ARB Editors

The ARB Editorial Collective

Jake Casella Brookins, editor and publisher

Jake Casella Brookins (he/him) is an SF reviewer and independent scholar, and runs Positron Chicago for speculative fiction book clubs and other literary events. Originally from the Pennsylvania Appalachians, Casella now lives in Chicago on the unceded land of the Potawatomi and other peoples. Book ramblings and occasional bread experiments can be found on his blog. Find him on twitter as @jakecasella.

Commission interests: science fiction & fantasy literature; science fiction and philosophy (especially ethics); genre theory and structure, and works that challenge or blur genres; reading communities and reception theory.

Misha Grifka Wander, editor

Misha Grifka Wander (he/they) is a PhD candidate in the Ohio State University English department. Their major fields are video game studies, comics studies, and speculative fiction studies, using a ecocritical and queer lens. Other publications include an essay on sexism in speculative fiction genre divides (The New Americanist, Fall 2019), ecology in Skyrim (Being Dragonborn, 2021), and a forthcoming chapter on pronoun use in contemporary science fiction (The Routledge Companion Gender in Science Fiction)They also work creatively through comics, poetry, and prose. Previous creative publications can be found in 614Now and Apricity Magazine. You can find them on Twitter @MishaGrifka.

Commission interests: climate change, especially with regards to utopian or optimistic writing that still takes into account the realities of anthropogenic climate change, queer stories and monstrosity, writing about and by people of color, non-Anglophone writers and stories, and narratives of resistance to empire.

Chad A. Hines, copy editor

Chad A. Hines (he/him) has a PhD from the University of Iowa, and has taught English in Romania, China, France, Peru, and Mexico. He has worked as a technical writer, editor, video game developer, online game master and coding guide. Interested in ecological restoration, speculative fiction, and green technology, he writes about books, crypto currencies, and open source software. Currently, he is living in Kansas and working on a non-fiction book called Improvised Learning: Games and Stories, which is a collection of creative techniques he found useful in language learning, as well as personal essays about teaching English using an improvisational approach.

Ashumi Shah, editor

Ashumi Shah (she/her) is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the University of Augsburg, Germany. When not examining science fiction and fantasy fandoms for her research, she is either watching Doctor Who or attempting (and failing) to catch-up with her Goodreads TBR list. Aiming to “leisure-read” at least 52 books in a year, Ashumi particularly loves fiction featuring strong female characters and dark/gothic motifs. If, after all of this, she still manages to find time, she is cooking up a storm, playing Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, training herself in Spencerian penmanship or beautifying her reading journal. To keep up with what she is reading or cooking, you can find her on Instagram as: ashumi_shah.

Commission interests: fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, urban mysteries; realist and magical realist literature, esp. Indian fiction; drama; interactive and experimental storytelling; fandoms and fan communities; media prosumption; video games, film, and television.

Summer van Houten, editor

Summer van Houten (she/her) is a researcher and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MA from University College London, having written her dissertation on the sociopolitical impact of feminist dystopian novels in the United States. Summer currently works as the associate director of the Speculative Literature Foundation, where she runs development and creative writing programming. Upcoming publications include an anthology on decolonization efforts in museums and an essay on weird westerns. A bear recently destroyed her car while she was out backpacking, which has inspired her to learn far too much about bears in her free time. 

Commission interests: Science fiction with a feminist and/or genre-bending lens, cultural analysis (especially literature), utopias and dystopias, reproductive justice, matriarchies, critical theory, language, New Historicism.

Editors Emeriti

Sean Guynes, editor and publisher
Amandine Faucheux, editor
Laura Collier, editor
Sabrina Mittermeier, editor