List of Publications

Publications of Gary K. Wolfe


The Known and the Unknown:  The Iconography of Science Fiction, Kent State University Press, 1979

Elements of Research (with Carol T. Williams), Alfred, 1979

Exercises in Research (with Carol T. Williams), Alfred, 1979

A Reader’s Guide to David Lindsay, Starmont House, 1982

Science Fiction Dialogues (editor), Academy Chicago, 1982

Critical Terms for Science Fiction and Fantasy, Greenwood Press, 1986

Illinois’ Science Fiction and Fantasy Heritage: A Chronology and Bibliography (pamphlet), Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 1992

Harlan Ellison:  On the Edge of Forever (with Ellen R. Weil), Ohio State University Press, 2002

Soundings:  Reviews 1992-1996, Beccon Press (London) 2005

Bearings:  Reviews 1997-2001, Beccon Press (London), 2010

Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006, Beccon Press (London),  2011

[editor] Up the Bright River, Philip Jose Farmer, Subterranean Press, 2010

[co-editor, with Jonathan Strahan] The Best of Joe Haldeman, Subterranean Press, 2012

Evaporating Genres:  Essays on Fantastic Literature, Wesleyan University Press, 2011

[editor] American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953-1965, Library of America, 2012

[editor] American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels, 1956-1958, Library of America, 2012



1. “Vonnegut and the Metaphor of Science Fiction,” Journal of Popular Culture, Spring 1972

2. “The Science Fiction Film,” Arizona English Bulletin, Oct. 1972

3. “The Limits of Science Fiction,” Extrapolation, Dec. 1972

4. “The Pantomime of Time” (with C. Williams), Hyde Parker, Sept. 1973

5. “All Education is Adult Education” (with C. Williams), AAUP       Bulletin, Sept. 1974

6. “David Lindsay and George MacDonald,” Studies in Scottish Literature, Oct. 1974

7. “Tarzan in Milwaukee,” Hyde Parker, Dec. 1974

8. “Symbolic Fantasy,” Genre, Sept. 1975

9. “Metaphors of Madness: Popular Psychological Narratives,” Journal of Popular Culture, Spring 1976

10. “Dr. Strangelove, Red Alert, and Patterns of Paranoia in the 1950s,” Journal of Popular Film, 1976

11. “Mythic Structures in Cordwainer Smith’s `The Game of Rat and Dragon’,” Science-Fiction Studies, July 1977

12. “The Role of Writing in Nontraditional Education” (with C. Williams), Alternative Higher Education, 1978

13. “This Island Earth,” Science Fantasy Film Classics, July 1978

14. “The Creature from the Black Lagoon,” Incredible Science Fiction, August 1978

15. “Journey to the Far Side of the Sun,” Science Fantasy Film Classics, October 1978

16. “Monsters with a Purpose: The Short Fiction of Algis Budrys,” sold to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

17. “Nuclear Rhetoric in del Rey’s Nerves,” Foundation, Nov. 1984

18. “Gregory Benford’s Introductory Survey of American Literature,” Fantasy Review, April 1985

19. “Starting a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management,” Bottom Line: Journal of the International Association of Hospitality Accountants, March-April 1985

20. “Wordstar and the Prowriter” (with J. Jaeckel and R. Schlobin), User’s Guide to Personal Computers, April 1985

21. “Eudiche: Theodore Sturgeon,” Fantasy Review, May 1985

22. “New Questions for Old,” Fantasy Review, Sept. 1985

23. “Coming to Terms,” Fantasy Review, Sept. 1986

24. “The Photosynthesis of Gregory Benford,” Fantasy Review, Nov.   1986

25. “Pilgrim Award Acceptance,” Science Fiction Research Association Newsletter, Sept. 1987

26. “The Artifact as Icon in Science Fiction,” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 1, 1. 1988

27. “SF and the Academic Gulag,” SFRA Newsletter, April 1988

28. “Rogue Knight: Harlan Ellison in the Men’s Magazines,” Foundation, Winter 1989

29. “Science Fiction as Criticism as Fiction,” Extrapolation, Winter 1989

30. “Riders of the Purple Wage” (with E. Weil), Locus, Feb. 1990

31. “Conference on the Fantastic” (with E. Weil), Locus, May 1990

32. “The Dawn Patrol: Sex and Technology in Farmer and Ballard,” New York Review of Science Fiction, Sept. 1990; reprinted in Nicholas Ruddick, ed., State of the Fantastic:  Studies in the Theory and Practice of Fantastic Literature and Film (Greenwood, 1992)

