Program tags Archives: Gary K. Wolfe

Gary K. Wolfe (b. 1946) is one of the foremost scholars working on science fiction today, as well as a prolific reviewer, editor, biographer and conversationalist on issues SF. Currently he is Professor of Humanities at Roosevelt University’s Evelyn T. Stone College.

Wolfe earned his B.A. in English in 1968 from the University of Kansas and his PhD from University of Chicago in 1971. His first book The Known and the Unknown: The Iconography of Science Fiction explored the SF genre as a form of presenting human knowledge at various degrees of certainty. Wolfe’s Critical Terms for Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Glossary and Guide to Scholarship (1986) was one of the earliest collections of the terminology of SF scholarship, and he has maintained his interest and contributions to terminological discussions ever since. A single-author study on Harlan Ellison, The Edge of Forever, came out in 2002, written in collaboration with Ellen R. Weil.

Since 1992, Wolfe has written a monthly review column for Locus Magazine, and the texts are collected in Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996, Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001 and Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006. Since the summer of 2013, he has also had a regular science fiction review column for the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row. Wolfe’s most recent book is Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, which received the 2012 Locus Award for nonfiction.

Wolfe 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, and the World Fantasy Award for his critical writing.

As an editor, Wolfe has worked particularly on the American Science Fiction anthology series for The Library of America, covering classic writers from the 1950s. Science fiction fans are also familiar with Wolfe’s voice from the indispensable weekly Coode Street Podcast, which he has co-hosted with Australian editor Jonathan Strahan since 2010.

SF & Fantasy Research Terminology – Guides, Glossaries, and Term banks

As with any academic field, SF & Fantasy research is full of terms and terminology with multiple definitions at best. Academic term glossaries and terminology guides are invaluable aides, but what kinds of guides do we have, and how can we keep them updated? How can we ensure that our terminology is easily accessed and usable by all academics in our field? The panel will discuss the terminological status of SF & Fantasy research.

After the panel, there will be a workshop on adding SF & Fantasy terminology to the Bank of Finnish Terminology in Arts and Sciences (Tieteen kansallinen termipankki / Vetenskapstermbanken). We aim to discuss the synchronized collecting of terms in Finnish, Swedish, and English to provide maximum usability for use in the research community.

Gary K. Wolfe, Mika Loponen