Classical Traditions in Science Fiction: Call for Article Submissions, Deadline August 1, 2011

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Co-Editors: Brett M. Rogers (Gettysburg College) and Benjamin Stevens (Bard College)

A rich and relatively under-explored area in modern receptions of classical traditions is science fiction. How does science fiction imagine ancient thinking as contributing to or challenging modern discourses with special regard to those discourses' scientific aspects or interests? How does it constitute the classics in light of master narratives of modern scientific knowledge and practice? By raising these and other questions, this volume will ask how ancient Greco-Roman classics continue to speak – or are received as speaking – to a modern world separated from antiquity by such profound processes as the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.

Science fictional receptions of classical traditions raise questions not only about science but also about, for example, religion, philosophy, social thought, political theory, and literature. This volume will thus seek to address the complex interaction between (1) science fiction's continuous but mysterious reference to scientific method and to the historical results of that method's applications, and (2) the classical tradition's status – in a mixture of historical fact and fictive imagination – as pre- or non- or differently-scientific. We aim to produce a volume of collected essays that will be scholarly in content yet accessible and engaging to an array of audiences.

We seek submissions on a variety of topics that range from science fiction's arguable point of origin – Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (whose subtitle "The Modern Prometheus" alludes to classical meditations on the use of technology to create and control nature and human life) – to 'classic' authors as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Frank Herbert, to more recent genres such as space opera and steampunk, as well as direct but complicated re-tellings of classical tales. The editors will select articles for inclusion on the basis of clarity and cogency of argument, as well as for how the contribution complements a diversified collection on this emerging and exciting area.

We seek submissions approximately 6,000 words in length (12 point font, double-spaced, in .doc or .docx format). We also encourage the appropriate use of visual material. We request that you submit an abstract of 200 - 300 words along with your submission. Submissions must be received by August 1, 2011. We request that potential contributors send an email expressing their interest by April 1, 2011. Submissions and questions may be addressed to the editors: Dr. Benjamin Stevens ( and Dr. Brett M. Rogers (