By Patricia Melzer

Though set in different worlds populated through alien beings, technological know-how fiction is a domain the place people can critique and re-imagine the paradigms that form this global, from basics resembling the intercourse and gender of the physique to international energy kinfolk between sexes, races, and international locations. Feminist thinkers and writers are more and more spotting technology fiction's capability to shatter patriarchal and heterosexual norms, whereas the creators of technology fiction are bringing new intensity and complexity to the style via attractive with feminist theories and politics. This publication maps the intersection of feminism and technology fiction via shut readings of technology fiction literature by means of Octavia E. Butler, Richard Calder, and Melissa Scott and the films The Matrix and the Alien series.

Patricia Melzer analyzes how those authors and movies signify debates and ideas in 3 parts of feminist concept: id and distinction, feminist opinions of technological know-how and know-how, and the connection between gender identification, physique, and wish, together with the recent gender politics of queer wants, transgender, and intersexed our bodies and identities. She demonstrates that key political components form those debates, together with worldwide capitalism and exploitative classification family members inside a turning out to be overseas procedure; the impression of laptop, business, and scientific 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 technology fiction are a part of a feminist critique of latest energy relations—and that the alien buildings (cyborgs, clones, androids, extraterrestrial beings, and hybrids) that populate postmodern technological know-how fiction are as almost certainly empowering as they're threatening.

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