In honor of Mother’s Day, today’s quickie is about our favorite mother in science fiction or fantasy. But Margaret totally stole my very first favorite mother–Cordelia Naismith from the Vorkosigan novels by Lois McMaster Bujold–so I’m going to put my second favorite mother as Mrs. Murray from A Wrinkle in Time.
Mrs. Murray doesn’t really have a lot of face time in that book (though she has a bit more in later books,) but the little that was revealed of her showed a lovely woman who wasn’t afraid to continue being a scientist and an intelligent woman in a time when that wasn’t the norm–or even accepted– for women. Not only that, she continues to be as strong and loving mother after her husband’s disappearance, and continues to have faith in her husband and maintain hope–and give her children hope–that he will someday return. She’s still human and has moments of grief and doubt, but she keeps those moment from her kids as much as possible.
After Mrs. Murray, I think I’d have to go with Ramoth from the Pern series. She’s a real dragon-mama!