Paul Cobley, Professor in Language and Media at Middlesex University, is the author of a number of books, including The American Thriller (2000) and Narrative 2nd edn (2014). He is the editor of The Communication Theory Reader (1996), Communication Theories 4 vols. (2006), The Routledge Companion to Semiotics (2009), Realism for the 21st Century: A John Deely Reader (2009), “Semiotics Continues to Astonish”: Thomas A. Sebeok and the Doctrine of Signs (2011) among other books, co-edits Social Semiotics, and is associate editor of Cybernetics and Human Knowing. He is co-series editor (with Kalevi Kull) of Semiotics, Communication and Cognition (de Gruyter Mouton) and co-editor (with Peter J. Schulz) of the multi-volume Handbooks of Communication Sciences (de Gruyter). He was elected Vice-President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies in 2009 and is secretary of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies.