SFRA Review (eISSN 2641-2837; formerly published in print as ISSN 1068-395X) is an open access journal published four times a year by the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA). SFRA Review is devoted to surveying the contemporary field of sf fiction, media, and scholarship as it develops, bringing in-depth reviews with each issue, as well as longer critical articles highlighting key conversations in sf studies, regular retrospectives on recently passed authors and scholars, and reports from members of the SFRA Executive Committee.

SFRA Review 50.1 (Winter 2020)

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Introduction to 50.1

This issue brings with it a further few changes, the last for a while as we settle in to our newly redesigned and revamped era of the Review.

The winter 2020 issue welcomes two new reviews editors: Jeremy M. Carnes, as fiction reviews editor, and Megan N. Fontenot, as fiction reviews assistant editor.

The second change is superficial but nonetheless an important signal of the Review’s standing in the SF research community: we have adopted a volume/number scheme, making the first issue of 2020 volume 50, number 1.

In addition to more than a dozen reviews of recent scholarship, fiction, and media, 50.1 features a symposium collecting papers from the day-long Medical Humanities and the Fantastic conference held at the University of Liverpool last July, compiled and edited by Beata Gubacsi.

Each article and review can be downloaded as a separate file below, and the full issue is available at the link above and on the main SFRA Review page.

From the SFRA Executive Committee

From the President  •  Gerry Canavan  •  PDF

From the Vice President  •  Sonja Fritzsche  •  PDF


The SF in Translation Universe #7  •  Rachel Cordasco  •  PDF

Meet the Future: An Interview with Sarah Lohmann  •  Sarah Lohmann  •  PDF

Symposium: Medical Humanities and the Fantastic

Medical Humanities and the Fantastic: Introduction to the Liverpool Symposium  •  Beata Gubacsi  •  PDF

The Fantastic Autistic: Creating Narrative from the “Anti-Narrative” Poetics of Neurodivergence  •  David Hartley  •  PDF

“That tub a’lard’s in our way!”: Obese Characters as Obstructive and Antagonistic in Horror-Based Digital Games  •  Connor Jackson  •  PDF

Articulating the Terror of Obstetric Violence in Carmen María Machado’s “The Husband Stitch”  •  Lucía López  •  PDF

Fungi as Destructive and Transformative in Rosewater by Tade Thompson and The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley  •  Jonathan Thornton  •  PDF

Xenotransplantation: The Haunting Possibilities for the Future within Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake  •  Lucy Nield  •  PDF

Freaks and Freakery in Film and History  •  Jenni Hunt  •  PDF

“Sick with Longing”: Sickness and Sexual Dissidence in the Victorian Gothic Imagination  •  Brontë Schiltz  •  PDF

Symposium Contributors  •  PDF

Nonfiction Reviews

Review of The Culture Series of Iain M. Banks: A Critical Introduction by Simone Caroti  •  Edward Carmien  •  PDF

Review of I Am Legend as American Myth: Race and Masculinity in the Novel and Its Film Adaptations by Amy J. Ransom  •  J.R. Colmenero  •  PDF

Review of Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East edited by Anindita Banerjee and Sonja Fritzsche  •  Virginia L. Conn  •  PDF

Review of Iron Man vs. Captain America and Philosophy: Give Me Liberty or Keep Me Safe, edited by Nicholas Michaud and Jessica Watkin  •  Michael J. Hancock  •  PDF

Review of Arabic Science Fiction by Ian Campbell  •  Steven Holmes  •  PDF

Review of A Dune Companion: Characters, Places and Terms in Frank Herbert’s Original Six Novels by Donald E. Palumbo  •  Kara Kennedy  •  PDF

Review of Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility by Alexis Lothian  •  Kristen Koopman  •  PDF

Review of Set Phasers to Teach: Star Trek in Research and Teaching, edited by Stefan Rabitsch, Martin Gabriel, Wilfried Elmenreich, and John N.A. Brown  •  Bruce Lindsley Rockwood  •  PDF

Reivew of Bridges to Science Fiction and Fantasy: Outstanding Essays from the J. Lloyd Eaton Conferences, edited by Gregory Benford, Gary Westfahl, Howard V. Hendrix, and Joseph D. Miller  •  David N. Samuelson  •  PDF

Review of Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary by John Timberlake  •  Patrick Whitmarsh  •  PDF

Fiction Reviews

Review of The Institute by Stephen King  •  Dominick Grace  •  PDF

Review of Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Wade Roush  •  Dominick Grace  •  PDF

Media Reviews

Review of Bacurau (2019, film)  •  Joe Brace  •  PDF

Review of Bezimena (2019, graphic novel)  •  Dominick Grace  •  PDF

Review of The OA, season 2 (2019, TV)  •  Carmen Victor  •  PDF

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