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Modern science fiction frequently involves themes of sex, gender and sexuality. This was not always so. During the 1930s and 40s "golden age" of science fiction, sex was rarely if ever even mentioned, although there was certainly no lack of innuendo and suggestion. Even so, the pulps of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s were not lacking in strong female characters. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Look up Sex in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A bagpiper in Scottish military clan-uniform. ... This article is about the issues and phenomena pertaining to human sexual function and behavior. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... // Events and trends World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ... The Golden Age of Science Fiction, often recognized as a period from the early 1940s through the 1950s, was an era during which the science fiction genre gained wide public attention and many classic science fiction stories were published. ... The hand mirror and comb of the Roman Goddess Venus is often used to represent the female sex. ...

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The Golden Age of Science Fiction

During the so-called Golden Age of Science Fiction, the stereotype of sci-fi pulp magazine covers was that of a woman in a brass bikini swooning in the clutches of a bug-eyed monster, while a spacesuited hero comes blasting his way to her rescue. Even a cursory examination of the covers of old pulps shows the stereotype to be very much mistaken. In a significant number of the covers, if not a majority, women are depicted in strong, positive roles. True, the women may be scantily clad, but there is no mistaking the fact they are very much in charge of the situation. Even the pulp magazine most associated with the typecast sexist cover, Planet Stories, featured more than its share of women depicted in strong roles. Ironically, given its leading place in the stereotype, many Planet Stories covers feature a male character being rescued from a monster by a ray gun-toting woman. The Golden Age of Science Fiction, often recognized as a period from the early 1940s through the 1950s, was an era during which the science fiction genre gained wide public attention and many classic science fiction stories were published. ... Flynns Detective Fiction from 1941. ... Bug-eyed monster is a phrase usually mean to describe one of the early, and now essentially hoary, conventions of the Science Fiction genre. ... Planet Stories was a pulp science fiction magazine, which published 71 issues between 1939 and 1955. ... The concept of a death ray is generally portrayed as some form of directed energy weapon that projects energy at a person or object in order to destroy them. ...


Within the golden age pulps, there was no lack of strong female characters. It is difficult to go through more than half a dozen magazines without finding at least one heroine; in some cases, a magazine might feature two or three stories with powerful female characters. There were even popular female series characters, such as Arthur K. Barnes' Gerry Carlyle, whose stories ran for many years. Arthur K. Barnes (1911-1969) was an American science fiction author. ...

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The "New Wave"

Still, sex rarely if ever raised its head until the New Wave science fiction of the 1960s and 1970s, which reflected its times by attempting to break earlier taboos about what could and could not be the subject of science fiction. The men's magazine Playboy published regular serious science fiction stories throughout this period, by both male and female authors, offering them significantly more scope than some other publications. New Wave science fiction was characterised by a high degree of experimentation, both in form and in content, and a highbrow sensibility. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... A taboo is a strong social prohibition (or ban) relating to any area of human activity or social custom declared as sacred and forbidden; breaking of the taboo is usually considered objectionable or abhorrent by society. ... This is a list of magazines marketed primarily for men. ... Playboy is an American adult entertainment magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ...


Two different themes emerged: one trying to explore the boundaries of what "sex" could mean in a world of altered humanity and reality, and another of exploring the position of women in science fiction and feminist issues in what had been traditionally a form of fiction written primarily by and for men. Although women had always been represented among science fiction writers (Frankenstein by Mary Shelley has been called the first science fiction novel), it was not until the 1960s and 1970s that authors such as Ursula K. Le Guin and Joanna Russ began to consciously explore feminist themes in works such... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Notable works with sexual themes

