Sean Guynes is an editor and writer living on Anishinaabe land in what is now Ann Arbor, MI.
As a cultural historian, Sean writes about genre fiction (esp. science fiction, fantasy, and horror), world literature, popular culture, and the history of power—with attention to empire, capitalism, and race in global contexts—for popular and academic publications.
As the acquiring editor for Lever Press, 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 values writing that works toward practicable critical and community responses, that seeks to do something for the world.
Sean works in academic publishing as acquiring editor for Lever Press, a radical vision in academic publishing supported by 50+ colleges and universities, that publishes fully open access books at no cost to authors and focuses on rigorous humanities and social science publishing. Sean was formerly acquiring editor at Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan, where he acquired for Michigan Publishing Service’s world-renowned open access journals program, the open access book imprint Maize Books, and the ACLS Humanities E-Book collection.
Sean has a PhD in English and 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 UP, 2020) and Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling (Amsterdam UP, 2018). He was previously founding editor of Ancillary Review of Books, editor of SFRA Review, 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 (2020-2024).
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 and a founding member 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 academic presses (MIT Press, University Press of Mississippi, University of Nebraska Press, West Virginia University Press, Wayne State University Press) and 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) in the fields of science fiction, comics, and popular culture studies.
Sean is readily available for peer review; if you are an acquisition or assistant editor in need of a specialist in the above topics, please reach out!
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, alt-ac opportunities, and especially publishing.
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.
* Please note, Sean is no longer responding to requests to review statements of purpose for graduate school applications.
To get in contact, use the contact page or just email Sean directly at [sean][at][seanguynes][dot][com].