Grebowicz, M  & Merrick, H 2013. Beyond the Cyborg: Adventures with Haraway. New York: Columbia University Press.

Merrick, H. 2009. The Secret Feminist Cabal: A cultural history of sf feminisms. Seattle: Aqueduct Press.
Shortlist: Hugo award for ‘Best Related Work’
Honour list: James Tiptree Jr Award
Winner: William Atheling Jr Award for SF criticism

Merrick, H. & Tess Williams (eds) 1999. Women of Other Worlds: Excursions through science fiction and feminism, Perth: UWA Press.
Joint Winner: William Atheling Jr Award for SF criticism

Book Chapters

Genoni, P; Merrick, H & WIllson, M. 2009. ‘e-Research and scholarly community in the humanities’ in Nicholas W. Jankowski (ed) E-Research: Transformations in Scholarly Practice, New York: Routledge.

Merrick, H. 2009. ‘Fiction: 1964-1979’ in Mark Bould, Andrew M Butler, Adam Roberts and Sherryl Vint (eds) The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, London: Routeldge., pp.195-214.

Merrick, H. 2009. ‘The female “Atlas” of Science Fiction?: Russ, feminism and the SF Community’ in Farah Mendlesohn (ed), On Joanna Russ, Middletown, Conn. Wesleyan University Press.

Merrick, H. 2008.  ‘Queering nature: close encounters with the alien in Ecofeminist science fiction’ in Wendy Gay Pearson, Veronica Hollinger and Joan Gordon, (eds), Queer Universe: Sexualities in Science Fiction, Liverpool: Liverpool U.P., pp.216-232.

Merrick, H. 2007 ‘Modest Witnesses? Feminist stories of science in fiction and theory’, in Margret Grebowicz (ed) SciFi I nthe Mind’s Eye: Reading science through science fiction, Peru, Il: Open Court, pp.213-29.

Merrick, H.  2003. ‘Gender in science fiction’ in Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn (eds) The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, Cambridge University Press, pp.241-52.

Merrick, H & Willson, M, 2001. ‘All Wired-Up: Reflections on Teaching and Learning Online’, Politics of a Digital Present: An Inventory of Australian Net Culture, Criticism and Theory, edited by Hugh Brown et al, Fibreculture, Melbourne, pp. 243-252.

Merrick, H.  2000. ‘Fantastic Dialogues: Critical stories about Feminism and Science Fiction’, in Andy Sawyer, et. al. (eds), Speaking Science Fiction, Liverpool, Liverpool U.P. pp.52-68.

Merrick, H. 1999.‘From Female Man to Feminist Fan: Uncovering herstory in the annals of sf fandom’ in Helen Merrick & Tess Williams (eds), Women of Other Worlds: Excursions through science fiction and feminism, Perth, UWA Press, 1999, pp.115-39.

Merrick, H.  1997. ‘The Readers Feminism Doesn’t See: Feminist Fans, Critics and Science Fiction’, in Deborah Cartmell, I.Q. Hunter, Heidi Kaye and Imelda Whelehan (eds), Trash Aesthetics: Popular Culture and its Audience, London, Pluto Press, 1997.

Journal Issues

Armstrong, J., Byrski, L., & Merrick, H. (Eds) 2014.’Reading and Writing Romance in the 21st Century’. Special issue of Australasian Journal of Popular Culture. Forthcoming.

Jorgensen, D. & Merrick, H. (Eds) 2010. ‘Science Fiction Histories’. Special Issue of Extrapolation. 51.1 (Spring).

Journal Artices (refereed)

Merrick, H. 2012. ‘Promoting sustainability and simple living online and offline: an Australian case study’. First Monday. 17: 12.

Merrick, H. 2012. ‘Challenging Implict Gender Bias in Science: Positive representations of female scientists in fiction’. Journal of Community Positive Practices. XII: 4:744-768.

 Jorgensen, D. & Merrick, H. 2010. “Introduction: Making Science Fiction Histories”, Extrapolation. 51.1 (Spring): 5-12.

Merrick, H. 2010. ‘Science stories, Life stories: engaging the sciences through feminist science fiction’. Women’s Studies International Forum. 33.1: 141-148.

Genoni, P., Merrick, H. and Willson, M. 2006. ‘Scholarly communication, e-research literacy and the academic librarian’, The Electronic Library,

Merrick, H. 2005. ‘Alien(ating) Naturecultures: Feminist SF as Creative Science Studies’, Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 5.4 (Fall):  Fem-scape issue

Genoni, P., Merrick, H. and Willson, M., 2005 ‘The use of the Internet to activate latent ties in scholarly communities’, First Monday, 10:12,

Merrick, H. 2004. ‘We was cross-dressing ‘afore you were born!’ Or, how sf fans invented virtual community’, Refractory: a journal of entertainment media, vol.6.

Larbalestier, J & Merrick, H. 2003. ‘The Revolting Housewife: domesticity & science fiction in the 1950s’, in Josh Lukin & Samuel R. Delany (eds), ‘Fifties Fictions’, Paradoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres #18, pp.136-56.

Merrick, H. 1998. ‘Slumming with the Space Cadets: An argument for feminist science fiction’, Outskirts, vol. 3, Nov. 1998. <>

In press/ in development

Merrick, H. ‘Virtual Simplicity? green citizenship and the simple living movement in Australia’.

Merrick, H. ‘The garden as contested zone: the role of gardening in the sustainable living movement’.

