Topics and Themes in Canadian Science Fiction

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
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The academic journal Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction (, supported by the Science Fiction Foundation at the University of Liverpool, UK, invites contributions for a special issue on Canadian science fiction. The special issue is guest edited by Heather Osborne (University of Calgary, Canada).

Canadian science fiction encompasses multiple traditions. Several Canadian science fiction writers have become internationally known, including those whose sf works are textured by distinctly Canadian settings. Indigenous and Francophone writers are contributing to the genre while bringing the voice of their communities to their work. Papers for Foundation's special issue may be about Canadian science fiction works in any medium: literature, film, and graphic novels.


We invite submissions on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Detailed examinations of works by specific Canadian authors;

  • The use of Canadian settings in near-future sf, as in Robert Sawyer's Quantum Night;

  • Themes of colonization and decolonization in Canadian sf, as in Nalo Hopkinson's Brown Girl In The Ring;

  • The impact of Canadian writers and editors on developments in the science fiction and speculative fiction field, as with Judith Merril's editorial work;

  • Indigenous science fiction writers and texts, including the work of Joshua Whitehead, Drew Hayden Taylor, Eden Robinson, Cherie Dimaline, and others;

  • Québécois and Canadian francophone science fiction and works, including the work of Joël Champetier, Denis Coté, Yves Meynard, Esther Rochon, and others;

  • Whether, and how, Canadian science fiction differs significantly from sf traditions in other nations.

Abstracts of 300-400 words should be sent, in Word or PDF format, to, with the subject line "Canadian SF Special Issue." Final drafts should be approximately 6000 words including citations. Please follow the Foundation style guide ( in all submissions.