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About the Series

Edited by Paul March-Russell, this new and exciting book series aims to explore the evolution of Science Fiction (SF) and its impact upon contemporary culture. The series will argue that SF has generated a series of storyworlds: first, in terms of SF's own internal landscape – the extent to which SF has grown self-referentially – and second, in terms of SF's external effect – the extent to which SF storyworlds have influenced the vocabulary of political, social and cultural discourse. The series is interested in rethinking the possibilities of the genre, in particular, by engaging with different media (literature, film, television, radio, the Internet and the visual arts), critical and aesthetic theory, and reading in translation, including SF from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Although the series focus is on SF, it is open to writers who have alternated between genres (M. John Harrison, Ursula Le Guin) or who have cross-fertilized SF with Gothic and fantasy (China Míeville, Christopher Priest). We are interested in the current and future directions of SF.

How to Contribute

The series welcomes monographs, single author studies and essay collections, including anthologies based upon conference proceedings. The aim is to publish texts that will not only benefit other academics but will also further the student reader's knowledge. The objective is to build a library of critical works that will be insightful, informative and reliable by situating the history of SF within recent developments in terms of both artistic and theoretical practice. The length will vary according to the type of publication, with the average being 60,000–80,000 words. Proposals can be emailed to:

Editorial Team


Paul March-Russell (University of Kent)

Editorial Board

Andrew M. Butler (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Rob Latham (University of California, Riverside)
Farah Mendlesohn (Middlesex University)
Helen Merrick (Curtin University of Technology)
Adam Roberts (Royal Holloway College)
Sherryl Vint (Brock University)
Patricia A. Wheeler (University of Hertfordshire)

Paul March-Russell is Honorary Lecturer and Director of Part-Time Studies in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent. He is Module Convenor for the Stage 2 programme in science fiction. He has published articles on J.G. Ballard, E.M. Forster ('The Machine Stops'), William Gibson and Joanna Russ, edited May Sinclair's Uncanny Stories (Wordsworth Editions, 2006) and written on science fiction as part of The Short Story: An Introduction (Edinburgh University Press, 2009).

Andrew M. Butler is the author of Pocket Essentials on Philip K. Dick (2000, 2007), Cyberpunk (2000), Terry Pratchett (2001), Film Studies (2002, 2005, 2008) and Postmodernism (2003), the co-editor of Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature (2000, 2004), The True Knowledge of Ken MacLeod (2003) and A Celebration of British Science Fiction (2005) and editor of Christopher Priest: The Interaction (2005) and An Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry Pratchett (2007). In 2001 his co-edited collection Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature was short-listed for Best Related Book for the Hugo Awards given by the World Science Fiction Convention and in 2004 his article, 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Boom: The British Sf Boom', won the Pioneer Award given by the SFRA. He is an editor of Extrapolation and is currently editing The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction and Science Fiction: Fifty Key Writers, as well as researching 1970s sf.

Rob Latham is Associate Professor of English at the University of California at Riverside. A coeditor ofScience Fiction Studies since 1997, he is the author of Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption (Chicago, 2002). He is currently working on a book on New Wave science fiction.

Farah Mendlesohn is the author of Rhetorics of Fantasy, Diana Wynne Jones and the Childrens Fantastic Tradition, The Inter-Galactic Playground and the Hugo Award winning Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (ed. with Edward James). For six years she edited Foundation: the International Review of Science Fiction and now reviews regularly for Strange Horizons, NYRSF and others.

Helen Merrick lectures in Internet Studies at the Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia. She has published various articles on feminist science fiction, including chapters in The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2003), Queer Universes: Sexualities and Science Fiction (2008) and the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (2009). She co-edited Women of Other Worlds: Excursions through Science Fiction and Feminism (University of WA Press, 1999) and is on the editorial boards of Extrapolation, Transformative Works and Cultures, and Paradoxa. She is currently working on a cultural history of SF feminisms (forthcoming from Aqueduct Press) and a co-authored book on Donna Haraway (Columbia UP).

Adam Roberts was born in 1965 in southeast London, UK, and now lives a little way west of the same city. He is the author of a dozen science fiction novels, the most recent being Swiftly (Gollancz, 2008). He has a day-job in the department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Sherryl Vint teaches at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. She is the author of Bodies of Tomorrow (2007) and an editor for the journals Extrapolation and Science Fiction Film and Television. She has edited a special issue of Science Fiction Studies on animal studies (2008) and is currently co-editing The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction, and Beyond the Reality Studio: Cyberpunk in the New Millennium. She is currently writing Animal Alterity: Science Fiction and the Question of the Animal.

Pat Wheeler is Principal Lecturer in Literature at the University of Hertfordshire where she teaches contemporary British and American literature and courses on science fiction and utopian and dystopian writing. She has previously published articles on Joanna Russ and Carol Emshwiller, guest edited an edition of Critical Survey on dystopias, edited a collection of essays titled Dark Cities and Brave New Worlds: Representations of Dystopia in Literature and Film (Jefferson: Mcfarland, 2010), and is working on an Introduction to Science Fiction.

Forthcoming Books

The Empires of J.G. Ballard: An Imagined Geography

David Paddy (Whittier College)

On the subjects of
Maps and Borders, Colonial Revenge, Psychic Imperialism, Savage Modernity, Dying Frontiers of Space, Globalization and Crime Fiction, and Ballard as a Critic of Englishness

Science Fiction across Media: Adaptation/Novelization

Edited by Thomas Van Parys (University of Leuven) and I.Q. Hunter (De Montfort University)

Contributions by
Peter Wright, I.Q. Hunter, Andrew M. Butler, Peter Verstraten, Teresa Forde, Jamie Sherry, Nicholas Ruddick, Matthew Moore, Andrea Wright, Jennifer Woodward, Thomas Van Parys, Michael Stackpole, Gwilym Thear, David Bishop, Cynthia Miller, Philip Nichols, Martin Zeller and Mark Bould

On the subjects of
Adaptation, Cinematic Estrangement, Cinephilia,The Man Who Fell to Earth, Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky, Ballard/Crash/Cronenberg, Dystopia and the Comicbook, National Identity in New Zealand’s Apocalypse, Deluge, Science-Fiction Novelizations, Terry Nation’s Survivors, Doctor Who, Ray Bradbury, Superman, and Flash Gordon

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