Year Author Title Comments
1919 James Branch Cabell Jurgen Many sexual innuendos; was prosecuted for obscenity (fantasy rather than science fiction)
1932 Aldous Huxley Brave New World Only promiscuity is socially acceptable
1949 George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four Sexuality is ruthlessly restricted by the State
1949 William Tenn Venus and the Seven Sexes Procreation on Venus requires seven sexes
1953 Theodore Sturgeon The World Well Lost Alien homosexuality
1960 Philip José Farmer Strange Relations A collection of five stories about human/alien sexuality
1960 Philip José Farmer Flesh To counter declining male fertility, a hypermasculine antlered man ritually impregnates legions of virgins
1960 Theodore Sturgeon Venus Plus X Transsexuality
1961 Robert A. Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land A form of group marriage in the fictional inspiration for the "Church of All Worlds"
1961 Brian Aldiss The Primal Urge Emotion Register on forehead tells others when you experience sexual attraction
1962 Naomi Mitchison Memoirs of a Spacewoman Interspecies mating during shore leave; aliens that change their sex
1965 Frank Herbert The Dune series Human breeding and eugenics planned over thousands of years
1966 Samuel R. Delany Babel-17 Starship crews bonded by group sex; sexual relationships with the "discorporate" spirits of the dead
1966 Robert A. Heinlein The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Various forms of group marriage; professional host-mothers
1967 Harlan Ellison, ed. Dangerous Visions A collection of taboo-breaking science fiction stories
1968 William Tenn The Seven Sexes A short story in which Humanity encounters an alien race with a seven sex life-cycle.
1968 Philip José Farmer Image of the Beast Sexual sadism on a par with de Sade, committed by shape-shifting creatures from another world -
1969 Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-Five Main character kept naked with a porn star in an alien zoo
1969 Philip José Farmer A Feast Unknown Superheroes' higher level of existence forces them to resort to extreme violence combined with extreme sex -
1969 Ursula K. Le Guin The Left Hand of Darkness A planet of hermaphroditic androgynes
1970 Robert Silverberg Tower of Glass Genetically engineered slaves are sterile but superior in every way to their creators - graphic descriptions
1970 Ira Levin This Perfect Day
1971 George Lucas THX 1138 Dystopia with in vitro reproduction only - sexual love suppressed with drugs
1972 Thomas M. Disch 334 Flexible sexual relationships, but compulsory contraception; male pregnancy
1972 Isaac Asimov The Gods Themselves Aliens with 3 sexes; co-penetration
1972 Harlan Ellison, ed. Again, Dangerous Visions A sequel to "Dangerous Visions", a collection of taboo-breaking science fiction stories
1973 Woody Allen Sleeper Orgasmatron orgasm booths
1974 Samuel R. Delany Dhalgren Sexual freedom and exploitation in all conceivable combinations
1975 Joanna Russ The Female Man Four parallel universes, one without men, one with male sex slaves
1975 Kilgore Trout Venus on the Half-Shell The adventures (including sexual) of a space wanderer
1976 Samuel R. Delany Triton (a.k.a. Trouble on Triton) Male bisexual with gender issues
1976 Tanith Lee Don't Bite the Sun Utopian future society in which humans can change sex at will
1978 Gardner Dozois Strangers Human must be surgically changed to alien to mate with his alien lover
1979 John Varley Titan On board a spaceship to Saturn every man sleeps with every woman, except for two clone sisters who are in a monogamous incestuous lesbian relationship
1979 Diane Duane The Door Into Fire Gay sexual relationship; high fantasy
1980 Larry Niven The Ringworld Engineers Rishathra, sex between humanoid aliens of different species
1980+ Godard Ribera Le vagabond des limbes The eternal Eternauts live an eternal childhood or until they meet their true love and then choose their sex accordingly
1980 Douglas Adams The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Competitors in the sport of solar flare-riding who don't die doing the sport itself invariably die of sexual exhaustion at the afterparty
1981+ Alejandro Jodorowsky Incal One character, Solune, is an androgynous messiah with immense psychic powers, customers at brothels can genetically engineer prostitutes to exact specifications
1982 Anne Carlisle, et al. Liquid Sky A comedic science fiction film in which space aliens land to feed off of endorphins released during orgasm
1983 Norman Spinrad The Void Captain's Tale Starship FTL drive powered by female orgasm
1984-86 Mike Resnick Tales of the Velvet Comet Four novels set on a spaceship bordello
1985 Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale Women are subjugated by men in a theocratic America; five classes of women, one only for procreation
1985 Geoff Ryman The Warrior Who Carried Life Transgendered protagonist; gender issues
1986 Theodore Sturgeon Godbody Religious sexuality
1986 Lois McMaster Bujold Ethan of Athos Reproductive scientist on a planet with no women
1987 Iain M. Banks The Culture novels Utopian galactic society in which humans can change sex at will
1987-93 Storm Constantine The various Wraeththu novels Male humans mutate into a race of hermaphrodites; science fantasy
1989 Spider Robinson Callahan's Lady A time-travelling madam runs a unique house of prostitution
1990 Ellen Datlow (editor) Alien Sex: 19 Tales Notable theme anthology
1990 Elf Sternberg The Journal Entries Interspecies sex between humanoid aliens and/or humans including BDSM, homosexuality, incest
1992+ Alejandro Jodorowsky Metabarons A monastic order called the Shabda-Oud are trying to create an androgynous messiah; the fourth Metabaron, Aghora, is a transman
1993 David Brin Glory Season Sexual vs. asexual reproduction
1996 Mary Doria Russell The Sparrow A human priest loses his faith when he is mutilated and held as a prostitute on an alien planet
1998 Carolyn Ives Gilman Halfway Human Society with "blands" without gender who are servants of men and women; everyone starts genderless.
1998 James Alan Gardner Commitment Hour Children alternate between male and female every year until age 20, when they must choose
2003 M. Christian The Bachelor Machine Sex robots that accept credit cards, advanced implants and wearable computers for sex
2004 Carlos Atanes FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions Not only sex, but physical contact between human beings is forbidden.
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Other works

