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‘Monstrum Sum’: Intersectional Otherness in The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club Books (2017-2019)

Theodora Goss’s Athena Club series uses neo-Victorian monster mashup to interrogate contemporary identity politics. Set at the turn of the twentieth century, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (2017), the first book in the series, chronicles the adventures of the daughters of famous ‘mad scientists’ from Victorian literature, and their eventual formation of the …

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Keynote #2: Dr Sara Wasson

Slow Lacerations: Time in Tissue Transfer Fantastika How do we show history, money, and surgical and pharmacological change intersecting with bodies? How do we express the times of transplantation, the temporalities of its many dimensions impacting human tissue and flesh and kinship? This paper considers recipient experience and of harvestee vulnerabilities and networks of predation that can feed …

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Becoming transhuman: exploring the adaptation of the body for war and conquest in the Black Library’s Horus Heresy series.

“So he made us, demi-gods, to stand beside him… The mere fact of me frightens me sometimes.” (Abnett, Horus Rising, p134-135) Over the past 30 years, Games Workshop’s iconic ‘Warhammer 40,000’ setting has centred around a key narrative conflict set in the 31st millennium: the era known as the Horus Heresy, involving two sides of …

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‘I Never Drink… Wine’ – Negotiating Consumption in Children’s Vampire Media

Long established as a relocation of sexual intercourse, the bloody feeding of the vampire is obviously its most iconic and embodied behaviour. How then do the authors and directors of the ever-popular children’s vampire story negotiate the clear inappropriateness of such consumption? Examining a range of recent television and film texts, such as Count Duckula, …

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You Are What They Eat: Anthropophagy in Alien Invasion Films of the 1980s

Following the release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), science fiction narratives focused on alien visitors to Earth become more popular and prolific than they had been since the 1950s. Invasion films experienced a particular resurgence, with many films borrowing their basic narratives from the science fiction films …

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Are robot-assisted surgeons using the Da Vinci Surgical System “Cyborgs”?

Through dissolving human-machine boundaries, the ‘cyborg’ challenges traditional conceptions of embodiment. Thus, identifying a singular conception of what it means to be human may become increasingly impossible within a contemporary, cyborg-infused reality. The term cyborg has been appropriated within a mixture of utopian and dystopian accounts to describe various hybrid bodies; Haraway’s (1991) visions of …

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The changeling’s story: The fantastic duplicity of queer bodies in Sci-Fi and fantasy fiction

Once I asked my father what he’d do if he found out I was a changeling. Without hesitating, he said “Kill you. Find my real daughter” This paper consists of a series of semi-autobiographical anecdotes, like the one above, interspersed with more direct analyses of the queerness and transhumanity of entities deemed non- or sub-human …

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Undeclared Gender: Embodying Systems of Gender Beyond The Binary In JY Yang’s Tensorate Series

JY Yang’s Tensorate novellas, comprising The Black Tides of Heaven (2017), The Red Threads of Fortune (2017) and The Descent of Monsters (2018), explore a world with a very different attitude towards concepts of gender. Featuring a diverse cast of characters of a variety of different genders, the series takes a fundamentally intersectional approach to …