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Thu Jul 16 17:22:44 GMT 2015


Stephen King and Science Fiction on Film and TV.

A Special Issue of the journal /Science Fiction Film and Television/.

 From the publication of his first novel, /Carrie/ (1974), Stephen King
has been inextricably linked to the horror genre. The same is true for
the film and television projects that have been adapted from his work,
beginning with /Carrie /(1976), and the mini-series of /Salem’s Lot/
(1979). Yet King is not, and never has been, purely a horror writer. One
genre to which he has returned throughout his career is that of science
fiction (SF). Alien invasion narratives such as /The Tommyknockers/
(1987), /Dreamcatcher/ (2001) and /Under the Dome/ (2009) stand
alongside time-bending stories like /11.22.63/ (2011) and /The
Langoliers/ (1990), the dystopian future of Richard Bachman’s /The
Running Man/ (1981), and tales of science and technology run amok, for
example /Trucks/ (1977), /The Mangler/ (1977), /Firestarter/ (1980) and
the horror/SF hybrid novel /Cell /(2006).

Each of these has been adapted for the big or small screen, meaning
despite his reputation for being solely a ‘master of the macabre’,
King’s work has, over the past twenty years, made an undeniable
contribution to the SF genre on film and television. With the success of
the SF television series /Haven/ (2010-) and /Under the Dome/ (2013-)
prompting a revival of interest in adapting King’s work for the screen,
the time is right to explore the relationship between adaptations of
Stephen King and the SF genre. To this end the Journal/Science Fiction
Film and Television/ will be publishing a special issue devoted to the
SF adaptations of King’s work, guest edited by Simon Brown and Regina
Hansen. The aim of this issue is to examine King’s relation to SF, to
consider the adaptations within the context of the film and/or TV SF
genres, and to examine the relationship between the two.What kind of SF
does King write, how is it adapted, and how do those adaptations relate
to, draw on, or differ from, ongoing themes and representations in SF on
Film and TV?

The guest editors are seeking proposals for articles of up to 6000
words. The deadline for submission of articles is 31 May 2016. The issue
will be published mid-2017. We welcome proposals on any area to do with
Stephen King and the film and TV adaptations of his SF work (or indeed
non-SF works that have been adapted into SF, such as /The Lawnmower Man/
and /Haven/), but particularly around the following:

    ·Individual adaptations or series, or groups of adaptations, or
    original series. These include but are not limited to /The
    Tommyknockers/, /Dreamcatcher/, /The Langoliers/, /Stephen King’s
    Golden Years/, /Firestarter/, /The Running Man/, /The Mist/, /Hearts
    in Atlantis/, /Maximum Overdrive/Trucks/, /Haven/, /Under the Dome/,
    /The Dead Zone/ (Film or series), /The Lawnmower Man/, /11.22.63/

    ·The way in which King adopts or adapts the tropes of the SF genre

    ·King, SF and genre hybridity

    ·The relationship between King’s stories as literary SF and the
    adaptations as cinematic or television SF

    ·Adapting King as SF for the big and small screens

    ·The format of King adaptations (film, TV movie, mini-series, series)

    ·The impact of these adaptations on the SF genre in film and/or TV

    ·The significance (or otherwise) of the King “brand’ to film and/or
    TV SF

    ·King as source for/contributor to other SF shows such as /The
    X-Files/, /The Outer Limits/ and /The Twilight Zone/.

Proposals of 300-500 words, and a short biography of 50-100 words should
be submitted via email no later than 30 September 2015 to the guest
editors Simon Brown ((simon.brown /at/
<mailto:(simon.brown /at/>) and Regina Hansen ((rhansen /at/
<mailto:(rhansen /at/>).

Simon Brown is Associate Professor of Film and TV at Kingston
University. He has published numerous pieces on early British cinema,
colour cinematography and contemporary American television. He was
co-editor with Stacey Abbott of the special issue of the /Journal of
Science Fiction Film and TV/ on /The X-Files/ (6:1, 2013), for which he
also contributed the article /Memento Mori: The Slow Death of The
X-Files/. He is currently working on a book on adaptations of Stephen
King’s work on Film and TV.

Regina Hansen is Master Lecturer of Rhetoric at Boston University’s
College of General Studies. She is the co-editor with Susan George of
/Supernatural, Humanity and the Soul: The Highway to Hell and Back
/(Palgrave-MacMillan 2014) and editor of /Roman Catholicism in Fantastic
Film /(McFarland 2011). She has written and presented on science fiction
and horror film and television, religion and the fantastic, and Neo
Victorianism in TV and film.

Dr Simon Brown
Associate Professor in Film and Television
School of Performance and Screen Studies
Kingston University
Penryhn Road Campus
Kingston Upon Thames

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