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Special journal issue - Moon Rise

Organization: Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
Categories: Postcolonial, American, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, British, Genre & Form, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Science
Event Date: 2019-01-28 to 2019-01-28 Abstract Due: 2019-01-28

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first successful manned Moon landing, we invite articles for a special issue, examining how the Moon has been depicted since 1969 in science fiction. As Marjorie Hope Nicolson showed in her classic study of Voyages to the Moon (1948), fantasies of moon flight have been an integral part of world literature since classical times. Since moon flight became a reality, how have these stories changed? From adventure series such as Space 1999 to films such as Duncan Jones’ Moon and novels such as Ian McDonald’s Luna sequence, Earth’s satellite has remained a source of fascination. What does this fascination, though, reveal about our anxieties and desires since the colonisation of the Moon became a genuine possibility? Topics may include (but are not confined to) the following areas:

• The colonisation and terraforming of the Moon
• The commercial exploitation of the Moon
• The representation of the Moon and of space flight across media
• The growth of ecological consciousness since the Moon landings
• The symbolic and/or allegorical uses of the Moon within contemporary sf
• The Moon as a place of retreat and/or self-discovery

Articles should be approximately 6000 words long and written in accordance with the style sheet available at the SF Foundation website. The deadline for entries is Monday, 28th January 2019. Entries should be submitted to journaleditor@sf-foundation.org


Dr Paul March-Russell