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Science-Fiction Studies* is gathering scholarly essays for a special issue on Italian Science Fiction.  The projected publication date is 2015.  Articles on this topic that would be of interest include the following themes or approaches:

–       analysis and discussion of important works of Italian SF (novels, short stories, film, comics, magazines, t.v. series, on-line journals, in the academy, etc.)

–       profiles of important Italian SF writers

–       works of SF written by authors who are considered part of the literary mainstream (e.g. Buzzati, Landolfi, Levi, Morselli, etc.)

–       the critical debate around SF in Italian culture and the academy

–       the socio-cultural impact of science fiction’s visions in Italy

Articles should be written in English, should be between 8,000 and 13,000 words (including endnotes and bibliography), and include a comprehensive bibliography.  Authors should follow Science-Fiction Studies’s formatting guidelines (see below **).

Abstracts (max. 500 words) are due on or by September 30, 2013.  They should be sent via email as an MS Word attachment, or included within the body of the email to Arielle Saiber (asaiber AT and Umberto Rossi (teacher AT


If your proposal is accepted, you will receive a message no later than October 20.  We will then need the complete article by May 31, 2014.  All submitted articles will be sent for peer-review; final acceptance will be based on reviewer reports and those of the special issue’s editors.

* For information about Science Fiction Studies see  and


** Guidelines for formatting the article:,34