DS9 #CFP May 31, 2019

This call for papers grabbed my attention immediately in a way that few do:


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Sherry Ginn and Michael G. Cornelius, editors of the forthcoming Serializing the Apocalypse:  Essays on the Never-Ending End of the World, announce their intent to publish a new collection of essays about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Although this series ended twenty years ago this year, a stand-alone examination of the series has not been published to date. On air from 1993-1999, DS9 was a departure from The Next Generation’s depiction of the United Federation of Planets’ diplomatic and scientific study of the Alpha Quadrant. Situated on a space station at the entrance of a wormhole near the planet of Bajor, DS9’s stories revolved around the uneasy cease-fire between the Bajorans and the Cardassians as mediated by the Federation.  Different in style from the two previous incarnations of Star Trek, Deep Space Nine illustrated a future darker and more dystopian than the vision depicted in The Original Series and The Next Generation.

The following is a suggested list of topics, broadly stated, but the list is by no means exhaustive.

  • Patriotism vs Terrorism
  • Religion
  • Sex and Gender (including sexism and sexual harassment)
  • Identity
  • Family
  • Speciesism / Racism, including interspecies / interracial sex, romance, and procreation
  • Production (writing, editing, music, etc)
  • Fiction, published during the series’ run as well as that which continues the story of DS9, including fanfiction
  • DS9’s legacy

Deadline for formal proposals is 1 October 2019 with notification of acceptance by 1 December. A first draft is expected by 1 March 2020 with final drafts due 1 August 2020. This peer-reviewed collection is to be published by McFarland and Company, the leading publisher of popular culture texts in the United States.

Please email Sherry at DoctorGinn@gmail.com with your proposals and any questions you may have concerning the project.

Also related to this topic, Deep Space Nine has actually been in the news a fair bit recently, with a new documentary about the series coming out, and an interview with Ira Steven Behr.
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  • John MacDonald

    One of my favorite Star Trek episodes is a Cardassian episode, but not from DS9. It’s the one where Picard gets captured and interrogated by the Cardassians.

    • LastManOnEarth

      I give this comment 4 out of 5 lights.

  • The DS9 documentary “What We Left Behind” is a wonderful look at the series. It’ll be on DVD in August.