Sport and Monstrosity in Science Fiction

Derek J. Thiess

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ISBN: 9781786942227

Publication: May 31, 2019

Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 58

Sport and Monstrosity in Science Fiction examines fantastic representations of sport in science fiction, both cataloguing this almost entirely unexamined literary tradition and arguing that the reason for its neglect reflects a more widespread social suspicion of the athletic body as monstrous. Combining scholarship of monstrosity with a biopolitically focused philosophy of embodiment, this work plumbs the depths of our abjection of the athletic body and challenges us to reconsider sport as an intersectional space. In this latter endeavour it contradicts the image presented by both the most dystopian films such as Deathrace and Rollerball as well as social criticism of sport that limits its focus to an essentially violent masculinity. The book traces an alternative tradition of sport sf through authors as diverse as Arthur C. Clarke, Steven Barnes, and Joan Slonczewski, exploring the way the intersectional categories of gender, race, and age in these works are negotiated in, for example, a solar wind sailing race or futuristic anti-gravity boxing. These complex athletic bodies display the social mobility that sport allows and challenge us to acknowledge our own monstrously animal bodies and our place in a “cycle of living and dying.”

Derek J. Thiess is Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Georgia, USA.

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Beastmode
1 Baseball, Not Biology: Sex and Gender in Sport SF
2 Broken Teeth: Race, Bodies, and Sport SF
3 Graying the Playing Field: SF Sport and Age
4 SF Sport and the Individual Talent
5 Sport, Institution, and the Devil
6 Beasts in the Stands: Fandom, Sport, and SF
Conclusion, or How to Stop Looking for Sinners
Works Cited

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 × 163 mm

224 Pages

ISBN: 9781786942227

Publication: May 31, 2019

Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 58

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