Messengers from the Stars: On Science Fiction and Fantasy

No. 4 – 2019

Editorial Board | Adelaide Serras || Ana Daniela Coelho || Ana Rita Martins || Angélica Varandas || João Félix || José Duarte

Advisory Board | Adam Roberts (Royal Holloway, Univ. of London, UK) || David Roas (Univ. Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain) || Flávio García (Univ. do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) || Henrique Leitão (Fac. de Ciências, Univ. de Lisboa, Portugal) || Jonathan Gayles (Georgia State University, USA) || Katherine Fowkes (High Point University, USA) || Lubjica Matek (University of Osijek, CROATIA) || Mª Cristina Batalha (Univ. do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) || Martin Simonson (University of Basque Country, Spain) || Susana Oliveira (Fac. de Arquitectura, Univ. de Lisboa, Portugal) || Teresa Lopez-Pellisa (Univ. Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain)

Copy Editors | Ana Rita Martins || David Klein Martins || João Félix || José Duarte

Translator | Diogo Almeida

Book Review Editors | Diana Marques || Igor Furão || Mónica Paiva

Photography | Thomas Örn Karlsson

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 ISSN | 2183-7465

Editor | Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa | University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies. Alameda da Universidade – Faculdade de Letras. 1600-214 Lisboa – Portugal



Danièle André | is an Associate Professor in the American Studies Department of the University of La Rochelle (France). She belongs to the CRHIA (Research Centre in International and Atlantic History). Her research focus on analyzing and understanding how popular culture (especially in North America), and more specifically science fiction, cinema, TV series, tabletop roleplaying games and graphic novels, deal with human beings in their social environment. The research she carries out aims at pinpointing that practices of popular culture not only reflect how societies work, but they also help think about their evolution and help shape their future.
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Christophe Becker | is a Doctor in American Literature, and defended his thesis in December 2010 at the Paris VIII – Vincennes Saint-Denis University, France. Its subject is “The Influence of William S. Burroughs on the work of William Gibson and Genesis P-Orridge”. He is a specialist of experimental literature and Sci-Fi, including Cyberpunk, and works on the relationship between mass culture and underground movements. He belongs to “Stella Incognita”, and PIND, a research program devoted to the French punk subculture.

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Ciaran Kavanagh | Ciarán Kavanagh is a final-year PhD researcher in University College Cork, Ireland, where he also received his BA in History and English (2014) and MA in English Modernities (2016). His thesis, “Reading Postmodernism: Indeterminacy, Instability and the Changing Role of the Reader,” utilises reader- response theory in the analysis of how postmodern subversions of interpretive codes, such as genre or authorial ethos, affect the reading experience. His research is currently funded by the Irish Research Council’s “Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship”.

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Peter Kosanovich | Peter Kosanovich received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University. He is currently completing a Master of Arts in Media Studies at the University of Regina. His research focuses on gender in science fiction and fantasy television series from the 1990s, as well as animated films and television.

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Jessica Austin | Jessica Austin Jessica is in her 3rd year of PhD at Anglia Ruskin University. Her PhD thesis is concerning fan identity construction in the Furry Fandom. She has written peer reviewed articles on online research ethics, Star Warsfemale fan reception and several book reviews. Her research interests are in the fan studies discipline and post human theory.

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Rebecca Lynne Fullan | Rebecca Lynne Fullan is a PhD candidate in English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and an Instructional Technology Fellow at the Macaulay Honors College, CUNY. Her research interests include Native American literature, speculative fiction, medievalisms, and ecocriticism.

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Rano Ringo | Rano Ringo is an Assistant Professor of English at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, Punjab, India where she is teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She has been teaching for the past eleven years. Her research interests include mainly Feminist Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Fantasy and Science Fiction and Canadian Literature.

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Jasmine Sharma | Jasmine Sharma is a full time PhD Research Scholar under the guidance of Dr. Rano Ringo at the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar. Her core research area is Canadian Literature primarily dealing with post-feminism in the science fiction novels of Margaret Atwood. She has published research papers in UGC approved journals of literary importance and has presented papers at different conferences across the country.

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Dorothea Boshoff | Dorothea Boshoff completed her DLitt et Phil with the University of South Africa. She is engaged in research on gender representations in popular science fiction. Stemming from her work in TESOL, she also produced research on the role of narrative in language acquisition, and on the manner in which mainstream second language textbooks apply narrative as a tool.

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Deirdre Byrne | Deirdre Byrne is a full Professor of English Studies and the Head of the Institute for Gender Studies at the University of South Africa. She holds a C2 rating from the National Research Foundation of South Africa as an established researcher. She is engaged in research on the writing of Ursula K. le Guin and on South African women’s poetry. She belongs to the steering groups of the International Association for the Study of Gender and Love and also of ZAPP, the South African poetry project.

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Martin Simonson | Martin Simonson received his PhD from the University of the Basque Country with a dissertation on the narrative dynamics of The Lord of the Rings. He is the author of the monographs The Lord of the Rings and the Western Narrative Tradition (Walking Tree Publishers, 2008) and, with Raúl Montero, El héroe del oeste en Las Crónicas de Narnia (Peter Lang, 2014) and El Western fantástico de Stephen King: hibridización y desencantamiento en “El Pistolero” (Peter Lang, 2018). He is the translator of several works by J.R.R. Tolkien into Spanish, among others Beowulf (2014), The Story of Kullervo (2015) and Beren and Lúthien (2018). He currently teaches English 19th and 20th century literature in the BA program of English Studies, and an introductory course on fantasy, horror and science fiction at the MA program of comparative literature at the University of the Basque Country.

Email Address | martin.simonson@ehu.eus119

Thomas Örn Karlsson | Thomas Örn Karlsson started out as a nature and landscape photographer but gradually evolved towards the realm of horror and fantasy. Recent exhibitions include #MEMORYLANE, in which levitation art is combined with music (by Anders Rane), and “Out of this world”, a collaboration with writers Martin Simonson and Raúl Montero, which was presented, together with a lecture, at Fotografiska Museet in Stockholm in August 2017. Thomas currently works as ambassador for Olympus.

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