FOUNDATION WELCOMES ANNA McFARLANE AND CHRIS PAK TO ITS TEAM

There is a new look to the team behind Foundation. In addition to Jonathan Thornton, who replaced Allen Stroud as Book Reviews Editor earlier in the year, long-serving team member Cait Coker is our new Media Reviews Editor, covering all areas of non-literary sf. Another long-serving member, Andrew Ferguson, has stood down - we send him our very best regards - whilst Maureen Kincaid Speller has assumed the honorific title of Advisory Editor. Replacing Andrew and Maureen as editorial consultants are Anna McFarlane, former co-editor of Vector, and Chris Pak, former editor of the SFRA Review and an Arthur C. Clarke Award judge. Both are leading scholars in areas such as cybercultures, medical humanities, environmentalism and digital humanities. We're delighted to have them on board! Cait's successor will be announced shortly.

Published 20 May 2022

 
PETER NICHOLLS ESSAY PRIZE 2023

We are pleased to announce our next essay-writing competition. The award is open to all post-graduate research students and to all early career researchers (up to five years after the completion of your PhD) who have yet to find a full-time or tenured position. The prize is guaranteed publication in Foundation (summer 2023).

To be considered for the competition, please submit an article on any topic, period, theme, author, film or other media within the field of science fiction and its academic study. The work should be original and not previously published. Approximate length should be 6000 words. All submitted articles should comply with the style guide. Only one article per contributor is allowed to be submitted.

The deadline for submission is Monday, 5th December 2022. All competition entries, with a short (50 word) biography, should be sent to the journal editor at paulmarchrussell@gmail.com The entries will be judged by the editorial team and the winner will be announced in the spring 2023 issue of Foundation.

Published 5 March 2022

KATHRYN HEFFNER WINS THE 2022 PETER NICHOLLS PRIZE

This year's Peter Nicholls Prize has been awarded to Kathryn Heffner for her essay 'More Work for Mimeo-Mothers: Femme-Fans' Labour in Post-War Fan Cultures'. Kathryn, who is currently completing her PhD with the Centre for American Studies at the University of Kent, has already published several reviews in Foundation. Her prize-winning essay will appear in our next issue (no. 141). The call for next year's prize, which is open to all early career researchers in sf studies, will be announced later this spring. A list of past winners can be found here.

Published 4 January 2022

 
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE POST OF JOURNAL EDITOR

Paul March-Russell will be standing down as editor of Foundation in 2022, and the SFF is seeking a successor.

 

Main duties

 

  • Overall responsibility for the production of Foundation (3 issues/yr) and the journal pages on the SFF website

  • Liaise with the Editorial Team, Lavenham Press, and other SFF committee members for the smooth running of the journal

  • Maintain the journal’s standards and reputation

  • Oversee the journal’s peer-review process

  • Promote and market the journal as widely as possible, for instance by regularly attending conferences in the field

  • Develop the journal’s web presence

  • Oversee the production process of the journal, liaising with designers and printers

  • Work on new initiatives as appropriate to enhance the journal’s profile

 

Main skills

 

  • Wide knowledge of sf and sf scholarship (academic and otherwise, and reflecting the journal’s international remit)

  • Ability to attract high-quality papers

  • Understanding of journal publishing processes

  • Ability to work with and develop an editorial team

  • Organisational and administrative experience

  • Experience of academic editing

  • Commitment to SFF’s goals.

  • Excellent communication

 

Applications, comprising a CV and letter setting out the candidate’s qualifications and plans for the journal, should be made to Graham Sleight, Chair of the SFF, by 1 February 2022. Either Graham Sleight (grahamsleight@gmail.com) or Paul March-Russell (paulmarchrussell@gmail.com ) will be happy to answer questions about the role informally.

Published 11 November 2021

 
SFF PATRON TO START BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION CENTRE

SFF patron, Nalo Hopkinson, has recently joined the University of British Columbia as a Professor in Creative Writing. Her plans include launching a centre for Black speculative fiction. Read the full report here. In other patron news, the National Theatre's production of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane will open at the Duke of York's Theatre on 23 October. Adapter Joel Horwood and director Katy Rudd discuss the play here.

Published 17 July 2021

FOUNDATION ESSAY WINS SFRA AWARD

Our congratulations go to Susan Ang, whose article on 'Triangulating the Dyad: Seen (Orciny) Unseen' (published in Foundation 132), formally received the SFRA Award for Innovative Research at the SFRA's June 2021 conference. The judges' commendation and Susan's acceptance can be found hereFor the full list of winners, go to the SFRA website

Published 8 July 2020 (updated 17 July 2021)

FOUNDATION EDITOR LAUNCHES NEW SCIENCE FICTION IMPRINT

Paul March-Russell and Una McCormack have launched a science fiction imprint, Gold SF, devoted to new feminist writing, to be published by Goldsmiths Press. The call for submissions is below:
 

Gold SF - Call for Submissions

Goldsmith’s Press is seeking to establish a dedicated imprint to publish feminist science fiction. We believe that sf and speculative fictions offer a mode of critical and utopian thinking ideally placed to address contemporary issues. We are therefore looking to commission novella and novel length work which answers to the times, dealing with subjects such as:

·      Anti-rationalism and the rise of the alt-right  

·      The climate crisis and feminism in the Age of the Anthropocene

·      Global movements of populations and refugees

·      New visions of race, class, and queerness

·      Expanding frontiers in gender and sexuality

·      Decoloniality and indigenous knowledge traditions

·      Pathways to resistance and rebellion 

We are particularly keen to hear from new voices not traditionally represented by science fiction, literary fiction, and liberal feminism.

Enquiries to: Ellen Parnavelas - E.Parnavelas@gold.ac.uk

Editorial board: Abi Curtis, Elizabeth English, Joan Haran, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Una McCormack, Paul March-Russell, Robin Reid, Aishwarya Subramanian and Sheree Renee Thomas

Follow us at: https://twitter.com/GoldSF_Books

Published 17 April 2020 (updated 5 March 2022)