Luna's third Call for Papers, A Shadow Within: Evil in Fantasy and Science Fiction will be released on Wednesday the 14th of August, at Dublin Worldcon. Explore the 21 brilliant papers you will find in the book.
Today, we would like to introduce you to Robert S Malan (South Africa),
Non-fiction and horror writer. Senior Editor at freeflowedit. Shortlisted for the Nommo Awards 2018. Presenting the paper:
Xenomorphobia – Eighties Societal Fears and Issues as Reflected in the Movie Aliens.
"In 1986, Aliens, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s classic 1979 science fiction-horror Alien, was released in cinemas worldwide. Director James Cameron shifted tone significantly, from that of survival- horror to SF action-thriller. It proved to be a resounding success both financially and in its reception amongst critics and movie-goers.
The film’s blockbuster veneer, though, can be slightly misleading, suggesting a work devoid of depth. However, lurking beneath the surface of Aliens is a Pandora’s Box of societal fears, issues, and allusions to real world events of the time. More than that, it reflects the shifting nature of simple “good vs evil” roles in entertainment.
In this article, we’ll examine these aspects of the movie in finer detail, looking at what it says about the public psyche of the time, as manifest in historical events, while also exploring some of its hints to inherent subconscious fears."
Robert S Malan is an author and an editor. His passion is for fiction, particularly SF, Fantasy and Dark Fantasy.
Following a successful partnership editing FT Barbini's Tijaran Tales series, along with other works, this collaboration was extended to Luna Press. He has run an editorial service, freeflowedit, since 2010.
For Luna Press Publishing: Quest & The Sign of the Shining Beast 2016, The Prisoner 2018, The Evolution of African Fantasy and SF (August 2018); A Shadow Within: Evil in Fantasy and Science Fiction (Release date 14/8/19)
*Shortlisted for the NOMMO Awards 2018 for "Quest & The Sign of the Shining Beast".
*Longlisted for the BSFA Awards 2019 for "Portrayal of South Africans in Popular Entertainment: Bad Accented Baddies, Prawns and Black Panther" in The Evolution of African Fantasy and SF.
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