Articles inspired by and concerning speculative fiction.

REPORT: Worldcon Membership Demographics, 1961-1980

by René Walling This report is a continuation of the work done in Worldcon Membership Demographics, 1939-1960 (Walling, 2016) and aims to see if any of the trends previously observed continue in subsequent Worldcon and provide some hard data on the membership of the Worldcons of that period.

By | August 31st, 2018|Articles, Issue #6, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

Stars in the Galaxy, Like Islands in the Ocean of Space

By Jean Asselin Over time, we learn the value of stressing the positive: what we’d do differently rather than what doesn’t work, what to strive for instead of what to avoid. Still, there is efficiency in prescribing “Don’t do ‘X’ in the fiction you submit.” Let ‘X’ be: “On its way to another star [...]

By | August 30th, 2018|Editorials, Issue #6, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

REPORT: Worldcon Membership Demographics, 1939-1960

by René Walling Sweeping statements and generalizations are often made about the membership of early World Science Fiction Conventions (WSFC, or Worldcon) such as “only the same people came back every year” or “the attendance was all male.” Yet rarely is more than anecdotal evidence given to support these statements. The goal of this report is to provide some hard data on the membership of early Worldcons so that such statements can be based on more than anecdotal evidence.

By | August 16th, 2016|Articles, Issue #5, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

Echoes of Philip K. Dick’s schizoid woman in Star Trek: Voyager’s Harry Kim

by Victor Grech Star Trek is a popular cultural phenomenon. One of the spin-offs, the Voyager series, features a naïve and lonely young human officer called Harry Kim who repeatedly falls for warm and affectionate “dark haired girls” or cold and calculating “schizoid women” as famously categorized by N. Katherine Hayles about Philip K. Dick’s oeuvre.

By | August 15th, 2016|Articles, Issue #5, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

Ambiguous Utopias

by Sheila Finch Utopian or dystopian, the view of the near future adopted by an author owes much to the political and social climate of its time. Two dystopian works by Paolo Bacigalupi, out of the many that have appeared in recent years, illustrate this point:

By | August 14th, 2016|Articles, Issue #5, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

A Vision for “James Gunn’s Ad Astra”

by Jean Asselin, Editor - Our namesake, James Gunn, says that fantasy and science fiction (SF) are literatures of discontinuity—the world of the story differs from the one we live in—with one essential difference.

By | August 13th, 2016|Editorials, Issue #5, Meta-Narrative, Per Aspera|2 Comments


A look at the outgoing editor's view of the past few years, and an introduction to the new era of the magazine.

By | November 9th, 2015|Editorials, Featured, Issue #4, Meta-Narrative, Per Aspera|0 Comments

The Political Debate in Science Fiction

Last year, there was a storm brewing over sexism and minority voices being underrepresented in the science fiction community. That debate hasn't gone away, but in the finest SF tradition, it has mutated.

By | May 31st, 2014|Editorials, Featured, Issue #3, Meta-Narrative, Non-Fiction, Per Aspera|0 Comments

A Theme-based Online Curriculum for the Teaching of Science Fiction

By Jean Asselin Abstract This article presents a theme-based curriculum for the teaching SF literature. Sets of 15 stories each, six in all, match the number of weeks in the North American semester system. Selection criteria include theme, awards won or nominated for, and critical recognition. Curricular material is taken from 80 years of published [...]

By | February 21st, 2014|Articles, Issue #3, Non-Fiction|0 Comments

References for A Theme-based Online Curriculum for the Teaching of Science Fiction

by Jean Asselin These are the sources referenced in "A Theme-based Online Curriculum for the Teaching of Science Fiction" Adams, J. J. (Ed.). (2008). Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. San Francisco, CA: Night Shade Books. Adams, J. J. (Ed.). (2009). Federations. Rockville, MD: Prime Books. Adams, J. J. (Ed.). (2011). Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories. [...]

By | February 21st, 2014|Article References, Issue #3, Non-Fiction|1 Comment