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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.

Forthcoming Titles

The Science and Fiction of Edgar Rice Burroughs by Conor Reid

Catholicism and Science Fiction by Jim Clarke

Editorial Team


Paul March-Russell (University of Kent)

Editorial Board

Andrew M. Butler (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Caroline Edwards (Birkbeck, University of London)
Rob Latham
Farah Mendlesohn
Adam Roberts (Royal Holloway College)
Patricia A. Wheeler (University of Hertfordshire)
Jennifer Woodward (Edge Hill University)
Lisa Yaszek (Georgia Institute of Technology)

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 wasshort-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.

Caroline Edwards is Senior Lecturer in Modern & Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London. Caroline's research focuses on the utopian imagination in contemporary literature, science fiction, apocalyptic narratives, and Western Marxism. She is author of Fictions of the Not Yet: Utopian Times in the 21st Century British Novel (forthcoming) and has published two co-edited books on living writes – China Miéville: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2015) and Maggie Gee: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2015). Caroline is currently working on a second monograph, Arcadian Revenge: Utopia, Apocalypse and Science Fiction in the Era of Ecocatastrophe, which examines fictions of extreme environments, including Mars, Antarctica, the deep sea, and the centre of the Earth.

Rob Latham formerly Associate Professor of English at the University of California at Riverside, is a co-editor of Science 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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Woodward is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and English Literature at Edge Hill University. Her research interests focus on Science Fiction across media, disaster narratives and adaptation studies. She has published on TV Science fiction, film adaptation and disaster narratives and has presented papers at internal, national and international conferences. Jennifer is also a reader/peer reviewer for Facta Ficta: The Journal of Theory, Narrative and Media and for Routledge’s Studies in European Cinema Journal.

Lisa Yaszek is Professor of Science Fiction Studies in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech, where she researches and teaches science fiction as a global language crossing centuries, continents, and cultures. She is particularly interested in issues of gender, race, and science and technology in science fiction across media as well as the recovery of lost voices in science fiction history and the discovery of new voices from around the globe. Yaszek’s books include The Self-Wired: Technology and Subjectivity in Contemporary American Narrative (Routledge 2002/2014); Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women’s Science Fiction (Ohio State, 2008); and Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction (Wesleyan 2016). Her ideas about science fiction as the premiere story form of modernity have been featured in The Washington Post, Food and Wine Magazine, and USA Today. A past president of the Science Fiction Research Association, Yaszek currently serves as an editor for the Library of America and as a juror for the John W. Campbell and Eugie Foster Science Fiction Awards.

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