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Call for Papers: Vol.2, 2019

Dystopian Caves and Galactic Empires: Social and Political Philosophy in SF.

One of the main roles of science fiction has been to warn us – sometimes humorously, sometimes through grim pessimism – of looming social dangers, the product of particular ideas, technologies or social trends. Just how powerful these warnings can be in the public’s imagination may be gauged by the ubiquity of the expression “Big Brother” in political reflection. Occasionally, too, SF has been used to propose somewhat utopian forms of organization. The goal of our 2019 Yearly Theme is to promote a critical discussion of these themes. Are recent dystopian stories warning us about possible bias, or do they instead reinforce us in our blindspots? Are there to be found in SF particularly creative systems of social organization that might be worth exploring? What does SF have to say about the explosive use of big data in social vigilance and control? Above all, what does SF bring to this philosophical discussion that is particular to its own domain?

The Journal accepts papers year-round. The deadline for the second round of reviews for its yearly theme is March 1st, 2019. (Deadline extended!) 

 Also accepted all year round:

General Articles

The Journal is always looking for papers and paper proposals, even if not related to its Yearly Theme! All areas of philosophy are welcome. Any format of SF story (short story, novel, movie, TV series, interactive) may be addressed. Papers must develop a philosophical idea in an original direction (i.e., not merely illustrate a well-known philosophical concept). The Journal accepts papers year-round.

NEW: Response Essays

Response essays are short pieces of scholarly literature (1-4 pages) responding to philosophical issues in current or past journal articles (or responding to previous responses). They are not peer-reviewed, but are subject to editorial approval and added to the current volume’s contents. They may focus on very specific elements of a published article, providing the opportunity to clarify, criticize, support or debunk with technical expertise, but without the burden of writing a full-fledge article to that effect. Authors may use this feature too, to clarify or defend, or to acknowledge an accurate criticism and modify their views. (See Section Policies for more information.)

NEW: Book Reviews

The Journal is now accepting Book Reviews! Reviews must be of books on science fiction and philosophy. 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.)

Where to begin? See our Book Review Wishlist for some ideas.


Contact the Editor at with any questions.