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 30, 2011

Gatchaman Film Update

According to Cruncyroll.com, the slated Science Ninja Team Gatchaman feature film in the works at Imagi Holding is now officially dead. US fans may better know the franchise under the titles Battle of the Planets or G-Force. A teaser trailer for the CGI-film was posted online in 2010:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Area Update: Additional Proposals Needed

I find myself in need of 2 additional presenters for the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association meeting this November (11/11-12/11). The area is fairly broadly defined, and I welcome proposals for presentations on any media. I am especially interested in at least 1 proposal on werewolves or zombies.

Please send proposals to me by 6/20/11 (next Monday) at Popular.Culture.and.the.Middle.Ages@gmail.com, noting NEPCA in the subject
line,

Many, many thanks for your help,
Michael

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.

Contents Update for Vader, Voldemort and Other Villains

Vader, Voldemort and Other Villains: Essays on Evil in Popular Media

Edited by Jamey Heit

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-5845-5
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8510-9
notes, bibliographies, index
233pp. softcover 2011
Price: $35.00

About the Book
What is evil? How do we understand it in our culture? The thirteen essays in this critical volume explore the different ways in which evil is portrayed in popular culture, particularly film and novels. Iconic figures of evil are considered, as is the repeated use of classic themes within our intellectual tradition. Topics covered include serial killers in film, the Twilight series, the Harry Potter series, Star Wars, and more. Collectively, these essays suggest how vital the notion of evil is to our culture, which in turn suggest a need to reflect on what it means to value what is good.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface 1
Introduction 3

1. The Aesthetic of Evil 13
DANIEL A. FORBES
2. The Devil Made Me Do It! The Devil in 1960s–1970s Horror Film 28
ANTOINETTE F. WINSTEAD
3. Frankenstein’s Legacy: The Mad Scientist Remade 46
KRISTINE LARSEN
4. Focus on the Family: Good and Evil Vampires in the Twilight Saga 64
A.J. GRANT
5. The Dichotomy of the Great Mother Archetype in Disney Heroines and Villainesses 80
SARAH LYNNE BOWMAN
6. Exploring the Relay Gaze in Hollywood Cinema: Serial Killers and the Women Who Hunt Them 97
SARAH LAFFERTY
7. Wanting the White Witch 113
BRYAN DOVE
8. Paradise Inverted: Philip Pullman’s Use of High Fantasy and Epic Poetry to Portray Evil in His Dark Materials 125
E. QUINN FOX
9. Sim Evil: Avatars and the Ethical Game Mechanic 145
KELLY KELLEWAY
10. Making Modern Evil: Terrorism, Torture, and the Creation of Evil in 24 162
MICHAEL J. LEWIS
11. No Laughing Matter: The Joker as a Nietzschean Critique of Morality 175
JAMEY HEIT
12. I Am Your Father: The Villain and the Future Self 189
NATHANIEL VAN YPEREN
13. Hearts of Darkness: Voldemort and Iago, with a Little Help from Their Friends 202
KEN ROTHMAN

Epilogue 218
About the Contributors 221
Index 223

About the Author
Jamey Heit teaches at West Chester University and is now completing his doctorate at Glasgow University’s Centre for Literature, Theology and the Arts. He is the author of a previous book about religious themes in The Simpsons.

Contents Update British Science Fiction Film and Television

British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays

Edited by Tobias Hochscherf and James Leggott
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4621-6
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8483-6
notes, bibliography, index
237pp. softcover 2011
Price: $35.00

About the Book
Written by international experts from a range of disciplines, these essays examine the uniquely British contribution to science fiction film and television. Viewing British SF as a cultural phenomenon that challenges straightforward definitions of genre, nationhood, authorship and media, the editors provide a conceptual introduction placing the essays within their critical context. Essay topics include Hammer science fiction films, the various incarnations of Doctor Who, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, and such 21st-century productions as 28 Days Later and Torchwood.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: British Science Fiction Beyond the TARDIS
TOBIAS HOCHSCHERF and JAMES LEGGOTT 1

1. H.G. Wells and Science Fiction Cinema
JAMES CHAPMAN 11
2. Aftermaths: Post-Apocalyptic Imagery
CHRISTIAN HOFFSTADT and DOMINIK SCHREY 28
3. The BBC Versus “Science Fiction”: The Collision of Transnational Genre and National Identity in Television of the Early 1950s
DEREK JOHNSTON 40
4. Hammer Horror and Science Fiction
DAVID SIMMONS 50
5. Robert Fuest and The Final Programme: Science Fiction and the Question of Style
MICHAEL DU PLESSIS 60
6. “Anything Can Happen in the Next Half-Hour”: Gerry Anderson’s Transnational Science Fiction
JONATHAN BIGNELL 73
7. Tracking UFO: Format, Text and Context
PETER HUTCHINGS 85
8. A Clockwork Orange, Exploitation and the Art Film
I.Q. HUNTER 96
9. Visions of an English Dystopia: History, Technology and the Rural Landscape in The Tripods
LINCOLN GERAGHTY 104
10. The Future of History in Dennis Potter’s Cold Lazarus
CHRISTINE SPRENGLER 117
11. Expatriate! Expatriate! Doctor Who: The Movie and Commercial Negotiation of a Multiple Text
PETER WRIGHT 128
12. Invasion of the Brit-Snatchers: National Identity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema
AIDAN POWER 143
13. A Cosy Catastrophe: Genre, National Cinema, and Fan Responses to 28 Days Later
BRIGID CHERRY 156
14. Desiring the Doctor: Identity, Gender and Genre in Online Fandom
REBECCA WILLIAMS 167
15. Invaders from Space, Time Travel and Omnisexuality: The Multi-Layered Narrative of Torchwood
LEE BARRON 178

Chapter Notes 193
Select Bibliography 213
About the Contributors 217
Index 221

About the Author
Tobias Hochscherf is a professor of audio-visual media at University of Applied Sciences in Kiel, Germany. His research on European film and television culture has been widely published.
James Leggott is a senior lecturer in film and television studies at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. He has published on various aspects of British film and television culture.
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.

