Call for Papers: Queer Science Fictions 3(2)

The Theme

Incited by recent conversations and controversies concerning queers and queerness in popular science fiction, we are joined by special guest editor Nike Sulway (Rupetta, 2013) for a special issue on queer science fictions. The future beckons with a queer fist, and we need you to write it.

We seek critical and creative works in any publishable format or medium on any aspect of queer science fiction and/or its critique in art, society and culture.

We seek to make visible the invisible queer pasts, presents, futures of science fiction, to critically and creatively cultivate science fictional possibilities pressed into service for the coming of future actual and imagined queer bodies, lives, relationships, communities…

Do not be limited. Like your forebears: Be brave. Play with form, style, and genre. Invent, demolish, reimagine.

We welcome submissions from across (and outside of, against and up against) the disciplinary spectrum, inside and outside of conventional academia.

Topics might include (but should not be limited to):

  • Representations of queerness in science fiction, across various mediums (song, dance, literature, film, visual arts)
  • The history of queer science fiction, its legacies and our inheritances
  • The future of queerness: what will queer be (if it persists) in future science fictions
  • Hope, hopelessness, and queer science fictional futures
  • Dystopian and utopian representations of futuristic queerness
  • Bodies and texts in science fiction: non-human queerness, post-humanist queerness, queerness without bodies
  • Dildos and deathrays: sex, sexuality and technology
  • Queers Destroy/Destory Science Fiction: canons and cannons



We are open for submissions until 1 September 2016. Written submissions, whether critical or creative, should be between 3,000 and 8,000 words in length, and should adhere to the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

For more information, for editorial enquiries, or questions about unusual submissions, please contact our managing editors.



We are also seeking reviews of contemporary science fiction film, television, theatre, live or recorded music, artwork or exhibition, et cetera. We typically publish longer review-essays of between 1000 and 2000 words, and again encourage generic and stylistic experimentation.

If you’re interested in reviewing for Writing from Below, please contact our reviews editor.