Writer • Editor • Comrade • Bard Dracolich • 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 whiteness 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 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 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.

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.

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.

Contact info

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

You can find Sean on Twitter as @saguynes, as well as on Goodreads, BoardGameGeek, and Letterboxd. His favorite film is Midsommar; favorite novels are Tehanu and The Historian; favorite board games are Wingspan and Fury of Dracula.