William Stephenson is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Chester, specializing in utopianism, science fiction, literary theory and the literature of addiction. His latest book is Gonzo Republic: Hunter S. Thompson’s America (Continuum, 2011). He is also the author of John Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman (Continuum, 2007) and John Fowles (Northcote, 2003). He has published journal articles and book chapters on several authors including J. G. Ballard, Bret Easton Ellis, John Fowles, Alex Garland, William Golding, James Joyce and Irvine Welsh. As well as contributing chapters on modern and postmodern literature to Studying English Literature , ed. Ashley Chantler and David Higgins (Continuum, 2010), he has recently published essays on David Mitchell in Critical Essays on David Mitchell , ed. Sarah Dillon(Gylphi, 2011) and on Hunter S. Thompson in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 52:2. His forthcoming work includes book chapters on Hunter S. Thompson and Iain M. Banks.