Science Fiction Studies

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Science Fiction Studies is published three times a year (March, July, November) by SF-TH Inc. at DePauw University. The Science Fiction Studies Website publishes abstracts of all articles, as well as the full texts of all reviews, historical documents, and selected essays appearing in the journal since its founding in 1973 by R.D. Mullen. We maintain a three-year blackout before reviews published in the journal appear on the website. Full texts of articles are posted only after an issue has been sold out and after the three-year blackout period has expired.


SFS # 132

SPECIAL ISSUE ON SPANISH SF: Introduction by Sara Martín. Articles by Fernando Ángel Moreno and Cristina Pérez with An Overview of Spanish Science Fiction; a Symposium on Spanish SF; Mikel Peregrina and Jimena Escudero Pérez on Domingo Santos; Francisco J. López Arias on The Spanish Civil War in Spanish Alternate History; Isabel Clúa on Avatars of the Feminine in Elia Barceló’s Sagrada; Dale J. Pratt on Sublime Cosmologies and Juan Miguel Aguilera; Mariano Martín Rodríguez on Alternate History in Spain; Teresa López-Pellisa on Women Writers of Spanish Science Fiction;  Irene Sanz on Rosa Montero’s Bruna Husky Novels; and Sara Martín and Fernando Ángel Moreno's A Bibliography and Filmography of Spanish SF .



Call for Papers #1. Special Issue: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at 200.

Science Fiction Studies is currently soliciting proposals for a July 2018 special issue celebrating the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), a work that forever changed the genre of science fiction. In Frankenstein, Shelley experimented not only with subject matter, new scientific inventions and their many terrifying and horrific possibilities, but also narrative and form. Her use of multiple frame narratives, nested one within another, was a notable shift from the eighteenth-century novels she grew up reading, and her merging of popular culture’s fascination with science and the Gothic broadened the emerging genre of science fiction. Her refusal to provide a clear didactic lesson left readers to judge for themselves the actions of Victor Frankenstein, and the ending left the Creature’s fate unclear, the possibility of its survival forever impacting future readers and writers. Adaptations and appropriations of Shelley’s narrative and form have become staples of science fiction, and as such, Frankenstein holds a celebrated spot as a creative source that inspires subsequent science fiction.

Shelley’s novel did not always enjoy the critical acclaim and canonical status that it now holds. Nonetheless, Frankenstein continues to resonate and influence the definitions, forms, narratives, and media of contemporary science fiction and contemporary authorship. In what ways does Frankenstein’s influence transform how authors and readers understand the limits of science fiction? How do the genre-bending and metafictional components of Frankenstein influence definitions of science fiction? What does Frankenstein have to say about the current political climate and global issues such as citizenship, immigration, and war? These questions have inspired this call for papers, and the editors envision this special issue as a celebration of Mary Shelley, the legacy of Frankenstein,and the light it continues to cast on science fiction since its publication. Essays that explore the intersections of recent science fiction novels and critical approaches are particularly encouraged, as are essays that consider cross-media adaptations of Frankenstein or Frankenstein-inspired narratives. Other potential topics could include:

Adaptations (art, comics, theatre, videogames, etc.,)                     
Aesthetics                                                                                             
Animal Studies                                                                                  
Culture of 1818 & 2018 (citizenship, immigration, war)            
Digital Humanities                                                                           
Digital Media                                                                               
Disability Studies                                                                          
Feminisms                                                                                       
GeoHumanities                                                    
Globalization and postcolonial                                                 
Gothic

Immigration
Intertextuality
Medical Humanities
Neuroscience
Philosophy
Poetry
Popular Culture
Science and technology (AI, robotics)
Romanticism
Visual Culture

Please send proposals (300-500 words) by 1 Aug. 2017 to Michael Griffin (michael.griffin@lmc.gatech.edu) and Nicole Lobdell (nicolelobdell@depauw.edu). Completed papers (6000-8000 words) will be due by 1 Oct. 2017.


 

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