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 issue specializes in topical issues in Finnish. We are proud to present Juha Raipola’s lectio praecursoria which focuses on representations of the future and future-oriented thinking in Finnish writer Leena Krohn’s work, drawing a connection between the theme of uncertainty and the portrayal of agentic force by non-human things, beings, and technologies. The issue also contains two literary reviews: one on a recent dissertation dealing with the Disney comics by Don Rosa and the other on the first book on the philosophy of horror genre in Finnish.
Please do remember that Fafnir welcomes submissions of research articles, short overviews, academic book reviews, essays, opinion pieces and the like. Our next official call for papers will be for the issue 2/2016.
The next issue is scheduled for December 2015. In the meantime, Fafnir wishes our readers a sunny autumn!