Writer • editor • SFF critic • Comrade • Decolonialist • LE GUINIAN UTOPIANIST
Sean Guynes is a writer and editor in Ann Arbor, MI. He writes on genre fiction (esp. science fiction, fantasy, and horror) and issues of empire, capitalism, and race and ethnicity broadly. As an editor, Sean works to bring diverse, conversation-changing scholarship into the world, emphasizing writing that appeals to general audiences, speaks truth to power, and reveals the many ways inequality operates. Sean is also editor of Ancillary Review of Books and runs READ / REBEL.
Sean works in academic publishing as the editorial coordinator for Michigan Publishing Services at the University of Michigan while finishing his PhD in English at Michigan State University. Sean writes about empire, race, and power, particularly American empire’s global violences and anti-/decolonial resistance thereto; science fiction, fantasy, and horror; and the literatures, histories, and cultural imaginaries of Africa, Asia (especially South Asia), the Middle East, and world Indigenous peoples.
Sean is author of The Ursula K. Le Guin Reread series at Tor.com; co-editor of the Palgrave SFF: A New Canon book series for Palgrave Macmillan (with Keren Omry), two journal special issues, and several books, including Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics (The Ohio State University Press, 2020); and editor of SFRA Review. He was previously book reviews editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction and editorial assistant to The Journal of Popular Culture. Sean is also the secretary of the Science Fiction Research Association.
Sean’s shorter writing has appeared in public and academic venues, including Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Los Angeles Review of Books, American Quarterly, World Literature Today, Utopian Studies, American Book Review, and PopMatters.
Sean sits on the advisory board of MIT Press’s Radium Age Science Fiction series, edited by Joshua Glenn, and is a member of the Science Fiction Research Association, National Book Critics Circle, Historical Fictions Research Network, and a founding (but not active) members of the Comics Studies Society.
Getting in Touch
Peer Review Work
In addition to the editorial and critical work above, Sean regularly reviews manuscripts for journals (Paradoxa, New Global Studies, MOSF: Journal of Science Fiction, Extrapolation, Inks: Journal of the Comics Studies Society, Science Fiction Film and Television, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, Celebrity Studies) and academic presses (MIT Press, University of Nebraska Press, Wayne State University Press) in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics, and popular culture studies.
Sean is readily available for peer review; if you are an editor in need of a specialist in the above topics, please reach out.
Professional Advice for Academics
Sean is also more than happy to discuss academia and publishing with other scholars, especially younger, contingent, and marginalized scholars who don’t have good access to mentorship and/or advice about the profession.
Often, the how-tos of everything from submitting a conference proposal to writing a journal article, applying to a graduate program, submitting a book proposal, and so much more are not transparent. Sean wants to help bring transparency to the processes, to answer your questions, and offer guidance where possible.
To get in contact, use the contact page or just email Sean directly at [sean][at][seanguynes][dot][com].
You can also find Sean on Twitter as @saguynes, as well as on Goodreads, BoardGameGeek, and Letterboxd. His favorite film is Midsommar; favorite novels are Tehanu, Everfair, The Historian and A Single Shard; favorite board games are Wingspan and Fury of Dracula.
READ / REBEL
In addition to his editorial work and writing, Sean is also the organizer of the Bookshop.org affiliate READ / REBEL. Bookshop.org is an online bookstore, alternate to big names like Amazon, with a mission to financially support independent bookstores and give back to the book community. 10% of all proceeds from Bookshop.org sales are paid out to affiliates like READ / REBEL.
If you buy a book on Bookshop.org with the READ / REBEL logo in the top left (see above), 10% of your receipt goes directly to READ / REBEL. All of that money is then donated on a biannual basis. Half of READ / REBEL’s proceeds go to a prison books project and the other half to a diverse indie publisher of SFF, each designated on a rotating, biannual basis. The splitting of funds is a dual effort to support readers and writers who imagine and seek better worlds.
As of August 2020, READ / REBEL has donated $1800. For more details, transparent reporting of sales commissions, payouts, and donations are published on the READ / REBEL homepage each biannual period.
With the exception of posts to Ansible Review, Publish / Perish, and Unseen Academical, all header images on this website were created by SFF artist and concept designer Tyler Edlin of Brush Sauce Studio.