Reader in Speculative Fictions
Department of English, History & Creative Writing
- Main Building, Stanley 17
- 01695 584414
I am a science fiction critic and games writer. I have a longstanding fascination with science fiction and the fantastic in literature, film, television and games. I have written or edited a number of books on the subject, including Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe , Artifice and the Reader (2003), Shadows of the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing, Writers on Wolfe (2007), British Science Fiction Television (2005) and Teaching Science Fiction (2011).
I gained a First Class Honours Degree from Edge Hill University with a commendation from the Senate of Lancaster University. Four years later, I obtained my PhD from Liverpool University. When I was appointed as a Lecturer in 1999 and I developed Edge Hill’s Film Studies programme, which is now part of the Media Department’s portfolio of courses. I also developed modules in Science Fiction, Utopian and Anti-Utopian Writing, Film Adaptation, World-building and, more recently, courses in tabletop and digital games writing. In 2007 I became Reader in Speculative Fictions.
I currently teach Beyond Books, a first year module examining how stories are told in literature, comics, films and games, Building the World, which explores how fictional worlds are constructed in fiction and games; Texts in Motion, a film adaptation course; Writing for Roleplaying Games; and Writing for Digital Games. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in literature, film, and games studies. I have supervised doctoral students working in cyborg cinema, popular fantasy fiction, and blog fiction.
My current research interests include the tabletop roleplaying game, adaptation studies, and British science fiction television. I also write tabletop roleplaying games for a major British company. I welcome expressions of interest for postgraduate study from students wishing to undertake creative or critical work in science fiction, fantasy, and the tabletop roleplaying game.
Current Creative and Research Activities
- Liverpool Grotesque: a sourcebook for a major RPG
- Journal article: ‘Dicing with Adaptation: The Roleplaying Game as Adaptive Form’
- Journal article: ‘Out of the Box…And Onto the Tabletop: Doctor Who, Adaptation and the Tabletop Roleplaying Game’
- Monograph: Crossroads and Borderlands: Science Fiction, Adaptation and the Tabletop Roleplaying Game
- LIT 1014 Beyond Books
- LIT 2026 Texts in Motion I: Appropriation and Adaptation
- LIT 2027 Texts in Motion II Film Adaptation
- LIT 3028 British Telefantasy
- LIT 30125 Speculative Fiction
- WRI 2015 Writing for Roleplaying Games
- WRI 3015 Writing for Digital Adventure Games
Full details of all publications can be found in the Edge Hill Research Archive:
- ‘A Condition of England: The Critique of Racism, Sexism, and the “Back to Nature” Movement in the BBC’s Adaptation of Peter Dickinson’s “The Changes” Novels’, Science Fiction Film and Television, 6 (2) (2013), pp. 253-279
- ‘Ringing the Changes: A Production History of the BBC’s Adaptation of Peter Dickinson’s “The Changes”, Science Fiction Film and Television, 6 (2) (2013). pp. 281-297
- ‘Science Fiction from Text to Screen: Adaptation, the Novum and Cinematic Estrangement’, in Science Fiction Across Media: Adaptation / Novelization, ed. Thomas Van-Parys and I. Q. Hunter (Canterbury: Gylphi, 2013), pp. 19-42
- Teaching Science Fiction, ed. with Andy Sawyer (Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
- ‘Expatriate! Expatriate! Doctor Who: The Movie and Commercial Negotiation of a Multiple Text’, in British Science Fiction Film and Television: Critical Essays, ed. Tobias Hochscherf and James Leggott (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. 2011), pp. 128-142
- ‘The Doctor (1963-)’, in Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction, ed. Mark Bould, Andrew M. Butler, Adam Roberts and Sherryl Vint (London: Routledge, 2009), pp. 71-76.
- ‘Film and television, 1960-1980’ in The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, ed. Mark Bould, Andrew M. Butler, Adam Roberts and Sherryl Vint (London: Routledge, 2009), pp. 90-101
- Shadows of the New Sun: Gene Wolfe on Readers, Writers and Writing (Liverpool University Press, 2007)
- ‘British Television Science Fiction’, in Blackwell Companion to Science Fiction, ed. David Seed (London: Blackwell, 2005), pp. 289-305
- British Television Science Fiction, edited with John Cook (London: I. B. Tauris, 2005)
- ‘Echoes of Discontent: Conservative Politics and Sapphire and Steel‘, in British Television Science Fiction, ed. John Cook and Peter Wright (London: I. B. Tauris, 2005)
- ‘Intertextuality, Generic Shift and Ideological Transformation in the Internationalising of Doctor Who’, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 92 (2004), pp. 64-90
- Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2003)
- ‘The British Post-Alien Intrusion Film’, in British Science Fiction Cinema, ed. I. Q. Hunter (London: Routledge, 1999)
- ‘The Shared World of Doctor Who from The New Adventures to The Regeneration’, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 75 (1999), pp. 78-96
- ‘Selling Mars: Burroughs, Barsoom and Expedient Xenography’, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 68 (1996), pp. 24-46
- ‘God Games: Cosmic Conspiracies and Narrative Sleights in Gene Wolfe’s The Fictions of the New Sun’, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 66 (1996), pp. 13-39
- ‘Grasping the God-Games: Metafictional Keys to the Interpretation of Gene Wolfe’s The Fictions of the New Sun, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 66 (1996), 39-59