Vol. 50, No. 2-3 (Spring-Summer 2020)

Table of Contents


From the Editor  •  Sean Guynes


From the President  •  Gerry Canavan

From the Vice President  •  Sonja Fritzsche

From the Treasurer  •  Hugh O’Connell

From the Secretary: Minutes of the 2020 Executive Committee Meeting  •  Sean Guynes

SFRA AWARDS 2019–2020

SFRA Award for Lifetime Contributions to SF Scholarship 2019  •  Sherryl Vint

SFRA Innovative Research Award 2019  •  Susan Ang

Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service 2019  •  Wu Yan

Mary Kay Bray Award 2019  •  Erin Horáková and Rich Horton

Student Paper Award 2019  •  Conrad Scott

SFRA Book Award 2019  •  Xiao Liu

Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Book Prize 2019  •  Natania Meeker and Antónia Szabari


“We’ll Free These Words From What Binds Them”: The Struggle over Information Curation in Fran Wilde’s The Fire Opal Mechanism  •  Jeremy Brett

From the Archives: “Texts of Letters about Nueva Dimensión,” SFRA Newsletter #1 (Jan. 1971)  •  Sean Guynes

The SF in Translation Universe #8  •  Rachel Cordasco 

Meet the Future: An Interview with Julia Gatermann  •  Julia Gatermann


Sinofuturism and Chinese Science Fiction: an Introduction to the Alternative Sinofuturisms (中华未来主义) Special Issue  • Virginia L. Conn, editor

A Discussion between Two French Translators of Chinese Science Fiction  •  Loïc Aloisio and Gwennaël Gaffric

Photographesomenonic Sinofuturism(s)  •  Virginia L. Conn

Sinofuturism as Inverse Orientalism: China’s Future and the Denial of Coevalness  •  Gabriele de Seta

The Science-Fictional in China’s Online Learning Initiatives  •  Margaret A. Fisher

China’s Sonic Fictions: Music, Technology, and the Phantasma of a Sinicized Future  •  Carmen Herold

Empathy, War, and Women  • Amy Ireland

Capitalist Monster and Bottled Passengers: Political Stakes of Embodiment in The Reincarnated Giant and The Last Subway  •  Lyu Guangzhao

Data Narrator: Digital Chronotopes in Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction  •  Astrid Møller-Olsen

Chinese Science Fiction: A Genre of Adversity  •  Yen Ooi

Images of Alternative Chinese Futures: Critical Reflections on the “China Dream” in Chen Qiufan’s “The Flower of Shazui”  •  Frederike Schneider-Vielsäcker

The Wandering Earth: A Device for the Propagation of the Chinese Regime’s Desired Space Narratives?  •  Molly Silk

Wondering about the Futures of the Wandering Earth: A Comparative Analysis of Liu Cixin’s “The Wandering Earth” and Frant Gwo’s Film Adaptation  •  Mitchell van Vuren

A Diagnosis of Sinofuturism from the Urban-Rural Fringe  •  Dino Ge Zhang


Review of Apocalyptic Visions in 21st Century Films by Elizabeth A. Ford and Deborah C. Mitchell  •  Michele Braun

Review of Westworld and Philosophy: Mind Equals Blown edited by Richard Greene and Joshua Heter  •  Robert J. Creedon

Review of Stages of Transmutation: Science Fiction, Biology, and Environmental Humanism by Tom Idema  •  Nathaniel Doherty

Review of Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction by Alec Nevala-Lee  •  Andy Duncan

Review of Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction: Finding Humanity in a Posthuman World edited by Anita Tarr and Donna R. White  •  Anelise Farris

Review of RoboCop by Omar Ahmed  •  Dominick Grace

Review of Women in Doctor Who and The Women of Orphan Black by Valerie Estelle Frankel  •  Jeanne Hamming

Review of Telling It Like It Wasn’t: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction by Catherine Gallagher  •  Glyn Morgan

Review of Martian Pictures: Analyzing the Cinema of the Red Planet by O’Brien Stanley, Nicki L. Michalski, Lane Roth, and Steven J. Zani  •  Thomas J. Morrissey

Review of Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television by Shawn Malley  •  Pedro Ponce

Review of Interpreting Anime by Christopher Bolton  •  Chris Reyns-Chikuma

Review of Philip K. Dick on Film by Gregg Rickman  •  Terence Sawyers

Review of Exploring Picard’s Galaxy: Essays on Star Trek: The Next Generation edited by Peter W. Lee  •  Todd K. Sformo

Review of The Myth Awakens: Canon, Conservatism, and Fan Reception of Star Wars edited by Ken Derry and John C. Lyden  •  Jessica Stanley

Review of Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded by Jason Heller  •  Nathaniel Williams


Review of Portal B (a teleportation love story) by Drew Magary  •  Jonathan P. Lewis

Review of Sea Change by Nancy Kress  • Jeremy Brett

Review of The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar  • Jeremy Brett

Review of Unholy Land by Lavie Tidhar  • Amandine Faucheux


Review of The Platform (2020, film)  • Emrah Atasoy

Review of LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS, season 1 (2019, TV)  • Michael Pitts

Review of Another Life, season 1 (2019, TV)  • Marta Suarez

Review of Rick and Morty, season 4 (2019-2020, TV)  • Max Suechting