Call for Papers: Adaptations in SF

Call for Papers: Adaptations in SF

The Editorial Collective

Adaptations have taken over movie theaters and streaming services in recent years: The Wandering Earth and The Peripheral were based on bestselling books, and more recently, The Last of Us was first a video game. The SFRA Review is interested in short papers addressing SF adaptations in all its manifestations: literature, film, other media, games. Questions for discussion might include:

  • Why are adaptations so prevalent in today’s media landscape?
  • What makes an adaptation good or bad?
  • How has digital media altered the production and reception of adaptations? What is the relation of adaptations to other forms of transmedia?
  • How can they give us a different perspective on the present, or subvert the source’s original message? What are the ethical implications of adapting older works?
  • How have adaptations changed over the years?
  • What is being adapted? What does this choice say about canonical—or previously under-recognized—texts?

Papers should be from 3000-5000 words in length, with references in MLA style and few if any discursive footnotes. Our Style Guide should be consulted and adhered to for all submissions. All contents of SFRA Review are published open access under a CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. Authors retain copyright and may reuse their work as they see fit. Images should be at least 2000 pixels wide; given that this is literary analysis, the exceptions to copyright for fair use will apply. Please send email to Andrea Blatz ( with the subject line SFRA Adaptations and a brief description of your paper by 1 March 2022. Any other queries should be sent to this address, as well, with the same subject line. Complete drafts are due 15 May 2023. Edits will be due 1 July 2023. Papers will be published in the Summer 2023 issue (53.3) on 01 August 2023.

We sincerely hope that you will be interested in what we feel is an important aspect of SF in these current times and encourage you to submit.

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