  • The Jerry Cornelius stories of Michael Moorcock and others
  • A number of works by Philip José Farmer: The Lovers, Flesh, his collection of stories on this theme, Strange Relations, plus two science fiction pornographic novels, Image of the Beast and Blown.
  • Many works by William S. Burroughs mix vague and obvious science fiction themes with sexuality, particularly homosexuality and deviant behavior.
  • Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series consists of a society (the Dragonriders) with a hierarchy based on sexual intercourse. When dragons mate, it is implied that their riders will do the same. Due to this situation, homosexuality exists in male riders of green dragons, which are a female coloration.
  • The World War and Colonization series by Harry Turtledove explores the differences between the sexual patterns of humans (who have relatively restrained sex all the time) to that of lizards (who have unrestrained sex only during a mating season). Turtledove offers some very interesting theories as to how our sexual nature has improved our species' rate of civilization.
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Themes explored

Some of the themes explored include:

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Other sub-genres

A number of works of mainstream erotica, including the Gor novels by John Norman, have also used the science fiction format. There is now a separate sub-genre of science fiction erotica that aims to integrate the two genres: writers in this genre include Cecilia Tan, whose small press Circlet Press caters especially to fans of erotic science fiction. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Erotic art. ... Gor, the Counter-Earth, is the alternate-world setting for John Normans Chronicles of Gor, a series of 26 novels that combine philosophy, erotica and science fiction. ... John Norman, pen name of John Frederick Lange, Jr. ... Cecilia Tan is a writer, editor, sexuality activist, and founder of Circlet Press, the first press devoted primarily to erotic science fiction and fantasy. ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ...


Science fiction erotica is frequently associated with Gay science fiction, Lesbian science fiction and S/M (Sado/Masochism) Erotica. Gay science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction which contains typical aspects of science fiction, except the main character or protagonist is almost always gay. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Gay science fiction. ... A collar is a common symbol in BDSM. BDSM is a term which describes a number of related patterns of human sexual behavior. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Erotic art. ...


Examples of science fiction erotica include:

  • VESTA - Painworld by Jennifer Jane Pope
  • Belle Cell by EyeofSerpent
  • Two Moons, a BDSM SF romance by Chelsea Shepard
  • The Atraxa trilogy, focusing on a sex-positive libertarian society, by Desmond Ravenstone

In recent years there has been a growing BDSM awareness in the science fiction and fan community. A collar is a common symbol in BDSM. BDSM is a term which describes a number of related patterns of human sexual behavior. ... Introduction Chelsea Shepard is an author of BDSM and bondage-flavored fiction. ... See also Libertarianism and Libertarian Party Libertarian,is a term for person who has made a conscious and principled commitment, evidenced by a statement or Pledge, to forswear violating others rights and usually living in voluntary communities: thus in law no longer subject to government supervision. ... A collar is a common symbol in BDSM. BDSM is a term which describes a number of related patterns of human sexual behavior. ...

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Movies and TV Series

Numerous science fiction television series and science fiction films have used science fiction plots as an excuse to fit in gratuitous sexual or fetishistic content: one of the conventions of much filmed science fiction appears to be that the future will be peopled exclusively by attractive people wearing skin-tight clothing in shiny materials. Nevertheless, some science fiction-themed TV shows, such as Farscape, have been acclaimed for their handling of such themes. The series Lexx features sexual themes in almost every episode, one of the main characters of Firefly is a "companion" (upper-class prostitute), and Andromeda is imbued with the carefree sexual spirit that seems to characterize the spacefaring future (or, at least, screenwriters' hopes for it). A broadcast of the long-running and popular British science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... Poster for The Day the Earth Stood Still, an archetypal science fiction film Science fiction has been a film genre since the earliest days of cinema. ... This article concerns the concept of fetishism in anthropology. ... A skin-tight garment is a garment that is held to the skin by elastic tension. ... Farscape (1999 – 2003) is a science fiction television series, featuring a present-day astronaut who accidentally travels through a wormhole to a distant part of the galaxy. ... Crew members of the Lexx. ... Firefly is a science fiction television series that premiered on television in the United States and Canada on September 20, 2002. ... Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda was a science fiction television series, created by Gene Roddenberry, but produced posthumously. ...


