Gary K. Wolfe

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Not to be confused with science-fiction writer and Roger Rabbit creator Gary K. Wolf.
Gary K. Wolfe in 2010 photographed by Kyle Cassidy.

Gary K. Wolfe (born Gary Kent Wolfe in 1946) is a science fiction editor, critic and biographer. He is Professor of Humanities in Roosevelt University's Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies.


Wolfe was born on March 24, 1946, in Sedalia, Missouri. He moved to Carrollton, Missouri, at age 12, and to Springfield, at 14, where he finished high school. He began attending Southwest Missouri State College (now University), transferred to University of Kansas, where he earned a B.A. in English in 1968, and worked for his honors thesis under Professor James Gunn.

From there, he transferred to University of Chicago, where Wolfe earned a Ph.D. in English, in 1971.

He was married to Ellen "Dede" Weil, a teacher and community service activist, in 1996. They held another wedding celebration at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) in a pool-side party, attended by many of their friends and colleagues, in March, 1997. Wolfe and Weil were happily married until her death in 2000. Before her death they collaborated on a book about Harlan Ellison, and often attended the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, in Florida.[1]

Writing career[edit]

Wolfe has written extensively about science fiction and fantasy literature; he is widely recognized as one of the experts in the field.

He has had a monthly review column in Locus since December, 1991[2] and has written for Salon and other sites.


1979 - Eaton Award from the Eaton Conference on Science Fiction for The Known and the Unknown: the Iconography of Science Fiction

1987 - Pilgrim Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Science Fiction Research Association

2005 - British Science Fiction Association Award for nonfiction for Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996

Wolfe has earned the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. He has twice been nominated for the Hugo Award.



Book reviews[edit]

Date Review article Work(s) reviewed
2010 Wolfe, Gary K. (Jan 2010). "Locus Looks at Books". Locus (588): 15, 17, 45–46. 
  • Bear, Greg (2009). Mariposa. Vanguard. ISBN 9781593154974. 
  • Powers, Richard (2009). Generosity : an enhancement. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 9780374161149. 
  • Nojiri, Housuke (2009). Usurper of the sun. Haikasoru. ISBN 9781421527710. 
  • Jones, Gwyneth (2009). Imagination/space : essays and talks on fiction, feminism, technology, and politics. Aqueduct. ISBN 9781933500324. 
  • Andre-Driussi, Michael (2009). The Wizard Knight companion : a lexicon for Gene Wolfe's The Knight and The Wizard. Sirius Fiction. ISBN 9780964279520. 


  1. ^ "Ellen Dede Weil". Locus (Locus) 45 (479, number 6): 72–73. December 2000. 
  2. ^ Gary Wolfe biography from
  3. ^ Sandner, David (2004). Fantastic Literature: A Critical Reader. Westport, Conn.: Praeger. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Wolfe, Gary K(ent) 1946—". Contemporary Authors 129. Gale Group. 1990. p. 480. 

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