Edward James

Edward James was editor of "Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction" from 1986 to 2001, and its Production Editor until this summer.  He has published a number of academic articles on the history of science fiction, and won the Eaton Award for his book "Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century" (Oxford, 1994).  He has edited various collections of essays on science fiction, including, with Farah Mendlesohn, "The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction", which won a Hugo in 2005. 

His day job is as Professor of Medieval History at University College Dublin.

Recently published - The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2005)

Fri1200Unexplored Alternate HistoriesWhat makes for a good alternate history? Are WWII, Rome, and the US Civil wars all overused? Are there other overlooked but interesting possibilities? If so, why aren't they being used?Alma ALEXANDER, Ben YALOW, Linda ROBINETT, Robert Charles WILSON, Edward JAMES
Sat1200Class-Based Societies in F&SFWhy do so many writers create a world with class politics, a hereditary rulership and limited social mobility? Should a democratic citizen write glowingly of kings? Is it appropriate to do so in SF set in the far future (Is Damon Knight right to criticize A.E. van Vogt)?Cecilia DART-THORNTON, Edward JAMES, Heidi LYSHOL, Grania DAVIS
Sun1400The Integration of Science and Religion in SF&FScience Fiction is the literature of the humanist, the rationalist and the skeptic. As theoretical physicists look at the underpinnings of the physical universe, they see the presence of the hand of God. How do authors integrate religion and science? Can it only be done in fantasy?Lisa C. FREITAG, Robert Charles WILSON, William SHUNN, Edward JAMES