The 2014 meeting of NEPCA will convene at Providence College in Providence, RI, from 24-25 October 2013, and, in conjunction with NEPCA, the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area is pleased to announce that the call for papers for our sixth-anniversary sessions is now available. We are especially interested in proposals that explore the fiction of Rhode Island native H. P. Lovecraft and its afterlife AND monsters in general but will also consider proposals outside that topic. Scholars of all levels are invited to submit individual proposals of proposals for complete sessions; be advised that submissions will be accepted until 1 June 2014. Further details are available in the posted call for papers.

Archive lists of past sessions can be accessed via the following links: 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Be on the lookout in fall 2014 for our call for papers for the 2015 convocation of NEPCA at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Still More from McFarland

Apocalypse in Australian Fiction and Film: A Critical Study

Roslyn Weaver Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-6051-9
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8465-2
9 photos, maps, notes, bibliography, index
240pp. softcover 2011
Price: $35.00

About the Book
Australia has been a frequent choice of location for narratives about the end of the world in science fiction and speculative works, ranging from pre-colonial apocalyptic maps to key literary works from the last fifty years. This critical work explores the role of Australia in both apocalyptic literature and film. Works and genres covered include Nevil Shute’s popular novel On the Beach, Mad Max, children’s literature, Indigenous writing, and cyberpunk. The text examines ways in which apocalypse is used to undermine complacency, foretell environmental disasters, critique colonization, and to serve as a means of protest for minority groups. Australian apocalypse imagines Australia at the ends of the world, geographically and psychologically, but also proposes spaces of hope for the future.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface 1
Introduction 3

1. An Apocalyptic Map: New Worlds and the Colonization of Australia 23
2. The Shield of Distance: Apocalypse in Australian
Literature After 1945 54
3. An Apocalyptic Landscape: The Mad Max Films 83
4. Children of the Apocalypse: Australian Children’s Literature 108
5. (Re)Writing the End of the World: Apocalypse, Race, and Indigenous Literature 135
6. The End of the Human: Apocalypse, Cyberpunk, and the Parrish Plessis Novels 159

Conclusion 186
Chapter Notes 191
Bibliography 201
Index 219

About the Author
Roslyn Weaver is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Her research interests include apocalypse, popular culture, children’s literature, and speculative fiction.
Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville.
C.W. Sullivan III is a professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.


Allied Artists Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films

Michael R. Pitts

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-6046-5
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8618-2
65 photos, filmography, bibliography, index
254pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2011
Price: $45.00

About the Book
Between 1952 and 1977, Allied Artists Pictures Corporation released over 80 feature films with horror, science fiction and fantasy themes, several of them featuring such genre stars as Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, John Carradine and Lon Chaney, Jr. Among Allied Artists’ contributions are the classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the William Castle productions House on Haunted Hill and Macabre. Allied also released the camp favorites Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster, From Hell It Came and Queen of Outer Space, and imported European efforts such as Blood and Black Lace and Caltiki the Immortal Monster. Included here are detailed plot synopses and critical analyses of all of the films. Also covered are 22 features, including Little Shop of Horrors, made by other companies and released to television by Allied, and the studio’s theatrical double-feature reissue of Paramount’s The Blob and Universal’s Dinosaurus!

Table of Contents

Preface 1

FEATURE FILMS 3
TELEVISION FEATURES 181
REISSUES 227

Theatrical Films in Chronological Order 233
Bibliography 235
Index 237

About the Author
Michael R. Pitts has authored more than 35 books on entertainment, including several for McFarland. He lives in Chesterfield, Indiana.


Visions of Mars: Essays on the Red Planet in Fiction and Science

Edited by Howard V. Hendrix, George Slusser and Eric S. Rabkin

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-5914-8
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8470-6
appendices, bibliographies, index
222pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2011
Price: $40.00

About the Book
Seventeen wide-ranging essays explore the evolving scientific understanding of Mars, and the relationship between that understanding and the role of Mars in literature, the arts and popular culture. Essays in the first section examine different approaches to Mars by scientists and writers Jules Verne and J.H. Rosny. Section Two covers the uses of Mars in early Bolshevik literature, Wells, Brackett, Burroughs, Bradbury, Heinlein, Dick and Robinson, among others. The third section looks at Mars as a cultural mirror in science fiction. Essayists include prominent writers (e.g., Kim Stanley Robinson), scientists and literary critics from many nations.

