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The Sex Is Out of This World: Essays on the Carnal Side of Science Fiction

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"Science fiction" can be translated into "real unreality." More than a genre like fantasy, which creates entirely new realms of possibility, science fiction constructs its possibilities from what is real, from what is, indeed, possible, or conceivably so. This collection, then, looks to understand and explore the "unreal reality," to note ways in which our culture's continually changing and evolving mores of sex and sexuality are reflected in, dissected by, and deconstructed through the genre of science fiction. This book is a collection of new

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Overview

"Science fiction" can be translated into "real unreality." More than a genre like fantasy, which creates entirely new realms of possibility, science fiction constructs its possibilities from what is real, from what is, indeed, possible, or conceivably so. This collection, then, looks to understand and explore the "unreal reality," to note ways in which our culture's continually changing and evolving mores of sex and sexuality are reflected in, dissected by, and deconstructed through the genre of science fiction. This book is a collection of new essays, with the general objective of filling a gap in the literature about sex and science fiction (although some work has gone before, none of it is recent). The essays herein explore the myriad ways in which authors--regardless of format (print, film, television, etc.)--envision very different beings expressing this most fundamental of human behaviors.

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Meet the Author

Sherry Ginn teaches psychology at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. She has published a book on the works of Joss Whedon as well as essays on science fiction television series, including Doctor Who, Torchwood and Farscape. Award-winning novelist Michael G. Cornelius is the author or editor of numerous books. He serves as chair of the department of English and Mass Communications at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is Distinguished Professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction: Sexing Science Fiction Michael G. Cornelius 1

Part 1 Alien Sex

The Future, in Bed with the Past: Miscegenation in Science Fiction Film and Television Cynthia J. Miller A. Bowdoin Van Riper 17

Alienating Sex: The Discourse of Sexuality in the Works of Octavia Butler Anca Rosu 34

"We pair off! One man, one woman": The Heterosexual Imperative in Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Trilogy Echo E. Savage 50

Love at First Contact: Sex, Race and Colonial Fantasy in Star Trek: First Contact Allison Whitney 62

"They teach you that in Whore Academy?" A Quantitative Examination of Sex and Sex Workers in Joss Whedon's Firefly and Dollhouse Heather M. Porter 86

The Evil Wet Nurse: PreĊ“dipal Development and Primo Levi's Science Fiction Robert C. Pirro 102

Part 2 Techno Sex

Patriarchy, Paternity and Papas: Reproductive Technologies and Parenthood in Science Fiction Erin Grayson Sapp 117

"I have worked hard at her head and brain": Dr. Moreau and the New Woman Thomas G. Cole II 134

"Are we not men?" Degeneration, Future-Sex and the Time Machine Larry T. Shillock 152

Space Apes Want Our Women! Primate Lust in American Science Fiction Matthew H. Hersch 170

Technology as a Nexus for Homoerotic Desire in Boys' Series Books Michael G. Cornelius 187

(Inter)Mediated Sexuality in the Science Fiction of J. G. Ballard Clare Parody 204

Human, Alien, Techno - What Next? Evolutionary Psychology, Science Fiction and Sex Sherry Ginn 221

Conclusion: Sexing Science Fiction, Take Two Sherry Ginn 238

About the Contributors 243

Index 247

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