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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 …

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A (New) Weird Teratology: The tentacular monster as abcanny body in the work of China Miéville

The tentacled monster is a recognisable staple in the work of fantasy, horror and science fiction writers as a metaphor and motif for an invading “otherness” upon our established status quo. They simultaneously remind us of the wonders of our natural world but also defamiliarise it as something which is still significantly incomprehensible to us. …

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Visualising Video Palace: The Sound of Monstrosity

The podcast Video Palace is an intriguing text through which to examine monstrous embodiment, as the presence, texture, and appearance of its monsters is reconceptualised through sound alone.  This paper will demonstrate how Video Palace uses what could be considered “bad” noise, such as distortion, glitches, and interference, to assist the audience in their visualisation …

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Encountering Cyborg Plants: Embodied Experiences of Vegetal Beings in Contemporary Science Fiction Art

In multispecies studies, the cognitive bias known as plant blindness can be identified within the environmental humanities, as critical animal studies have largely dominated much of multispecies discourse. However, theorists such as Michael Marder and Matthew Hall have recently brought to light the need for critical plant studies and the ethics and politics surrounding vegetal …

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“The form of all things but devoid of form”: Transcending the Corporeal in the ecoWeird

This paper considers how ecoWeird texts frequently position an abandonment of anthropocentric thought alongside a transcendence of the physical body. A new generic term to encompass the corpus of ecologically-minded Weird fiction, the ecoWeird draws upon Timothy Morton’s theory of dark ecology in order to argue that the Weird historically dismantles the human/nonhuman binary. This …

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Defamiliarizing embodiment: Strategies for the representation of disembodied characters in film

Our inter-subjective experiences rely on the premise of an embodied subject. Most filmic conventions follow this premise, and convey information to an embodied spectator (through visual and aural stimuli), and present characters who are also embodied. This creates a para-subjective and para-social relationship between embodied subjects. But what happens when the character does not possess …