Table of Contents

Preface: Science, Fiction, and the Red Planet
GEORGE SLUSSER, HOWARD V. HENDRIX, ERIC S. RABKIN 1
Introduction: The Martian in the Mirror
HOWARD V. HENDRIX 9

One: Approaching Mars
Mars of Science, Mars of Dreams
JOSEPH D. MILLER 17
Where Is Verne’s Mars?
TERRY HARPOLD 29
Rosny’s Mars
GEORGE SLUSSER 36

Two: The Uses of Mars
Dibs on the Red Star: The Bolsheviks and Mars in the Russian Literature of the Early Twentieth Century
EKATERINA YUDINA 51
The Martians Among Us: Wells and the Strugatskys
GEORGE SLUSSER 56
Savagery on Mars: Representations of the Primitive in Brackett and Burroughs
DIANNE NEWELL AND VICTORIA LAMONT 73
The (In)Significance of Mars in the 1930s
JOHN W. HUNTINGTON 80
Spawn of “Micromégas”: Views of Mars in 1950s France
BRADFORD LYAU 86
Is Mars Heaven? The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and Ray Bradbury’s Landscape of Longing
ERIC S. RABKIN 95
Re-Presenting Mars: Bradbury’s Martian Stories in Media Adaptation
PHIL NICHOLS 105
Robert A. Heinlein and the Red Planet
DAVID CLAYTON 118
Business as Usual: Philip K. Dick’s Mars
JORGE MARTINS ROSA 130
Kim Stanley Robinson: From Icehenge to Blue Mars
CHRISTOPHER PALMER 139
Martian Musings and the Miraculous Conjunction
KIM STANLEY ROBINSON 146
Chronicling Martians
SHA LABARE 152

Three: Science and Fictional Mars
Mars as Cultural Mirror: Martian Fictions in the Early Space Age
ROBERT CROSSLEY 165
Beyond Goldilocks and Matthew Arnold: Interplanetary Triage, Extremophilia, and the Outer Limits of Life in the Inner Solar System
HOWARD V. HENDRIX 175

Appendix 1—To Write the Dream in the Center of Science: Mars and the Science Fiction Heritage: A Dialogue Between Ray Bradbury and Frederik Pohl (George Slusser, Moderator) (May 2008) 185
Appendix 2—The Extreme Edge of Mars Today: A Panel Discussion with David Hartwell, Geoffrey Landis, Larry Niven, and Mary Turzillo, Moderator (May 2008) 190
About the Contributors 207
Index 211

About the Author
Howard V. Hendrix teaches English at California State University in Fresno. In addition to his editing and critical work, Hendrix is the author of six science fiction novels.
George Slusser is a professor emeritus of comparative literature at the University of California, Riverside. The longtime curator of the famed Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, he also earned the Pilgrim Award for his numerous scholarly books.
Award winning author Eric S. Rabkin is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English language and literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of numerous books and publications.


End of Days: Essays on the Apocalypse from Antiquity to Modernity 
Edited by Karolyn Kinane and Michael A. Ryan

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4204-1
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-5359-7
6 photos, notes, bibliographies, index
393pp. softcover 2009
Price: $45.00

About the Book
The idea of the complete annihilation of all life is a powerful and culturally universal concept. As human societies around the globe have produced creation myths, so too have they created narratives concerning the apocalyptic destruction of their worlds. This book explores the idea of the apocalypse and its reception within culture and society, bringing together 17 essays that explore both the influence and innovation of apocalyptic ideas from classical Greek and Roman writings to the foreign policies of today’s United States.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction
(Karolyn Kinane and Michael A. Ryan) 1
Teaching the End of Days: Medieval Meets Modern Apocalypse in the Classroom
(Brett Edward Whalen) 9

