Science Fantasy: Critical Explorations in Literature, Cinema and Popular Culture

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Editors: Cenk Tan, Elçin Parçaoğlu


Please find the call for chapters for our forthcoming book: Science Fantasy: Critical Explorations in literature, cinema and popular culture that is to be published by Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield) in 2023.

We cordially invite you to submit an abstract proposal (around 300-400 words) for our new book for editorial consideration by 30 August 2022. The book is planned to include chapters providing critique of selected works of science fantasy in literature, film, media and/or popular culture. The chapters will present a theoretical/critical discussion of the selected works of fiction whose theoretical framework include but is not limited to literary theory, psychology, sociology, philosophy etc. Each chapter is anticipated to be 4000-6000 words including footnotes and references. The authors are expected to present a critical discussion of their selected works of science fantasy. Authors can feel free to make their own suggestions of science fantasy works within an intertextual and interdisciplinary context. The selected works of science fantasy may include new as well as older works of fiction but we encourage authors to analyse newer, less-known works that are likely to be considered niche. 

Editors' Introduction

According to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, (SFE) Science Fantasy is considered a bastard genre blending elements of science fiction and fantasy. The term was first mentioned by Joseph M. Crawford, James J. Donahue, and Donald M. Grant, in their “333”: A Bibliography of the Science-Fantasy Novel (1953 chap), attempted without much luck to establish it as an umbrella term covering SF and fantasy. The term was also the title of a well-known UK magazine. (1950-1966) Emerging as a hybrid genre, science fantasy mostly remained in the shadows of science fiction, as well as fantastic fiction. As a unique genre within speculative fiction, science fantasy has proven to be a significant intersection of the previously described fictions. This hybrid genre which combines aspects of science fiction and fantasy fiction is a difficult-to-define transitional stage. However, rather than defining, our purpose is to explore this genre in an unprecedented manner.

It is impossible to deny the significance of science fiction and fantasy in speculative fiction. Hence, coming forward as a unique sub-genre, science fantasy has not yet received the scholarly attention it deserves. Scholars have tended to focus on science fictional works and/or works of fantastic fiction, leaving the hybrid sub-genre of science fantasy largely unexplored. The limited number of scholarly works dealing with science fantasy as a genre in itself is the major motivation behind this edited volume. According to Brian Attebery, some of the most commonly recognized science fantasy authors are Marion Zimmer Bradley, Edgar Rice Burroughs, L Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, Samuel R Delany, Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, Jack Vance, John Varley, Roger Zelazny and Gene Wolfe, Joan D Vinge, C L Moore and Henry Kuttner. Attebery also makes special mention of The Deep (1975) by John Crowley but, the list is not confined to these particular names. Science fantasy experienced a major boost during the last decades, as of the 21st century, a tremendous variety of creativity and diversity has been displayed in the sub-genre of science fantasy in literature, cinema, television, and popular culture. Our main objective is to explore and capture this creative and diverse capacity by combining texts with critical premises. As we welcome intertextual and interdisciplinary approaches, we share the aspiration that this edited volume will become one of the most celebrated works in the genre of speculative fiction and science fantasy altogether.  


-Deadline for abstract submission:            1  October 2022

-Deadline for chapter submission:             31 December 2022

-Anticipated publication date:                    Summer of 2023


Publisher: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield)

General Style of format: MLA 8

*Contributors are required to hold a PhD and have institutional affiliation.

*We expect and anticipate contribution from an international range of scholars.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.

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Kind regards,


Dr. Cenk Tan 

Pamukkale University, Turkey

Dr. Elçin Parçaoğlu

Kocaeli University, Turkey

(Editors, Science Fantasy)