Paul Cobley, Professor of Semiotics and Communications at London Metropolitan University http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/depts/fssh/staff/paul-cobley/paul-cobley_home.cfm, is the author of a number of books, including The American Thriller (2000) and Narrative (2001). 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 two journals, Subject Matters and Social Semiotics, and is associate editor of Cybernetics and Human Knowing. He is the series editor of Routledge Introductions to Media and Communications, co-series editor (with Kalevi Kull) of Semiotics, Communication and Cognition (Mouton de Gruyter) and co-editor (with Peter J. Schulz) of the 22-volume Handbook of Communication Sciences (de Gruyter). He was elected Vice-President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies http://iassais.wordpress.com/ in 2009 and is secretary of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies http://biosemiotics.org/.