By Patricia Melzer
Though set in different worlds populated by means of alien beings, technological know-how fiction is a domain the place people can critique and re-imagine the paradigms that form this international, from basics comparable to the intercourse and gender of the physique to worldwide strength family between sexes, races, and countries. Feminist thinkers and writers are more and more spotting technology fiction's strength to shatter patriarchal and heterosexual norms, whereas the creators of technology fiction are bringing new intensity and complexity to the style by means of enticing with feminist theories and politics. This e-book maps the intersection of feminism and technological know-how fiction via shut readings of technological know-how 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 movies symbolize debates and ideas in 3 parts of feminist suggestion: id and distinction, feminist reviews of technological know-how and expertise, and the connection between gender identification, physique, and wish, together with the hot gender politics of queer wants, transgender, and intersexed our bodies and identities. She demonstrates that key political parts form those debates, together with worldwide capitalism and exploitative type kinfolk inside of a starting to be foreign approach; the influence of computing device, commercial, 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 current energy relations—and that the alien structures (cyborgs, clones, androids, extraterrestrial beings, and hybrids) that populate postmodern technological know-how fiction are as in all probability empowering as they're threatening.