Christopher Benjamin Menadue

Adjunct Research Fellow of The Cairns Institute, James Cook University

Currently a PhD student and lecturer at James Cook University. My thesis subject is how science fiction provides a lens through which to focus on cultural interests and concerns, including how science fiction enables research to engage with the public. My focus is on popular science fiction content - primarily found in magazines - from the 1920s onwards. I apply quantitative methods to the extraction and analysis of text using computer based tools, for further qualitative and quantitative interpretation. I have a broader interest in English literature, and education - especially access and inclusion. I also write science fiction, which is published on Amazon for Kindle.


  • 2015–present
    PhD Candidate, James Cook University
  • 2014–present
    Lecturer, James Cook University
  • 2012–2015
    Research Business Manager, James Cook University


  • 2008 
    Plymouth University, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
  • 2002 
    Open University UK, Masters in Business Administration
  • 1992 
    Cambridge University UK, Masters
  • 1990 
    Cambridge University UK, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


  • 2019
    Hubbard Bubble, dianetics trouble: An evaluation of the representations of dianetics and scientology in science fiction magazines from 1949 to 1999, SAGE Open
  • 2018
    Who reads science fiction and fantasy, and how do they feel about science? Preliminary findings from an online survey, SAGE Open
  • 2018
    Cities in Flight: A descriptive examination of the tropical city imagined in twentieth century science fiction cover art, eTropic
  • 2017
    Human Culture and Science Fiction: A review of the literature 1980-2016, SAGE Open
  • 2017
    Trysts Tropiques: the torrid jungles of science fiction, eTropic

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    APA Scholarship
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Commonwealth of Australia

Professional Memberships

  • The Modern Language Association

Research Areas

  • Stylistics And Textual Analysis (200526)
  • Language, Communication And Culture Not Elsewhere Classified (209999)
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology (160808)
  • British And Irish Literature (200503)
  • North American Literature (200506)