Helen J. Burgess is Assistant Professor in the Digital Technology and Culture program at Washington State University - Vancouver. She was born and raised in New Zealand, land of sheep and hobbits. Her research interests include new media and science fiction studies; she is currently working on a book about cultural and historical representations of the superhighway.

Jamie Skye Bianco is currently advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. in English and the Certificate in Women's Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and her dissertation is tentatively titled "Technoscience Fictions." This project aims at bringing together the contemporary technoscientificity of six divergent disciplines and cultural locations: the 'hard' sciences/cybernetics; political ethology; Afro-Futurism; Nativist and "3rd World" Feminisms; Cyberpunk fiction; and, Techno-cinema. Jamie is a CUNY Graduate Teaching Fellow at Queens College, where she teaches English literature and Literary Theory. She also works as a Lecturer at Polytechnic University, teaching in the Masters Program for Digital Integrated Media and in the undergraduate Humanities Program instructing literature courses with special emphases on science and technology.

Brooke M. Campbell is working on her doctorate in Comparative Literature - with a minor in Psychoanalytic Studies - at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her interests include photography, pornography, queer theory, and the city.

Martin Hall is Lecturer in Film Studies at Bolton Institute of Higher Education (recently awarded its University title and soon to be renamed) in England. His research interests include psychoanalysis, specifically Jacques Lacan; contemporary gender theory, such as Judith Butler; British Cinema of the 1960s; and the application of theoretical models to contemporary media. He is currently preparing a new PhD proposal relating concepts of the death drive to contemporary cultural products. He can be contacted at mjh4 [at] or mjh4_1969 [at]

Davin Heckman is an Assistant Professor of English at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. He is a co-editor and co-founder of Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture and the former tech editor of Rhizomes. Davin recently graduated from Bowling Green State University's doctoral program in American Culture Studies (May 2004) with a dissertation on smart homes, futurist marketing narratives, and everyday life. Feel free to contact Davin at dheckman [at]

Kevin Douglas Kuswa received his PhD in Rhetoric and Cultural Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation addresses the interstate highway machine in the United States. He now teaches in the Rhetoric Dept. at the University of Richmond and his recent class called the "Rhetoric of Terrorism" was highlighted on CNN.COM.

Barry Jason Mauer, an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, was hired by the English Department at UCF as a "generalist," which he understands as a free license to do research about anything. He teaches literature, screenwriting, film history, theory, digital rhetoric, and visual culture.

Rudy McDaniel works as a computer research specialist for the University of Central Florida. He recently received his doctorate in Texts and Technology from UCF.

Tammy Powley is a freelance writer specializing in trade publications, with recent books on jewelry. She is pursuing her PhD in Text and Technology at the University of Central Florida.

Hai Ren is Assistant Professor of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. He is the author of The Countdown of Time. Currently, he is completing a book-length study on theme built environments.

Charles Tryon is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This essay is drawn from his book manuscript, which focuses on time travel films. He also has an essay on Alex Proyas's Dark City, in the Winter 2004 issue of Film Criticism.

Matthew Wolf-Meyer is a PhD candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He holds Masters of Arts degrees from the University of Liverpool (in Science Fiction Studies) and Bowling Green State University (in American Cultural Studies). He is the co-editor of the online cultural studies journal, Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, and the author of a number of articles on science fiction, gender, contemporary theory, and technology; his current research focuses on medical and legal discourses of abnormal bodies and their dependence upon modernist theories of the city and the idea of the "everyday."

Julian Yates is Associate Professor of English at University of Delaware and author of Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English Renaissance (Minnesota, 2003).