On behalf of the editorial board and contributors, we would like to welcome readers to this reboot of Studies in the Fantastic. We are thrilled to continue the tradition started by our founding editor, S. T. Joshi, and extend the mission of the journal in new directions. We are also happy to announce our partnership with Project MUSE, which will bring the work of our contributors to new and diverse readers around the globe.
In the five years since our last issue, many new and exciting trends have arisen in popular culture and scholarship. Superheroes dominate the box office and Nielsen ratings, Game of Thrones has renewed popular interest in fantasy, and scholarship on popular culture proliferates in venues large and small. Our aim is to channel this energy into a vital forum for scholars whose work explores the fantastic (broadly conceived) as both a textual and a cultural phenomenon.
Our call for papers for this issue of SitF focused on reboots, in keeping with a compelling contemporary trend and our own relaunch of the journal. Our contributors to this issue have read reboots expansively, tackling issues of adaptation, appropriation, and translation. That these topics are at the heart of current debates in literary and cultural studies speaks to the relevance of the fantastic to critical discourse. That our collection of essays is so diverse speaks to the breadth of scholarly approaches to the fantastic and gives us great hope for the future of this field of study.
So please, join us for our scholarly investigation of the fantastic. And if these essays take you to unexplored new worlds, or cause you to look at your own with new eyes, consider submitting your own work for Issue 4. [End Page 1]