33. “Roosevelt University Goes to Prison” (with M. Elliott), Insight into Corrections, July 1990

34. “Harlan Ellison: An Introduction” (with E. Weil), New York Review of Science Fiction, Dec. 1990

35. “The Bear and the Aleph: Gregory Benford’s Against Infinity, New York Review of Science Fiction, Feb. 1991

36-49. “International Conference on the Fantastic,” Locus, May 1991 (and annually through 2008)

50. “Farmers Celebrate 50th,” Locus, May 1991

51. “Making Academic Tracks,” Locus, Oct. 1991

52-63. “The Year in Review,” Locus, February 1993 (and annually through 2006)

64. “Paraliterature,” Para·doxa, Spring 1995

65.  “The Truman Show,” Locus, June 1998

66.  “The Cosmic Odysseys of Arthur C. Clarke,” New York Times Online, summer 1998

67.  “World Science Fiction Convention Report,” Locus, November 1998

68.  “Stasis and Chaos:  Some Dynamics of Popular Genres,” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts,           January 1999

69.  “Black Tuesday,” Locus, October 2001

70.  “Why Must This Book Be Read?:  ‘Night’ is the most compelling of books detailing the Holocaust,” Chicago Tribune, February 17, 2002

71.  “Malebolge, or the Ordnance of Genre,” Conjunctions 39:  The New Wave Fabulists, fall 2002.

72.  “Horror Out of Hand,” Locus, April 2003.

73.  “Duet, with no Fat Lady” (with Rusell Letson), Locus, August 2003.

74.  “The Simple Art of Reviewing,” Emerald City (online journal, UK), December 2003

75.  “Teddy Barton and the Fate of the Unnarrated,” Emerald City, February 2006

76.  “Framing the Unframeable,” Vector (England), #249 (2006)

77.  “Roundtable on SF Criticism,” Science Fiction Studies, 33,3 (#100), November 2006

78.  “Surfing the Multiverse”, Nature, 448/5, June 2007

79.  “Peter Straub and Transcendental Horror” (with Amelia Beamer), Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 18, 2, Summer 2008

80.  “21st Century Stories” (with Amelia Beamer), Foundation:  the International Review of Science Fiction, 103, Winter 2009

81.  “The Family Album,” Science Fiction Studies, 2009

82.  “Fifty Years of Homework,” Extrapolation, 2009

83.  “”The Settee and the Stars:  Stephen Baxter,” Vector, 2011

84.  “Alternate Cosmologies in American Science Fiction,” Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 18.1-2, 2012

85.  “On Not Getting to the Moon and Other Adventures in Science Fiction,” Roosevelt Review, 2012



1. “The Known and the Unknown: Structure and Image in Science Fiction,” Many Futures, Many Worlds, ed. Thomas D. Clareson, Kent State University Press, 1977

2. “The Rocket and the Hearth,” Selected Proceedings of the Science Fiction Research Association 1978 Annual Conference, ed. Thomas D. Remington, University of Northern Iowa, 1979

3. “The Frontier Myth in Ray Bradbury,” Ray Bradbury, ed. Joseph D. Olander and Martin H. Greenberg, Taplinger, 1980

4. “Instrumentalities of the Body,” The Mechanical God, ed. Richard D. Erlich and Thomas P. Dunn, Greenwood, 1982

5. “The Encounter with Fantasy,” The Aesthetics of Fantasy Literature and Art, ed. Roger Schlobin, University of Notre Dame Press, 1982

6. “`Waldo’ and `Desertion’: Autoplastic and Alloplastic Adaptations in Science Fiction,” Coordinates, ed. G. Slusser, E. Rabkin, and R. Scholes, Southern Illinois University Press, 1983

7. “The Remaking of Zero,” The End of the World, ed. E. Rabkin, M. Greenberg, and J. Olander, Southern Illinois University Press, 1983

8. “The Majesty of Kindness: The Dialectic of Cordwainer Smith” (with C. Williams), Voices for the Future, vol. 3, ed. Thomas D. Clareson and Thomas Wymer, The Popular Press, 1984

9. “Roosevelt University, Illinois,” Adult Learners: Impetus for Change, ed. W. Warren, American Council on Education, 1986