PART I. DEVELOPMENT AND DISSEMINATION
Ancient Visions: The Roots of Judeo-Christian Apocalypse
(Casey Starnes) 27
Beatus of Liébana: Medieval Spain and the Othering of Islam
(Kevin R. Poole) 47
“Seeing” the Apocalyptic City in the Fourteenth Century
(Tessa Morrison) 67
Social Upheaval and the English Doomsday Plays
(Lisa LeBlanc) 87
Flight from the Apocalypse: Protestants, Puritans and the Great Migration
(Carmen Gómez-Galisteo) 103
J. Edmestone Barnes, a Jamaican Apocalyptic Visionary in the Early Twentieth Century
(Richard Smith) 120
“Tidings out of the East”: World War I, the Eastern Question and British Millennialism (Eric Michael Reisenauer) 142
Nazi End Times: The Third Reich as Millennial Reich
(David Redles) 173

PART II. POLITICAL AND POPULAR
Protestant Evangelicals and U.S. Policy Towards Israel
(Husam Mohamad) 199
At the Edge of Tomorrow: Apocalypticism and Science Fiction
(Lorenzo DiTommaso) 221
“A Human Incarnate”: Puritans and Parody in Good Omens
(Therese-Marie Meyer) 242
The End-Times Narratives of the American Far-Right
(Johann Pautz) 265
The Left Behind Series and Its Place Within the American Evangelical Subculture (Nancy A. Schaefer) 287
Gaming Armageddon: Leaving Behind Race, Class and Gender
(Evelyn Stiller) 309
Apocalyptic Thought in UFO-Based Religions
(Benjamin E. Zeller) 328
Zombie Apocalypse: Plague and the End of the World in Popular Culture
(Rikk Mulligan) 349

About the Contributors 369
Index 373

About the Author
An assistant professor of English and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Plymouth State University, Karolyn Kinane researches and teaches on early English saints’ lives, Arthuriana, and pedagogy.
Michael A. Ryan is an assistant professor of history at Purdue University.


Science Fiction, Imperialism and the Third World: Essays on Postcolonial Literature and Film 

Edited by Ericka Hoagland and Reema Sarwal
Foreword by Andy Sawyer

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4789-3
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-5782-3
notes, bibliographies, index
231pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

About the Book
Though science fiction is often thought of as a Western phenomenon, the genre has long had a foothold in countries as diverse as India and Mexico. These fourteen critical essays examine both the role of science fiction in the third world and the role of the third world in science fiction. Topics covered include science fiction in Bengal, the genre’s portrayal of Native Americans, Mexican cyberpunk fiction, and the undercurrents of colonialism and Empire in traditional science fiction. The intersections of science fiction theory and postcolonial theory are explored, as well as science fiction’s contesting of imperialism and how the third world uses the genre to recreate itself.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Foreword
Andy Sawyer 1
Introduction: Imperialism, the Third World, and Postcolonial Science Fiction
Ericka Hoagland and Reema Sarwal 5

Part One: Re-inventing/Alternate History
1. Postcolonial Science Fiction: The Desert Planet
Gerald Gaylard 21
2. History Deconstructed: Alternative Worlds in Steven Barnes’s Lion’s Blood and Zulu Heart
Juan F. Elices 37
3. The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Silence, Slippage and Subversion
Suparno Banerjee 50
4. Organization and the Continuum: History in Vandana Singh’s “Delhi”
Grant Hamilton 65

Part Two: Forms of Protest
5. The Colonial Feminine in Pat Murphy’s “His Vegetable Wife”
Diana Pharaoh Francis 77
6. Body Markets: The Technologies of Global Capitalism and Manjula Padmanabhan’s Harvest
Shital Pravinchandra 87
7. “Smudged, Distorted and Hidden”: Apocalypse as Protest in Indigenous Speculative Fiction
Roslyn Weaver 99

Part Three: Fresh Representations
8. Sadhanbabu’s Friends: Science Fiction in Bengal from 1882 to 1974
Debjani Sengupta 115
9. Critiquing Economic and Environmental Colonization: Globalization and Science Fiction in The Moons of Palmares
Judith Leggatt 127
10. Loonies and Others in Robert A. Heinlein’s The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Herbert G. Klein 141
11. Science Fiction, Hindu Nationalism and Modernity: Bollywood’s Koi... Mil Gaya
Dominic Alessio and Jessica Langer 156

