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UPDATE: Cylons in America: Battlestar Galactica Collection (2/1/07; collection)
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Call For Papers - Edited Collection
Cylons in America:
Edited by C. W. Marshall and Tiffany Potter
Proposals are invited for an edited collection of original essays that examine BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, an award-winning science fiction television series presently in its third season. Since its debut as a 2003 miniseries, the current incarnation of BSG has created an intellectually challenging and explicitly political engagement with the values and ideologies of contemporary American society.
The volume is to be published by Continuum <http://www.continuumbooks.com>.
This collection will be aimed at both academic readers and an educated general audience. We seek essays that are both scholarly and engaging.
BSG depicts the remnants of the human race fleeing across space from a robotic enemy called the Cylons. The fleet is protected by a single warship while searching for a lost colony that settled on the legendary planet ???Earth.??? Originally a television series in the 1970s, the present series maintains the mythic sense established with the earlier quest narrative, but adds elements of ???hard??? science fiction and an aggressive engagement with post-9/11 American politics.
The following is a list of topics that contributors might explore, though we invite proposals from any disciplinary perspective on any aspect of the series and its reception:
???the Cylons as a race, as technology, as sexualized beings, and Cylon/human interaction
Please send a 500-word abstract or completed essay (4,000-6,000 words), plus a brief biographical statement (or c.v.), as e-mail attachments (in Word or as a Rich Text File) to both of the editors:
Tiffany Potter (tpotter_at_interchange.ubc.ca)
Deadline for abstract submission: February 1, 2007.
If your proposal is chosen for consideration, you will have until June 2007 for final submission, in order to allow full consideration of Season Three.