Gary K. Wolfe, Professor of Humanities

Gary K. Wolfe is Professor of Humanities in Roosevelt University’s Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies.  He has also served in various administrative capacities at the University since he began teaching here in 1971. His scholarly and critical work has focused on science fiction and other forms of fantastic literature, and for his work he has received the Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association, the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, the Eaton Award from the Eaton Conference on Science Fiction, the British Science Fiction Association Award for nonfiction (for his reviews collection Soundings and the World Fantasy Award for his critical writing. He has twice been nominated for the Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention. Since 1992, he has written a monthly review column for Locus Magazine, and since summer of 2013 a regular science fiction review column for the Chicago Tribune‘s Printers Row. His most recent books are Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, which received the 2012 Locus Award for nonfiction, and Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006. Since 2010, he has co-hosted a weekly podcast on science fiction with Australian editor Jonathan Strahan. The Coode Street Podcast was also nominated for four different awards in 2011 and Hugo Awards in 2012 and 2013.

In September 2012 the Library of America published American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950swhich Wolfe edited. He also curated a companion website for the two-volume boxed set. In June 2015, he is Scholar Guest of Honor at Archipelacon, the Nordic Science Fiction Convention in Marihamn, Aland, Finland (, and Guest of Honor at Readercon ( in Burlington, Massachusetts, in July.