Return of the Space Princess


Promotional image for the “Dejah Thoris” comic book series by Amy Chu (Author) – Based on a character from the Edgar Rice Burroughs “Barsoom” series.

space princess

Screenshot from the comments section of the Mallard Fillmore comic strip.

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Just so you don’t miss the important quote in the above conversation:

The Superversive Literary Movement is in opposition to wokism, saying that any politics in a work of storytelling should serve the story, rather than the woke commandment to ensure that the story serves woke politics. The Space Princess Movement is a subset thereof.

That exchange occurred in the comments section of the conservative comic strip Mallard Fillmore written and penned these days by Loren Fishman but occasionally featuring the work of its creator Bruce Tinsley.

You can find the comic strip at though I warn you that the topics are indeed supportive of a conservative viewpoint and the comments are from pro-conservatives with pushback delivered by counterprotesting trolls “under-the-bridge-dwellers.”

I’ve written before about the Superversive movement in science fiction and fantasy. It is designed to oppose what is perceived as a “subversive” movement prevalent in today’s SF/F literature as well as in television, movies, comic books, and so on. I’ve even had some of my short stories published in Superversive anthologies such as…

…to name a few.

I’ve even been interviewed for Superversive Spotlight Sunday.

But Space Princesses?

I went to find out more and my first stop was R. Jason Bennion’s blog Simple Tricks and Nonsense. Specifically the article The New Space Princess Movement.

Click that last link and have a read. It’s not often I see John C. Wright and John Scalzi mentioned in the same blog post, mainly because I consider them polar opposites in terms of ideology. I’ve reviewed at least one of Scalzi’s novels. When I posted a link on twitter, criticizing the author’s overly-liberal use of the word “fuck” as if he were a toddler who had discovered the word “poop,” he shot back at me with all of the vitriol of an offended 13 year old who couldn’t make it to his safe space fast enough.

To get a better read on Wright’s “Space Princesses,” visit Space Princess Movement Motto and Dress Code as well as the archive of all of his Space Princess articles.

For his part, this is Scalzi’s response.

Space Princesses. Hmmmm…


Promotional image for the 1983 film “Return of the Jedi”

I did find more at Edward Willett’s blog (although the two people who commented were trolls “under-the-bridge-dwellers”) and SF Signal.

While you may believe that the day of the Space Princess ended with the pulp fiction era, it has endured at least up to Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in the 1983 Star Wars film Return of the Jedi and perhaps even Queen Padmé Amidala in the three Star Wars “prequel” movies (note the belly button exposure for the latter).


Promotional image for the 2005 movie “Revenge of the Sith”

I don’t know if you could write a “Space Princess” story credibly today unless it were satire or farce. On the other hand, Richard Paolinelli‘s recently published Galen’s Way, which does indeed feature a Space Princess, seems to be doing pretty well.

What do you think. Should the Space Princess rise again?

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