Morgan Lariah On Diversity in Science Fiction

an Interview by Jonah Bergan
(Published at

As a part of my series “On Diversity in Science Fiction,” we have with us here at, Morgan Lariah; actor, writer, and filmmaker. She plays the lead in the sci-fi film, 5th Passenger, a film featuring many of our favorite actors from Star Trek. Morgan also co-wrote and produced the film.

Jonah: Morgan, when we discussed the possibility of doing this interview, you indicated that you wanted to discuss women in science fiction. Generally speaking, what would you like to say about that?

Morgan: I have always found Sci-fi to be very inspiring. Sci-fi was the first genre I encountered that portrayed strong women in leadership roles. It’s a place where women can be strong, intelligent and beautiful. I’m talking about Nichelle Nichols who played Lt. Uhura, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry who played Number One, the original Executive Officer in the Pilot of Star Trek and Sigourney Weaver in Alien. In their time, these were all cutting edge examples of women in leadership roles.

Jonah: How would you say the portrayal of women has changed over the years? [Read More]


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