Gary K. Wolfe, Professor of Humanities

Gary K. Wolfe recently retired as Professor of Humanities at Roosevelt University. He also served in various administrative capacities at the University, including Dean of University College and Dean of Graduate Studies, since he began teaching there 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 been nominated six times 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 book review column for the Chicago Tribune. 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.  A companion set, American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s, will appear in 2019.

In June 2015, he was 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.

In early 2016, his series of 24 lectures, How Great Science Fiction Works, was distributed by The Great Courses in video and audio formats, including iTunes,, Amazon, and other markets.

Most years, Wolfe attends the World Science Fiction Convention. Last year it was held in Kansas City, and Locus, the magazine for which he has been a columnist for nearly 25 years, was presented with a special award by author George R.R. Martin. This year’s Worldcon was in Helsinki, Finland, where Wolfe and Strahan were again nominated for a Hugo for their podcast.

George R.R. Martin and Gary K. Wolfe

George R.R. Martin and Gary K. Wolfe