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For individual discussions, you will generally be required to post a response of at least 200 words to a topic of your choice. Each prompt includes introductory explanation plus several questions. Each topic response should focus on a relevant issue you wish to examine and should make a thoughtful, well-developed argument. Close reading and use of quotation is encouraged. Use parenthetical page or electronic location numbers for citation, ie. (148). Before responding to the prompts, read prior posts, especially any that have been highlighted by the instructor. If particular questions have already been answered satisfactorily, choose other questions to address. Strive to avoid producing repetitive responses; instead, try to bring something new to the conversation to keep it moving forward.

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Artificial Life

The queer, as defined in queer theory by philosophers like Eve Sedgwick and Judith Butler, is that which rejects normative behavior and challenges social structure. The queer disrupts fundamental social categories, blurs lines, and crosses boundaries. Homoeroticism is queer because it challenges heteronormativity and family structure. The queer disrupts the social economy because it is non-productive and non-reproductive; it embraces pleasure rather than work.

Frederik Pohl’s short story “Day Million” (1966) was published during the era of the sexual revolution and the civil rights movement. It adopted an experimental form that was quite a departure from mainstream science fiction.

Consider the following sets of questions:

(1) What makes Pohl’s lovers posthuman? What makes them queer? Are they alien? Are they monstrous?

(2) How are readers expected to respond to these lovers? How does Pohl attempt to shape the reader’s view of theposthuman?

(3) How does “Day Million” speak to the social issues of the 1960s and today?

Address one or more of these sets of questions and support your argument with textual examples, including quotation with parenthetical citation.