From its humble beginnings in the early nineteenth century, science fiction and fantasy criticism has steadily grown and evolved into a multidisciplinary genre that extends across literature, film, television, gaming, and even into real-world technology. The lax parameters of the genre as a whole produce the ability to engage with a wide range of topics, broaching anything from feminism, ecocriticism, Afrofuturism, sexuality and cultural dynamics to religion, economics, psychology and everything in between. We believe that science fiction and fantasy criticism continues and will continue to demonstrate its relevance and applicability, thus showing the world the richness and depth that it has to offer. We hope as you read this collection, you will be able to see this too.
Who’s the Fairest of Them All: Decoding Cultural Stereotypes in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Literature
A collection exploring a wide variety of concepts – the Other, the roles of women, Afrofuturism, gender and obedience and survival, patriarchal norms , ecocriticism – exposing the diversity of speculative fiction criticism.
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Introduction: Travelling Time
Nicole Atkings and Hazel Impey
Living Dolls: Explicating the Female Cyborg
Science Fiction and Black Women Writing: A Reading of West-Indian Canadian Nalo Hopkinson’s and African American Octavia Butler’s Novels
The Mismeasure of Aliens and Others: ID4 May Not B4U
‘Winter Is Coming’: Nature and Climate Change in A Song of Ice and Fire
Are Aliens Sexy? The Sexuality of the Alien, the Sexuality of the Other
Of Dragons and Bigotry