Wendy Gay Pearson
Genealogy as an analysis of descent is thus situated within the articula-
tion of the body and history. Its task is to expose a body totally imprinted
by history and the process of history's destruction of the body.
— Michel Foucault, 'Nietzsche, Genealogy, History' 148
Genealogy makes no presumptions about the metaphysical origins of
things, their final teleology, the continuity or discontinuity of temporally
contiguous elements, or the causal, explanatory connections between
events. Instead, genealogy can be seen as the study of elements insofar
as they are already interpreted, a study aimed at unsettling established
models of knowledge and epistemological presumptions involved in the
production of history, philosophy, and morality.
—Elizabeth Grosz, Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism 145
It comes down to this: in a world where so many of us are unable to find a home, a place which is both materially and affectively livable, should we not all be able, at the very least, to find a home amongst the seemingly infinite planes of the imagination? And where else are such imaginative worlds to be found – the air breathable, the water potable, the crops edible, the houses built, and the furniture waiting to be rearranged – if not in science fiction? And if what is making our lives unlivable in the present has to do with the construction, regulation, and normalization of sexuality, with its concomitant effects upon sex, gender, race, and so on, then surely we may look to sf to posit worlds in which it is possible both to live differently and to think differently about how we live. If, indeed, what makes life unlivable for us is the way in which our world's