Vol. 52, No. 3 (Summer 2022)

Table of Contents


Summer 2022 (From the Editor)  •  Ian Campbell

The SFRA Review’s Transition to Partial Peer Review • The Editorial Collective

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


From the President  •  Gerry Canavan

From the Vice President  •  Ida Yoshinaga

2022 SFRA Award Winners


Call For Papers: Conservative/Right-Wing SF • The Editorial Collective

Melancholia, Assimilation, and Genre in Charles Yu’s How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe • Cynthia Zhang

“I’m a Node Worker Too”:  Mexican Cyborgs as Resources and Resistance in Sleep Dealer • Karen Dollinger

Mother’s Madness: The Silent Struggle of Mothers in African American Literature and Film • Aileen Fonsworth

Transcendence: Facing Intergenerational Trauma through Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred and “Bloodchild” • Candice Thornton

Fictional Foresight and Autism Advocacy: The Role of Science Fictional Narratives in Unearthing Eugenic Motivations • Ryan Collis

Race, Utopia, and the Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Narrative • Julia Lindsay

“But the planet’s what matters, right?”: The Entangled Environmentalism of Three Final Fantasy VII Remake Communities • Andrew Barton

Understanding the Modern Episteme through H. G. Wells • Noah Slowik

Same As It Ever Was?: Portrayals of Appalachia in William Gibson’s The Peripheral • Jennifer Krause

“You telling me my ass isn’t a werewolf”: Science fiction ontology and representing queerness in Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse • Jack Murray

Subversion of Patriarchal Norms Through the Metaphor of Mythology in Indian Science Fiction • Simran Gindwani

The Relationship Between Solarpunk and Ecofeminism • Meltem Dağcı

Cosmism and Afrofuturism: Life Against Death • Julia Tikhonova Wintner


Call For Submissions: Fiction


Content Warning: The following essays in this collection contain, to various degrees, depictions and conversations around sexual violence.

Introduction to Sexual Violence and Science Fiction Symposium • Adam McLain

Stories on Sexual Violence as “Thought Experiments”: Post-1990s Chinese Science Fiction as an Example • Xi Liu

The Dune Universe And Sexual Violence: An Ongoing Struggle • Eyal Soffer

Rape and Hope: Consolidating Identities and Hierarchies in Contemporary Feminist Dystopias • Athira Unni

The End of Rape? Essentializing Masculinity in Male Extinction Dystopias • Verónica Mondragón Paredes

Sport SF and the Male Body: Estranged (Non-)Consent in Swanwick’s “The Dead” • Derek Thiess

Sexual Assault After Apocalypse: The Limited Logic of Natural Selection • Ryn Yee and Octavia Cade

Octavia Butler’s Dawn in the #MeToo Era • Julia Lindsay

Weaponisation of Sex in Tabletop Role-playing Games: Surface Theme vs. Game Mechanic • Dax Thomas

“Fight Back or Die”: Rape, Revenge, and the Supernatural in Tomb Raider • Kenzie Gordon

Sexual Violence Toward a Digitised Body: Fan and Developer Gaze in the Mass Effect Trilogy • Steph Farnsworth

Tackling Trauma and Sexual Assault in Young Adult Fantasy: Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue • Cheyenne Heckermann


A Glimpse into the Lived Experience of Diversity • Mónika Rusvai

Autism, Film & Estrangement • David Hartley

Hauntology and Lost Futures: Trauma Narratives in the Contemporary Gothic • Emma Dee

Out of Time: Crip Time and Fantastic Resistance • Josefine Wälivaara

“City of Unseen Steps”: Blindness and Palimpsestual Sensory Impressions in Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts • Sarah Neef

Productive Bodyminds in Samuel R. Delany’s Babel-17 • Leigha McReynolds


Review of J.R.R. Tolkien: A Guide for the Perplexed  •  Audrey Isabel Taylor

Review of Eco-Vampires: The Undead and Environment • Mihaela Stoica

Review of Science Fiction • Jack Durant

Review of Plants in Science Fiction: Speculative Vegetation • Nora Castle

Review of Ms. Marvel’s America: No Normal • Michael Dittman

Review of Imagining the Unimaginable: Speculative Fiction and the Holocaust • Jeremy Brett

Review of Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century • Michael Pitts

Review of Harry Potter and Beyond: On J.K. Rowling’s Fantasies and Other Fictions • Kristin Noone

Review of Jordan Peele’s Get Out: Political Horror • Rebecca Hankins

Review of Science Fiction and Climate Change: A Sociological Approach • Jerome Winter


Review of Hunting by Stars • Jeremy Carnes


Review of The Witcher, season 2 • Cait Coker

Review of Don’t Look Up • Steven Holmes

Review of Final Fantasy VII Remake • Lúcio Reis-Filho