Science fiction and fantasy are supposed to be mind-expanding and thoughtful — but sometimes these genres fall prey to dumb stereotypes. So it's always thrilling when they manage to rise above and do something different. What's the best example of genre storytelling that avoids (or subverts) a stereotype?

Please include a picture, book cover, clip, poster, comics panel, or other piece of artwork for your stereotype-busting story. And please mention the name of the story and why it was so refreshing. Thanks!

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Top image: Star Trek wanted Sulu to use a samurai sword, but actor George Takei talked them into using a regular fencing sword instead, making for a much cooler sequence.