Other Articles

Merrick, H. & Lisa Tuttle, (c2011) “Feminism”, in John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls and Graham Sleight (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third ed. Online resource.

Lisa Tuttle & Merrick, H. (c2011) “Women SF Writers”, in John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls and Graham Sleight (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third ed. Online resource. women_sf_writers

Merrick, H. 2011. “Women in Science and Science Fiction: A Mutual Relationship?” Cascadia Subduction Zone: A Literary Quarterly, vol.1, no.4.

Merrick, H. 2009. ‘What’s a Bright Feminist Like You Doing in a Genre Like This? Reading Women’s Science Fiction’, Feminist Collections, v.30, no.1 (winter): 1-6.

Refereed conference proceedings

Genoni, P., Merrick, H., and Willson, M. 2005. ‘Community, communication, collaboration: scholarly practice in transformation’, The Next Wave of Collaboration: Educause Australasia 2005, Auckland, April 5-8.

Genoni, P., Merrick, H., and Willson, M. 2004. ‘Virtual symposia: an investigation into scholarly communities online’, Breaking Boundaries: Integration and Interoperability: 12th Biennial Conference and Exhibition of the Victorian Association for Library Automation, Melbourne, February 3-5.

Benford, G. Haldeman, J. & Merrick, H et al. 2000. ‘Symposium: Posthuman Science Fiction’ ed. Russell Blackford, Foundation: The review of Science Fiction (U.K.), no.78, 2000, pp.83-103

Kinnear, A. &  Merrick, H. 1999. ‘Global Sustainability and the Corporate University: Academic Women as Informed Outsiders’ in Winds of Change Conference Proceedings, Sydney, UTS.

Conference presentations

Merrick, H. 2013.’He may not be human, but at least he’s not sexist”:  gender politics in contemporary paranormal romance’ Reading and Writing Romance in the 21st Century (The Inaugural Elizabeth Jolley Conference), Fremantle, August 16.

Merrick, H. 2012. ‘The garden as contested zone: Nature and gardening in sustainable living movements’ Imaging Nature II, Tarraleah, Tasmania, June 20-22

Merrick, H. 2011. ‘Imagining better presents from worse tomorrows: using SF in sustainability studies’ Future Imperfect: 50th Australian National SF convention, Academic Program, Perth, April 21-25.

Merrick, H. 2010. ‘Networked Self-sufficiency: harnessing online communities for civic sustainability action’, Making Links Conference, Perth, November, 15-17.

Merrick, H. 2010. ‘What if? The science-fictional imagination and sustainable scenarios’ 68th World Science Fiction Convention Academic Program, Melbourne, Sept 2-6.

Merrick, H. 2009. ‘The women in science question: lessons from science fiction’. Conjecture: 48th Australian Science Fiction Convention. Adelaide, June 5-8.

Merrick, H. 2008. ‘Re-visioning the female scientist: speculations on women, science and science fiction’. Vision, Memory, Spectacle, Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA) International Conference, The University of Western Australia, Perth, 9-11 July 2008

Merrick, H. 2008. ‘More than a metaphor: the science in women’s SF’. SF Histories (Academic Symposium of the 33rd Australian Science Fiction Convention) , Perth, March 22-23, 2008

Merrick, H. 2006. ‘Letting students take control: designing collaborative learning exercises for virtual community’. Enhancing student learning: Evaluations & Assessment Conference, 30 Nov – 1 Dec, Perth, W.A.

Genoni, P., Merrick, H., and Willson, M. 2006. ‘e-research and scholarly community in the humanities’, AOIR 7.0: Internet Convergences International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, Brisbane, September 28-30.

Merrick, H. 2006.  ‘Doing Science Differently?: What feminist science studies can learn from Life’, Close Encounters, The 4th European Biannual Conference of the Society for Science, Literature, and the Arts, Amsterdam, 13-16 June.

Merrick, H. 2004.  ‘Othering Human: reinscribing difference in ecofeminist science fiction’ presented at ‘Biodifference’, BEAP 04: Same Difference, UWA, September

Merrick, H. 2003 ‘Will the Real Barbarian Please Stand up? Gender and Online gaming’, presented at AOIR International conference, Toronto, October.

Merrick, H. & Woods, S. 2003. ‘Ergonomics for the Mind: Do cyborgs dream of a transparent interface?’, Consciousness Reframed: The Fourth International CaiiA-STAR Conference, Perth.

Merrick, H.  2001. ‘Cross-dressing for the twenty-first century: Gender and identity in science fiction fan communities pre- and post-I.T.’, presented to ‘Traditions and Transitions’, 13th Congress of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research, University of Melbourne, July.

Merrick, H. 2001.’ Virtually Unique? – A socio-historical science fictional take on virtual community’ ANZCA Annual Conference: Transdisciplinarity, Perth.

Merrick, H. 1996.‘Slumming with the Space Cadets: An argument for feminist science fiction’, Australian Women’s Studies Association National conference, Perth, November.

Merrick, H. 1996 ‘Fantastic Dialogues: Intersections in feminist theory, criticism and SF’, Speaking Science Fiction Conference, Liverpool University, July.

Merrick, H. 1996 ‘Engendering the Future: fantastic dialogues between feminism and SF’, Women’s Studies Network, U.K. National Conference, Pontypridd, Wales, May.

Merrick, H. 1996 ‘Feminists, Critics, Fans and SF or, How (not) to write a history of female fandom’, WisCon 20, Feminist Science Fiction Convention, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S., May.