Education

  • 1991–1998, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans., PhD, English; dissertation: “Refiguring Historical Time: The Alternate History”
  • 1989–1991, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans., MA, English; thesis: “Archipelagoes of Stars: The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith”
  • 1984–1988, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., BA, English; certified to teach high school

Present employment

2000–present, freelance copyeditor and writer, Jay, Me.

  • Copyedit manuscripts online and on hard copy; size art; prepare disks.
  • Typeset manuscripts in SGML/XML or other systems, using specifications provided by the client.

Books

  • Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse, eds. The Fan Fiction Studies Reader. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2014.
  • Karen Hellekson, Craig Jacobsen, Patrick Sharp, and Lisa Yaszek, eds. Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading and Teaching the Genre. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2010.
  • Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse, eds. Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2006.
  • Karen Hellekson. The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith: Archipelagoes of Stars. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2001.
  • Karen Hellekson. The Alternate History: Refiguring Historical Time. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2001.

Journals

Teaching experience

Instructor, fall 2009, University of Maine, Augusta

  • Prepare and teach an online-only upper-level course about topics in science fiction.

Instructor, spring 2003, University of Maine, Farmington

  • Prepare and teach an upper-level course about science fiction after 1950.

Instructor, fall 2002, University of Maine, Augusta

  • Prepare and teach an upper-level course about science fiction.

Graduate teaching assistant, 1991–1996, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans.

  • Prepare and teach freshman- and sophomore-level composition and literature classes; integrate computer-assisted instruction into the classroom; Outstanding Instructor Award, English Department, 1996.

Academic publications

  • Forbrydelsen, The Killing, Duty, and Ethics.” In Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle, edited by Carlen Lavigne, 131–140. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books.
  • “‘Doctor Who Unbound,’ the Alternate History and the Fannish Text.” In Doctor Who: Fan Phenomena, edited by Paul Booth, 128–35. Chicago: Intellect, 2013.
  • Kristina Busse and Karen Hellekson. “Identity, Ethics, and Fan Privacy.” In Fan Culture, edited by Katherine Larsen and Lynn Zubernis, 38–56. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
  • “Creating a Fandom via YouTube: Verbotene Liebe and Fansubbing.” In New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders, edited by Bronwyn T. Williams and Amy A. Zenger, 180–92. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • “Fan Fiction.” In Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction, edited by Leigh Ronald Grossman, 619–21. N.p.: Wildside Press, 2011.
  • “Memory and the 1996 American Remake of Doctor Who.” In American Remakes of British Television: Transformations and Mistranslations, edited by Carlen Lavigne and Heather Marcovitch, 159–72. Lanham, Md: Lexington Books, 2011.
  • “History, the Trace, and Fandom Wank.” In Writing and the Digital Generation: Essays on New Media Rhetoric, edited by Heather Urbanski, 58–69. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2010.
  • “A Fannish Field of Value: Online Fan Gift Culture,” in “In Focus, Fandom and Feminism,” edited by Kristina Busse. Cinema Journal 48 (2009): 113–18.
  • “Alternate History.” In The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, edited by Mark Bould, Andrew M. Butler, Adam Roberts, and Sherryl Vint, 453–457. London: Routledge, 2009.
  • “From Irrelevance to On-Demand: Changing Models of Dissemination.” FlowTV, January 31, 2008. Available at: http://flowtv.org/?p=1140.
  • “Confronting Enterprise Slash Fan Fiction.” Extrapolation 44 (spring 2003): 69–82. (Bylined under a pseudonym.) Reprinted in Youth Subcultures: Exploring Underground America, edited by Arielle Greenberg, 86–97. New York: Pearson Longman, 2007.
  • “Alternate History and Dislocation in Joanna Russ’s The Female Man.” In Classic and Iconoclastic Alternate History Science Fiction, edited by Edgar Chapman, 209–24. Edwin Mellen, November 2003.
  • “Transforming the Subject: Humanity, the Body, and Posthumanism.” SFRA Review 251 (March–April 2001): 3–7.
  • “Toward a Taxonomy of the Alternate History.” Extrapolation 41 (fall 2000): 248–56.
  • Foreword, with James Gunn, to Marleen Barr’s edited volume Future Females, the Next Generation, ix–xi. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000.
  • “Leaving the Academy.” Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 31 (1998): 1–5.
  • “Doctor Who Fans Rewrite Their Program: Mini-UNIT Minstrels as Creative Consumers of Media.” Popular Culture Review 8 (August 1997): 97–108.
  • “Poul Anderson’s Time Patrol as Anti–Alternate History.” Extrapolation 37 (1996): 234–44.
  • Summary and analysis of Ward Moore’s Bring the Jubilee. In Magill’s Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, edited by A. J. Sobczak, 105–6. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 1996.
  • Ria and Carola: Cordwainer Smith’s Mainstream Fiction.” Japanese- and English-language international magazine Alpha Ralpha Boulevard 10 (August 1995): 9–14. Japanese translation by Rei Sakaki.
  • “James Gunn Talks about the Science Fiction Institute.” Kiosk 9 (spring 1993): 17–22.
  • “An Interview with Denise Low.” Cottonwood 48 (fall 1993): 70–80, 97–98.
  • “Never Never Underpeople: Cordwainer Smith’s Humanity.” Extrapolation 34 (1993): 123–30.
  • Various books and reviews published in the Science Fiction Research Association Review, Publishers Weekly, Science Fiction Studies, and Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (samples available upon request).

