Remember at school, when all the geeks and nerds were made fun of? Well, it turns out that those of us who like a bit of fantasy in our fiction aren’t losers after all. Comic books, fantasy films and sci-fi TV series have hit the zeitgeist, introducing a whole new audience to a weird, but wonderful world.
And one of the best things about the genre is its celebration of strong women. Want to see a feisty heroine who kicks ass, takes no prisoners and looks good doing it? Look no further, people. From action heroines to femmes fatales and brainy broads, these ladies bring a whole new meaning to the word cool.
With Star Trek Into Darkness hitting our screens this week, here’s Stylist's selection of our all-time favourite leading ladies of science fiction and fantasy.
What do you think of our choices - have we left anyone out? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments section below.
Words: Cat Collins. Images: Rex Features