The People of the
Center for the Study of Science Fiction

The Center for the Study of Science Fiction is a lot of things, but when it comes right down to it, it's a bunch of human beings dedicated to science fiction and the possibilities it offers. Here's an introduction to some of the people who comprise the Center.

 Founding Director James Gunn 

James Gunn is a science fiction author and historian, KU professor emeritus of English, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, and SFWA Grand Master. He is a past president of SFWA and is chair of the Campbell Award jury to select the best science-fiction novel of the year. Dr. Gunn is on the advisory board of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame.

 Director Christopher McKitterick 

Christopher McKitterick is an author, scholar, editor, and faculty member at the University of Kansas. He teaches creative writing, the Speculative Fiction Writers Workshop, the Intensive Institute on the Study of SF, a number of regular-semester writing and science fiction courses at KU, and directs MA and MFA theses. His short fiction, nonfiction, and essays have been published in a number of magazines, journals, and anthologies, and his debut novel, Transcendence, was published by Hadley Rille Books. After a decade of association with the Center and assistant-teaching the summer program, Chris joined the KU faculty and was named Associate Director of the Center in 2002, then was named Director in 2010.

 Associate Director Kij Johnson 

Kij Johnson's fantasy and SF novels and short stories have won the Sturgeon Award (which she now serves as juror), World Fantasy Award (which she also serves as juror), Nebula Award (three times), IAFA Award, and Hugo Award. Kij teaches the Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel Writing Workshop, a number of regular-semester writing and fantasy-related courses at KU, directs MA and MFA theses, and is Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing in the University of Kansas English Department. Kij first served the Center as a volunteer from 1995-2002, when she began serving as Associate Director, then joined KU as Assistant Professor of creative writing in 2012.

TBA - undergoing updates.

TBA - forming in Fall 2014 from KU faculty.

TBA - forming in Fall 2014 from KU faculty.

Current AboutSF Coordinators: Meagan Kane and Mackenzie VanBeest:

Meagan Kane - AboutSF Volunteer Coordinator

Meagan is an undergrad at the University of Kansas, hoping to get a B.A. in English. In her spare time, she gets mad about feminism and science fiction on the internet. She keeps a detailed record of the publication of every Tiptree story on her computer, and isn't even ashamed.

Mackenzie VanBeest - AboutSF Volunteer Coordinator

Mackenzie is a grad student at the University of Kansas currently studying Children's Literature. She once wrote a sixty-five page paper on Ender's Game.

Prior AboutSF Coordinators:

AboutSF Coordinator, fall 2011-fall 2012: Isaac Bell.

AboutSF Coordinator, fall 2010-fall 2011: Benjamin Cartwright.

AboutSF Coordinator, summer-fall 2010: Kristen Lillvis.

AboutSF Coordinator, spring 2010: Samantha Simmons.

AboutSF Coordinator, 2007-2009: Nathaniel Williams.

First AboutSF Coordinator, 2005-2007: Thomas Seay.

First AboutSF Web Developer/Designer: Patrick Flor.

Volunteer Librarians: Bruce Sherwood.

...and you!

Last updated 4/12/2014.


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