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date: 27 September 2020

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This chapter highlights the ways in which SF as a genre has historically engaged with the theories of sexuality and LGBT movements of its time. While SF has only recently begun to envision more radically progressive sexualities, the genre has always engaged with current discourses on sexuality. From the early days of pulp SF to postmodern futuristic narratives, SF is characterized by the radical potential to explore constellations of sex/gender system beyond normative heterosexuality. The chapter lays out how queer desire is explored in SF through gay and lesbian characters, in narratives of cyberspace, through cyborg bodies and in cross-species reproduction with aliens and other extraterrestrials. Thereby SF thematizes the relationship of racialized sexualities, as well as nonnormative practices such as BDSM, to social power.

Keywords: science fiction, sexuality, sex/gender system, queer, LGBT, normative heterosexuality, BDSM, cyberspace, cyborg bodies

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