Tales of earth: terraforming in recent women's SF

Kelso, Sylvia (2000) Tales of earth: terraforming in recent women's SF. Foundation: International Journal of Science Fiction, 29 (34). pp. 34-43.

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[Extract] Donna Haraway once described sf as a place where "possible worlds are constantly reinvented in the contest for very real, present worlds".1 "World-building" is indeed an identifying feature of both sf and fantasy, its importance acknowledged by the presence of d.i.y manuals,2 its pleasures shared by writers and readers both. At base, most sf and fantasy worlds have a common feature: they are habitable by humans. But if sf worlds are not directly compatible, then there is a further option: either humans are altered to suit the world, or the world is tailored to fit humanity. It is this concept of remodeling a planet's atmosphere and/or biosphere that has become known as terraforming.

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