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Deconstructing the StarshipsScience, Fiction and Reality$
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Gwyneth Jones

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237839

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.001.0001

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Aliens in the Fourth Dimension

Aliens in the Fourth Dimension

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Deconstructing the Starships

Gwyneth Jones


‘Aliens in the Fourth Dimension’ was originally read at a conference on Speaking Science Fiction, held at the University of Liverpool in July 1996. It is the last in the ‘Science, Fiction and Reality’ section of the book. The chapter deals with the various models of alien stories found in science fiction, and looks at the ways in which language, gender and morality are treated. Jones makes parallels from alien invasion in science fiction to the world’s history of colonisation, and places focus on the relationship between man and woman within that process of colonising. She concludes by describing her own decisions and techniques used when writing her alien stories, The Aleutian Trilogy.

Keywords:   English Literature, Literary Criticism, Science Fiction, Fantasy Writing, 20th Century Literature, Contemporary Literature, Alien Fiction, Colonisation, Feminism, The Aleutian Trilogy

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