Visionary, challenging and often reflective of real-world concerns, sci-fi has produced some of cinema’s most memorable films.
Some of the people who made our list are rising stars.
Others are already well-established in their field.
All of them are making a difference (or on their way to) by improving our lives through research and new discoveries.
(Cho is short for Chosen Among the Beautiful.) As Jones' sci-fi world has seeped into reality, with roboticists around the world dedicating their lives to building lifelike machine women, the word has stuck—for better or worse. That depends on whether you think the world has a lady-robot problem.
makes a strong case that, as technology evolves, our gender divide will grow along with it.