Part Four: Utopia/Dystopia
12. The Shapes of Dystopia: Boundaries, Hybridity and the Politics of Power
Jessica Langer 171
13. Narrative and Dystopian Forms of Life in Mexican Cyberpunk Novel La Primera Calle de la Soledad
Juan Ignacio Muñoz Zapata 188
14. Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower : The Third World as Topos for a U.S. Utopia
Gavin Miller 202

About the Contributors 213
Index 217

About the Author
Ericka Hoagland is an assistant professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Reema Sarwal is a research scholar in New Delhi, India. She has taught as a lecturer at Miranda House, University of Delhi and is now pursuing her Ph.D in contemporary Australian fantasy fiction at Jawaharlal Nehru University.


Sounds of the Future: Essays on Music in Science Fiction Film 

Edited by Mathew J. Bartkowiak

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4480-9
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-5650-5
11 photos, notes, bibliographies, index
239pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

About the Book
Covering titles ranging from Rocketship X-M (1950) to Wall-E (2008), these insightful essays measure the relationship between music and science fiction film from a variety of academic perspectives. Thematic sections survey specific compositions utilized in science fiction movies; Broadway’s relationship with the genre; science fiction elements in popular songs; the conveyance of subjectivity and identity through music; and such individual composers as Richard Strauss (2001: A Space Odyssey) and Bernard Herrmann (The Day the Earth Stood Still).


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Introduction 1
—Mathew J. Bartkowiak

PART I. “OPEN THE POD DOOR, HAL”: A SURVEY OF MUSIC’S ROLE IN SCIENCE FICTION FILM
1. A Familiar Sound in a New Place: The Use of the Musical Score Within the Science Fiction Film 10
—Cara Marisa Deleon
2. A Popular Avant-Garde: The Paradoxical Tradition of Electronic and Atonal Sounds in Sci-Fi Music Scoring 22
—Lisa M. Schmidt

PART II. “GIVE MY REGARDS TO THE BARYCENTER”: BROADWAY’S RELATION TO SCIENCE FICTION FILM
3. “Hello WALL-E!”: Nostalgia, Utopia, and the Science Fiction Musical 44
—Kathryn A.T. Edney and Kit Hughes
4. Just Imagine: The Musical Effacement of Dystopia in an Early Sound Film 67
—Katherine Spring

PART III. BECOMING THE STAR-CHILD: MUSIC AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF SUBJECTIVITY
5. Ambient Reverberations: Diegetic Music, Science Fiction, and Otherness 88
—Seth Mulliken
6. Sci-Fi Film and Sounds of the Future 100
—Matthias Konzett

PART IV. MOON/SPOON/CROON: SCIENCE FICTION AND POPULAR MUSIC
7. “It’s Hip to Be Square”: Rock and Roll and the Future 118
—Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper
8. The Intergalactic Lounge: Barbarella and Hearing the Future 134
—Mathew J. Bartkowiak
9. Proposing an Alter-Destiny: Science Fiction in the Art and Music of Sun Ra 148
—Jerome J. Langguth

PART V. “ALL THOSE MOMENTS”: INSTANCES THAT SHAPED OUR AUDITORY FUTURE
10. Suspended Motion in the Title Scene from The Day the Earth Stood Still 164
—Stephen Husarik
11. Strauss, Kubrick and Nietzsche: Recurrence and Reactivity in the Dance of Becoming That Is 2001: A Space Odyssey 177
—Gregg Redner

PART VI. “SETTING THE CONTROLS FOR THE HEART OF THE SUN”: COMPOSERS AND COMPOSITIONS IN SCIENCE FICTION FILM
12. Rocketship X-M: The Sounds of a Martian Breeze 194
—John C. Tibbetts
13. Seeing Beyond His Own Time: The Sounds of Jerry Goldsmith 210
—Cynthia J. Miller

About the Contributors 223
Index 227

About the Author
Mathew J. Bartkowiak is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin at Marshfield-Wood County. His research interests include popular culture studies, music, social change and development, and the counterculture. His work can be found in such publications as The Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal for the Study of Radicalism.

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