Queer characters in science-themed fiction

Lindy Orthia, Leo P. Visser

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Media representations of scientists have been a mainstay topic of science communication research for decades. This chapter presents a science communication analysis of how queer characters, especially scientists, are represented in science-themed fiction.

The chapter discusses the inherent ambiguity in interpreting characters’ gender, sexuality, and sex characteristics. It reflects on how a queer audience’s interpretations of such representations can grant unique insights that science communicators should take seriously to more fully understand how people process fiction media.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQueering Science Communication
Subtitle of host publicationRepresentations, Theory, and Practice
EditorsLindy A. Orthia, Tara Roberson
Place of PublicationBristol, UK
PublisherBristol University Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-1529224429
ISBN (Print)978-1529224405
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2023

Publication series

NameContemporary Issues in Science Communication


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