Contents Update on Mythic Fantasy of Robert Holdstock

The Mythic Fantasy of Robert Holdstock: Critical Essays on the Fiction

Edited by Donald E. Morse and Kalman Matolcsy
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Foreword by Brian Aldiss

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4942-2
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8521-5
notes, bibliography, index
202pp. softcover 2011
Price: $35.00

About the Book
Robert Holdstock was a prolific writer whose oeuvre included horror, fantasy, mystery and the novelization of films, often published under pseudonyms. These twelve critical essays explore Holdstock’s varied output by displaying his works against the backdrop of folk and fairy tales, dissecting their spatiotemporal order, and examining them as psychic fantasies of our unconscious life or as exempla of the sublime. The individual novels of the Mythago Wood sequence are explored, as is Holdstock’s early science fiction and the Merlin Codex series.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Foreword: Under the Spell of a Magician
BRIAN W. ALDISS 1
Introduction: Mythago Wood—“A Source of Visions and Adventure”
DONALD E. MORSE 3

Part One: Approaches
1. The Embodiment of Abstraction in the Mythago Novels
W. A. SENIOR 13
2. Masks in the Forest: The Dynamics of Surface and Depth in the Mythago Cycle
KÁLMÁN MATOLCSY 26
3. Exploring the Habitats of Myths: The Spatiotemporal Structure of Ryhope Wood
STEFAN EKMAN 46

Part Two: The Novels
4. Time Winds: Early Science Fiction
ANDY SAWYER 67
5. Profusion Sublime and the Fantastic: Mythago Wood
MAREK OZIEWICZ 81
6. Tallis, the Feminine Presence in Mythago Wood: Lavondyss: Journey to an Unknown Region
ELIZABETH A. WHITTINGHAM 96
7. Embedded Narratives in Lavondyss and Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness
VERA BENCZIK 114
8. Stories to Illuminate Truth and Lies to Hide Pain: Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn
DONALD E. MORSE 129
9. “A Heap of Broken Images”—The Mythological Wasteland of the Mind: The Hollowing and Ancient Echoes
ILDIKÓ LIMPÁR 141
10. “So many names in so many tongues...”: Allusive Mythology in Celtika
C. W. SULLIVAN III 156
11. Thresholds, Polders, and Crosshatches in the Merlin Codex
TOM SHIPPEY 165

Robert Holdstock Bibliography 177
About the Contributors 183
Index 187

About the Author
Donald E. Morse is a professor at the University of Debrecen, in Hungary, and is an emeritus professor at the University of Oakland in Michigan. He is the author of a dozen books and over 100 scholarly articles.
Kalman Matolcsy is a translator, poet, composer, and a professor at the University of Debrecen. He has written numerous scholarly articles on the literature of horror, fantasy and science 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.

John Brown, an American Legend

Creating the John Brown Legend: Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Child and Higginson in Defense of the Raid on Harpers Ferry 

Janet Kemper Beck
Foreword by Richard T. Gillespie

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-3345-2
30 photos, notes, bibliography, index
214pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2009
Price: $35.00

About the Book
One of the triggering events of the Civil War helped divide a nation but also launched a cannonade of persuasive essays and propaganda. Early press reaction to John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry ranged from indignant horror in the South to stunned disbelief in the North. Brown’s supporters wielded great power with their pens: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, and Lydia Maria Child. This book explores the moment when literature and history collided and literature rewrote history. This volume features 30 photographs, maps, proclamations and broadsides and a detailed timeline of events surrounding the raid.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Richard T. Gillespie 1
Preface 3

PART I: THE CATALYST: JOHN BROWN AND THE ASSAULT ON HARPERS FERRY
One: History’s Version 9
Two: John Brown 19

PART II: THE PLAYERS
Three: Ralph Waldo Emerson 29
Four: Henry David Thoreau 42
Five: Frederick Douglass 52
Six: Lydia Maria Child 63
Seven: Thomas Wentworth Higginson 81

PART III: THE VERBAL ASSAULT ON HARPERS FERRY
Eight: Literature’s Version 111
Nine: Epilogue 151

Timeline 165
Chapter Notes 173
Bibliography 191
Index 203

About the Author
Janet Kemper Beck teaches English at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and is a member of the Thoreau Society and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.

Anime Studies from McFarland

Anime and the Art of Adaptation: Eight Famous Works from Page to Screen 

Dani Cavallaro

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-5860-8
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-6203-2
filmography, bibliography, index
220pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

About the Book
Exploring a selection of anime adaptations of famous works of both Eastern and Western provenance, this book is concerned with appreciating their significance and appeal as independent texts. The author evaluates three aspects of anime adaptation--how anime adaptations develop their original sources in stylistic, aesthetic, and psychological terms; how specific features of the anime medium impact alchemically on the original sources to bring into being imaginative works of an autonomous nature; and which qualities render an adaptation in anime form a distinctly unique artistic creation.

Table of Contents

Preface 1
1. The Frame of Reference 5
2. The Nightmare of History
Belladonna of Sadness, Grave of the Fireflies and Like the Clouds, Like the Wind 19
3. Epic Adventure with a Sci-Fi Twist
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo 38
4. The Fairy Tale Reimagined
The Snow Queen 64
5. Romance Meets Revolution
Romeo x Juliet 99
6. A Magical Murder Enigma
Umineko no Naku Koro ni 128
7. A Tapestry of Courtly Life
The Tale of Genji 146

Filmography 197
Bibliography 201
Index 207

About the Author
Dani Cavallaro has written widely about literature, cultural theory, and anime. She lives in London.


The Fairy Tale and Anime: Traditional Themes, Images and Symbols at Play on Screen 

Dani Cavallaro

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-5946-9
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8536-9
filmography, bibliography, index
216pp. softcover 2011
Price: $35.00

About the Book
Over the last few decades, anime has consistently come into fruitful contact with themes, images and symbols associated with the fairy tale tradition. This critical text focuses on the ways in which fundamental principles of the fairy tale tradition are deployed, and hence come to manifest themselves narratively and cinematographically, in anime. Topics covered include modes of storytelling, aesthetics, as well as dramatic, ethical, psychological and social considerations. Of particular interest is the way in which allegorical commentaries on cultural and historical issues are illustrated in anime.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Chapter 1. Theoretical Foundations 5
Chapter 2. Alterity 23
Chapter 3. Voyages 68
Chapter 4. Creativity 106
Chapter 5. Dystopias 153

Filmography 193
Bibliography 199
Index 205

About the Author
Dani Cavallaro has written widely about literature, cultural theory, and anime. She lives in London.

New SF Studies from McFarland

Waging The War of the Worlds: A History of the 1938 Radio Broadcast and Resulting Panic, Including the Original Script 

John Gosling Radio script by Howard Koch

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4105-1
34 photos, appendix, notes, filmography, bibliography, index
247pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2009
Price: $45.00

About the Book
The 1938 Orson Welles broadcast of The War of the Worlds was a landmark in the history of entertainment, sparking public hysteria in America and a series of broadcasts around the world that elicited similar responses. This book examines all aspects of the historic broadcast in depth, including fascination with Mars, H.G. Wells’ novel, Orson Welles and the making of the broadcast, initial reactions and the resulting "fog of war," anxieties underlying the panic, and the aftermath. Additional chapters look at later broadcasts in the United States, Brazil, elsewhere in Latin America, and Portugal, and address the likelihood that a similar panic could happen again. The Howard Koch original script of the 1938 The War of the Worlds radio broadcast is included.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface 1

1. God of War: A Brief History of Mars in the Mind of Man 3
2. Mars Attacks: H. G. Wells Declares War 12
3. Orson Welles: Larger Than Life 19
4. Preparing to End the World: The Making of the Broadcast 31
5. War: 8 P.M., October 30, 1938 43
6. “It’s Just a Radio Show”: Dispatches from the Front Lines 49
7. The Fog of War: What Really Happened? 56
8. Smoke and Mirrors: Why the Panic? 68
9. Animosities and Rapprochements: The Aftermath of War 86
10. The Latin American Front: The Martians Return 99
11. SOS from Caratinga: Brazil Battles the Martians 114
12. The European Theater of Operations: Paralysis in Portugal 120
13. “It’s Not a Meteor, Henry”: The Second American Campaign 130
14. Mars 2, Brazil 0: The Siege of São Luís 143
15. Peril in Providence: The Last American Campaign 149
16. The Final Campaigns: Portugal 1988 and 1998 156
17. Remembering 1938: An American Myth 164
18. Envious Eyes: Could It Happen Again? 181

Appendix: The War of the Worlds Original Script by Howard Koch 193
Chapter Notes 219
Annotated Bibliography and Filmography (Including Radio, Audio and Television) 225
Recommended Research Sources 231
Index 233

About the Author
John Gosling has written many articles for British science fiction magazines and runs a highly respected War of the Worlds website (www.war-of the-worlds.co.uk).


The Business of Science Fiction: Two Insiders Discuss Writing and Publishing 

Mike Resnick and Barry N. Malzberg

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4797-8
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-5680-2
index
275pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

About the Book
Two prolific and award-winning science fiction writers, Mike Resnick and Barry N. Malzberg, have been publishing a "Dialogue" in every issue of the SFWA Bulletin, official publication of the Science Fiction Writers of America, for more than a decade. These collected columns explore every aspect of the literary genre, from writing to marketing to publishing, combining wit and insight with decades of experience.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Section 1: Writing and Selling
1. The Specialty Press 5
2. Foreign Sales 13
3. Awards 22
4. The Marketplace 31
5. Anthologies 40
6. Conventions 49
7. Works for Hire 59
8. Promotion 69
9. e-Publishing Revisited 80
10. Collaborations—Theory 90
11. Collaborations—Practice 99

Section 2: The Business
12. Agents 111
13. Money 123
14. Pseudonyms 131
15. Print-on-Demand 140
16. Professionalism 149
17. Myths 158
18. Really Dumb Ideas 168
19. Abuses 179
20. False Doctrines 190

Section 3: The Field
21. Magazines 201
22. The Clueless (Part 1) 212
23. The Clueless (Part 2) 221
24. Change 230
25. Tailspinning 240
26. Google 251

Index 261

About the Author
Mike Resnick, named Locus magazine’s all-time leading award winner for short science fiction, is the author of 61 novels, 225 short stories, and 2 screenplays, and is the editor of 48 anthologies. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Barry N. Malzberg is the author of more than 90 books and has edited science fiction anthologies and magazines. He won the first John Campbell Memorial Award, has won two Locus Awards for essay collections, and is a Hugo and Nebula Award nominee.


The Generation Starship in Science Fiction: A Critical History, 1934-2001 

Simone Caroti

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-6067-0
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8576-5
chronology, notes, bibliography, index
275pp. softcover 2011
Price: $38.00

About the Book
This critical history explores the concept of the multi-generational interstellar space voyage in science fiction between 1934, the year of its appearance, into the 21st century. It defines and analyzes what became known as the "generation starship" idea and examines the science and technology behind it, also charting the ways in which generation starships manifest themselves in various sf scenarios. It then traces the history of the generation starship as a reflection of the political, historical, and cultural context of science fiction’s development.

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction: Death and Rebirth of a Dream 5

1. Fathers 19
2. The Gernsback Era, 1926–1940 39
3. The Campbell Era, 1937–1949 80
4. The Birth of the Space Age, 1946–1957 120
5. The New Wave and Beyond, 1957–1979 143
6. The Information Age, 1980–2001 192

Conclusion. Trip’s End? 239
Appendix. The Generation Starship: A Chronological Bibliography 249
Chapter Notes 253
Bibliography 261
Index 265

About the Author
Simone Caroti is an adjunct university professor at Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida. He is the director of Public and Educational Outreach of the Astrosociology Research Institute (ARI), a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences into the debate on the future of humanity in space.

Cult Telefantasy Series by Sue Short

Cult Telefantasy Series: A Critical Analysis of The Prisoner, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, Heroes, Doctor Who and Star Trek 

Sue Short
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4315-4
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8538-3
appendix, notes, bibliography, index
256pp. softcover 2011
Price: $35.00

About the Book
From The Prisoner in the 1960s to the more recent Heroes and Lost, a group of television series with strong elements of fantasy have achieved cult status. Focusing on eight such series, this work analyzes their respective innovations and influences. Assessing the strategies used to promote "cult" appeal, it also appraises increased opportunities for interaction between series creators and fans and evaluates how television fantasy has utilized transmedia storytelling. Notable changes within broadcasting are discussed to explain how challenging long-form dramas have emerged, and why telefantasy has transcended niche status to enjoy significant prominence and popularity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Introduction 1

1. The Prisoner The Show That Set the Precedents 13
2. Twin Peaks: The Death of Laura Palmer—And the Birth of a Phenomenon 33
3. The X-Files: Trust, Belief, and Broken Promises 55
4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Beauty and the “Big Bad” 84
5. How Lost Redefined Cult Television: A Mystery Island and a Monster Hit 108
6. Why Heroes Failed: The Superpowered Franchise That Fell from Grace 138
7. Doctor Who and Star Trek: Twenty-First Century Reboots 166

Conclusion 195
An A to Z of Telefantasy Series 207
Bibliography 231
Index 241

About the Author
Sue Short lectures in film and media at Birkbeck College, University of London, and has contributed articles to numerous media journals. Cult Telefantasy Series is her third book.
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.

Whedon Studies from McFarland

Sexual Rhetoric in the Works of Joss Whedon: New Essays 

Edited by Erin B. Waggoner

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4750-3
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-5691-8
notes, bibliographies, index
278pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

About the Book
Buffy the Vampire Slayer has remained an enduring feature of late 1990s pop culture, spawning television spin-offs, rabid fans, and significant scholarly inquiry. Though there have been numerous books devoted to the work of Joss Whedon, this collection of fifteen essays is the first to focus specifically on the sexual rhetoric found in his oeuvre, which includes Angel, Firefly/Serenity, Dollhouse, and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, as well as Buffy.

Topics covered include the role of virginity, lesbianism and homoeroticism in the shows and the comics, the nature of masculinity and femininity and gender stereotypes, an exploration of sexual binaries, and a ranking of the Buffy characters on the Kinsey scale of sexuality. Together these essays constitute a much-needed addition to the expanding body of Whedon gender scholarship.

Table of Contents

Preface 1
The Symbolic Gun in Willow’s Love Life
(Erin B Waggoner) 7
Unthinkable Relationships: Vampire/Slayer and HIV Positive/Negative
(Todd Parks) 18
“Lez-faux” Representations: How Buffy Season Eight Navigates the Politics of Female Heteroflexibility
(Hélène Frohard-Dourlent) 31
Triangulated Desire in Angel and Buffy
(Alyson R Buckman) 48
Andrew and the Homoerotics of Evil
(Patricia Pender) 93
Slaying the Heteronormative: Representations of Alternative Sexuality in Buffy Season Eight Comics
(Lewis Call) 106
Anya as Feminist Model of Positive Female Sexuality
(Tamy Burnett) 117
Images of Paraphilia in the Whedonverse
(Don Tresca) 146
Losing It: The Construction of Virginity in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
(Sara Swain) 173
Nothing Left but Skin and Cartilage: The Body and Toxic Masculinity
(Rachel Luria) 185
Virtually a Femme Fatale: The Case of Buffy’s Faith
(Pnina Moldovano) 194
The Role of Masculinity and Femininity in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
( Jessica Price) 215
Exploitation of Bodies and Minds in Season One of Dollhouse
(Catherine Coker) 226
The Companion as a Doll: The Female Enigma in Firefly and Dollhouse
(Nicholas Greco) 239
Exploding Sexual Binaries in Buffy and Angel
(Kathryn Weber) 248

About the Contributors 263
Index 265

About the Author
Erin B. Waggoner is currently an adjunct professor in Kentucky.


Buffy in the Classroom: Essays on Teaching with the Vampire Slayer 

Edited by Jodie A. Kreider and Meghan K. Winchell

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-5964-3
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-6214-8
notes, bibliographies, index
231pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2010
Price: $35.00

About the Book
This book combines the academic and practical aspects of teaching by exploring the ways in whichBuffy the Vampire Slayer is taught, internationally, through both interdisciplinary and discipline-based approaches. Essays describe how Buffy can be used to explain--and encourage further discussion of--television’s narrative complexity, archetypal characters, morality, feminism, identity, ethics, non-verbal communication, film production, media and culture, censorship, and Shakespeare, among other topics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: “Let’s Have a Lesson Then”
JODIE A. KREIDER and MEGHAN K. WINCHELL 1

To Spoil or Not to Spoil: Teaching Television’s Narrative Complexity
DAVID KOCIEMBA 7
“Have You Tried Not Being a Slayer?” Performing Buffy Fandom in the Classroom
JASON LAWTON WINSLADE 22
And the Myth Becomes Flesh
TANYA R. COCHRAN 35
Round Up the Usable Suspects: Archetypal Characters in the Study of Popular Culture
BARRY MORRIS 46
Heroism on the Hellmouth: Teaching Morality Through Buffy
K. DALE KOONTZ 61
Whedon Takes “the Scary” Out of Feminism
MEGHAN K. WINCHELL 73
Buffy Goes to College: Identity and the Series-Based Seminar Course
ROD ROMESBURG 83
Ethics Homework from the Hellmouth: Buffy Stakes Her Claim in the First-year Composition Classroom
KEITH FUDGE 94
College Isn’t Just Job Training and Parties: Stimulating Critical Thinking with “The Freshman”
MELISSA C. JOHNSON 103
“Can’t Even Shout, Can’t Even Cry” But You Can Learn! Non-Verbal Communication and “Hush”
BRIAN COGAN . 114
“Show, Don’t Tell”: Teaching the Elements of Film Production
JANE MARTIN 126
Television, Violence and Demons: Discussing Media Effects with the Vampire Slayer
ROSIE WHITE 136
Weeding Out the Offensive Material: Beaut y, Beasts, “Gingerbread,” Television, Literature and Censorship
LEITH D ANIEL 146
“Best Damn Field Trip I Ever Took!” Historical Encounters In and Out of the Classroom
JODIE A. KREIDER 158
Little Red Riding … Buffy? “Buff y vs. Dracula” in Explorations of Intertextuality in Introduction to College English
KRISTOPHER KARL WOOFTER 169
Buffy the Black Feminist? Intersectionality and Pedagogy
PATRICK R. GRZANKA 186
Slaying Shakespeare in High School : Buffy Battles The Merchant of Venice and Othello
JULIA L. GRANT 202

About the Contributors 213
Index 215

About the Author
Jodie A. Kreider is an academic historian and lecturer in arts, humanities and social sciences at the University of Denver. Her work has been published in the North American Journal of Welsh Studies. Meghan K. Winchell is an associate professor of history at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Buffy Meets the Academy: Essays on the Episodes and Scripts as Texts 

Edited by Kevin K. Durand

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4355-0
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-5374-0
bibliographies, index
230pp. softcover 2009
Price: $35.00

About the Book
This book presents serious academic scholarship on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It differs from other works because it uses Buffy as a primary text and not as a secondary instrument to explore other concepts. In doing so, it demonstrates that popular culture studies should be approached with the same serious attention that is paid to classic philosophy and other long-established fields. Essays assemble the Buffy canon and explore how Buffy treats Shakespeare, comics, power, sisterhood, apocalyptic revisionism, folklore, feminism, redemption, patriarchy, identity and education.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Pop Culture Meets the Academy
KEVIN K. DURAND 1

PART I. POWER AND THE BUFFY CANON
Canon Fodder
Assembling the Text
KEVIN K. DURAND 9
Canon Fodder Revisited Buffy Meets the Bard
BRENT LINSLEY . 17
Genre and the Impact on Storytelling in Season Eight
LEIGH CLEMONS 25
Buffy’s Seven-Season Initiation
DAVID FRITTS . 32
It’s All about Power
KEVIN K. DURAND 45
Buffy Never Goes It Alone
The Rhetorical Construction of Sisterhood in the Final Season
SUSAN PAYNE-MULLIKEN and VALERIE RENEGAR 57

PART II. BUFFY MEETS THE CLASSICS
King Lear, Buffy, and Apocalyptic Revisionism
CLINTON P.E. ATCHLEY 81
Grimm Realities
Buffy and the Uses of Folklore
ELIZABETH BRIDGES 91
The Failed Quest for “Anti-Self-Consciousness”
DENISE TISCHLER MILLSTEIN 104
Buffy’s Insight into Wollstonecraft and Mill
KEVIN K. DURAND 115

PART III. BUFFY, THE SCOOBIES, AND BEYOND
Buffy’s Dream in Surprise
MELANIE WILSON 125
Complexes My Mother Left Me Spike Meets Robin Wood
BRENT LINSLEY 131
She Believes in Me Angel, Spike, and Redemption
MELANIE WILSON 137
Cordelia Chase as Failed Feminist Gesture
AMIJO COMEFORD 150
Why the Cheese Man Is an Integral Part of Restless
MELANIE WILSON 161
Wesley as Tragic Hero
REBECCA BOBBITT 169
The Battle Against the Patriarchal Forces of Darkness
KEVIN K. DURAND 176

PART IV. BUFFY AND THE CLASSROOM
Concepts of Identity When Nancy Drew Meets Buffy
LAUREN SCHULTZ 187
The High School Education of Buffy Summers
KEITH FUDGE . 203
Keeping Buffy in the Classroom
TAMARA WILSON 211

About the Contributors 219
Index 223

About the Author
Kevin K. Durand is Math and Physics Professor at the LISA Academy College Preparatory School in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has published broadly in philosophy, religion, and ethics.
Mary K. Leigh is a Doctoral Academy Fellow at the University of Arkansas.


Buffy and Angel Conquer the Internet: Essays on Online Fandom 

Edited by Mary Kirby-Diaz

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4205-8
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-5320-7
glossary, bibliography, index
219pp. softcover 2009
Price: $35.00


About the Book
Buffy the Vampire Slayer transcended its cult-comic roots to achieve television success, spawning the spinoff series Angel and an academic movement along the way.

This scholarly treatment takes a multidisciplinary approach to Buffy’s fandom, which has expressed itself through fiction, videos, music, art, and other media. Ten essays analyze the sociology and anthropology of the fan community and how it uses the Internet to share its passion.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction 1

PART 1—FANDOMS AS COMMUNITIES
I’ve Got a Little List, or, “You Guys Wanna Team Up and Take Over SunnydaleU?” ELIZABETH L. RAMBO 7
Buffy, Angel, and the Creation of Virtual CommunitiesMARY KIRBY-DIAZ 18

PART 2—SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON FANDOMS
RL on LJ: Fandom and the Presentation of Self in Online LifeREBECCA BLEY 43
So, What’s the Story? Story-Oriented and Series-Oriented Fans: A Complex of Behaviors MARY KIRBY-DIAZ 62

PART 3—THE BRONZE AGE: 1997–2001
“In the World, But Not of It”: An Ethnographic Analysis of an Online Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fan Community
ASIM ALI 87
Community, Language, and Postmodernism at the Mouth of Hell
ASIM ALI 107

PART 4—PARTICIPATORY COMMUNITIES AND THE PRODUCTION OF CULTURE
“Fake It Till You Make It”: Understanding Media Addiction and Buffy the Vampire SlayerDAVID KOCIEMBA 127
The Problematic Definition of “Fan”: A Survey of Fannish Involvement in the Buffyverse CLAUDIA REBAZA 147
“Easy to Associate Angsty Lyrics with Buffy”: An Introduction to a Participatory Fan Culture: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vidders, Popular Music and the Internet
KATHRYN HILL 172

Glossary 197
Selected Bibliography 199
About the Contributors 205
Index 207

About the Author
Mary Kirby-Diaz is a professor of sociology at Farmingdale State College in New York, with a study specialty in family, pedagogy and community mediation. A Buffy fan, she began researching the show’s popular culture in 2003.

McFarland and Monsters

New and recent from McFarland:

Phantom Variations: The Adaptations of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera, 1925 to the Present 

Ann C. Hall

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4265-2
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-5377-1
notes, bibliography, index
199pp. softcover 2009
Price: $35.00

About the Book
This book examines the themes and variations of Phantom of the Opera, exploring the story’s appeal to multiple generations through numerous incarnations. After discussing Gaston Leroux’s original 1910 novel, the work turns first to Phantom on film from Lon Chaney’s 1925 Phantom through Dario Argento’s 1998 film. Stage versions of Phantom are then covered in detail, including Webber’s spectacular 1986 production and its lesser-known predecessors and competitors, and those that followed. A final section looks at novels and miscellaneous adaptations ranging from erotic fiction to a Donald Barthelme short story.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Introduction: The Skull Beneath the Skin 1

1. MASKING AND UNMASKING: GASTON LEROUX’S ORIGINAL PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1910) 13
2. DARKNESS MADE VISIBLE: THE PHANTOM ON FILM 33
Defining the Phantom: Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera (1925) 35
The Feminist Phantom: Claude Rains’s Phantom of the Opera (1943) 48
Taming of the Phantom: Hammer Films’ Wholesome Phantom of the Opera (1962) 56
Phabulous Phantom: Brian De Palma’s Glam Rock Parody The Phantom of the Paradise (1974) 63
Decoys in the Danube: The TV Miniseries of Phantom of the Opera (1983) 72
Nightmare at the Opera: Freddy Krueger Meets The Phantom of the Opera (1989) 78
Red Phantom: Ronny Yu’s Chinese The Phantom Lover (1995) 83
“When You Hear My Thoughts, You’ll Know Where to Go”: Dario Argento’s Handsome Phantom (1998) 89
3. SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE: STAGE VERSIONS OF THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 95
The Precursor Phantom: Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera (1984) 96
Phantom Rivalries: Arthur Kopit’s Forgotten Phantom on Stage (1991) and Screen (1990) 101
Kopit’s Phantom: The Television Version 111
Spectacular Phantom: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom on Stage (1986) and Screen (2004) 116
The 2004 Film Version of the Lloyd Webber Musical 125
That Phantom in Vegas 129
Phantom of the Midwest: John Kenley and Robert Thomas Noll’s Phantom of the Opera (1988) 130
A Phunny Phantom: The Pinchpenny Phantom of the Opera (1988) 133
Flexible Phantom: Bruce Falstein’s Phantom of the Opera (1990) 135
The Invisible Phantom: Joseph Robinette and Robert Chauls’s Phantom of the Opera (1992) 139

4. VARIATIONS ON THE THEME: NOVELS AND MISCELLANEOUS VERSIONS OF THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 143
The Romantic Phantom: Susan Kay’s Phantom (1991) 146
Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple: Frederick Forsyth’s The Phantom of Manhattan (1999) 153
A Chapter Book Phantom: R.L. Stine’s Phantom of the Auditorium (1994) 159
A Steamy Phantom: Colette Gale’s Unmasqued: An Erotic Novel of “The Phantom of the Opera” (2007) 161
Phantom of the Short Story: Donald Barthelme’s “The Phantom of the Opera’s Friend” (1981) 168

Conclusion: The Phantom’s Future 171
Notes 179
Bibliography 183
Index 189

About the Author
Ann C. Hall is a professor in the English department at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. She also serves as president of the Harold Pinter Society.


Back from the Dead: Remakes of the Romero Zombie Films as Markers of Their Times

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4642-1
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8721-9
bibliography, filmography, index
252pp. softcover 2011
Price: $40.00

About the Book
Since 1968, the name of motion picture director George Romero has been synonymous with the living dead. His landmark film Night of the Living Dead formed the paradigm of modern zombie cinema; often cited as a metaphor for America during the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement, the film used the tenets of the drive-in horror movie genre to engage the sociophobics of late-1960s culture. Subsequently Romero has created five more zombie films, and other directors, including Tom Savini and Zack Snyder, have remade Romero’s movies. This survey of those remakes examines ways in which the sociocultural contexts of different time periods are reflected by changes to the narrative (and the zombies) of Romero’s original versions.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Introduction: The Dead Are Rising 1

I. Night
1. “We may not enjoy living together, but dying together isn’t going to solve anything”:
Night of the Living Dead (1968) 29
2. “I’m fighting; I’m not panicking”:
Night of the Living Dead (1990) 47
3. “This has got to be the strangest load you’ve ever hauled!”:
30th Anniversary Special Edition (1998) and Children of the Living Dead (2001) 64
4. “Hey, are you, like, freaked out about zombie movies?”:
Night of the Living Dead 3-D (2006) 78
5. “Now you better watch this and try to understand what’s going on”:
Night of the Living Dead: Survivor’s Cut (2005)
Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated (2009)
Night of the Living Dead: Origins (2011) 94
INTERLUDE: LIVING DEAD, LIVE!
Night of the Living Dead on Stage and in Other Media 103

II. Dawn
6. “We’re blowing it ourselves”:
Dawn of the Dead (1978) 121
7. “Number One: Trust”:
Dawn of the Dead (2004) 136

INTERLUDE: “DID YOU KNOW THAT MOVIE WAS BASED ON A TRUE CASE?”
Return of the Living Dead (1985) 154

III. Day
8. “From now on, everyone is under martial law!”:
Day of the Dead (1985) 171
9. “Somebody will come. They have to”:
Day of the Dead (2008) 187

IV. Back for the Dead
10. “Isn’t that what we’re doing? Pretending to be alive?”:
Land, Diary, Surviving and the World of the Dead 201

Conclusion 226
Filmography 231
Bibliography 235
Index 241

About the Author
Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., is an actor, director, editor and author, whose previous books have covered topics ranging from Star Wars to Renaissance faires. He is associate professor of theater at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future

Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future: Essays on Foresight and Fallacy 

Edited by Gary Westfahl, Wong Kin Yuen and Amy Kit-sze Chan
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-5841-7
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8476-8
bibliographies, index
271pp. softcover 2011
Price: $35.00


About the Book
Science fiction has always challenged readers with depictions of the future. Can the genre actually provide glimpses of the world of tomorrow? This collection of fifteen international and interdisciplinary essays examines the genre’s predictions and breaks new ground by considering the prophetic functions of science fiction films as well as SF literature. Among the texts and topics examined are classic stories by Murray Leinster, C. L. Moore, and Cordwainer Smith; 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequels, Japanese anime and Hong Kong cinema; and electronic fiction.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Of Futures Imagined, and Futures Inhabited
GARY WESTFAHL 1

I. Cosmic Visions
1. Pitfalls of Prophecy: Why Science Fiction So Often Fails to Predict the Future
GARY WESTFAHL 9
2. Emotional Dimensions of Transmimetic Fiction: Emotion, Aesthetics, Ethics, and Rhetoric in Tales of Tomorrow’s
Science, Technology, and Technoscience
RICHARD L. MCKINNEY 23
3. The Internet and the Anagogical Myths of Science Fiction
KIRK HAMPTON AND CAROL MACKAY 41
4. Technobodies and the Anxieties of Performance
VERONICA HOLLINGER 52
5. Places of Alterity in Science Fiction
RICHARD L. MCKINNEY 64

II. The Practice of Prophecy
6. Future City Toyko: 1909 and 2009
SHARALYN ORBAUGH 84
7. Rebooting “A Logic Named Joe”: Exploring the Multiple Influences of a Strangely Predictive Mid–1940s Short Story
DAVID L. FERRO AND ERIC G. SWEDIN 104
8. Victims of a Globalized, Radicalized, Technologized World, or, Why the Beatles Needed Help!
LYNNE LUNDQUIST 120
9. “A Journey Beyond the Stars”: 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Psychedelic Revolution in 1960s Science Fiction
ROB LATHAM 128
10. The Endless Odyssey: The 2001 Saga and Its Inability to Predict Humanity’s Future
GARY WESTFAHL 135
11. Intercultural and Interface: Kung Fu as Abstract Machine
WONG KIN YUEN 171
12. Post-Genre Cinemas and Post-Colonial Attitude: Hong Kong Meets Paris
VÉRONIQUE FLAMBARD-WEISBART 189
13. Writing, Weaving, and Technology
AMY KIT-SZE CHAN 198
14. The Technological Contours of Contemporary Science Fiction, or, The Science Fiction That Science Fiction Doesn’t See
BROOKS LANDON 213
15. Thinking About the Smart Wireless World
GREGORY BENFORD 220

Bibliography of Works Related to Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future 229
Bibliography of Other Works Cited in the Text 241
About the Contributors 253
Index 255

About the Author
Gary Westfahl teaches at the University of California, Riverside. A prolific writer and editor, he earned the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award for his lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship.
Wong Kin Yuen is the chair of the English department at Hong Kong Shue Yen University and has published broadly on science fiction.
Amy Kit-sze Chan teaches English at Hong Shue Yen University and has published numerous articles on women’s issues and cultural studies.
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.

Recent from McFarland

Here's an older group I missed:

Metamorphoses of the Werewolf: A Literary Study from Antiquity through the Renaissance 
Leslie A. Sconduto

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-3559-3
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-5216-3
notes, bibliography, index
228pp. softcover 2008
Price: $39.95

About the Book
The mythical werewolf is known for its sudden transformation under the full moon, but the creature also underwent a narrative evolution through the centuries, from bloodthirsty creature to hero.

Beginning with The Epic of Gilgamesh, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and an account in Petronius’ Satyricon, the book analyzes the context that created the traditional image of the werewolf as a savage beast. The Catholic Church’s response to the popular belief in werewolves and medieval literature’s sympathetic depiction of the werewolf as victim are presented to support the idea of the werewolf as a complex and varied cultural symbol.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1. The Werewolf in Antiquity 7
2. The Church’s Response to the Werewolf 15
3. The Werewolves of Ossory and Other Medieval Wonder Tales and Marvels 26
4. Bisclavret or a Lesson in Loyalty 39
5. Melion or a Lesson About Pride 57
6. Arthur and Gorlagon or a Lesson for an Adulteress 76
7. Guillaume de Palerne or a Lesson in Noble Sacrifice 90
8. A New Renaissance for the Wicked Werewolf 127
9. Explanations or “Que cele beste senefie” 180

Notes 201
Bibliography 211
Index 217

About the Author
Leslie A. Sconduto is a French professor at Bradley University. Her previous work includes a study of the literature that created the traditional image of the werewolf as a savage beast. She lives in Dunlap, Illinois.

Other Book(s) by Leslie A. Sconduto Available from McFarland:

Guillaume de Palerne


The Evolution of Tolkien’s Mythology: A Study of the History of Middle-earth 
Elizabeth A. Whittingham
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-3281-3

bibliography, index
232pp. softcover 2008
Price: $35.00

About the Book
The History of Middle-earth traces the evolution of J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary world, stories, and characters from their earliest written forms to the final revisions Tolkien penned shortly before his death in 1973. Published posthumously by Tolkien’s son Christopher, the extensively detailed 12-volume work allows readers to follow the development of the texts that eventually became Tolkien’s immensely popular The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, The Silmarillion, and Unfinished Tales.

This work provides a thorough study of Tolkien’s life and influences through an analysis of The History of Middle-earth. The work begins with a brief biography and an analysis of the major influences in Tolkien’s life. Following chapters deal with elements common to Tolkien’s popular works, including the cosmogony, theogony, cosmology, metaphysics, and eschatology of Middle-earth. The study also reviews some of the myths with which Tolkien was most familiar--Greek, Roman, Finnish, and Norse--and reveals the often overlapping relationship between mythology, biblical stories, and Tolkien’s popular works.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Abbreviations xi
Preface 1
Introduction 5

1. Influences in Tolkien’s Life 13
2. Tolkien’s Mythology of Creation 37
3. Tolkien’s Mythology of Divine Beings 64
4. The Physical World of Middle-earth and of Eä 100
5. Death and Immortality among Elves and Men 123
6. The Last Days of Middle-earth 170
7. The Final Victory 192
Works Consulted 201
Index 205

About the Author
Elizabeth A. Whittingham teaches in the English department at SUNY College at Brockport in Brockport, New York. 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.

Award Winner
Finalist, Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies--The Mythopoeic Society


Science Fiction and the Two Cultures: Essays on Bridging the Gap Between the Sciences and the Humanities 
Edited by Gary Westfahl and George Slusser
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4297-3
tables, notes, bibliographies, index
290pp. softcover 2009
Price: $35.00


About the Book
Essays in this volume demonstrate how science fiction can serve as a bridge between the sciences and the humanities. The essays show how early writers like Dante and Mary Shelley revealed a gradual shift toward a genuine understanding of science; how H.G. Wells first showed the possibilities of combining scientific and humanistic perspectives; how writers influenced by Gernsback’s ideas, like Isaac Asimov, illustrated the ways that literature could interact with science and assist in its progress; and how more recent writers offer critiques of science and its practitioners.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Science Fiction at the Crossroads of Two Cultures
GARY WESTFAHL 1

I. OVERVIEWS: SCIENCE FICTION IN THE CONTEXT OF TWO CULTURES
1. Science Fiction and the Two Cultures: Reflections after the Snow-Leavis Controversy
CARL FREEDMAN 11
2. Science Fiction, Mediating Agent between C.P. Snow’s Two Cultures: A Historical Interpretation
BRADFORD LYAU 22
3. Fighting Out of Context: Culture Wars Within and Without Science Fiction, from Snow to Sokal
HOWARD V. HENDRIX 37
4. A Tale of Two Cultures: Science Studies and Science Fiction
STEPHEN POTTS 49
5. The Rich and the Poor: Science Fiction and the Other Two Cultures
GARY WESTFAHL 67
6. The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science: A Storytelling Animal in an Inhospitable World
FRANK MCCONNELL 86
7. Dimorphs and Doubles: J. D. Bernal’s “Two Cultures” and the Transhuman Promise
GEORGE SLUSSER 96

II. CASE STUDIES: SCIENCE FICTION AS AN EXPRESSION OF TWO CULTURES
8. Discontinuity: Spaceships at the Abyss
CAROL MACKAY and KIRK HAMPTON 131
9. Gregory Benford’s Against Infinity and the Literary, Historical and Geometric Formation of the Encyclopedic Circle of Knowledge
PEKKA KUUSISTO 140
10. Utopia and Utopianism in the Life, Work, and Thought of H. G. Wells
JOHN S. PARTINGTON 160
11. The Alien Eye: Imperialism and Otherness in H. G. Wells’s The First Men in the Moon
GARETH DAVIES-MORRIS 170
12. Killer Robots, Laws of Robotics, and Pernicious Humans
GEORGE ATKINS 185
13. Philip K. Dick’s Conversion Narrative
NOAH MASS 196
14. The Terror of Nature Not Understood: Science, Mysticism, and the Unknowable in Don DeLillo’s Ratner’s Star/I>
JAKE JAKAITIS 209
15. When the Caesura Ceases: Two Romanian Authors Gauge the Place of Writers in the Age of Computers
SHARON D. KING 219
16. A Creature of Double Vision
GREGORY BENFORD 228
Afterword: Science Fiction and the Playing Fields of Eaton
GARY WESTFAHL 237
Bibliography of Works Related to Science Fiction and the Two Cultures Debate 247
Bibliography of Other Works Cited in the Text 258
About the Contributors 271
Index 275

About the Author
Gary Westfahl teaches at the University of California, Riverside. A prolific writer and editor, he earned the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award for his lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship.
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.
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.

BenBella on The Vampire Diaries

I missed one:

A Visitor's Guide to Mystic Falls: Your Favorite Authors on The Vampire Diaries 
By Red and Vee of Vampire-Diaries.net
Publication Date: October 2010
$14.95
ISBN-10: 1935251996
ISBN-13: 9781935251996

DESCRIPTION
Vampires are hot right now, especially among teens, and "The Vampire Diaries" in a few short episodes became the CW’s most-watched show.

"The Vampire Diaries" brings together today’s best YA writers of the supernatural to talk about the show’s first season: the characters, the storyline, the magic, the town. From a history of the Salem’s witches from whom Bonnie is descended to family therapy for brothers Stefan and Damon, the anthology is guaranteed to keep the show's viewers entertained—and make them see Mystic Falls, and the rest of The Vampire Diaries, in a whole new way.

And Vee and Red, the webmasters of Vampire-Diaries.net, a popular fansite for both the books and show, also serve as editors of A Visitor's Guide to Mystic Falls.

ABOUT THE EDITORS
Vee has been a Vampire Diaries fan since the series' original publication, when a classmate passed her a copy of The Awakening in seventh grade homeroom. She's a History major dropout, former military brat and preacher's kid, and can often be found at concerts. She currently resides in Arizona with her (patient, supportive, TVD fan) musician husband and a ridiculous amount of CDs, records, books, and DVDs.

Red has been a fan of the Vampire Diaries since 1993, when he found the series in Secondary School. He studied Literature at University, and is a keen amateur photographer who dreams of one day owning a DSLR camera (preferably in a sexy, matte black). Red is British and lives somewhere along the east coast of the United Kingdom, not far from the sea. He likes cats, funky socks and English Breakfast tea.

CONTRIBUTORS
Sarah Rees Brennan, Bree Despain, Claudia Gray, Jon Skovron, Alyxandra Harvey, Vera Nazarian, Kiersten White, Heidi R. Kling, Mary Borsellino, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and Karen Mahoney

Coming Soon from BenBella

Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists
Edited By Kevin R. Grazier, PhD
Publication Date: August 2011
$14.95
ISBN-10: 1935618687
ISBN-13: 9781935618683

DESCRIPTION
More than 7 million viewers are captivated weekly by Fringe, a science fiction procedural in the best tradition of The X-Files with a taut central mythology, rich characters, and it’s own laboratory cow. In its weekly cases and its overarching plot, Fringe strikes a compelling balance between the strange and the familiar, and the quirky and the tragic.

Fringe Science delves into the science, science fiction, and pseudoscience of Fringe with a collection of essays by science and science fiction writers on everything from alternate universes to time travel to genetically targeted toxins, as well as discussions on the show’s moral philosophy and the consequences of playing God.

ABOUT THE EDITOR
Kevin R. Grazier, PhD, is a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. There he has won numerous JPL- and NASA-wide awards for technical accomplishment. Dr. Grazier holds undergraduate degrees in computer science and geology from Purdue University, and another in physics from Oakland University. He holds an MS degree in physics from, again, Purdue, and he did his doctoral research at UCLA. His research involves numerical method development, and long-term, large-scale computer simulations of Solar System evolution, dynamics, and chaos. Kevin is also currently the science adviser for the SyFy Channel series Eureka, and also served in this role for the Peabody Award–winning Battlestar Galactica and the animated series The Zula Patrol. Commited to astronomical education, Dr. Grazier teaches classes in stellar astronomy, planetary science, cosmology, the search for extraterrestrial life, and the science of science fiction at UCLA and Santa Monica College. He has served on several NASA educational product review panels and can be seen on numerous TV science documentaries. He lives in Sylmar, CA, with a mischief of rats, a flock of psitticines, a precocious parrot, and Kermit the Dog.

CONTRIBUTORS
Brendan Allison, Amy Berner, Bruce Bethke, Mike Brotherton, Stephen Cass, Jacob Clifton, Jovana Grbic, Robert Jeschonek, Paul Levinson, Nick Mamatas, Amy H. Sturgis, Garth Sundem, and David Thomas


The Psychology of Twilight
Edited by E. David Klonsky, PhD, and Alexis Black
Publication Date: October 2011
$14.95
ISBN-10: 1936661128
ISBN-13: 9781936661121

DESCRIPTION
It doesn’t take a trained psychologist to see that the Twilight Saga has tapped into its readers’ psyches . . . but psychology has plenty to offer when it comes to understanding what makes Twilight so dearly loved.
Led by husband-and-wife team E. David Klonksy, PhD, and Alexis Black, the psychologists contributing to The Psychology of Twilight look at love, family, vampires, werewolves, and our Twilight obsession, and offer more than a dozen fascination new angles on the series—just in time for the November 2011 release of Breaking Dawn, Part One.
Why Edward captivates Bella (it’s not the perfect face or chiseled abs—it’s as chemical as Edward’s attraction to the smell of Bella’s blood)
Vampirism as eating disorder (and what we can learn from how the Cullens cope)
Twilight’s rejection of strict dualities like good/evil and human/monster and what that has to do with the way our minds process experience and information
The psychological benefits of Twilight fandom
. . . and more fresh insights into the series that’s enthralled millions.

ABOUT THE EDITORS
E. David Klonsky, PhD, received his BA in Psychology and English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Currently, Dr. Klonsky is assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.
Alexis Black received her BA in Anthropology and Slavic Studies, and her MA in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Virginia. She is currently working on her PhD in Linguistics at the University of British Columbia.

CONTRIBUTORS
Erica Berg, Melissa Burkley, Susan Carnell, Jeremy Clyman, Lisa Dinella, David A. Frederick, Catherine Glenn, Tamara Greenburg, Gary Lewandowski, Mikhail Lyubanksy, Robin S. Rosenberg, Pamela Rutledge, and Peter Stromberg


Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory: An Unabashedly Unauthorized TV Show Companion
By George Beahm
Publication Date: December 2011
$14.95
ISBN-10: 1936661144
ISBN-13: 9781936661145

DESCRIPTION
The Big Bang Theory—CBS’s surprise hit sitcom—was recently renewed for three additional seasons after pulling in 14 million weekly viewers last season. Any fan who tunes in week to week wasn’t surprised. The quirky show does what so few shows manage to do: straddle the fence between cult hit and mega-popular award-winner.
Now, in Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory (a title taken from the show's Barenaked Ladies-penned theme song), longtime sf fan and author George Beahm, assisted by science advisor and retired NASA aeronautical engineer, Cuyler W. Brooks, Jr., has put together a guide for all fans of the show—mainstream tv viewers, sf and comics fans, and science enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re a Penny or a Sheldon, whether you’ve just tuned in or been watching all along, this companion book will help you appreciate The Big Bang Theory to the fullest.
Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory offers a full, comprehensive look at the series: from an analysis of the awful original pilot (that viewers may never get to see) to a tour of the real Cal Tech (which serves as one of the show's main settings), from a fandom terminology guide to enlightening analyses of the endearingly original main characters, all the show’s quirkiest and most appealing elements are put under the microscope.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
George Beahm has published numerous books about pop culture, including comic art (Vaughn Bode and Tim Kirk), bestselling writers (Stephen King, Anne Rice, Patricia Cornwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K Rowling, C.S. Lewis, and Stephenie Meyer), and general nonfiction. He lives in southeast Virginia.

New Books from BenBella

Through the Wardrobe: Your Favorite Authors on C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia
By Herbie Brennan
Publication Date: November 2010
$12.95

ISBN-10: 1935251686
ISBN-13: 9781935251682

DESCRIPTION
The third in the latest film version of C.S. Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, will be released in December 2010. In a crowded market of predictable tie-ins, Through the Wardrobe—a collection of always thoughtful, frequently clever explorations of the series by sixteen popular YA authors that proves the series is more than its religious underpinnings—stands out.

Step through the wardrobe and into the imaginations of these friends of Aslan as they explore Narnia—from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to The Last Battle, from the heart of Caspian’s kingdom to the Eastern Seas.

Through the Wardrobe, edited by internationally bestselling British fantasy author Herbie Brennan, reveals new levels of richness and delight the other Narnia books overlook.

ABOUT THE EDITOR
Herbie Brennan is the author of the New York Times bestselling Faerie Wars series, among many other titles.

CONTRIBUTORS
Deb Caletti, Brent Hartinger, Diana Peterfreund, Ned Vizzini, Sarah Beth Durst, Diane Duane, Kelly McClymer, Lisa Papademetriou, Sophie Masson, Elizabeth E. Wein, Susan Juby, Susan Vaught, O.R. Melling, Zu Vincent, and Kiara Koeing



A Taste of True Blood: The Fangbanger's Guide
Edited by Leah Wilson
Publication Date: June 29, 2010
$14.95
ISBN-10: 1935251961
ISBN-13: 9781935251965

DESCRIPTION
"True Blood," Alan Ball’s critically acclaimed television adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ bestselling Southern Vampire mysteries, is HBO’s most-watched show since "The Sopranos," averaging over 12 million viewers an episode in its second season. Thanks to its large, dedicated fanbase, it won the People’s Choice “Favorite TV Obsession” award in early 2010.

A Taste of True Blood: The Fangbanger’s Guide gives those fans something to savor between episodes—and whets their appetite for more. Covering the show’s first two seasons and released just in time for the third (with real-time online updates from the book’s contributors throughout season three), the book includes pieces on:

• Vampire Bill’s season 2 slide from hot to not
• Sookie’s mind-reading talents as a critique of our oversharing Facebook culture
• What a Louisiana setting adds to the traditional vampire myth
• Why the television series had to differ from the books
• And much more, from shapeshifters to maenads to Merlotte’s

A Taste of True Blood also includes a quick reference guide to the show’s first two seasons.

CONTRIBUTORS
Peg Aloi, Bruce and Karen Bethke, Philippa Ballantine, Jacob Clifton, Daniel Kimmel, Alisa Kwitney, Maria Lima, Peter B. Lloyd, Nick Mamatas, Joseph McCabe, Vera Nazarian, Paula Rogers, Bev Katz Rosenbaum, Jonna Rubin, Kirsty Walker