Vol. 51, No. 2 (Spring 2021)

Table of Contents


Spring 2021 (From the Editor) •  Ian Campbell

Call for Applications: SFRA Review Associate Editor

Become a Reviewer! Nonfiction, Fiction and Media Available for Review


From the President  •  Gerry Canavan

From the Vice President  •  Sonja Fritzsche


The SFRA Review at Fifty: Interrogating Our History •  The Editorial Collective

Call For Papers: Interrogating Our History


The SF in Translation Universe #11  •  Rachel Cordasco 

SFRA Country Report: India • Vishnu Prasad Thandassery Radhakrishnan

Call for Papers: Trans-Indigenous Science Fictions


Call For Submissions: Fiction

1761 • Tang Fei (Translated by Xueting Christine Ni)


Chinese Science Fiction in the Global Context • Yan Wu, Jianbin Yao and Jinyi Chu

The Global Reception of Chinese Science Fiction

The Wind of the Future Blows from China  •  Francesco Verso

Sino-American SF: Trans-national Participatory Culture and Translation • Nathaniel Isaacson

Chinese Science Fiction in Contemporary Russia • Jinyi Chu

Chinese Sci-Fi in the Arab World • Linyao Ma

The Chinese Reception of Global Science Fiction

Sci-Fi Film Studies in Mainland China • Xin Wang

China’s Pluralistic Studies of English Science Fiction: Doctoral Dissertations as Examples • Chan Li

Finding Missing Pieces of the Jigsaw Puzzle: A Survey of Japanese Science Fiction Studies in China • Jin Zhao

Science Fiction Education in China: Then and Now • Wei Guo

Science Fiction and the Method: Forum 1

World Literature as an Approach in the Study of Chinese Science Fiction • Mengtian Sun

Chinese Science Fiction and Environmental Criticism: From the Anthropocentric to the Cosmocentric • Hua Li

The Possibilities and “Impossibilities” of Studying Chinese and Latin American Science Fiction • Yilun Fan

Cultural Exceptionalism in the New Generation of Chinese Science Fiction • Yuan Liu

The State of the Field: Forum 2

Interactions Between Science Fiction and Mainstream Literary Criticism • Ling Zhan

Chinese Science Fiction of the Republican Era, 1912-1949 • Dongmei Ren

The Development of Science Fiction Studies in 21st-Century China • Yiping Wang

The History and Reality of Chinese Science Fiction Studies • Zhenyu Jiang


The “Living in the End Times” Conference  •  Nora Castle, Heather Alberro, Emrah Atasoy, Rhiannon Firth and Conrad Scott

Diseased Bodies Entangled: Literary and Cultural Crossroads of Posthuman Narrative Agents • Başak Ağın & Şafak Horzum

Podcasting in a Pandemic: Dystopian Audio Drama in 2020 Brazil • Benjamin Burt

Imperialism is a Plague, Too: Transatlantic Pandemic Imaginaries in César Mba Abogo’s “El sueño de Dayo” (2007) and Junot Díaz’s “Monstro” (2012) • Giulia Champion

The Wrong Kind of Viral: Post-Apocalyptic Pandemics in Contemporary North American Fiction • Katrin Isabel Schmitt

The Underside of Time • Laura Denning

Apocalypse Never: Walter Benjamin, the Anthropocene, and the Deferral of the End • Gregory Marks

Pandemics in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction: Rethinking the (Post)Human • Tânia Cerqueira

Dreaming as Pharmakon in Larissa Lai’s “Salt Fish Girl” and Cherie Dimaline’s “The Marrow Thieves” • Özlem Öğüt Yazıcıoğlu and Allison Mackey

Connectivity and Collectivity: Network- Oriented Sociological Storytelling, Intra-Action, and the Pandemic Response Scenario in Greg Bear’s “Darwin’s Radio” • Ben Horn and Jayde Martin

Living Beyond the End Times: An Argument for Queer Utopianism • Ariel Kroon

The Failure of Progress and the Example of Fraternity in Mary Shelley’s “The Last Man” • Zsolt Czigányik


Review of Theory for the World to Come: Speculative Fiction and Apocalyptic Anthropology  •  Gabriel A. Saldías Rossel

Review of Sideways in Time: Critical Essays on Alternate History Fiction • Carl Abbott

Review of EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest • Dominick Grace

Review of The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games • Jonathan W. Thurston-Torres

Review of Star Wars after Lucas: A Critical Guide to the Future of the Galaxy • Benjamin J. Robertson

Review of Undead Ends: Stories of Apocalypse • Daniel Helsing

Review of Suburban Fantastic Cinema: Growing Up in the Late Twentieth Century • Rob Latham

Review of The Paradox of Blackness in African American Vampire Fiction • Misha Grifka Wander


Review of Docile  •  Adam McLain

Review of Border Crosser  •  Ed Carmien


Review of Color Out of Space  •  Lúcio Reis-Filho

Review of The Comma Press Podcast, Series 2 – Futures  •  Paul March-Russell

Review of The Expanse  •  Heather Clitheroe and Mark A. McCutcheon

Review of Snowpiercer (TV series)  •  Ada Cheong

Review of Star Trek: Lower Decks, season 1  •  Jeremy Brett