Steve Asselin is a lecturer at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where he also received his PhD. His research interests include ecocriticism, travel literature, speculative fiction, and utopianism. He has received funding to pursue research projects into polar fiction in the nineteenth century and ecological catastrophism at the fin-de-siècle. He is also the published author of over a dozen science fiction short stories in several small press venues.
Joe Conway is an Associate Professor of American Literature at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His work has appeared in such journals as Early American Literature, Women's Studies, and Studies in American Humor. He is currently working on a book that studies the intersections of monetary representation and cultural production in antebellum America.
Meghanne Flynn is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge studying gothic monsters in young adult supernatural romance novels. Her background and research interests include theories of popular literature, romance genre novels, and portrayals of dead bodies.
Sarah Hardstaff is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Maria Nikolajeva. Her research focuses on the novels of Mildred Taylor and Cynthia Voigt, applying ideas from economic criticism and functional linguistics. Sarah has also published on The Hunger Games.
David M. Higgins teaches English at Inver Hills College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and he is the Speculative Fiction Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. His research examines imperial fantasies in postwar American culture. David has published in such journals as American Literature, Science Fiction Studies, Paradoxa, and Extrapolation, and his work has appeared in such edited volumes as The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction.
Marcia Klotz is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson, teaching in both English and Gender and Women's Studies. She is currently at work on a manuscript titled Forgive Us Our Debts: Economic Theology in the Age of Finance Capital.
Mathias Nilges is Associate Professor of English at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. His most recent books include Literature and the Global Contemporary (2017), coedited with Sarah Brouillette and Emilio Sauri; Periodizing the Future: William Gibson, Genre, and Cultural History (2019), coedited with Mitch Murray; and Right-Wing Culture in Contemporary Capitalism (2019).
Hugh C. O'connell is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His current research examines the relationship between speculative fiction and speculative finance. Recent essays on British and postcolonial science fiction have appeared in Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, Modern Fiction Studies, CR: The New Centennial Review, and Paradoxa.
Block Party formed through discussion within the Senselab "Alter-Economies" group and the 2016 conference event Distributing the Insensible: Performing the Anarchive (Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada). The impetus for Block Party came from intersecting interests in postcapitalist optionality as response to systemic volatility and breakdown, often pivoting around collaboration with the Economic Space Agency. Block Party includes Joel E. Mason, Michael Hornblow, anique yael vered, Erik Bordeleau, and Sans Covski (and two anonymous beavers).
Joshua Pearson's work explores the intersections of speculative capital and popular culture. His publications have appeared in Cyberpunk and Visual Culture and Paradoxa: The Futures Industry. He holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Riverside, and teaches courses in science fiction at Cal State Los Angeles.
David P. Pierson is a Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. He has published numerous works on C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation, Combat!, Mad Men, Seinfeld, and The Shield. He has published an edited collection on AMC Network's Breaking Bad for Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield and a book on The Fugitive for Wayne State University Press.
Mark Soderstrom is an Associate Professor in the Center for Graduate Programs at SUNY–Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, New York. He has published on the history of science and race, labor history, oral history, the history of the U. S. Midwest, and most recently on social...