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9781846315015

Queer Universes Sexualities in Science Fiction

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    9781846315015

  • ISBN10:

    1846315018

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-02-15
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press

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Contestations over the meaning and practice of sexuality have become increasingly central to cultural self-definition and critical debates over issues of identity, citizenship and the definition of humanity itself. In an era when a religious authority can declare lesbians antihuman while some nations legalise same-sex marriage and are becoming increasingly tolerant of a variety of non-normative sexualities, it is hardly surprising that science fiction, in turn, takes up the task of imagining a diverse range of queer and not-so-queer futures. The essays in Queer Universes investigate both contemporary and historical practices of representing sexualities and genders in science fiction literature. Queer Universes opens with Wendy Pearson's award-winning essay on reading sf queerly and goes on to include discussions about ‘sextrapolation' in New Wave science fiction, ‘stray penetration' in William Gibson's cyberpunk fiction, the queering of nature in ecofeminist science fiction, and the radical challenges posed to conventional science fiction in the work of important writers such as Samuel R. Delany, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Joanna Russ. In addition, Queer Universes offers an interview with Nalo Hopkinson and a conversation about queer lives and queer fictions by authors Nicola Griffith and Kelley Eskridge.

Author Biography


Wendy Gay Pearson is Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Veronica Hollinger is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at Trent University. Joan Gordon is Associate Professor of English at Nassau Community College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. x
Introduction: Queer Universesp. 1
Queering the Scene
Alien Cryptographies: The View from Queerp. 14
War Machine, Time Machinep. 39
Un/Doing History
Sextrapolation in New Wave Science Fictionp. 52
Towards a Queer Genealogy of SFp. 72
Sexuality and the Statistical Imaginary in Samuel R. Delany's Trouble on Tritonp. 101
Stray Penetration and Heteronormative Systems Crash: Queering Gibsonp. 121
Disordering Desires
'Something Like a Fiction': Speculative Intersections of Sexuality and Technologyp. 140
'And How Many Souls Do You Have?': Technologies of Perverse Desire and Queer Sex in Science Fiction Eroticap. 161
BDSMSF(QF): Sadomasochistic Readings of Québécois Women's Science Fictionp. 180
Embodying New Worlds
'Happy That It's Here': An Interview with Nalo Hopkinsonp. 200
Queering Nature: Close Encounters with the Alien in Ecofeminist Science Fictionp. 216
Queering the Coming Race? A Utopian Historical Imperativep. 233
Works Citedp. 252
Indexp. 272
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