Journal of scholarly study in science fiction and fantasy, featuring critical articles, reviews and bibliographies.

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 2, Summer

Mas Alla, El Eternauta, and the Dawn of the Golden Age of Latin American Science Fiction (1953-59)
On a winter's night in 1957 (or 1959) (1) a guionista, or writer of comics, is working late in the atelier of his Buenos Aires home when a man dressed in futuristic clothing materializes in the chair across from him [Fig. 1]. The man tells the writer...
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New Awards for SF&F Translated into English Launched
At the World Fantasy Convention in San Jose today a new set of awards for fantastic literature was announced. They will reward and highlight works of science fiction, fantasy, horror and related literature translated into English from other languages....
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Stardust as Allegorical Bildungsroman: An Apology for Platonic Idealism
Stardust is very intentionally a fairy tale, but I didn't want to set it in a sort of never-never historical period. It's very solidly set in Victorian England, actually in a period after fairy tales were done with, but it's a fantasy in the tradition...
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The Return of the Giant Creature: Cloverfield and Political Opposition to the War on Terror
From the Craptacular to the Sublime The year 2009 saw the release--straight to DVD--of one of the most memorable films of all times in the realm of what, to use Bart Simpson's term, might be called "the craptacular": Jack Perez's Mega Shark vs....
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The Return to the Frontier in the Extraordinary Voyage: Verne's the Mysterious Island and Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
The importance of Jules Verne's voyages extraordinaires for any construction of the history of science fiction seems beyond dispute. As James Gunn put it in a recent roundtable discussion of Verne's relevance to the twenty-first century, "It was Jules...
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Warping Time: Alternate History, Historical Fantasy, and the Postmodern Uchronie Quebecoise
Nous savons maintenant que le temps n'existe pas: tout est simultane. Et la 2000e page rejoint la premiere--ou presque. [We now know that time does not exist: all is simultaneous. And the 2000th page meets the first, or almost.] --Jacques Brossard,...
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