DEADLINE EXTENDED: Histories of the Future: Proto-Science Fiction from the Victorian Era to the Radium Age

deadline for submissions: 
March 25, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Ivy Roberts, Virginia Commonwealth University
contact email: 

UPDATE: Deadline Extended/Rolling


Call for papers:Histories of the Future: Proto-Science Fiction from the Victorian Era to the Radium Age, a Critical Anthology to be published by Mcfarland Press

Editor: Ivy Roberts, Virginia Commonwealth University


Description: This anthology collects 75 years of lesser-known, lesser-appreciated anglophone science fiction from the late 19th and early 20th century. Critical introductions and contextual essays (4,000-6,000 words) pair with hard-to-find vintage SF short stories (2000-6,000 words). Word count limits are subject to change. Expert scholars will provide commentary on the cultural, historical, technological, and scientific contexts of each story. Along the way, we will discover how “proto-sf” was deeply entangled with historical circumstances.


This volume will contain 8-10 proto-science fiction short stories from a variety of sources.


Stories under consideration include but are not limited to:

  • E.P. Mitchell, “The Man Without a Body” New York Sun (March, 1877)

  • Highlights from satirical magazines such as Punch, Judy, Puck, Judge

  • Charles Wolfe, “The Phantom Arm,” Electrical Experimenter (June 1920)

  • Franklin Ruth, “In 1999,” Science and Invention (April 1921)

  • Herbert L. Moulton, “The Mystery of the Dampy-Undampy Messages,” Radio News (Jan 1921)

  • Stories from Radium Age magazines, such as Weird Tales, Argosy, All-story, etc.




  • Email a proposal consisting of a 300-400 word abstract, bibliographic information for companion story, and CV or bio to the editor (

  • Extended/Rolling deadline. Final essays due no later than May, 2018.