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By Derek J. Thiess

Following scholarship on gender in technology fiction, this e-book explores the boundaries of contemplating age as a social development, positing that an acknowledgement of elderly our bodies unavoidably alterations the best way we learn either age and technological know-how fiction. the amount employs modern scientific psychology, the biopsychosocial version, to illustrate that age is a crucial and ignored subject appropriate to the research of speculative fiction. whereas gender bargains a vocabulary, the biopsychosocial technique presents a mode to contemplate age (and gender) as an embodied synthesis of physicality, psychology, and social atmosphere. This revered version of scientific psychology permits a different and leading edge lens during which to learn age and the physique in literature. Thiess bargains readings of verified sf classics together with Octavia Butler’s Parable sequence; Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game; and cyberpunk authors resembling Bruce Sterling, Pat Cadigan, and Neal Stephenson, additionally exploring extra mainstream speculative works together with Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight sequence and Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity. vacationing themes similar to care paintings, sexuality, activity, and the army in those works, the publication demonstrates that acknowledging a extra absolutely embodied age is not just invaluable for the person topic, yet also will increase our figuring out of alternative social different types, together with gender and race. Taking a constructive—rather than adversarial—stance, this e-book doesn't basically query how a lot you will ethically and responsibly "bend" age, yet indicates there's a good deal to benefit whilst one explores these limits.

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