Sex in Science Fiction

  • H. G. StratmannEmail author
Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)


Many science fiction works involve sexual behavior as a primary or at least important plot element. H. G. Wells’ novel In the Days of the Comet (1906) describes changes in sexual attitudes resulting from humanity’s exposure to the gases from a passing green comet. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932) is an early example of a future society in which sexual activity is officially divorced from reproduction. Many of Robert A. Heinlein’s later works such as Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) and I Will Fear No Evil (1970) deal extensively with sex-related issues. Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) depicts a space-based human civilization whose members are, similarly to some fish (e.g. clownfish and angelfish) and other animals, “ambisexual” and able at times to assume either male or female reproductive attributes.


Menstrual Cycle Sexual Reproduction Fallopian Tube Sperm Cell Asexual Reproduction 
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  1. 1.SpringfieldUSA

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