Extrapolation was founded in 1959 by Thomas D. Clareson and was the first journal to publish academic work on science fiction and fantasy. It continues to be a leading, peer-reviewed, international journal in that specialized genre in the literature of popular culture.

It welcomes papers on all areas of speculative fiction and culture, including print, film, television, comic books and video games, and particularly encourages papers which consider popular texts within their larger cultural context.

The journal publishes a wide variety of critical approaches including but not limited to literary criticism, utopian studies, genre criticism, feminist theory, critical race studies, queer theory, and postcolonial theory. Extrapolation promotes innovative work which considers the place of speculative texts in contemporary culture. It is interested in promoting dialogue among scholars working within a number of traditions and in encouraging the serious study of popular culture.

Extrapolation is particularly interested in the following areas of study:

  • Race in science fiction and fantasy
  • Children's and Young Adult (YA) science fiction and fantasy
  • Sexualities
  • Fantastic motifs in mainstream texts
  • Gender and speculative texts
  • History of science fiction and fantasy
  • New weird fiction
  • Remakes/reboots, rewriting and retrofitting
  • Pulp science fiction and fantasy
  • The body in science fiction
  • Posthumanism
  • Political science fiction and fantasy
  • Non-Western science fiction and fantasy
  • Technoculture

Extrapolation is indexed and abstracted in:
Arts and Humanities Citation Index
Current Contents/Arts & Humanities

Code of Conduct
LUP is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards. We therefore ask that all contributors and reviewers adhere to the COPE Core Practices.
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SCImago Journal & Country Rank

Andrew M Butler, Canterbury Christ Church University
Isiah Lavender III, University of Georgia
John Rieder, University of Hawaii
Gerry Canavan, Marquette University
Rachel Haywood, Iowa State University
Rebekah Sheldon, Indiana University

Book Reviews Editor:
D.Harlan Wilson, Wright State University

Editorial Board:
Lucie Armitt
Mark Bould
Mark Decker
Neil Easterbrook
Richard D. Erlich
Carl Freedman
Pawel Frelik
Sonja Fritzsche
M. Elizabeth Ginway
H. W. Hall
Joan Haran
D. Harlan Wilson
Darren Harris-Fain
Karen Hellekson
Ann Howey
John Huntington
De Witt Douglas Kilgore
Dale Knickerbocker
Roger Luckhurst
Farah Mendlesohn
Helen Merrick
Graham J. Murphy
Wendy Pearson
Robin Reid
Benjamin J. Robertson
Alcena Rogan
Karen Sayer
Joe Sutliff Sanders
Patrick Sharp
Eric Smith
J. P. Telotte
Sherryl Vint
Gary Westfahl
Clyde Wilcox
Tess Williams
Lisa Yaszek

Editorial correspondence should be addressed to Dr. Andrew M. Butler at extrapolationsf@gmail.com

Dr. Andrew M. Butler
School of Media Art and Design
Canterbury Christ Church University

Essays should be approximately 4000-9000 words, written according to MLA standards and include a 100 word abstract. Neither embedded footnotes nor generated footnotes that some software systems make available should be used. Electronic submissions in MS Word are encouraged. The editors aim to make decisions on submissions within three months. Please do not send simultaneous submissions of articles to other publications.

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Members: Extrapolation is available to members of the Science Fiction Research Association.

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Book Reviews:
If you are interested in reviewing a book for Extrapolation or if you have published a book you would like reviewed by Extrapolation, please contact D. Harlan Wilson:

D. Harlan Wilson
Department of English
Wright State University-Lake Campus
7600 Lake Campus Drive
Celina, Ohio 45822

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Available Content

Volume 63 (2022)
Volume 62 (2021)
Volume 61 (2020)
Volume 60 (2019)
Volume 59 (2018)
Volume 58 (2017)
Volume 57 (2016)
Volume 55 (2014)
Volume 54 (2013)
Volume 53 (2012)
Volume 52 (2011)
Volume 51 (2010)
Volume 50 (2009)
Volume 49 (2008)
Volume 48 (2007)
Volume 47 (2006)
Volume 19 (1977)
Volume 18 (1976)
Volume 17 (1975)
Volume 16 (1974)
Volume 15 (1973)
Volume 14 (1972)
Volume 13 (1971)
Volume 12 (1970)
Volume 11 (1969)
Volume 10 (1968)
Volume 9 (1967)
Volume 8 (1966)
Volume 7 (1965)
Volume 6 (1964)
Volume 5 (1963)
Volume 4 (1962)
Volume 3 (1961)
Volume 2 (1960)
Volume 1 (1959)