Gender Pointers and Binaries

I am almost done with my project. I have a substantial draft completed for my cumulative paper, and I am excited to revise and tweak it until it says the things I really want to say, and the things I think are really important. I’ve decided to use Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr.’s concept of “fictive neologies” as […]

Using Formal Elements to Reaffirm Meaning

I’ve just about finished my reading list. I read Sphinx (Anne Garréta), Noughts and Crosses (Malorie Blackman), The Argonauts (Maggie Nelson), and Triton (Samuel R. Delany). I’m almost done with The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction (Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr.), a critical work that aims to define what makes science fiction science fiction. I purposely steered […]

Looking at Gender Tensions in SF

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been reading. I finished Octavia Butler’s trilogy (Xenogenesis), as well as Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time, Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, and James Tiptree Jr.’s The Women Men Don’t See. I’ve come up with a few preliminary observations […]