Book Review Wishlist

Book Review Wishlist

The Journal is looking for Book Reviews! Reviews must be of books on science fiction and philosophy. (JSFP does not review science fiction narratives per se; only books that provide a philosophical analysis of SF as a genre, or of specific SF narratives, or books that analyze the ideas and legacy of an SF author or movement.) Because there is some “catching up” to do, there is not at present a limitation on how new a publication should be; JSFP accepts new reviews of “old” books, as long as the review is original and previously unpublished.  (See Section Policies for more information.)

Don’t know where to start? The following is a “wishlist” of books that we would like to see reviewed in the Journal. It is not exclusive, and it is listed either alphabetically or by order in a series (i.e., not in order of importance).

(If you are interested in a particular book, contact the Editor. In some cases we may be able to help you obtain a review copy free of charge.)

Assorted Books:

  1. Barad, Judith and Ed Robertson. 2000. The Ethics of Star Trek. Harper Collins.
  2. Burton, James. 2017. The Philosophy of Science Fiction: Henri Bergson and the Fabulations of Philip K. Dick. Bloomsbury Academic.
  3. Carrington, André M. 2016. Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (3rd ed.). Univ. of Minessota Press.
  4. Carrol, John W. 2014. A Time Travel Dialogue. Open Book Publishers. You can read and download it for free at
  5. Cowan, Douglas E. 2010. Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television. Baylor University Press.
  6. Csicsery-Ronay Jr., Istvan (2011) The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction. Westleyan.
  7. Graham, Elaine L. 2002. Representations of the post/human: Monsters, Aliens and Others in Popular Culture. Manchester University Press.
  8. Haney III, William S. 2006. Cyberculture, Cyborgs and Science Fiction: Consciousness and the Posthuman. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  9. Indman, Leo. 2017. Concept Progress: A Science Fiction
  10. Johnson, David Kyle. Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy. (Lecture Series). The Great Courses.
  11. Lavender III, Isiah. 2011. Race in American Science Fiction. Indiana University Press.
  12. Lavender III, Isiah. 2016. Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction.
  13. Lisboa, Maria Manuel. 2011. The End of the World: Apocalypse and its Aftermath in Western Culture. Open Book Publishers. You can read and download it for free at
  14. Little, Judith A., ed. Feminist Philosophy and Science Fiction: Utopias and Dystopias. Prometheus Books.
  15. McKee, Gabriel. 2007. The Gospel According to Science Fiction. London: Westminster John Knox Press.
  16. Nichols, Ryan, Nicholas D. Smith and Fred Miller. 2008. Philosophy Through Science Fiction: A Coursebook with Readings, 1st ed. Routledge.
  17. Panshin, Alexei and Cory Panshin. 1989. The World Beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest for Transcendence. Los Angeles: Tarcher
  18. Rieder, John. 2008. Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press.
  19. Rogers, Brett M. and Benjamin Eldon Stevens . 2015. Classical Traditions in Science Fiction. Oxford University Press.
  20. Sanders, Steven, ed. 2009. The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film. Univ. Press of Kentucky.
  21. Telotte, J.P. 1995. Replications: A Robotic History of the Science Fiction Film. University of Illinois Press.
  22. Vervaeke, John, Christopher Mastropietro and Filip Miscevic. 2017. Zombies in Western Culture: A Twenty-First Century Crisis. Open Book Publishers. You can read and download it for free at

Science Fiction and Philosophy Series:


This is a very prolific series, though many of its titles focus on fantasy, or historical (rather than philosophical) introductions to the genre. The collection is too long to is here, but possible titles include 1, 3, 4, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 21, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, 42, 48, 53, 54, 55, 57, 65.

PHILOSOPHY OF POPULAR CULTURE (University Press of Kentucky)

This series focuses on “popular culture” in a much broader sense; fewer of its titles focus on SF. Among them:

  • The Philosophy of J.J. Abrams
  • The Philosophy of The X-Files
  • The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film


This is one of the best known series of philosophy and popular culture, and keeps very current with the most popular series and franchises. SF titles abound:

  • Alien and Philosophy
  • Avatar and Philosophy
  • Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy
  • Bioshock and Philosophy
  • Ender’s Game and Philosophy
  • Heroes and Philosophy
  • The Hunger Games and Philosophy
  • Inception and Philosophy
  • (The Ultimate) Lost and Philosophy
  • (The Ultimate) Star Trek and Philosophy
  • (The Ultimate) Star Wars and Philosophy
  • Terminator and Philosophy
  • Walking Dead and Philosophy
  • Watchmen and Philosophy
  • And many more!


Another long-running, up-to-date series, featuring over a hundred titles. Interestingly, many of them overlap with Blackwell’s series (and are distinguishable only by their subtitles, or by writing “The Ultimate” into the title). It may be an interesting exercise to contrast similar titles from both collections.

  • The Matrix and Philosophy
  • More Matrix and Philosophy
  • Star Wars and Philosophy
  • Superheroes and Philosophy
  • Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy
  • Star Trek and Philosophy
  • Supervillains and Philosophy
  • Doctor Who and Philosophy
  • More Doctor Who and Philosophy
  • Inception and Philosophy
  • Philip K. Dick and Philosophy
  • The Walking Dead and Philosophy
  • The Ultimate Walking Dead and Philosophy
  • Futurama and Philosophy
  • Ender’s Game and Philosophy
  • Jurassic Park and Philosophy
  • Divergent and Philosophy
  • Orphan Black and Philosophy
  • The X-Files and Philosophy
  • Mr. Robot and Philosophy
  • The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy
  • 1984 and Philosophy
  • Scott Adams and Philosophy
  • Rick and Morty and Philosophy
  • Stranger Things and Philosophy
  • And many more!