Current Directors and Allies

Katie Stone is a PhD student at Birkbeck, University of London. Her
thesis explores childhood and utopianism as imagined in science
fiction. It seeks to put mainstream science fiction into conversation
with feminist, queer and decolonial critical and creative work in
order to interrogate the genre’s complicity with various structures of
oppression. Katie is co-founder of the research network ‘Utopian Acts’
whose work will be featured in a forthcoming special issue of Studies
in Arts and Humanities Journal which she and Raphael Kabo have edited. Katie has written for Foundation, Fantastika and SFRA Review and she is one of the founding members of the research collective ‘Beyond Gender’. She is on Twitter @cyborg_feminist and @UtopianActs.

Francis Gene-Rowe is a PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London. His doctoral thesis investigates the work of Philip K. Dick and William Blake. In particular, it explores the way in which their work combines theology and politics to instigate liberation at the level of individual, society and world. Other areas of research and interest include Walter Benjamin, tabletop gaming, petrocultures, ecocatastrophe, contemporary experimental poetry, autonomous materialities and goblin futures. He is a former editor at Fantastika Journal and has co-organised several conferences, most recently “Corroding the Now: Poetry + Science|SF”. He has written for Fantastika JournalFoundation and Oxford Bibliographies (OUP). He won the 2017 Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) Student Paper Award and is currently the SFRA’s UK representative.

Rhodri Davies is a doctoral candidate at Birkbeck, University of London, and co-founder and Co-Director of the London Science Fiction Research Community. His research focusses on Science Fiction-based New Religious Movements in post-war America and he was recently awarded an R.D. Mullen Fellowship to undertake archival research at the Eaton Collection at UC Riverdale.

Tom Dillon is PhD student at Birkbeck, University of London. Tom’s work attempts to contextualise the British ‘New Wave’ in science fiction within the wider cultural and political landscape of the 1960s. Tom has written for Science Fiction Studies, Fantastica, and has an essay written with Linda Stupart forthcoming in Studies in Arts and Humanities.

Sing Yun Lee is an illustrator, artist and graphic designer specialising in the field of Science Fiction studies, now primarily working under the studio name Sinjin Li. She has been Head of Design for the London Science Fiction Research Community since 2017, and previously was the principle Design Editor for Fantastika Journal. Other publications and conferences she has produced work for include the 2018 Petrocultures: Transitions conference hosted by Glasgow University, Correspondences (Journal for the Studies of Esotericism), and Crater Press. Her work for LSFRC’s 2018 conference ‘Sublime Cognition: Science Fiction and Metaphysics’ has been shortlisted for a BSFA Award.  She can be found on Instagram @sinjin_li

Jo Lindsay Walton is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sussex Humanities Lab, working on speculative fiction and political economy. He also co-edits Vector, the critical journal of the BSFA, with Polina Levontin. Web:

Former Directors and Allies

Aren Roukema is a SSHRC doctoral fellow based at Birkbeck, University of London, currently completing a PhD dissertation on the cultural-historical interplay of nineteenth-century occultism and science fiction. This research is part of a wider interest in intersections between literature and esoteric expressions of science and religion. Aren is Editor of Correspondences: Journal for the Study of Esotericism. Recent publications include Esotericism and Narrative: The Occult Fiction of Charles Williams (Brill, 2018) and “Naturalists in Ghost Land: Victorian Occultism and Science Fiction,” in The Occult Imagination in Britain: 1875-1947 (Routledge, 2018).