10. “Frontiers in Space,” The Frontier Experience and the American Dream, ed. D. Mogen and P. Bryant, Southern Methodist University Press, 1989

11. “The Dawn Patrol: Sex and Technology in Farmer and Ballard,” State of the Fantastic, ed. N. Ruddick, Greenwood Press, 1992

12. “Not Quite Coming to Terms,” On Philip K. Dick: 40 Articles from Science Fiction Studie s,ed. R.D. Mullen, I. Csicsery-Ronay, A.B. Evans, V. Hollinger, SF-TH, Inc., 1992

13.  “Three Riverboats and a Wedding,” ICFA Retrospective, ed. Judith Collins and John Hodgson, International  Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, 1998

14.  “Unhidden Agendas, Unfinished Dialogues:  1999 in Science Fiction,” Nebula Awards Showcase 2001, ed. Robert Silverberg, Harcourt, 2001

15. “Evaporating Genre:  Strategies of Dissolution in the Postmodern Fantastic,” Edging into the Future, ed. Joan Gordon and Veronica Hollinger, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002

16.  “Science Fiction and Its Editors,” The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, ed. Farah Mendlesohn and Edward James, Cambridge University Press, 2003.

17.  “Surgeries of the Fall,” Polder:  A Festschrift in Honor of John and Judith Clute, ed. Farah Mendlesohn, Old Earth Press, March 2006.  Reprinted as “Zergliederung des Sturzes” in Kunst Welten:  Phantastische Kunst und Literatur, FKSFL e.v. (Leipzig) 2006.

18.  “Alyx Among the Genres,” in On Joanna Russ, ed. Farah Mendlesohn, Wesleyan University Press, 2009.

19.  “Theorising Science Fiction,” in Teaching Science Fiction, ed. Peter Wright and Andy Sawyer, Palgrave, 2011.

20.  “Fantasy from Dryden to Dunsany,” in The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy, ed. Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

21.  “Babylon Revisited: Alternate Cosmologies from Farmer to Chiang,” in Parabolas, ed. Brian Attebery and Veronica Hollinger,  2012.

22.  “Movements in Science Fiction,” in The Oxford Handbook to Science Fiction, ed. Rob Latham, forthcoming 2014



1.  “Introduction” to The Sword of the Lictor, by Gene Wolfe, Easton Press, 1981

2.  “The Return of Professor Challenger,” introduction to The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle, Easton Press, 1989

3.  “The Bear and the Aleph,” afterword to Against Infinity by Gregory Benford, Bantam Books, 1991

4.  “Introduction” to Up the Bright River, Philip Jose Farmer, Subterranean Press, 2010

5.  “Scoping the Exits:  The Short Fiction of Kit Reed,” introduction to The Story So Far: The Selected Stories of Kit Reed.  Wesleyan University Press, 2013.



1-11.  Survey of Science Fiction Literature, ed. Frank Magill, Salem Press, 1979:  short fiction of Arthur C. Clarke and Cordwainer Smith; E Pluribus Unicorn (Theodore Sturgeon); Re-Birth and The Midwich Cuckoos (John Wyndham); The Word for World is Forest (Ursula Le Guin); Ralph 124C 41+ (Hugo Gernsback); The Seedling Stars (James Blish); Shadows in the Sun (Chad Oliver); The Santaroga Barrier (Frank Herbert); The Long  Tomorrow (Leigh Brackett)

12-15. Dictionary of Literary Biography:  Twentieth Century American Science Fiction, ed. David Cowart and Thomas Wymer, Gale Research, 1981: entries on Ray Bradbury, Murray Leinster, Cordwainer Smith, science fiction art

16-30. Twentieth Century Science Fiction Writers, ed. Curtis Smith, St. Martin’s Press, 1981:  entries on Ray Bradbury, Edmund Cooper, John Keir Cross, Jack Finney, William Hope Hodgson, Nigel Kneale, Roy Lewis, David Lindsay, John Lymington, Chad Oliver, Herbert Read, Rod Serling, M.P. Shiel, Cordwainer Smith, Jerry Sohl

31-36. Twentieth Century Science Fiction Writers, revised edition, St. Martin’s Press, 1991: new or rewritten essays  on Ray Bradbury, Daniel Pinkwater, Richard Matheson, William Hope Hodgson, Sharon Baker, M.P.  Shiel

