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By: Karma Waltonen, Ph. Abstract :. By examining the works of several contemporary female science fiction writers, this essay asks the questions once considered taboo: How does inter-species sex stand in for interracial encounters? Is cyborg sex a logical extension of current cyber-sex practices and the automation of our lives? If power differentials exist in sexual encounters, are the relationships always exploitative, or can they be viewed as symbiotic?

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Do our traditional family arrangements and sexual taboos still make sense? As we get swept up in the stories, we find ourselves falling for machines, finding the erotic charge from another species, wondering how much age should matter on both ends of the spectrumpreparing to carry the eggs of someone we love, overcoming jealousies, rejecting monogamy, and losing ourselves in the forest of the unknown. Keywords: inter-species sex, relationships, gender, interracial encounters, power, taboo.

Contemporary science fiction and fantasy seems finally to be embracing this aspect of the taboo. Of course, the era of pulp science fiction, largely written and consumed by men, featured alien sex, but these works were not often interested in testing the limits of desire or allegorical discussions of non-heteronormative sexualities. By examining the works of several contemporary female science fiction writers, we can start asking the questions pertinent to our time: How does inter-species sex stand in for interracial encounters?

He, She and It. Theorists postulate that attachment history with the mother is reflected in later attachment capacity; Levy uses attachment theory to argue that we will be able to grow romantically attached to our technology as adults if we are surrounded by it as children Levy,p.

The protagonist of He, She and ItShira, begins the novel by losing a custody battle to a husband she wishes she could have reprogrammed. Although Shira and her grandmother work to socialize Yod, his original creator intended to craft a weapon and orders Yod to kill himself in a suicide attack against a threatening corporation. Yod goes on his mission reluctantly and leaves behind a bomb that kills his creator. Shira acknowledges that, asher talking, sensing, protective house was as real to her as a person.

As an adult, she must question the difference between her childhood affection for the house and her adult desire for Yod. Levy would likely argue that Shira is predisposed to accept Yod as a romantic partner, despite her initial reservations, due to her attachment to technology during childhood. The house is even able to display a bias against Yod—it frequently reminds Shira that Yod is not human and should not be allowed to look human, act human, or engage in human activities.

These kinds of arguments encourage the audience to consider one of the primary themes of the book—freedom. Shira wants to be free to see her son even a corporation has the power to take him from her. Yod wants to be free to choose not to be a weapon. In the first moment Shira sees a prototype of a humanoid robot as a young girl, she makes a distinction between worker-robots and this new being:.

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Robots cleaned streets and the houses of those who could afford them, fixed everything from pipes to vehicles, did the general dirty work. Middle-class kids grew up with at least one toy robot, and rich kids had fancy ones to ride on or play with, but this was a strange humanoid robot.

Piercy,p. In He, She, and ItYod hears a story about a golem who also wants the freedom to love women and to choose a destiny that its makers have denied it. Sentience distinguishes the golem in the story and Yod from other tools. The distinction between Yod and the other robots is not clear, however. Shira also notes that Yod is not that different from the humans in the book, who, due to their numerous implants, could all arguably be called cyborgs although they are less programmable.

Yod is weapon, lover, and would-be stepfather, but the message in the book is that no one should be controlled by another. Shira experienced a passionate first love, but has since felt disinterested. This relationship with a cyborg changes her:. Making love with Yod made her feel strong […] He pleased her. She no longer ever doubted he would. She seemed to please him. He was not changeable. He would not tomorrow decide she was not good enough or that he wanted someone else instead. He had the reliability of a well-deed machine that, as long as it worked, would do what it was supposed to.

But that was unfair, because he was far more sensitive to her desires and responses than any man she had been with, the most unmechanical in his lovemaking.

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Although the central problem of He, She, and It is whether Shira can love Yod and then whether their relationship can withstand the corporate onslaughtthe book also raises other issues of sexuality. She must also resolve her haunting childhood love with a close childhood friend, which ended badly many years earlier, as well as the lingering jealousies it created in her. Malkah, in fact, is the most sexually intriguing character in the book. While she did not fall in love with Yod, she does love Yod and never seemed to have the reservations Shira did about seeing him as a person.

