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Annotated Reference

Betz, P. M. (2011). The lesbian fantastic: A critical study of science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and gothic writings. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland & Co.

  • Betz explores how lesbian authors used science fiction to symbolize characters, relationships and such themes that relate to their experience as an Other . The  chapter on science fiction, Beyond the Known Galaxy, analyzes the nebulous genre in lesbian terms and how science fiction has been a safe space for lesbians to explore and expose society, homosexuality, and the Other to their readers. Teaching at LaSalle University, Betz has written extensively on lesbian genres such as mysteries and romances.

Bosman, E., Bradford, J. P., & Ridinger, R. B. M. (2008). Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered literature: A genre guide. Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited.

  • Bosman, Bradford, and Ridinger provide introductions to multiple queer genres and descriptive book lists for librarians. The book is set up clearly and separated by genre then further separated by subgenre. It is current to 2008. The authors are librarians who are writing in a scholarly tone. Its science fiction section is a good foundational read for those interested in LGBT literature.

Hollinger, V. (1999). (Re)reading Queerly: Science Fiction, Feminism, and the Defamiliarization of Gender. Science Fiction Studies,26(1), 23-40.

  • This literature analysis of classic lesbian science fiction gives a librarian a understanding of the evolution of the genre in terms of queer theory. This is out of date but it is useful for understanding lesbian science fiction in the second half of the 20th Century.

James, E., & Mendlesohn, F. (2003).The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, “Science Fiction and Queer Theory”, Wendy Pearson, pp. 149-160

  • Science fiction intersects industries; reflects popular culture, and speculates on science and society which this volume analyzes in  essays by sci-fi scholars. Wendy Pearson , of the The University of Western Ontario’s Women’s Studies and Feminist Research Department,  interrogates science fiction and representations of minority sexuality and gender expression from a queer theory standpoint. The essay contains a short history of queer sf and a literature review.  Quality introduction to queer sf by a leading queer theory author and expert in the field. Pearson’s latest project is “A Queer History of Science Fiction.”

 Pearson, W. (1999). Identifying the Alien: Science Fiction Meets Its Other. Science Fiction Studies26(1), 49-53.

  • Known queer science fiction scholar, Wendy Pearson analyzes how science fiction defies assumptions of what makes an alien or an Other. She uses works like those by Nicola Griffith, Nancy Johnson, and L. Timmel Duchamp to show how science fiction explores the nature of queerness in society whether mundane or futuristic. Highlighting themes like the reluctance to choose Otherness, religion ideology, and the issues of invisibility and unspeakablity, she shows the commonalities queer science fiction. She posits that queer science fiction is a means for authors to understand what it means for LGBT people to be aliens in their own culture and time.