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Queer Universes

Sexualities in Science Fiction

edited by Wendy Gay Pearson, Veronica Hollinger & Joan Gordon

Publisher
Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2011
Category
General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781846315015
    Publish Date
    Feb 2011
    List Price
    $39.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781846311352
    Publish Date
    Jul 2008
    List Price
    $143.00

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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.

About the authors

Wendy Gay Pearson is an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario. Her current research project involves the impact of modes of distribution on the politics and aesthetics of Indigenous film. She is co-editing a volume on the politics of representation of Indigenous girls and women.

Susan Knabe is an assistant professor in both Media Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Her research covers the construction of gender and sexuality in discourses of health and disease as well as the representation of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity in film and media. Her forthcoming book is titled Affective Traces: AIDS Cultural Production and the Legacy of the Holocaust.

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