Call For Papers

Messengers from the Stars:

On Science Fiction and Fantasy

No. 3, 2018

Edited by: Martin Simonson & Raúl Montero Gilete

Co-edited by: Angélica Varandas & José Duarte

Deadline extended: June 30, 2017.

 Messengers from the Stars is an international, peer-reviewed journal, offering academic articles, reviews, and providing an outlet for a wide range of creative work inspired by science fiction and fantasy. It aims at promoting science fiction and fantasy in the humanities while, at the same time, providing a forum for discussion on all aspects of science fiction and fantasy by welcoming innovative approaches and critical methodologies to the critical and creative landscape.

The journal covers the following topics:

  • Artificial Intelligences;
  • Comic Books/Graphic Novels;
  • Fantasy and Children’s Literature;
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction on Screen (cinema, Web, video games, etc…);
  • Fantasy and the Gothic;
  • Imagination and Fantasy;
  • Journey;
  • Medieval Fantasy;
  • National and International Fictions;
  • Place and Non-place;
  • Popular Culture;
  • Science and Fiction;
  • Steampunk;
  • Television Studies and Utopias/Dystopias.

However, for our 2018 issue we are particularly interested in essays that cover the intersections of science fiction, horror and fantasy/secondary worlds – such as the suggestive mélange found in King’s “Dark Tower” books and exploited to great effect in other more recent novels, TV-series (Lost; Stranger Things; Westworld to name but a few mainstream examples) and films over the last few decades.

Submissions, between 4000 and 6000 words in English, must be sent to by June 30, 2017. The authors will be notified by the end of July. You can download the CFP here.

In addition, you can propose a book or film review. We welcome book and film reviews on current science fiction and fantasy research and PhD dissertations. Reviews should be between 500 to 1,000 words. Longer reviews, e.g. dealing with more than one book, should be agreed upon with the Editorial Board. The guideline for book/film reviews is available here.

All submissions must follow the journal’s guidelines available at: