- About the contributors
John Berra is a Lecturer in Film Studies at Nanjing University. He is the author of Declarations of Independence: American Cinema and the Partiality of Independent Production (2010) and the editor of the Directory of World Cinema: American Independent (2010) and the Directory of World Cinema: Japan (2010), and has essays forthcoming in The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology (2011) and The Companion to Film Noir (2012). He regularly reviews books and DVDs for Film International.
Mark Bould is Reader in Film and Literature and the University of the West of England and co-editor of Science Fiction Film and Television. He is the author of Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City (2005) and The Cinema of John Sayles: Lone Star (2009), co-author of The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction (2011), and co-editor of Parietal Games: Critical Writings By and On M. John Harrison (2005), The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (2009), Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction (2009), Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction (2009) and Neo-Noir (2009). He is currently writing Science Fiction: The Routledge Film Guidebook (2012).
Catherine Chaput is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno where she teaches courses in rhetoric, writing and critical theory. Her research focuses on the relationship between rhetoric and political economy as it manifests within particular social, cultural and political texts. She is the author of Inside the Teaching Machine (2008) and an editor of Entertaining Fear (2009). She has published articles in numerous journals, including JAC, College English, College Composition and Communication and Philosophy and Rhetoric.
Alec Charles is Principal Lecturer in Media at the University of Bedfordshire. He has published widely on screen sf and horror, including papers on Doctor Who in Time and Relative Dissertations in Space (2007), Science Fiction Studies (2008) and Colloquy (2009). He is the editor of Media in the Enlarged Europe (2010) and co-editor of The End of Journalism (2011).
Dean Conrad teaches courses in creative writing for various media at the University at Hull, where he earned his PhD with a thesis on women in sf cinema. He is the author of Star Wars: The Genesis of a Legend (1996). He is currently guest-editing a double issue of Post Script — on cinema distribution and exhibition — and completing a book of women in sf film. As a screenwriter, he is working with a UK production company to develop a children's sf drama series and a documentary on historic cinema-theatres for the BBC/HBO.
Dominic Janes is Senior Lecturer in History of Art and Religion at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research derives from a combination of history, visual and material culture and religious studies that is theoretically informed by cultural anthropology. He makes use of textual, material and visual sources in his exploration of such issues as the gothic, the body, commodification and sexuality. His core focus is on Britain but he also has side interests in comparative study of these issues as applicable in the United States. He is currently working on a study of the connections between martyrdom and masochism in the cultural construction of homosexuality. [End Page 157]
Darren Jorgensen is a lecturer in art history at the University of Western Australia. His current research is focused on Australian Aboriginal art, while his enthusiasms extend to sf, critical theory and visual studies. He recently co-edited with Helen Merrick the spring 2010 issue of Extrapolation on 'Making Science Fiction Histories'.
Joshua (Sha) LaBare recently received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz's History of Consciousness Department. His dissertation, 'Farfetchings: on and in the sf mode', engages with human exceptionalism, radical ecological ethics and sf as a way of thinking about the world.
Brooks Landon teaches in the English Department at the University of Iowa.
Graham J. Murphy teaches with Trent University's Cultural Studies Department and the Department of English Literature as well as Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. His work has appeared in Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction (2008), The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (2009), Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction (2009), Science Fiction...