The various Star Trek series treat sexuality in different ways. James T. Kirk earned a pop-culture reputation for bedding countless green-skinned alien women portrayed in the soft lighting characteristic of 1970's romantic pulp. Star Trek: The Next Generation, usually regarded as a pinnacle of principled (i.e., less gratuitous) sci-fi TV, featured a risqué theme in episode #2 that involved sex between female officer Tasha Yar and the automaton Mr. Data. The focus on sexy females was ramped up in all of the subsequent series (with increasing obviousness) - notably Deep Space 9's Jadzia Dax, Voyager's Seven of Nine, and Enterprise's sultry T'Pol. Star Trek is an American science-fiction franchise spanning six television series, ten feature films, hundreds of novels, computer and video games, and other fan stories. ... James Tiberius Kirk (2233 - 2293/2371), played by William Shatner, was the leading character in the original Star Trek series and the films based on it. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Data, portrayed by Brent Spiner, is a character in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax (played by Terry Farrell) was a fictional character in the first 6 seasons of the television show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ... Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One, or Seven of Nine (often referred to as simply Seven), is a fictional character from the Star Trek universe, played by Jeri Ryan in the television series Star Trek: Voyager. ... The starship Enterprise (NX-01) Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ... Commander TPol is a fictional character played by Jolene Blalock in Star Trek: Enterprise. ...


The re-imagined version of Battlestar Galactica by contrast set out to portray sex in science fiction in a more realistic fashion. The gratuity and fetishism of "hard" science fiction stories were done away with in favour of more natural expressions of sexuality both good and bad in nature. While initially ridiculed by some for its over-use of sex in certain areas, the producers were quick to point out that nothing happens on the show that hasn't been seen on shows like ER, NYPD Blue or Sex and the City multiple times already, only it was happening in space. Battlestar Galactica was first re-imagined as a science fiction miniseries that was initially broadcast on the Sci Fi Channel on December 8, 2003. ... ER is a long-running serial medical drama created by novelist Michael Crichton and set primarily in the emergency room of fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. ... Dennis Franz and David Caruso on the NYPD Blue first season DVD cover NYPD Blue was a long-running American television police drama set in New York City. ... Sex and the City was a popular American cable television program based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell. ...


Influential female sex symbols from movies include characters from the 1968 movie Barbarella as well as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, where she wore a metallic bikini. Barbarella is a 1968 erotic science fiction film, based on a French comic book created by Jean-Claude Forest. ... Her Royal Highness, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan (born in 19 BBY), born Leia Amidala Skywalker, is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe played by Aiden Barton in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, actress Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI, and by Ann... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ...

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Although women had always been represented among science fiction writers (Frankenstein by Mary Shelley has been called the first science fiction novel), it was not until the 1960s and 1970s that authors such as Ursula K. Le Guin and Joanna Russ began to consciously explore feminist themes in works such... Gay science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction which contains typical aspects of science fiction, except the main character or protagonist is almost always gay. ... Nudity, frequently found in science fiction literature, often symbolizes inner or outer situations. ... Numerous science fiction, utopian and dystopian novels revolve around sexual reproduction, pregnancy and infertility. ... The symbolic slash, used to separate the two names in a romantic pairing, from which slash fiction takes its name. ... The James Tiptree, Jr. ... WisCon, the Wisconsin Science Fiction Convention, is generally acknowledged as the worlds only feminist-oriented science fiction convention and conference. ...

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Article about "Science fiction" in the English Wikipedia on 24-Apr-2004 (1814 words)
Science fiction is a form of fiction which deals principally with the impact of actual or imagined science (and/or technology) upon society or individuals.
Soft science fiction is science fiction whose plots and themes tend to focus on philosophy, psychology, politics and sociology while de-emphasizing the details of technological hardware and physical laws.
The European brand of science fiction proper began, however, toward the end of the 19th century with the scientific romances of Jules Verne, whose science was rather on the level of invention, as well as the science-oriented novels of social criticism by H.G. Wells.
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Soft science fiction or soft SF is science fiction whose plots and themes tend to focus on human characters and their relations and feelings, while de-emphasizing the details of technological hardware and physical laws.
New Wave science fiction was characterised by a high degree of experimentation, both in form and in content, and a highbrow sensibility.
Science fiction films have explored a great range of subjects and themes, including many that can not be readily presented in other genres.
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