Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 by the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society and the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. Each year, the Hall of Fame honored four individuals on the basis of their continued excellence and long-term contribution to the science fiction and fantasy field. Two inductees were living contributors, and two were posthumous. Until 2005, the inductees were selected by a committee including Robin Wayne Bailey, James Gunn, Joe Haldeman, and several other SF/F scholars.

Inductees were announced at the ConQuesT science-fiction convention on Memorial Day weekend in Kansas City, Missouri. The honorees were officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during the Awards Banquet at the University of Kansas during the Campbell Conference. The Conference is the focal point of a weekend of discussions about the writing, illustration, publishing, teaching, and criticism of science fiction.

2004 was the last year the Hall of Fame ceremonies took place in the heartland. Beginning in 2005, only the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards are presented during the Conference, with the Hall of Fame inductions moving to the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, which also houses the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction continues to sponsor the Conference, which takes place at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

2004 and newer

Click here to see the newest inductees into the SF&F Hall of Fame.
The original SF&F Hall of Fame site.
The new Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame site.

2015

Center for the Study of Science Fiction founding director James Gunn was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

The class of 2015 induction also includes author Kurt Vonnegut, filmmaker Georges Méliès, and artists John Schoenherr and Jack Gaughan. Gunn is in elite company with Theodore Sturgeon, H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, and other SF greats.

"Twenty years ago, when Robin Wayne Bailey came to me and said science fiction needs a hall of fame," Gunn said at the induction ceremony, "it never occurred to me that I would be standing here in Seattle joining this illustrious group."

Gunn's career spans eight decades, starting in the 1940s, and he's not done yet. Two new short stories have just been accepted for publication. "New Earth" will be published in Asimov's Science Fiction, and "Saving the World" will be published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact. It seems fitting that in the year Gunn enters the Hall of Fame, Analog will publish one of his short stories; Astounding (as it was then called) was one of the first to publish his writing.

Among the honors bestowed upon Gunn are the Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master of science fiction from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He is a past president of both organizations. Gunn said the Science Fiction Hall of Fame induction is a signal honor.

"I've had a great many honors in the science-fiction world," Gunn said, "and this represents the final honor to wind up a career."

But don't take that quote to mean his career is over by any stretch of the imagination. Gunn's most recent novel, Transcendental, is the first in a trilogy. The sequel, Transgalactic, is due out in Spring 2016, and he just received a contract for the third volume.

"Writing is what I do," Gunn said, "and as long as I can do it well enough that publishers are willing to publish it, I will continue to do what has brought a central core of meaning to my life."

2003

Brian Aldiss (1925  -  )
Harry Harrison (1925 - 2012)
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797 - 1851)
E. E. "Doc" Smith (1890 - 1965)

2002

Samuel R Delany (1942 -  )
Michael Moorcock (1939 -  )
James Blish (1921 - 1975)
Donald A. Wollheim (1914 - 1990)

2001

Jack Vance (1916 - 2013)
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929  -  )
Alfred Bester (1913 - 1987)
Fritz Leiber (1910 - 1992)

2000

Poul Anderson (1926 - 2001)
Gordon R. Dickson (1923 - 2001)
Theodore Sturgeon (1918 - 1985)
Eric Frank Russell (1905 - 1978)

1999

Ray Bradbury (1920 - 2012) James Gunn remembers Bradbury
Robert Silverberg (1935  -  )
Jules Verne (1825 - 1905)
A. Merritt (1884 - 1943)

1998

Hal Clement (1922 - 2003)
Frederik Pohl (1919 - 2014) In Memorial: Frederik Pohl
C.L. Moore (1911 - 1987)
Robert A. Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

1997

Andre Norton (1912 - 2005)
Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008)
H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)
Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

1996

Jack Williamson (1908 - 2006)
A. E. van Vogt (1912 - 2000)
John W. Campbell (1910 - 1971)
Hugo Gernsback (1884 - 1967)


Click here to see the newest inductees into the SF&F Hall of Fame.
The original SF&F Hall of Fame site.
The new Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame site.

Last updated 6/18/2015

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