With “Annihilation” now out in theaters, audiences are seeing a creature even stranger than the ones encountered in The Shimmer: a sci-fi film with a predominantly female cast. The film is definitely a testament to how far the genre has come in terms of female representation on-screen. The victory, however, is a little premature. Science fiction’s penchant for putting women through hell has been around for a while and is likely to be around for a while longer.
To celebrate “Annihilation” and acknowledge the genre’s troubled history, we created a gallery of sci-fi women in television and film who show that we still have a long way to go.