Cruising Canadian SF’s Queer Futurity: Hiromi Goto’s The Kappa Child and Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl

  • Wendy Gay Pearson
Part of the Studies in Global Science Fiction book series (SGSF)


This chapter examines the work of Hiromi Goto and Larissa Lai, writers linked to Asian-Canadian and lesbian/queer Canadian writing who are also both invested in sf as a genre. Their respective novels, The Kappa Child (2001) and Salt Fish Girl (2002), rework Japanese and Chinese mythology in an explicitly Asian-Canadian manner, using speculative fiction to experiment with what it means to be produced as a gendered, racialized, and sexualized human being. Goto and Lai use the tropes of sf generally, and the legacy of feminist sf in particular, to raise the question of what it means to be human and why, historically, the attribution of humanity has been so unevenly allocated, thus addressing a central question of global sf today.


Larissa Lai Hiromi Goto Kappa Child Salt Fish Girl Queer sf Asian-Canadian literature 


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  • Wendy Gay Pearson
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  1. 1.University of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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