Please pick any of the following questions and discuss it, remember to comment on two other posts.
- What do you notice about the way information is revealed in this story? Could you have guessed the end if you’d only read the first few paragraphs?
- What kind of relationship does T’Gatoi have with Gan? Is it love? Is it friendship? How does that relationship challenge your own social, historical, or institutional structures?
- What do you think “The Preserve” is? What role do the Terrans play if not that of slaves? How does the location or geography of the story function to reinforce the genre?
- Can you think of aspects of our own society that are similar to the Terran and Tlic dichotomy? How can you see the real life context of the author as described in the afterword reflected in the text?
- What are the three main definitions of “speculative fiction” outlined by Oziewicz?
- What is the main impulse that informs “speculative fiction” as a supergenre? How is “Bloodchild” speculative fiction?
- What are some of the problems Oziewicz describes in using the word “speculative”? What are some advantages?
- How is “speculative fiction” especially useful in “priming the audience for questioning the dominant status quo and its androcentric biases”?
Don’t be afraid to challenge each other here, but please remember to respect the thoughts of your classmates, and back up your arguments with examples from the text.
Read: “Speculative Fiction” (Links to an external site.) by Marek Oziewicz
Butler, Octavia. “Bloodchild” (Links to an external site.)