The term ‘outsider science fiction’ is used with increasing frequency to describe those novels that draw upon some of the themes, settings and imagery associated with the genre in order to explore issues more commonly associated with mainstream or literary fiction. Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (2005) can be classed as an example of such ‘outsider science fiction’. Indeed, it was shortlisted for the 2006 Arthur C. Clarke Award. This chapter considers how Ishiguro’s novel operates within a science-fiction register and creates the kind of ‘cognitive estrangement’ associated with the genre.
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