I going to cheat... I have been asked to be part of several of the panels at Swancon in Perth, Australia. So I thought I get some ideas from some of you readers out there... Panel 1: Wonder Women: Great Female Role Models in SF/F I can tell you what annoys me sometimes: when the story takes place in the "real" world, e.g. our Mediaeval times, and you have the female hero tearing around doing all kinds of things that no woman would have been allowed to attempt - and would, in fact, have resulted in her being tossed into the nearest jail as either mad or bad. That's one reason why all my worlds are imaginary ones, where rules are different - and my very own! In the Isles of Glory (especially Book 1: "The Aware"), the main protagonist, Blaze, is a bit of the Amazon type - she wields a very large sword and is quite capable of using it on occasion - but she is also aware that most men will be physically stronger than she is. And she has a great sense of irony, a chronic sense of humour, and a soft part that surfaces every now and then, invariably getting her into trouble. When she falls in love for the first time, she falls hard, with someone quite unsuitable for the person she is... And I guess that's the sort of female hero I like: strong but never invincible; usually wise but not beyond acting with poor judgement; mostly hard and cynical, definitely unromantic - but capable of compassion, kindness and love. And doing it all with humour! So, what are some of your favourite female characters in sff books?