Malkah is open about her sexual past and present—having taken many lovers—and refuses to tie herself to any one person. As she is now older, we are treated to the way she still flirts via her various avatars on the net, gender-bending at will. She also discusses sex as an older woman, providing a nice complement to the frank discussion of the frenetic teenage sex Shira enjoyed as a young woman. In his interview on The Colbert Report Hoskinson,David Levy predicted that we would be having sex with robots within five years and that love will come later.

As far as I know, this has not yet truly happened, though the concept appears in many science fiction pieces, including the television series Humans However, the world Piercy creates seems closer to our own every day. Perhaps one day we will see the logical progression of our attachment to technology, leading to a new social catchphrase—once you go bot, you never go back.

Troll: A Love Story. He loves the animal like a pet and is surprised when he has an erotic reaction to its touch. Issues of exploitation and power suffuse the book. The reader, however, understands why Angel is so reluctant to acknowledge his attraction to Pessi. His first sexual encounter in unintentional and is immediately followed by regret and shame:. Sinisalo,pp. However, when Angel tries to send Pessi back into the forest, he realizes that life in his heated apartment has caused Pessi to lose his winter coat, leaving him too vulnerable to the elements. Thus, both the inter-species and intra-species relationships in this text are exposed as inherently exploitative, as love is defined as possession rather than connection.

Palomita is from the Philippines and left her home believing she was going to be a nurse. Palomita at one point comes across the advertisement that portrayed her and led her husband to buy her. While the ad campaign is a success, Pessi reacts badly to the pictures, and Angel is aware that he exploited the creature. Pessi builds cairns and paints on the wall. Our ultimate understanding of the trolls is that they are arming themselves against humans—and taking Angel prisoner—as a reaction to human encroachment of their territories. Palomita, as an immigrant and a woman, is contrasted with other species, illustrating ificant power imbalances.

By focusing on these characters, the author both normalizes the world of those who are usually submissive and ignored and allows us to consider their position relative to those who usually occupy the more powerful and central position. One character, when commenting on a straight woman at a gay bar, notes the gay men avoid her:. Sinisalo,p. Troll: A Love Story manifests these spaces, switching not only between different points of view, but also including parts of Finnish histories and fairy tales.

However, the majority of the imagery in both the main narrative and the intertexts emphasizes the demonic association with trolls. It is not coincidental, of course, that Mikael is our Angel, and Pessi is our Demon. As the book questions the binary between Angel and Pessi, human and troll, civilized and not, subject and abject, we find ourselves at the edge of the forest, in a liminal space where all obsession is problematic, where power is the determining factor, where love seems to be missing, and where pheromones might destroy us.

A group of humans has traveled across the galaxy and colonized an alien planet ruled by a species of large insects.

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The humans barter for the opportunity to stay by allowing their bodies to serve as hosts for the grubs of the aliens. Gan sees a birth that goes wrong and fears his looming future as a mate. This fear is common enough for anyone who might one day give birth, but the story emphasizes that there is great danger in a birth that goes wrong for these humans, as the grubs would begin to eat their human host to escape.

Gan, however, understands better than most how things work on their new planet. Humans enjoy the longevity given by unfertilized eggs, but they are not permitted to have weapons in their preserves.

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Butler, a, p. After seeing the violent birth, Gan gets the gun the family keeps hidden and considers using it on himself. Yet Gan ultimately chooses to keep his promise to his intended, after she agrees to let him keep his gun, displaying mutual trust in each other:.

It was so. She made a soft hum of contentment. I believed you had grown to choose me. A vampire, Shori, wakes from a violent attack of amnesia. In exploring why her family was killed, she discovers what it means to be a vampire, a separate species living in relative secrecy separate from the human majority. Although Shori will one day propagate with a group of vampire brothers, to survive, she needs to form a community of at least eight human symbionts to sustain herself.

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