Professor Gary K. Wolfe, Ph.D.

Professor Gary K. Wolfe
  • Roosevelt University's Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies
  • University of Chicago
SF has become so diversified in the last several decades that I don’t think any one theoretical approach can account for what it does in all its varieties.

Dr. Gary K. Wolfe is a Professor of Humanities in Roosevelt University’s Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies. He earned his B.A. from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Wolfe has earned many awards, including 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 Science Fiction Conference, the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Non-Fiction, the Locus Award for Non-Fiction, and the World Fantasy Award for criticism and reviews. He has been nominated for the prestigious Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention, twice for his nonfiction and three times for the podcast he co-hosts with Jonathan Strahan.

A reviewer for Locus magazine since 1991 and the Chicago Tribune since 2013, and author or editor of a dozen books, Dr. Wolfe also edited the 2012 Library of America ‘s American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s and edits a series of monographs on science fiction authors for the University of Illinois Press.

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  1. How Great Science Fiction Works Sale

    How Great Science Fiction Works

    Gary K. Wolfe
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    Science fiction can take us places in time and space where no other art can. It has motivated cutting-edge scientific research, inspired new technologies, and changed how we view everyday life—and its themes and questions permeate popular culture. Take an unparalleled look at the influence, history, and greatest works of science fiction with illuminating insights and fascinating facts about this wide-ranging genre.
  2. (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & Writing Creative Nonfiction Set

    (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & Writing Creative Nonfiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    From science fiction to non-fiction, this two-course set provides an insightful look at the inner workings of great literature. Start with a remarkable overview of How Great Science Fiction Works, which provides an in-depth exploration of this surprisingly influential genre. Then, get the knowledge, tools, and inspiration you need to tell your own stories in Writing Creative Nonfiction.
  3. (Set) Sci-Phi & How Great Science Fiction Works Set

    (Set) Sci-Phi & How Great Science Fiction Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Science fiction fans, literature and philosophy students, and just those interested in how fiction reflects reality will love this two-course set. Join an award-winning philosopher on an intellectual journey through time and space as you experience dozens of intriguing science fiction stories in film and TV with Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy. Then, How Great Science Fiction Works reveals the qualities that...
  4. (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & Redefining Reality Set

    (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & Redefining Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $654.90 $369.90$654.90
    Explore the shifting boundaries between reality and fiction with this illuminating two-course set. Start by expanding your imagination into worlds beyond anything you know with How Great Science Fiction Works. Then, delve into the world of Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science to discover how science is showing that the fantastical is part of fundamental fabric of our world.
  5. (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & How to Publish Your Book Set

    (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & How to Publish Your Book

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Avid writers and readers alike will love this two-course set examining the art and craft of literature. Start by tracing the milestones in a complex and often underrated genre with How Great Science Fiction Works. Then explore the techniques it takes to actually get a book published, and all the alternatives aspiring writers have today, in How to Publish Your Book.
  6. (Set) How to Write Best-Selling Fiction & How Great Science Fiction Works Set

    (Set) How to Write Best-Selling Fiction & How Great Science Fiction Works

    Gary K. Wolfe
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    What goes into writing a best-selling work of science fiction? Get the full picture with this fascinating two-course set on storytelling secrets. In How to Write Best-Selling Fiction, award-winning author James Scott Bell divulges the techniques best-selling writers have used for years so you can elevate your own writing. And in How Great Science Fiction Works, Professor Gary K. Wolfe reveals the qualities that make...
  7. (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & Heroes and Legends Set

    (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & Heroes and Legends

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    From Doctor Who to Doctor Zhivago, this two-course set looks at literary icons in two distinct genres. Start with an enthralling exploration of science fiction across decades in How Great Science Fiction Works. Then study some of the most memorable and important characters ever created in literature with Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature.
  8. (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & How Great Science Fiction Works Set on sale

    (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & How Great Science Fiction Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $525.00 Starting at $84.90 $654.90 $84.90$654.90
    Lit lovers rejoice! This two-course set provides you with an in-depth, expert survey of two popular literary genres. Start by examining the scope and 200-year history of whodunits with The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction. Then, see what writers have predicted for the future or imagine in other worlds with a deep dive into How Great Science Fiction Works.
  9. (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & Writing Great Fiction Set

    (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & Writing Great Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Exceptional storytelling spans every literary genre. Go in-depth into what makes great stories spellbinding with this two-course set. Start with a riveting look at How Great Science Fiction Works to reveal the out-of-this-world stories inspired by real science. Then, learn the craft of how great stories are created—from charting a plot to selecting a point of view—in Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and...
  10. (Set) Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature & How Great Science Fiction Works Set on sale

    (Set) Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature & How Great Science Fiction Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $433.00 Starting at $70.90 $539.90 $70.90$539.90
    Literature lovers will rejoice with this two-course set. Start with the elements, concepts, and history of Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature. Then, discover the qualities that make science fiction an enduring phenomenon in How Great Science Fiction Works.