Journals

Star Wars: the evolution of the Death Star reflects Hollywood’s growing fears of a climate apocalypse

This piece was originally published on The Conversation.  Design for the ultimate Death Star – Star Wars: Rogue One. Lucasfilms/20th Century Fox Science fiction films are rarely about the future. Their distant planets and remote time periods instead seem to reflect upon the concerns and anxieties of the contemporary moment. For instance, 1978’s Invasion of the Bodysnatchers played … Continue reading

Journals

All back content to Extrapolation is now available to institutions through a Premium Subscription

Premium institutional subscriptions include access from 1959. Extrapolation was founded in 1959 by Thomas D. Clareson and was the first journal to publish academic work on science fiction and fantasy. It continues to be a leading, peer-reviewed, international journal in that specialized genre in the literature of popular culture. It welcomes papers on all areas of … Continue reading

Literature

The Relevance of Biopunk Science Fiction by Lars Schmeink

Author of Biopunk Dystopias, Lars Schmeink, discusses the importance of biopunk in the context of modern literature and society.  When Margaret Atwood wrote Oryx and Crake, the first novel in her MaddAddam trilogy, some thirteen years ago, she noticed certain trends in scientific research and—as a writer of speculative fiction—started thinking about the consequences, if specific lines of … Continue reading