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


Vol. 60, No. 2, 2019

Politics of Oppression
Politics of Oppression. Sami Schalk. Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women's Speculative Fiction. Durham and London: Duke UP, 2018. 192 pp. ISBN 978-0-82-237088-0. $23.95 pbk.Reviewed by Anelise FarrisSpeculative fiction...
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Femininjustice: Female Justice as Monstrous in Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia
IntroductionWhen psychologist, academic, and feminist William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman in 1941, he had a very specific vision in mind. He wanted to offer an alternative to the brutal masculinity that he felt dominated a world at war. Because...
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Vol. 60, No. 1, 2019

Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction
A History of Ideas. Mark C. Jerng. Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction. New York: Fordham UP, 2018. vii + 284 pp. ISBN 978-0-82327777-3. $3° pbk.Reviewed by John RiederMark Jerng's Racial Worldmaking is a well-researched, philosophically...
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Vol. 59, No. 3, 2018

Islandia: Agrarian Society Meets Global Capitalism 1
More than three quarters of a century ago-1942-a massive novel landed on library and bookstore shelves. Austin Tappan Wright's Islandia gave life to an entire, complex, and very intriguing imaginary nation. Although never a bestseller, it has attracted...
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Vol. 58, No. 2/3, 2017

Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays on Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia
Periodizing Utopia. Phillip E. Wegner. Shockwaves of Possibility: Essays on Science Fiction, Globalization, and Utopia. Ralahine Utopian Studies. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014. 308 pp. ISBN 978-3-03-430741-3. $55.95 pbk.Reviewed by Robert T. Tally Jr.When...
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"The Dark Side of Hope": Genre and Globalization in the Hunger Games
Since the release of the first film in 2012, The Hunger Games series, based on the bestselling novels by Suzanne Collins, has become an international sensation.1 The films had record-breaking international sales at the box office; schools have included...
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The Literary Haunted House: Lovecraft, Matheson, King and the Horror in Between
Liminal Space in a Critical Work. Rebecca Janicker. The Literary Haunted House: Lovecraft, Matheson, King and the Horror in Between. Jefferson: McFarland, 2015. 224 pp. ISBN 978-0-78-646573-6. $40 pbk.Reviewed by Greg ConleyRebecca Janicker's The Literary...
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Gothic Science Fiction: 1818 to the Present
From Frankenstein to Futurity. Sian MacArthur. Gothic Science Fiction: 1818 to the Present. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 180 pp. ISBN 978-1-13-738926-8. $95 hc.Reviewed by D. Harlan WilsonThis study of Gothic sf in literature and cinema is...
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Vol. 58, No. 1, 2017

Verne's First Novel Finally in English
Verne's First Novel Finally in English. Jules Verne. A Priest in 1835. Danièle Chatelain and George Slusser, eds. Albany: BearManor Fiction, 2016. 306 pp. + 8 pp. n.p. ISBN 978-1-59-393935-9. $24.95 pbk.Reviewed by Eric S. RabkinA Priest in 1835 is the...
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Vol. 57, No. 3, 2016

Whose Archive?: Questions of Access to Information and Memory in Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
Contemporary developed societies may be characterized not only by the unprecedented speed at which the amount of preserved information increases-with which various types of archive grow in size-but also by the democratization of access to these archives....
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Robert. E. Howard, the American Frontier, and Borderlands in the Stories of Conan the Barbarian
There seems no denying that the American frontier was a significant influence on Robert E. Howard's thought. He grew up in small-town Texas, a place called Cross Plains, at a time when there were some alive who could still remember the last of the Comanche...
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Vol. 56, No. 2, 2015

What the Frak, Frankenstein!: Teenagers, Gods, and Postcolonial Monsters on Caprica
In a key scene in the pilot episode of the SyFy television series Caprica (US, 2009-2010), a massive robot lurches to life in a laboratory and gropes toward a white-coated scientist, its creator."Daddy! Daddy!" it says.This makes sense: the robot is...
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Vol. 55, No. 3, 2014

Thriving in the Gap: Visual and Linguistic Meaning Unmaking in the City & the City
Spectatorship (the look, the gaze, the glance, the practices of observation, surveillance and visual pleasure) may be as deep a problem as various forms of reading (decipherment, decoding, interpretation, etc.) and that "visual experience" or "visual...
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Vol. 55, No. 2, 2014

The Good Liberal and the Scoundrel Author: Fantasy, Dissent, and Neoliberal Subjectivity in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
In September 2012 Philip Pullman published a new book, a re-telling of his fifty favorite stories by the Grimm Brothers. News of the publication caused much excitement amongst book critics and academics alike: Alison Flood writes "Pullman, with his blend...
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Vol. 55, No. 1, 2014

"Two Sought Adventure": Fritz Leiber and the Architecture of Fantasy
This article explores the relationship between fantasy and ideology by reading Fritz's Leiber's "Two Sought Adventure" (1939) in the context of the contemporary pulp fiction market. Depression-era concerns about capitalism, Fascism, and his later theories...
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Fear of a Stupid Planet: Sexuality, SF, and Kornbluth's "The Marching Morons"
C. M. Kornbluth's "The Marching Morons" (1951) is simultaneously one of the most honored and most openly disparaged science fiction stories of the period before the New Wave. The story has been both celebrated and savaged for reasons that are not always...
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Werewolves and Other Shapeshifters in Popular Culture: A Thematic Analysis of Recent Depictions
More Than Skin Deep. Kimberley McMahon-Coleman and Roslyn Weaver, eds. Werewolves and Other Shapeshifters in Popular Culture: A Thematic Analysis of Recent Depictions. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. 211 pp. ISBN 9780786468164. $40.00 pbk.Reviewed by...
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