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Canadian Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

Bridging the Solitudes

  • Amy J. Ransom
  • Dominick Grace

Part of the Studies in Global Science Fiction book series (SGSF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Amy J. Ransom, Dominick Grace
    Pages 1-28
  3. Prologue

  4. Bridging Borders: Transnationalism and Postcolonialism in Canadian Speculative Fiction

  5. Building Bridges: Constructing and Deconstructing Myths of the Canadian Nation

  6. Bridging the Gender Gap: Transnational and Transsexual Identities in Canadian SF

  7. Bridging the Species Divide: Technological, Animal, Extraterrestrial, and Posthuman Sentience

About this book


Canadian Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror: Bridging the Solitudes exposes the limitations of the solitudes concept so often applied uncritically to the Canadian experience. This volume examines Canadian and Québécois literature of the fantastic across its genres—such as science fiction, fantasy, horror, indigenous futurism, and others—and considers how its interrogation of colonialism, nationalism, race, and gender works to bridge multiple solitudes. Utilizing a transnational lens, this volume reveals how the fantastic is ready-made for exploring, in non-literal terms, the complex and problematic nature of intercultural engagement.


Canadian science fiction Canadian speculative fiction Canadian horror literature Canadian fantasy literature Margaret Atwood critical metaphor postcolonial studies posthumanism transnationalism transgender French-language literature

Editors and affiliations

  • Amy J. Ransom
    • 1
  • Dominick Grace
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of World Languages and CulturesCentral Michigan UniversityMount PleasantUSA
  2. 2.Brescia University CollegeLondonCanada

About the editors

Amy J. Ransom is Chair of World Languages and Cultures at Central Michigan University, USA. She has published over two dozen articles on Québécois popular genre literatures and film and is the author of Science Fiction from Québec (2009) and Hockey PQ (2014).

Dominick Grace is Professor of English at Brescia University, Canada. He is the author of The Science Fiction of Phyllis Gotlieb (2015) and several articles on Canadian literature of the fantastic, and coeditor of several collections of interviews with cartoonists, a volume on Canadian comics, and a volume on Twin Peaks.

Bibliographic information


“Amy J. Ransom and Dominick Grace have done a fantastic job with this volume, putting together a comprehensive, in-depth milestone that serves both as a valid introduction to the field of Canadian SFF and a towering critical work within it, which conveys the key conversations, opens up many avenues for research, and transmits a strong sense of enthusiasm for delving into the underreported yet clearly rewarding field of Canadian SFF.” (Daniel Lukes, Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, Vol. 7 (2), 2020)

“Ransom and Grace’s introduction is commendable for its illuminating survey of historical and recent developments in Canadian sf/f criticism and will be useful to both veterans and newcomers to the field. … this volume deserves a lot of credit for successfully representing diversity and contemporariness while not losing sight of the Canadian sf/f canon.” (Moritz Ingwersen, Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 47, 2020)