The Worlds of Farscape

Essays on the Groundbreaking Television Series

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About the Book

Reversing a common science fiction cliché, Farscape follows the adventures of the human astronaut John Crichton after he is shot through a wormhole into another part of the universe. Here Crichton is the only human being, going from being a member of the most intelligent species on our planet to being frequently considered mentally deficient by the beings he encounters in his new environment. John Crichton befriends a group of beings from various species attempting to escape from imprisonment aboard a living spaceship. The series, which broke many of the so-called “rules” of science fiction, follows Crichton’s attempts to survive in worlds that are often hostile to him and his friends. Their adventures center on each being’s attempt to find a way home. The essays in this volume explore themes running throughout the series, such as good and evil, love and sex, and what it means to be a hero, as well as the various characters populating the series, including the villains and even the ship itself.

About the Author(s)

Sherry Ginn teaches psychology at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina. She is author or editor of books on women, on sex and on time travel in science fiction television, and the award-winning series Farscape and Fringe.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Sherry Ginn. Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 220
Bibliographic Info: appendices, notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6790-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0627-9
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Through the Wormhole and What Crichton Found There (Sherry Ginn) 1

Farscape, the Impossible and the Accident (J. P. Telotte) 11

War and Peace by Woody Allen or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Wormhole Weapon (Ensley F. Guffey) 22

Into the Uncharted Territories: Exploring the Nature of Evil (Robert L. Lively) 40

The Emperor’s New Farts: Socioeconomic Disenfranchisement and “Colonic Miasma” (Michael G. Cornelius) 55

’Scaping the Mythic Triad into Uncharted Territories: Hero, Antihero and Villain (Billie Jo Mason) 61

Friends, Enemies, Partners, Mates: Examining Relationships in the Uncharted Territories (Sherry Ginn) 74

Joining the Conversation: Ben Browder Writes John Crichton (Jessie Carty) 92

Friend … Enemy … Alien … Ally: Female Community Aboard Moya (Sherry Ginn) 104

Sentient Space: Moya as Homeplace (Michael G. Cornelius) 123

Of Big Blue Butts and Bias: The Problem Body (Elizabeth Leigh Scherman) 142

The Ballad of John and Aeryn (Sherry Ginn) 160

“Winona has been very reliable”: Female Gendering of Weapons in Fiction and Fact (Ensley F. Guffey) 164

A Legendary Tale: Scapers and the Myth of Fan Power (Tanya R. Cochran) 168

Primal Scream—With Accompaniment (Jessie Carty) 185

Appendix A: Farscape Character List 191

Appendix B: Series Episode List 195

Appendix C: Farscape Bibliography and Filmography 199

About the Contributors 201

Index 203

Book Reviews & Awards

“If you want to be reminded of just how good Farscape was and anything you missed, then you’ll find that here.”—SFCrowsnest