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I originally set out to search for fan art specific to either Dreamsnake or Superluminal but following the review of my last article, it makes more sense to follow it up with her work in the major franchises (also – fun fact – if you google image “dreamsnake fanart” so many pictures of My Little Pony come up.)
McIntyre got 2/7 villains in Darthrand’s Seven Star Wars Villains You Don’t Know!
In Changing Regimes: Vonda McIntyre’s Parody of Astrofuturism, De Witt Douglas Kilgore is responding to the claims of Frances Bonner that feminist SF authors whose works were published in the 1960’s and 1970’s have reverted to writing in a “masculine genre.” Instead, Kilgore argues, using Vonda McIntyre’s work as his primary focus, that it was rather a form of tactical feminism using the conventions of Cold War astrofuturism as a thoughtful reengagement in response to critics who sought to limit the impact of the feminist speculative fictions. “McIntyre’s recent work can be read not as the abandonment of her earlier feminist project bus as a refusal to accept its containment within a subgenre” (261). As I understand it, astrofuturism is the idea that humanity will reinvent itself when it achieves its destiny in space; which, in itself, could reflect any political mindset/values. However, it has often been associated with the reproduction of militaristic colonialism.
Kilgore then breaks down McIntyre’s subversiveness in the Star Trek and Star Farer series citing as one example amongst many, her Star Trek novel The Entropy Effect in which “a security chief, a starship captain, a defense attorney, and a brilliantly inventive engineer represent the types of women who make up McIntyre’s future” (261). Why would Star Trek be a worthwhile site of feminist discourse if anchored in patriarchal narratives? Kilgore argues that “while the feminist/anti-racist politics of the 1960s and 1970s made it possible to talk seriously about racism, sexism, class bias and other antagonisms, they did not negate the imaginative power of these regimes within sf’s mainstream” (260). I find myself easily convinced that McIntyre did try to bring in a certain amount of subversiveness in these texts as she herself expressed in class last week. “Poor Kirk, he always gets turned down in my novels.” (Vonda McIntyre, UO – Nov 7th.)
Kilgore, De Witt D. “Changing Regimes: Vonda McIntyre’s Parody of Astrofuturism.”Science Fiction Studies 27.2 (2000): 256-77. Print.
My format of contact with the authors would probably be an interview or discussion more so than a direct letter. The questions I want to ask span across the wealth of feminist science-fiction authors we have discussed in class.
– What biologic and technologic devices have helped you challenge gender and sexuality across your works?
– Do you deliberately set out to challenge preconceptions of gender when you write your works, or does it come out naturally as a result of your personality/values/beliefs?
– What relationships have you had with your fans? With fanfiction?
And then the questions pertaining to my personal projects would be directed to Ursula K. Le Guin, Pamela Sargent & Kate Wilhelm:
– Why cloning?
– How does cloning shift the power dynamics of society in your works?
– What are the gendered implications do your cloning narratives?
Finally, because of the absence of Pamela Sargent correspondences in the archives, I would ask:
– What was/is your relationship to other authors of the science-fiction community?
I’ve linked a fan review of Charnas’ Boobs:
I’m glad she brought up the inconsistent morality of the protagonist which I think is central to the narrative. However, in looking for fan reviews, what I was searching for was someone who would point out the similarity with the film Ginger Snaps which she acknowledges though has found no substantiating evidence that John Fawcett’s film was directly inspired by her story.
I’d be very interested in discussing further what we think of the ties between menstruation and lycanthropy. There is an obvious horror film history to linking the feminine with the monstrous which is a great launching pad for analysis, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Also, here is the youtube trailer for Ginger Snaps. Recommended.