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
- 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
- Political science fiction and fantasy
- Non-Western science fiction and fantasy
Extrapolation is indexed and abstracted in:
Arts and Humanities Citation Index
Current Contents/Arts & Humanities
Code of Conduct
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