Christopher McKitterick

Christopher McKitterick

Science-fiction writer, educator, popular public speaker, hot-rodder, intersectional feminist, astro-guy, and director of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction.

McKitterick speaks regularly about science fiction and writing for conferences, conventions, public events, schools, webcasts, and NPR. Some highlights include giving the keynote talk for the 2015 University of Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program's annual research event, "Positive Feedback Loops: Science and Science Fiction," and the UCO Liberal Arts Symposium XXIV, "Science Fiction: Mythologies for a Changing Age."

Taking a writing workshop with James Gunn launched his 25-year relationship with Gunn's Center for the Study of Science Fiction. After years assistant-teaching the summer program while working in astronomy, gaming, and high-tech, the University of Kansas recruited him to teach writing and SF full-time, and he succeeded Gunn as Center director.

McKitterick also serves as juror and Chair for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel.


Since first seeing print in 1984, McKitterick's short work has appeared in markets including Abyss & Apex, Aftermaths, Analog, Argentus, Artemis, Captain Proton, Discovery Channel Magazine, E-Scape, Extrapolation, Foundation, Global Warming Aftermaths, James Gunn's Ad Astra, Libraries Unlimited, LocusMission: Tomorrow, Mythic Circle, NOTA, Ruins: Extraterrestrial, Sentinels, Sense of Wonder, SFRA Review, Synergy, Tomorrow Speculative Fiction, Top Deck magazine, various TSR publications, Visual Journeys, Westward Weird, World Literature Today, a bowling poem anthology, and elsewhere. A poem of his was also set to music. His newest story, "Ashes of Exploding Suns, Monuments to Dust," is on the Tangent 2018 Recommended Reading List and is a finalist for the AnLab Award.

His debut novel, Transcendence, is available in its second edition through booksellers everywhere, plus as a free download on his website. He recently finished a far-future novel, Empire Ship, and has several other projects on the burner, including The Galactic Adventures of Jack & Stella, Squirrels and Robots, a nonfiction book about James Gunn (with Michael Page), and Stories From a Perilous Youth, a humorous memoir of surviving childhood and the Cold War.

McKitterick was honored to be guest editor (and webmaster) of the special World Literature Today "International Science Fiction" issue, with much internet-exclusive content available online. He also wrote several pieces for the issue and developed the website.

Other publications include astronomy newsletters, science articles, manuals, and advertising materials. He regularly wrote for the Microsoft Windows Server Resource Kits series, where he was an editor, writer, and documentation manager; his contributions to these projects have earned a number of Society for Technical Communication (STC) awards. He's also a regular blogger and online commentator.

Others in progress – details here

Short Fiction Bibliography

Essays and Nonfiction Bibliography

Poetry Bibliography

Awards and Memberships


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