The Issue 4/2016 of Fafnir is Now Out!

We are proud to present the fourth issue of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research in the year 2016! We had some unfortunate slowdowns in publishing this issue due to a cyber-attack, some technical difficulties and staff changes. We apologize for any inconvenience. But now, the issue is out, and what an issue it is! The issue includes four research articles, one essay, three conference reports, and one book review. Our special issue is devoted to speculative fiction in comics, graphic novels and animations. For this issue, we also have a guest editor, Dr. Katja Kontturi, whom we would like to thank for her participation in our team. We…

The Issue 3/2016 is Now Out!

We are proud to present the third issue of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research in the year 2016! The coming of winter can be felt from the issue, as there are two articles focusing on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and a third article which discusses dragons in Martin’s novels (among others). Furthermore, the issue offers different angles to fantasy and an overview to the literary career of “Dragonlance-writer” Margaret Weis. We are also proud to present lectio praecursoria on the practices of speculative worldbuilding. In addition to the articles, overview and lectio praecursoria, the issue includes a report on “The Promises of…

The Issue 2/2016 Is Now Out!

We are proud to present the second issue of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research in the year 2016! This issue focuses on texts that discuss the topical question of the relationship between technology and works of fiction – and the interconnections between the fantastic and science fictional through technology. Furthermore, the articles both offer new openings in the field of speculative fiction research in our journal (e.g., Indian science fiction) and continue the discussion on current issues (e.g., the representations of posthuman). We are also proud to present a Finnish lectio praecursoria on the aesthetics of horror in children’s culture. In addition to this, the issue includes a book…

CFP 4/2016: Speculative Fiction in Comics and Graphic Novels

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research invites authors to submit papers for the upcoming edition 4/2016. Theme for the edition is “Speculative Fiction in Comics and Graphic Novels”. We invite papers that focus on speculative fiction in, for example, genres of comics, graphic novels and graphic narratives, cartoons, animations, anime or manga. Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is a peer-reviewed academic journal which is published in electronic format four times a year. Fafnir is published by FINFAR Society (The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research) from 2013 onwards. Fafnir publishes various texts ranging from peer-reviewed research articles to short…

The Issue 1/2016 is Now Out!

We are proud to present the first issue of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research in the year 2016! This first issue of Fafnir’s third year concentrates on science fiction and the concepts and discussions around it, such as William Gibson’s long expected return to the genre of science fiction, the novel The Peripheral. Furthermore, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek franchise with an essay on the remixing of two separate physical individuals in three episodes of the franchise. In addition to this, the issue includes includes a book review on James Burton’s ambitious work The Philosophy of Science Fiction, Henri Bergson, and the Fabulations of Philip…

The Issue 4/2015 of Fafnir is Now Out!

We are proud to present the fourth and last issue of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research in the year 2015! This issue demonstrates some of the major influences and angles of speculative fiction, such as classic Science Fiction, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. At the same time, the issue is clearly multidisciplinary: the frameworks vary from ecocriticism to gender studies and from colonial thematics to mythical journeys. We are also proud to present lectio praecursoria on the constructive mythopoetics in Tolkien’s works. In addition to this, the issue includes three literary reviews and a report from the seminar “Reconfiguring Human and Non-Human: Texts,…

The Issue 3/2015 of Fafnir is Now Out!

We are proud to present the third issue of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research in the year 2015! This issue celebrates posthumously the lifework and accomplishments of two beloved writers of science fiction and fantasy: the great Sir Terence “Terry” Pratchett and the renowned Michael Crichton. The legacy of Prachett’s work is discussed in a special obituary, while the sole research article of this issue studies the relationship between fan and merchant in the Wincanton Hogswatch celebration. The issue also includes an overview studying the significance and scope of Crichton’s too often neglected fictional works, which present his concern for societal issues regarding science and technology. The rest of…

The Second Issue of Fafnir’s Second Year is Now Out!

We are proud to present the second issue of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research in the year 2015! Interesting texts and topics are abundant in the newest issue. The articles examine female protagonists in self-insertion fan fiction texts based on Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels and concentrate on the central role of water in the poetics of Rikki Ducornet’s novel The Fountains of Neptune. We are also proud to present the first lectio praecursoria in the history of Fafnir, one investigating the so called human question in science fiction television. The issue also contains a report of the 36th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts and…

The First Issue of Fafnir’s Second Year is Now Out!

We are proud to present the first issue of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research in the year 2015! This first issue of Fafnir’s second year is multilingual and focuses mainly on the works of science fiction. We are happy to publish our first peer reviewed article in Finnish, discussing The Quantum Thief, the debut novel by Finnish writer Hannu Rajaniemi. The other article included in this issue uses the tools of posthumanism and posthumanist studies to discuss the changes in the world influenced by technology. These articles are fruits of the annual Finfar seminar, which was held in Jyväskylä, Finland, in July 2014. The issue…

CFP: Fantastic Workshop on a Ship to Archipelacon

What: Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy Scholars When: June 25, 2015 Where: On a Cruise Ship from Turku to Mariehamn, en route to Archipelacon The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 April, 2015 (at 23:59).   This summer Archipelacon – The Nordic Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in Mariehamn brings together a wide range of scholarly perspectives on the speculative and the fantastic during its Academic Track. Presentations of papers span over three days, participating in the discussion on the many ways which genres such as fantasy, science fiction, and horror take its readers, users, and consumers beyond the boundaries of the actual. The Archipelacon Academic Track takes the…