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Sport and Monstrosity in Science Fiction$
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Derek J. Thiess

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786942227

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786942227.001.0001

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Conclusions, or How to Stop Looking for Sinners

Conclusions, or How to Stop Looking for Sinners

(p.184) Conclusions, or How to Stop Looking for Sinners
Sport and Monstrosity in Science Fiction

Derek J. Thiess

Liverpool University Press

The conclusion returns to the central thesis outlined in the introduction. Also, through a reading of one final sf story it attempts to provide an answer to one of the text’s central questions: why has sf studies not engaged sport before? For all the reasons outlined in prior chapters—fear of bodily limitations and death, culturally constructed monstrosity, historical fear and religio-politics—sf has not performed one of its central tasks: to confront Otherness wherever it may be regardless of the embodied form of that Other. Engaging sport sf, therefore, is an endeavour vital to halting the future creation of social and cultural monsters.

Keywords:   science fiction, sport, monstrosity

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