The manner in which this is so can be further seen in Jim Miller's observation regarding Octavia Butler's dystopian worldview in her XENOGENESIS
The first of these two essays, by Theodora Goss and Riquelme, is an exploration of a concept they call the "Technological Imaginary," which signifies a key trope of Gothic science fiction, through a comparative analysis of Mary Shelley's seminal Gothic text Frankenstein (1818), and, at the other end of our timeline, Octavia Butler's science fiction trilogy, Xenogenesis
(now marketed as Lilith's Brood, 2000).
In the fifth chapter he examines various versions of The Fly, including George Langelaan's 1957 short story, Kurt Neumann's 1958 film adaptation, and David Cronenberg's 1986 film version, and in the final chapter he turns to Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis
trilogy, which includes the novels Dawn (1987), Adulthood Rites (1988), and Imago (1989).
Most critics view stories by the late Octavia Butler through racial (not postracial) lenses, but Vint foregrounds the biological speculation in her Xenogenesis
Vocalist Mankwe Ndosi wails and moans in the background, muttering phrases that speak to the point of the album, aptly named Xenogenesis
Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler.
trilogy (1987-89) aliens seek to interbreed with the survivors of a nuclear war to remove a conflict between humanity's genetic traits: intelligence and hierarchical thinking.
Butler's most effective fictions include Kindred and the Xenogenesis
series--three novels from the 1980s, Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago, which feminist critic Donna Haraway singled out as particularly fruitful fictions about hybridity.
In books such as the Patternist novels, published from 1976 to 1984, and the Xenogenesis
trilogy, published from 1987 to 1989 and now collected in the omnibus volume Lilith's Brood, Butler employed the stuff of hard science--biological engineering, interspecies hybrids--to create settings and situations that are both literally and figuratively alien.
(50) The concluding chapter of Primate Visions, 'Reprise: Science Fiction, Fictions in Science, and Primatology,' looks at how Joanna Russ, Marge Piercy, and several other female and male science fiction writers have 'provided one of the lenses for reading primatological texts.' (51) In the chapter's explosive final subsection, 'Reading Science Fiction as Primatology: Xenogenesis
and Feminism,' Haraway examines, or as she puts it, 'perversely reads,' volume one of Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis
Trilogy, the science/speculative fiction story entitled Dawn: Xenogenesis
(1987), as though it were a monograph from the modern primate field.
Adulthood Rites, April 1997, $6.50, ISBN 0-446-60378-3; Dawn, April 1987, $6.99, ISBN 0-446-60377-5; Imago, April 1997, $6.99, ISBN 0-446-60363-5; Lilith's Brood, Aspect, August 2000, (Xenogenesis
trilogy) #13.95, ISBN 0-446-67610-1
In her Xenogenesis
trilogy (Dawn, Adulthood Rites and Imago), humans come close to destruction because of nuclear war.
She and her Bebington business partner Barbara Davies, also a teacher and a mother,have set up Xenogenesis
,a company specialising in courses looking at emotional health and improving communication.
Karl's American Fictions 1940-1980, she groups her selected texts under theme headings like "immigration" or "mythical innocence." To take two examples from her eight main chapters, under "immigration" she discusses Russell Banks's Continental Drift to establish that immigration is a global phenomenon, next includes Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan to examine the gender dimension, and finally turns to Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis
The name of the latter company reflects his own journey through life: xenogenesis
is the Greek word for the "production of offspring who are markedly different from either parent." In Greek mythology the nine-foot-tall goddess Athena was born, fully grown, from the head of her father, the 60-foot-tall Zeus.
Two exceptions must be noted: Octavia Butler, whose Xenogenesis
trilogy (Dawn, Imago, Adulthood Rites(22)) I have discussed elsewhere;(23) and Gwyneth Jones, whose White Queen is as much an exception to the general point here as her previous Escape Plans and Divine Endurance(24) have been to other attempts to investigate sf and feminism.