Post-Apocalyptic Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexualities in Firefly

  • J. Sumerau
  • Sarah L. Jirek


On September 20, 2002, many American television viewers tuned in to FOX Broadcasting Company and were greeted with the image of stars in a black sky. As the night sky shifted into images of a futuristic world, a calm voice explained:

After the Earth was used up, we found a new solar system and hundreds of new Earths were terraformed and colonized. The central planets formed the Alliance and decided all the planets had to join under their rule. There was some disagreement on that point. After the war, many of the Independents who had fought and lost drifted to the edges of the system, far from Alliance control. Out here, people struggled to get by with the most basic technologies; a ship would bring you work, a gun would help you keep it. A captain’s goal was simple: find a crew, find a job, keep flying.


Sexual Minority Racial Minority Male Character Female Character Crew Member 
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  • Sarah L. Jirek

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