Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, Volume 5, Issue 2, pages 33–34

Call for Papers: Fafnir 2/2019
Special edition of Fafnir on Speculative Climate Fiction


Guest editor: Dr. Juha Raipola, Tampere University

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research invites authors to submit papers for a special edition on speculative climate fiction.

Over the last decade, interest in global anthropogenic climate change as a topic of fiction has grown consistently. In conjunction with increasing societal concern about the impact of global environmental change, a growing number of imaginative visions of climate futures have begun to appear in fiction. Now commonly discussed under the broad rubric of climate fiction, or cli-fi, these fictional accounts of global climate change have typically been speculative in their basic orientation. This means that the emergent narratives of climate fiction can often be fruitfully analysed as part of, or in connection with, a longer tradition of science fictional, weird, fantastic, utopian, dystopian, and apocalyptic visions of ecological changes on the planetary scale.

For this edition of Fafnir, we solicit papers on the topic of speculative climate fiction. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Climate fiction as a genre, and its relationship to science fiction and fantasy
  • Dystopian futures and climate trauma
  • Climate utopias
  • Speculative visions of post-fossil economy
  • Nonhuman viewpoints in speculative climate fiction
  • Altered geographies
  • Terraforming and geoengineering as tropes of climate fiction
  • Resilience and social and environmental justice in speculative climate fiction

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is a peer-reviewed academic journal published in electronic format twice a year. Fafnir has been published by the Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (FINFAR) since 2013. Fafnir publishes various texts ranging from peer-reviewed research articles to short overviews and book reviews in the field of science-fiction and fantasy research.

The submissions must be original works written in English, Finnish, or Scandinavian languages. Manuscripts for research articles should be approximately 40,000 characters in length. The journal uses the most recent edition of the MLA Style Manual (MLA 8). The manuscripts for research articles will be peer-reviewed. Please note that as Fafnir is designed to be of interest to readers with varying backgrounds, essays and other texts should be as accessibly written as possible. Also, if English is not your first language, please have your article proofread by an English-language editor. Please pay attention to our journal’s submission guidelines, which are available at http://journal.finfar.org/for-authors/submission-guidelines/

In addition to research articles, Fafnir welcomes text proposals for essays, interviews, overviews, and book reviews on any subject suitable for the journal.

Please send your electronic submission (saved as RTF-file) to the following address: submissions@finfar.org. You should get a reply indicating that we have received your submission within a few days. If not, or if you need further information, please contact the editors at submissions@finfar.org. More detailed information about our journal is available at our webpage: journal.finfar.org.

Offers to review recent academic books can be sent to reviews@finfar.org. We also post lists of available books on the IAFA listserv.

The deadline for submissions to this special issue is 15 August 2019. For other submissions (essays, overviews), contact the editors at submissions@finfar.org. For book reviews, contact the reviews editor at reviews@finfar.org.

This edition is scheduled to be published in the end of 2019.