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Kathleen Goonan

Professor of the Practice, Science Fiction

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Office Location:
Skiles 306


Professor of the Practice

Kathleen Ann Goonan has been at the vanguard of literary science fiction since the publication of her New York Times Notable Book QUEEN CITY JAZZ in 1994, garnering starred reviews in all major review journals, such as PW, Kirkus, and Booklist, for each of her six novels. A literary stylist, she melds cutting-edge science with strong characterization, history, jazz, and what PW described as " . . . the work of a powerful imagination with a superior command of language." Her work has been the subject of articles as widely varied as Scientific American’s "Shamans of the Small" in their special Nanotechnology issue and scholarly papers in literary journals, and has been studied at UCR, MIT, RIT, and other universities. Goonan has been invited to speak at international literary festivals, such as Kosmopolis in Barcelona and Utopioles in Nantes, government think tanks, and in university settings. Her novels have been finalists for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, BSFA, and Nebula Awards. IN WAR TIMES won the Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2007 and was also the American Library Association’s choice of Best Science Fiction Novel of the year. THIS SHARED DREAM (July 2011,Tor/Macmillan), her latest novel, is about war, family, memory, and the futuristic possibilities of education and neuroplasticity.  

With a degree in English from Virginia Tech and Association Montessori Internationale training, Goonan opened Giving Tree Montessori in 1979.  It soon grew to include one hundred preschool and elementary students.  Goonan taught and administrated her school for ten years.  Since 1988, she has been a full-time writer.

Kathleen Goonan is presently a Visiting Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Science, Technology and Ideology.

Areas of
  • Biological Roots Of War
  • Creative Writing
  • Education
  • Gender
  • History
  • Memory Research
  • Nanotechnology
  • Narrative Fiction
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Science Fiction
  • Slipstream Fiction
  • Speculative Fiction
  • The Roots Of War
  • Europe
  • United States
  • United States - Southeast
  • Gender
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • International Development
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Weapons and Security
  • Neuroplasticity and Memory
  • ENGL-1102: English Composition II
  • LCC-3214: Science Fiction
  • LCC-3234: Creative Writing
  • LCC-3302: Science, Tech & Ideology
  • LCC-4100: Seminar in STAC
  • LMC-3214: Science Fiction
  • LMC-3234: Creative Writing
  • LMC-3302: Sci, Tech & Ideology
  • LMC-4100: Seminar in STAC
  • LMC-4811: Special Topics