From Lazarus Long To Capt. Jack Harkness: Bisexuality In Science Fiction

Why were there so many bisexual heroes in the 1970s (including Robert A. Heinlein's Lazarus Long), and was bisexuality viewed as "futuristic"? More to the point, why did bi heroes mostly vanish throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and what brought them back? Erotic science fiction author and Circlet Press publisher Cecilia… » 1/21/15 9:47am 1/21/15 9:47am

Alien Sexuality Should Be More Diverse Than Human Sexuality, Not Less

In response to a Star Trek writer's excellent rebuttal to a homophobic reader, we've had a lot of discussions in the last 24 hours about diversity in science fiction, how Star Trek should show a wider ranger of sexualities onscreen, and why alien sexuality and reproduction shouldn't necessarily resemble that of humans. » 8/12/14 4:20pm 8/12/14 4:20pm

When Writers Remake Gender, They Create A Better Mirror On Our World

There's a fascinating interview with Ursula K. Le Guin over at Electric Literature. She talks about the former literary/genre divide, and when to ignore "the rules." And she also explains why creating radically different versions of gender is actually a way to help people see the here and now more clearly. » 8/08/14 1:40pm 8/08/14 1:40pm

It's Worth Reading One More Essay About The Women Of Doctor Who

At this point, the strange dynamic between Doctor Who's time-traveling loner and his endless series of female compatriots has been dissected in a thousand essays, rants and blog posts. But you still have to read Katherine Murray's new essay, for her incisive observations about one of spacetime's most dysfunctional… » 4/17/14 4:40pm 4/17/14 4:40pm

What If Katniss Didn't Have to Choose Between Peeta and Gale?

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NPR's Linda Holmes wrote a great article about the gender dynamics in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and concluded, "…you could argue that Katniss' conflict between Peeta and Gale is effectively a choice between a traditional Movie Girlfriend and a traditional Movie Boyfriend." I do love the way Holmes puts this. … » 12/03/13 7:47pm 12/03/13 7:47pm

What Happens When a Sex Machine Tears You Apart Instead of Bringing You…

It's our biggest fear about sexual technology, like teledidonics — that instead of bringing us closer together, it'll come between you and your partner, and you'll start to prefer the artificial to the natural. In response to io9's story about teledildonics a while back, literary magazine Tin House posted a… » 3/28/13 11:01am 3/28/13 11:01am