Queer Universes: Sexualities and Science Fiction

Queer Universes: Sexualities and Science Fiction




Disputes over the meaning and practice of sexuality have become increasingly central to cultural self-definition. It is hardly surprising, then, that science fiction, the province of new physical and psychological frontiers, has taken up the task of imagining a diverse range of queer and not-so-queer futures. Queer Universes is a landmark investigation into these contemporary and historical representations of gender and sexualities—including Wendy Gay Pearson’s award-winning essay on reading science fiction queerly, as well as essays discussing “sextrapolation” in New Wave science fiction, “stray penetration” in William Gibson’s cyberpunk works, the queering of nature in ecofeminist sci-fi, and the radical challenges posed to conventional science fiction in the work of important writers such as Samuel R. Delaney, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Joanna Russ. In addition, this distinguished volume offers interviews with acclaimed science fiction writers and essays from scholars and science fiction giants alike.

“Timely, smart, and innovative, this vital collection ensures that our conception of science fiction is fuller and healthier.”—Science Fiction Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846311352
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2008
Series: Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Wendy Gay Pearson is assistant professor of film studies at the University of Western Ontario. 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


Notes on Contributors


Introduction: Queer Universes

            Wendy Gay Pearson, Veronica Hollinger, and Joan Gordon


Part I: Queering the Scene

Alien Cryptographies: The View from Queer

            Wendy Gay Pearson

War Machine, Time Machine

            Nicole Griffith and Kelley Eskridge


Part II: Un/Doing History

Sextrapolation in New Wave Science Fiction

            Rob Latham

Towards a Queer Genealogy of SF

            Wendy Gay Pearson


Sexuality and the Statistical Imaginary in Samuel R. Delany’s Trouble on Triton

            Guy Davidson


Stray Penetration and Heteronormative Systems Crash: Queering Gibson

            Graham J. Murphy


Part III: Disordering Desires

‘Something Like a Fiction’: Speculative Intersections of Sexuality and Technology

            Veronica Hollinger


‘And How Many Souls Do You Have?’: Technologies of Perverse Desire and Queer Sex in Science Fiction Erotica

            Patricia Melzer


BDSMSF(QF): Sadomasochistic Reading of Québécois Women’s Science Fiction

            Sylvie Bérard


Part VI: Embodying New Worlds

‘Happy That It’s Here’: An Interview with Nalo Hopkinson

            Nancy Johnston


Queer Nature: Close Encounters with the Alien in Ecofeminist Science Fiction

            Helen Merrick


Queering the Coming Race? A Utopian Historical Imperative

            De Witt Douglas Kilgore


Works Cited


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