning to haunt him.

Corporal Carrie Welles has no choice but to rejoin the Aurora crew and help her captain finish what they started. But is this mission as straight forward as it seems? Is she really prepared for the fight of her life?

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:

  1. Send an email to contest at sfsignal dot com. (That’s us).
  2. In the subject line, enter “Aurora Duology
  3. In the email, please provide your eBook preference (mobi or epub).
  4. Geographic restrictions: None!
  5. The giveaway will end Friday, February 21st, 2014 (9:00 PM U.S. Central time). The winners will be selected at random, notified, and announced shortly thereafter.

Good luck!

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9 Comments on [GUEST POST] Amanda Bridgeman’s Space Opera Dream Team (+ Worldwide Giveaway!)

  1. Wait, wouldn’t Trudy and Private Vasquez be freaked out at being non-twin twins? 😉

    This list is a good one, but you need more abilities in this list:

    Dr. Macrae (Yvette Mimeux) [The Black Hole] , for ESP abilities and general science.

    Aereon (Judi Dench)[Chronicles of Riddick] . You *need* someone skilled in diplomacy, for when you don’t want Brienne to hit something. Aereon is clever enough to deal with Necromongers. There’s nothing she can’t talk to.

    And as a third pilot, or someone to handle the smaller craft, you really need Captain Deering (Erin Gray) [Buck Rogers]. 1st season version only.

  2. Jeff Patterson // February 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm //

    Communications – Interface from Quark

    The Computer from Hyperdrive (Maggie Service), with Holly II from Red Dwarf for good measure.

    The Angels from Captain Scarlet to handle dog fights. Aeryn Sun from Farscape and the more lethal Eva Habermann version of Zev from Lexx for neck-snapping. Dureena from Crusade for thievery. Susan Ivanova for any battle speeches that need giving.

    Amanda Waller (Animated DC universe) gives the orders from the fleet.

    Also must find room for: Maude Lebowski, Jordan Cochran (Real Genius)(in the “Barkley” role); Mandy (Billy & Mandy), and any role Michelle Forbes played.

  3. There are at least 3 women from Star-Gate SG1 not included here

    1- Samantha Carter — Chief Science Officer

    2 – Janet Fraiser — Chief Medical Officer

    3 – Vala Mal Doran — Chief Trouble Causer / Scrounger

    And What about all the incredible women on Farscape ( since we mentioned Claudia Black )

    1 – Aeryn Sun — Pilot / Assault Trooper

    2 – Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan — Medical

    3 – Chiana — Thief / Con Artist

  4. Seriously, you have a dream team WITHOUT Zoe Washburn from Firefly?

    My team would kick your team’s ass 🙂

  5. For me no crew would be complete without Kaylee, Kaywinnet Lee Fry, (Firefly) and B’Elanna Torres (ST: Voyager) in Engineering.

    And doesn’t a ship need a cruise director/entertainment manager? I’d want Greta Forzane (The Big Time, Fritz Leiber)

    The Aurora books look really interesting, btw.

  6. I like this idea of a Space Opera Dream Team, but it’s missing a most obvious name: Captain Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan. Perhaps she could be Admiral.

  7. Some great suggestions for inclusions into the Dream Team. I think we’re going to need a bigger boat…


    Thanks for the comments, guys!

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