By Patricia Melzer
Though set in different worlds populated through alien beings, technology fiction is a domain the place people can critique and re-imagine the paradigms that form this international, from basics resembling the intercourse and gender of the physique to international strength kinfolk between sexes, races, and international locations. Feminist thinkers and writers are more and more spotting technological know-how fiction's capability to shatter patriarchal and heterosexual norms, whereas the creators of technology fiction are bringing new intensity and complexity to the style by means of attractive with feminist theories and politics. This ebook maps the intersection of feminism and technological know-how fiction via shut readings of technology fiction literature by way of Octavia E. Butler, Richard Calder, and Melissa Scott and the flicks The Matrix and the Alien series.
Patricia Melzer analyzes how those authors and flicks symbolize debates and ideas in 3 parts of feminist inspiration: id and distinction, feminist evaluations of technological know-how and know-how, and the connection between gender identification, physique, and wish, together with the hot gender politics of queer wishes, transgender, and intersexed our bodies and identities. She demonstrates that key political components form those debates, together with international capitalism and exploitative classification kinfolk inside of a starting to be foreign approach; the effect of desktop, commercial, and clinical applied sciences on women's lives and reproductive rights; and posthuman embodiment as expressed via biotechnologies, the body/machine interface, and the commodification of hope. Melzer's research makes it transparent that feminist writings and readings of technological know-how fiction are a part of a feminist critique of current energy relations—and that the alien structures (cyborgs, clones, androids, extraterrestrial beings, and hybrids) that populate postmodern technology fiction are as almost certainly empowering as they're threatening.