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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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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 …