The Canadian Fantastic: Special Issue: Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

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Graham J. Murphy; Chrissie Mains

Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts: The 'Canadian Fantastic" Call for Papers

Towards the end of "We Have Met the Alien (And It Is Us)" (1985), Judith Merril concludes "after months of immersion in Canadian futures, that there is something one just might call a Canadian consciousness, and that this unique sensibility of accepting-and-coping might just have something of value to offerto the uncertain future of a planet in perilous pain" (23).

Although Merril was speaking of Canadian science fiction, Canadian authors saturate the entire range of those fictions we broadly label the "fantastic": R. Scott Bakker, Sylvie Bérard, A. M. Dellamonica, Charles de Lint, Cory Doctorow, Candas Jane Dorsey, William Gibson, Hiromi Goto, Phyllis Gotlieb, Nalo Hopkinson, Tanya Huff, Guy Gavriel Kay, Yves Meynard, Spider Robinson,Geoff Ryman, Robert J. Sawyer, Karl Schroeder, S. M. Stirling, Jean-Louis Trudel, Elisabeth Vonarburg, A. E. van Vogt, Robert Charles Wilson, to alphabetize only a few of Canada's northern stars.

This Special Issue of JFA on "The Canadian Fantastic" invites participants to consider Merril's "Canadian consciousness" in those diverse realms of the fantastic.

To submit a proposal, please send a 300 word abstract by January 13, 2012, to both:

Christine Mains: cemains@shaw.ca
Graham J. Murphy: grahammurphy@trentu