Sean Guynes is a critic, writer, and editor who lives in Ann Arbor, MI. He writes on issues of empire, capitalism, and whiteness through the lens of popular culture, genre fiction (esp. science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and detective novels), world Anglophone literature, and indigenous writing.

Sean’s work is generally interested in how American culture interacts with and creates perceptions of the so-called “Global South” and of indigenous and racialized people in settler-colonial nations. The basic question at the heart of Sean’s work can be summarized: “How do people respond to political oppression through literature, art, and culture?”


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. His first full-length book, Forgotten Futures: How the Korean War Changed American Science Fiction, under advance contract with University of Nebraska Press, traces how the Korean War’s legacies in American Cold War policy, public memory, and popular culture drastically shaped American science fiction in the 1950s and beyond.

Sean is author of The Ursula K. Le Guin Reread series at; co-editor of 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, Strange Horizons, Los Angeles Review of Books, American Quarterly, World Literature Today, Utopian Studies, American Book Review, and PopMatters.

Getting in Touch

You can find Sean on Twitter as @saguynes, as well as on Letterboxd and Goodreads, where he participates in the Great African Reads group.

To get in contact about his writing or services, use the contact page or just email Sean directly at [sean][at][seanguynes][dot][com].