Messengers from the Stars: On Science Fiction and Fantasy

No. 5 – 2020

Editorial Board |Adelaide Serras || Ana Daniela Coelho || Ana Rita Martins || Angélica Varandas || Diana Marques || 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) || Ljubica Matek (Univ. of Osijek, Croatia) || Mª Cristina Batalha (Univ. do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) || Martin Simonson (Univ. of the 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 || Ana Daniela Coelho || David Klein Martins | João Félix || José Duarte

Translator |  Diogo Almeida

Photography | Duarte Amaral Netto

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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


Matthew Hill | Matthew Hill is currently Associate Professor of English at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland.  His academic work centers on the representation of warfare in 20th and 21st century literature and popular culture.   His essays and articles have appeared in The Journal of Popular Culture, Extrapolation, War, Literature & the Arts, The Mid-Atlantic Almanack, and The Journal of American Culture.    Dr. Hill is the editor, with Andrew Schopp, Ph.D., of The War on Terror and American Popular Culture (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009).   Most recently, he is the author of Unconventional Warriors:  The Fantasy of the American Resistance Fighter in Film and Television (Prager Press, 2018).   He lives in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife, two daughters, and a rambunctious schnoodle.

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Jonathan Hay | Jonathan Hay is a PhD candidate and visiting lecturer at the University of Chester, UK. Their doctoral thesis investigates the intersections between Science Fiction and Critical Posthumanism. Jonathan has recent publications in Journal of Posthuman Studies, Kronoscope, and the British Science Fiction Association’s critical journal Vector. They are co-editor of a major volume of essays titled Talking Bodies Vol. II – Bodily Languages, Selfhood and Transgression (Palgrave, 2020).

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Trang Dang | Trang Dang is a doctoral student at Nottingham Trent University. Her research focuses on Jeff VanderMeer’s weird fiction and uses object-oriented philosophy to discuss how his novels bring about the ecological awareness that provides important cues for a future of co-existence between human and nonhuman lifeforms.

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Zita Hüsing| Zita Hüsing is a PhD student in English at Louisiana State University. She received her master’s in English Literatures and Cultures and in North American Studies from the University of Bonn in Germany. Her research interests the disruption of subjectivities in the field of U.S. American speculative fiction. She is especially interested in theories surrounding the Posthuman and the interactions between humans and technology.

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Rhiannon McHarrie| Rhiannon McHarrie is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Northampton undertaking her PhD on the representations of mental health within superhero films. Her PhD explores the connection between how superheroes are depicted as undergoing trauma and the effect this has on them within the narrative in order to examine how these superheroes are shown to be representing mental health issues as a result of this trauma. She also has a chapter featured in a book entitled ‘Mental Health and Fandom’ set to be released in 2021 which looks at the importance of mental health within the MCU fandom.

Luke Holmaas | Luke Holmaas is a PhD candidate in film at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research centers around gag-based comedy in contemporary Hollywood cinema, with additional work centering around transmedia comedy, satire, gender and comedy, and the films of Joe Dante.

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Ali Bouacha Oualid | Ali Bouacha Oualid is a Ph.D. student in the English department at the University of Laghouat, Algeria. A member of the research lab “Science du Langage N° C 100 du 27/04/2010” at the aforementioned institution, and avid researcher in the Science fiction and Fantasy Studies.

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Nassima Kaid | Nassima Kaid is a senior lecturer at the University of Djillali Liabes, Algeria, specializing in American Studies. Her research interests include the politics of identity and representations of race and ethnicity, exile, feminist theory and postcolonial literature.

Mike Carey | Mike Carey is a novelist, comic book writer and screenwriter. He is best known for the post-apocalyptic novel The Girl With All the Gifts, and for the movie adaptation for which he wrote the screenplay. He also wrote the DC Comics series “Lucifer”, now a long-running TV series, and the Felix Castor supernatural crime thrillers. His most recent novels are The Book of Koli and The Trials of Koli, both published in 2020. They comprise the first two-thirds of a trilogy, to be completed in March 2021. The short story featured here was originally published in Dark And Stormy Nights (2020).

Twitter | @michaelcarey191

Duarte Amaral Netto | Duarte Amaral Netto is a photographer and photography teacher at the Instituto Politécnico de Tomar. He is a founding member of HÉLICE, an advanced school of photography based in Lisbon, and Propeller, a bi-annual publication on photography. His first solo exhibition in 2002 with the art gallery Modulo – Centro Difusor de Arte toured the Netherlands with solo exhibitions in Nouvelles Images in Den Haag and MK Galerie in Rotterdam in 2003. In that same year, Duarte was awarded the Grand Prix du 48ème Salon de Montrouge, in Paris. Having represented Portugal in “100 photos pour l’Europe” in Paris, Duarte was also selected for several festivals and events such as the “European Night” in Arles in 2006 and Plat(t)form in Winterthur (2014). In 2012, Duarte was nominated for the 8th Edition of the BES PHOTO AWARD, with exhibitions at the Berardo Museum in Lisbon and Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil.

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