For their generous financial support I thank Bishop’s University and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Special thanks goes out to Sylvie Coté and Julie Frédette of Bishop’s Office of Research, to Lee St. Onge and the staff at the John Bassett Library, to Nancy Robichaud and Monique Lafaille for their dedicated administrative assistance, and to my energetic and insightful research assistants Jeffrey Parent, Arian Fecteau and Jeanette Greven.
I would also like to express my appreciation to everyone at Liverpool University Press, especially for my editors, Anthony Cond and Jenny Howard, whose guidance was instrumental in bringing this project to completion, and to David Seed and the Editorial Advisory Board for their encouragement. Thanks too to the helpful and professional staff at Carnegie Book Production.
For their collaboration, discussions and companionship over the years, I wish to acknowledge the support of my friends and colleagues of the Science Fiction Research Association. For their help in seeing this manuscript through its various stages, warm thanks go out to Lisa Yaszek, Patrick Sharp, Sherryl Vint and Despina Kakoudaki, and for their various kindnesses and encouragement, to Peter Sands, Doug Davis, Ritch Calvin, Eric Otto, Craig Jacobsen, Amy Ransom, Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Steve Berman, Neil Easterbrook, Alfredo Suppia and Jason Ellis.
I also want to express my appreciation to Gregory Brophy, Andre Furlani, Sarah Fournier and the students with whom I have had the privilege of sharing my passion for SF.