Wolfe and Strahan Podcast with Ursula Le Guin

Professor Gary Wolfe’s podcasts (with good friend Jonathan Strahan) have been nominated for several Science Fiction awards, and this week, they hit a new high point when they shared their podcast with Ursula Le Guin.  Le Guin, an author whose work spans decades, has been honored with many awards, including the 2010 Locus Award for Nonfiction and the 2009 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Wolfe, Strahan, and Le Guin discussed another science fiction author, Margaret Atwood (most well known for The Handmaid’s Tale).

Ursula Le Guin. Photo by Marian Wood Kolisch.


Wolfe Nominated for a Hugo Award

Hugo Award

Professor Gary Wolfe has been nominated for a Hugo Award for the collection of reviews he published last year: Bearings: 1997-2001. The Hugo Awards are awards for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. They are awarded each year at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). The awards are voted on by fans.

The winners will be announced Saturday, August 20th, 2011, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at Renovation in Reno, Nevada. Congratulations to Professor Wolfe for this honor!

Three Nominations for Professor’s Podcasts

Gary K. Wolfe’s science fiction podcasting is now up for not one, not two, but three awards.

Locus Online announced the first award, shared here back in March, but now two other organizations have added their accolades too. SF Signal announced the 2011 Ditmar award finalists and The Coode Street podcast, by Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan, has been nominated for “Best Fan Publication in Any Medium.” SF Signal says the Ditmars are “the Australian equivalent of the Hugos recognizing excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by Australians.”

Additionally, the 36th Annual Western Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention included Wolfe and Strahan’s podcasting for “Best Western Australian Fan Production” within their Tin Duck Award nominations.

Both award winners should be announced in April.

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Professorial News Updates

Panelists from Locus Awards Weekend, June 26. L-R: RU Professor Gary Wolfe, writers Nancy Kress, Ursula K. Le Guin, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis.

This past June, Professor Gary Wolfe of the Department of Professional and Liberal Studies led two panel discussions at the Locus Awards and Science Fiction Hall of Fame ceremonies in Seattle. The convention inducted well known science fiction authors and contributors, Octavia E. Butler, Roger Zelazny, Douglas Trumbull, and Richard Matheson.

Additionally, Wolfe enjoyed a joint book launching at Readercon in Burlington, Massachusetts on  July 10.  It was for Wolfe’s reviews collection Bearings and Amelia Beamer‘s first novel, The Loving Dead (a zombie romantic comedy, or ZomRomCom, as it is known in the field).

Meanwhile, Associate Professor of Hospitality Management, Chuck Hamburg, was recently interviewed (Sept 4, 2010) by Chicagobusiness.com for his input regarding the recent revival of barbecue culture.

Amelia Beamer, Gary Wolfe, at their book launch party in Burlington, Mass, July 10.

Professor Podcasts on Science Fiction

One of the many summer activities of Professor Gary Wolfe was podcasting with Locus editor Jonathan Strahan, a three-time Hugo award nominee.

Professor Gary K. Wolfe

Locus editor Jonathan Strahan

Episodes 14,  15,  and 16 from Notes from Coode Street are still available on Strahan’s blog, where Wolfe and Strahan discuss all things sci fi, including non-English books in the genre, classic SF “books you don’t need to read,” and other fascinating stuff. A recent 2010 podcast roundup by Jonathan McCalmont said Wolfe and Strahan’s podcasts “are a real ray of sunlight . . .They are fun, they are engaged and they manage to walk a fine line between talking about new books, old books, ideas and issues affecting the field of science fiction . . . Anyone with an interest in science fiction should find it intensely rewarding.”

Acclaimed RU Professor’s Reviews Released in New Collection


Gary K. Wolfe's collection of reviews will be available in April 2010.


RU Professor Gary K. Wolfe

To say that Roosevelt University Professor Gary Wolfe is well read in the Science Fiction and Fantasy literary world is an understatement. Wolfe has been a reviewer of Sci Fi for Locus magazine for more than 18 years, discussing hundreds upon hundreds of books in the genre. In April 2010, Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001 will be published, which brings together Wolfe’s always insightful, and frequently funny, critiques of almost 200 books reviewed during those years. Wolfe’s first volume in this series, Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996, came out in 2005, and won the British Science Fiction Association Award for best Non-Fiction Book in 2006. Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman comic series, American Gods, and Coraline, among other notable works, said “Gary Wolfe is one of speculative fiction’s smartest observers and wisest critics. He’s funny and trenchant, always acute and always perceptive. We are fortunate to have him.” Wolfe’s third collection, to be called Sightings, is scheduled for publication in 2011.