So today I came across this post from Two Dudes in an Attic that talks about SF villains. I just couldn’t resist making a list of my own and playing along. You should pop over to Two Dudes and see who made their list.
The Meliorare Society from Alan Dean Foster’s Flinx & Pip series – I started reading this series as a kid, probably 10 or 12. And the Meliorare Society scared me silent. They do gene splicing, experimenting on humans, etc. And when one of their pet projects gets away, they won’t stop at much in order to get their specially spliced and baked human back.
The Cylons from the 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot – In the reboot, they look human. Not only that, they get more and more human as the series progresses, making for a complicated storyline. Still, you think you’re sleeping with a regular human, and suddenly he or she can simply give your head a good squeeze and get brain jelly for their efforts.
Brain bugs from Jim Bernheimer’s Confessions of a D-List Supervillain – OK, from this title you might think the Supervillain is the one I worried about. Nope, it was the brain bugs. They fly around, attach to your neck, and then make you very susceptible to orders from whoever controls the bugs. I would hate for it to be that easy for someone to take over my life.
The Old Man of Phoenix Island, by John Dixon – He believes, truly, with the depths of his heart that he is doing the right thing. He experiments on kids who are court-ordered to his island, splicing and modifying, adding drugs, a few electronics. His certainty that he is doing it for the better of mankind left me chilled.
The Reavers from the TV series Firefly – They don’t simply kill. No, they torture, they eat, then they kill. It’s messed up.
Nearly all of the life forms found on Hender’s Isle in Warren Fahy’s Fragment – While fascinating, they all evolved to kill and eat. Yep. The island has been isolated for hundreds of thousands of years, or more. The creatures who evolved on this little speck of land have no respect for humans and their tech. Nope, they just want to paralyze, dissolve, or eat them. This was a great, chilling romp through island monsters.
The Taurans from Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War – We never really see the Taurans, just their effects on humans. Humans have had to throw everything they have into this war for survival – mech suits, space travel, etc. The Taurans have this huge impact on human society (everything from politics to science to industry to what is for dinner) and that strikes me as a little scary.
The Vos from Nina Munteanu’s Outer Diverse – Here we have another alien race, rarely seen, that threatens genocide to the entire human race. And they have nearly accomplished it. Indeed, the few humans that are still around are spread through out a galaxy that is run by other aliens. Humans aren’t in force, they don’t rule worlds, they aren’t main contenders for anything. In fact, they are kind of the bottom of the barrel.
The Gitai from Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s All You Need Is Kill – This alien race closely resemble frogs, and they want all humans dead. While it isn’t in the book, I kept on picturing how frogs eat, essentially swallowing their meals whole. Blech! I don’t want to be defeated in battle to be swallowed, possibly still alive, by a frog.
So, what are some of your favorite villains of science fiction? Do they make you tremble? Do they make you avoid certain movies on dark and stormy nights?