What is it about?
Women who travel to space in science fiction stories often have dead children backstories. This article interrogates this narrative trope to discover what it reveals about ideologies of womanhood and motherhood.
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Why is it important?
As the space sector prepares to send astronauts back to the Moon and onwards to Mars, it is important to critically examine the sexism inherent in the cultural icon of the astronaut figure.
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This page is a summary of: Cosmic careers and dead children, Science Fiction Film & Television, February 2019, Liverpool University Press,
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