Sean Guynes is a critic, writer, and editor who lives in Ann Arbor, MI. He is a cultural historian of postwar American history, writing on issues of empire, capitalism, whiteness, and the environment through the lens of popular culture, genre fiction—especially science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history—world Anglophone literature, and indigenous writing. 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 co-author with Martin Lund of the forthcoming book Whiteness (MIT Press); author of The Ursula K. Le Guin Reread series at; co-editor of the Encapsulations: Critical Comics Studies book series for University of Nebraska Press (with Martin Lund and Julia Round), two journal special issues, and several books, including Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics (with Martin Lund, 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, Middle East/North African Lit, and Around the World in 80 Books book clubs.

Sean is also the organizer of the affiliate READ / REBEL, which donates all revenue to activist and service organizations, and an occasional freelance copyeditor who works by EFA rates.

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