37-49. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature, ed. Frank Magill, Salem Press, 1983: essays on “Fairy Tales, Marchen, and Modern Fantasy” and “Contemporary Theories of Fantasy” plus entries on A Voyage to Arcturus and Devil’s Tor (David Lindsay); Medusa (E.H. Visiak); Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury); The Circus of Dr. Lao (Charles G. Finney); The House on the Borderland (William Hope Hodgson); The Other Passenger (John Keir Cross); The Skin of Our Teeth (Thornton Wilder); short fiction (E.T.A. Hoffmann, Jorge Luis Borges, Rod Serling)

50-51. Supernatural Fantasy and Horror Writers, ed. E. F. Bleiler, Scribners, 1985: essays on David Lindsay and George MacDonald

52. The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, ed. James Gunn, Viking, 1988: essay on  “Aphorisms”

53. Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography, Gale Research, 1990:  essay on Ray Bradbury; revised and updated 1997

54. Fantasy Literature: A Reader’s Guide, ed. Neil Barron, Garland, 1990: Chapter 7: “History and Criticism”

55. Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror: 1991, ed. Charles N. Brown and William G. Contento, Locus Press, 1992: essay, “Recommended Reading: 1991”

56.  Anatomy of Wonder, 4th ed., ed. Neil Barron, Bowker, 1995: Chapter 8:  “History and Criticism”, revised and expanded for 5th edition, 2004

57-58. The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, ed. John Clute and John Grant, St. Martin’s, 1997:  entries on “Story” and  “Surrealism”

59.  Fantasy and Horror:  A Critical and Historical Guide, ed. Neil Barron, Garland, 1999: Chapter 11: “History and Criticism” (annotated bibliography plus essay)

60-61.  Magill’s Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, ed. A.J. Sobczak, Salem Press, 1996: “Against Infinity,” “The Broken Land

62-64.1. Supernatural Fiction Writers, ed. Richard Bleiler, Gale, 2003:  “Harlan Ellison,” “Neil Gaiman,” “Jane Yolen”

65.  Student’s Companion to American Literary Characters, Facts on File, 2006:  “Everett C. Marm (Harlan Ellison, “ ‘Repent, Harlequin!  Said the Ticktockman’” (1965)

66. “Alternate History,” The Science Fiction Encyclopedia (online), 2012



1-3.  Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction (England)

Bernard Sellin, The Life and Work of David Lindsay, Feb. 1982

Mark Rose, Alien Encounters, June 1982

W. Warren Wagar, Terminal Visions, Feb. 1983

4-23.   Science-Fiction Studies

“Science Fiction Bibliographies,” July 1981

“The Merits of Samuel R. Delany,” March 1982

“Unreal Rhetoric,” Nov. 1982

“A Valuable Record,” March 1984

“Silverberg,” July 1984

“Bibliographies of Ballard and Zelazny,” March 1985

“A Narrow View of Fantasy,” Nov. 1985

“A Guide to Farmer,” Nov. 1985

“Flotsam from the Moon Pool,” July 1986

“A Range of Reference Works,” July 1987

“Not Quite Coming to Terms,” July 1988

“A Convention of Cats,” Nov. 1989

“Rediscovering Science Fiction Art,” July 1990

“Writers as Critics,” Nov. 1990

“The View from Leipzig,” Nov. 1990

“Promoting Harry Harrison,” March 1991

“Asimov as Mega-Novelist,” March 1992

“Reinventing Stephen King,” March 1993

“Delayed Flash,” July 2006

“Let’s Get Small!” Fall 2006

24-36. Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review

Colin Wilson, The Haunted Man, Nov. 1979

Bernard Sellin, The Life and Works of David Lindsay, Jan. 1982

Mark Rose, Alien Encounters, March 1982

Margaret P. Hannay, C.S. Lewis, July-Aug. 1982

James Blaylock, The Elfin Ship, Sept. 1982

Denis Brian,  The Enchanted Voyager, Sept. 1982

James Gunn, Isaac Asimov, Dec. 1982

Kenneth van Gunden and Stuart H. Stock, Twenty All-Time Great Science Fiction Films, April 1983

Betty Rosenberg, Genreflecting, May 1983

James P. Blaylock, The Disappearing Dwarf, June 1983

John Hollow, Against the Night, the Stars, Sept. 1983

Gene Wright, The Science Fiction Image, Oct. 1983

Richard D. Erlich and Thomas P. Dunn, eds.  Clockwork Worlds, Dec. 1983

37-51. Fantasy Review

John Ford, A Dragon Waiting, March 1984

     The Art of Return of the Jedi, April 1984

Robert H. Boyer and Kenneth J. Zahorski, eds.  Fantasists on Fantasy, June 1984

Harry Harrison, West of Eden, Sept. 1984

Nigel Calder, 1984 and Beyond, Sept. 1984

Franz Rottensteiner, ed., The Slaying of the Dragon, Oct. 1984

Stanley Schmidt, ed., Analog: Writer’s Choice, Oct. 1984

Ed Naha, The Making of Dune, Feb. 1985

Terry Windling, ed., Faery!, March 1985

Norman Spinrad, Child of Fortune, July 1985

Gregory Benford, Artifact, Sept. 1985

Gregory Benford and David Brin, Heart of the Comet, Feb. 1986

Harold Bloom, ed. Ursula K. Le Guin, July/Aug. 1986

Frank Sadler, The Unified Ring, Oct. 1986

Brian Aldiss and David Wingrove, Trillion-Year Spree, Nov. 1986

53-54.  Modern Fiction Studies

Donald M. Hassler, Comic Tones in Science Fiction; Brian Griffin and David Wingrove, Apertures; William F. Touponce, Ray Bradbury and the Poetics of Reverie; Jack Williamson, Wonder’s Child, Summer 1985;

“Strange Invaders: An Essay-Review,” Spring 1986: C.N. Manlove, Science Fiction; Tom Moylan, Demand the Impossible; Paul Williams, Only Apparently Real; Luk de Vos, ed., Just the Other Day; Jane B. Weedman, ed., Women Worldwalkers; Marshall Tymn and Mike Ashley, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazines, Sum. 1987

55-59.  Science Fiction Research Association Newsletter

Neil Barron, ed., Anatomy of Wonder, Spring 1988

Tom Moylan, Demand the Impossible, Spring 1988

Martin H. Greenberg, ed., Foundation’s Friends, Oct. 1990

Harlan Ellison, Harlan Ellison Hornbook and Sleepless Nights in the Procrustean Bed, March 1991

Leonard Mustazza, Forever Pursuing Genesis, June 1991

60-62.   SFRA Review

Judith Kerman, ed., Retrofitting Blade Runner, Jan./Feb. 1992

Robert Merrill, ed. Critical Essays on Kurt Vonnegut, Jan./Feb. 1992

Eric Cheyfitz, The Poetics of Imperialism, May 1992

63. International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Newsletter

Thomas Roberts, The Aesthetics of Junk Fiction, Fall 1991

64. Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review Annual 1988

Neil Barron, ed., Anatomy of Wonder

65.  Washington Post Book World

Gardner Dozois, ed. Year’s Best Science Fiction, July 1995

66-80.  Galaxies Science-Fiction (France)

“Report from America,” 2001-2006  (continuing column in quarterly magazine)

81. Los Angeles Review of Books

            “Bradbury’s Shadows,” August 2012

82-83: Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Literary Supplement

“Round-Up: Science Fiction,” September and November 2013, February 2014

84-1400+.  Locus: The Newspaper of the Science Fiction Field

Monthly book review column, December 1991-present, plus occasional features and opinion pieces and annual “Year in Review” column



Online course materials:

BGS 392, Seminar in the Humanities, 2001-present

BGS 399, Senior Thesis, 2002-present


Modules (independent study coursebooks) written for and published by Roosevelt University External Studies Program:


“Encounters with New Worlds,” 1973 (revised 1995)

“The Storyteller’s Art,” 1975

“The Comic Spirit,” 1975 (revised 1995)

“Introduction to Advanced Studies,” 1978

“Introduction to the Humanities” (1974; completely rewritten 1991);

“Terms and Criticism” (with C. Williams, 1974);

“The Critic’s Tools” (with C. Williams, 1974);

“Logic and Rhetoric” (with C. Williams, 1974);

“Aesthetics” (with C. Williams, 1975);

“Television:  the Issues and the Art” (with C.  Williams, 1975);

“Research Skills” (with C. Williams, 1975);

“Art and Communication,” 1993;

“Science Fiction,” 1994