Academic presentations

  • “Transformational Fans of Doctor Who, International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 35), Orlando, Fla., March 2014.
  • “Academics, Ethics, and Private Fan Activities in Public Spaces,” with Kristina Busse, MiT 8, Cambridge, Mass., May 2013.
  • Doctor Who Unbound, Alternate History, and the Fannish Text,” Science Fiction Research Association Annual Meeting/Eaton Conference, Riverside, Calif., April 2013.
  • Interview with scholar guest of honor Constance Penley; and introduction at scholar guest of honor lunchtime talk (invited), International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 34), Orlando, Fla., March 2013.
  • “Fan-Created Canon: Doctor Who Recons,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 34), Orlando, Fla., March 2013.
  • “Labor, Fandom, and Kerfuffles.” Console-ing Passions 2012, Boston, Mass., July 2012.
  • “Fandom Kerfuffles as Expressions of Agency.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 32), Orlando, Fla., March 2011.
  • “Memory and the 1996 American Remake of Doctor Who.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 31), Orlando, Fla., March 2010.
  • “Intellectual Property, Transformation, and Academic Journals.” Sixth Annual IP/Gender Conference, “Female Fan Culture and Intellectual Property,” American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., April 2009.
  • “SF Fan Wikis: Source, Reference, World.” Science Fiction Research Association Annual Meeting, Lawrence, Kans., July 2008.
  • “Fandom Wank and History.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 29), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., March 2008.
  • “Fan Fiction and the Gift: Writer, Reader, Text.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 26), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., March 2005.
  • “Bridging the Gap: Writing Slash for Myself.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 25), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., March 2004.
  • “Busting the Canon: Enterprise Slash Fan Fiction.” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 24), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., March 2003.
  • “C. L. Moore’s ‘No Woman Born’ and the Cyborg.” Maine Women’s Studies Conference, Orono, Me., November 2000.
  • “Teaching Joan Slonczewski’s The Children Star.” Chair of panel audiotaped for transcription and publication in the Science Fiction Research Association Review. Science Fiction Research Association Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, June 2000.
  • “What Else is Graduate School Good For? Rethinking Graduate Education for Work Outside the Academy.” Midwest Modern Language Association Convention, St. Louis, Mo., November 1998.
  • “H. Beam Piper’s Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen: Parallel Worlds and Agency.” Great Plains PCA/ACA meeting, Lincoln, Neb., April 1998.
  • “Science Fiction and the Explicit Use of Place.” Panel discussion. Conference on Literature and Composition, University of Kansas, Lawrence, October 1997.
  • “William Gibson and Bruce Sterling’s The Difference Engine: Simulation and Historical Representation.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Tex., March 1997.
  • “Brian Aldiss’s The Malacia Tapestry: Science Fiction and Change.” Midwest Modern Language Association Convention, Minneapolis, Minn., November 1996.
  • “Élisabeth Vonarburg’s Reluctant Voyagers: The Real Borders the Simulacrum.” Midwest Modern Language Association Convention, Minneapolis, Minn., November 1996.
  • The Man in the High Castle and Temporality.” Science Fiction Research Association Annual Meeting, Eau Claire, Wis., June 1996.
  • “Forum on Yale University: Graduate Students, Unionization, and Higher Education.” Panel discussion. Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition Special Forum, March 1996.
  • “Creative Consumers of Media: Mini-UNIT Minstrels.” Great Plains Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Sioux City, Iowa, October 1995.
  • “Science Fiction in the Classroom.” Panel discussion. Conference on Literature and Composition, University of Kansas, Lawrence, October 1995.
  • Bring the Jubilee as First Contact.” Frontiers in the American Imagination. Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., March 1995.
  • “Television and the Truth: LA Law and Rescue 911.” Popular Culture Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill., April 1994.
  • “Archipelagoes of Stars: Cordwainer Smith’s Literary Journey from ‘The Colonel Came Back from the Nothing-at-All’ to ‘Drunkboat.’” Science Fiction Research Association Annual Meeting, Reno, Nev., June 1993.
  • “‘We Can Remember It for You Wholesale’ and Total Recall as Dream Narrative.” Popular Culture Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, La., April 1993.
  • “Never Never Underpeople: Cordwainer Smith’s Humanity.” Graduate Student Colloquium, University of Kansas, Lawrence, November 1992.
  • “Cordwainer Smith’s Science Fiction.” Conference on Literature and Composition, University of Kansas, Lawrence, October 1992.
  • “Rethinking the Science Fiction Canon.” Firing the Canon: Power, Authority, and Dissent in Literature and Film. St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., March 1992.
  • “Reassessing the Science Fiction Canon.” Conference on Literature and Composition, University of Kansas, Lawrence, October 1991.
  • “Graduate Student Perspectives in Science Fiction Scholarship.” Conference on Literature and Composition, University of Kansas, Lawrence, October 1990.

Dissertation

“Refiguring Historical Time: The Alternate History” analyzes the alternate history, a subgenre of science fiction literature, using historiography and philosophical conceptions of time and narrative. In an analysis informed by hermeneutic philosophical concerns posed by Ricoeur, as well as with reference to Ankersmit, White, and Hegel, among others, I argue that the alternate history provides a disruption not only in history but in traditional configurations and conceptions of time, conceptions articulated through narrative. The alternate history provides an ideal opening for exploration of achronological and ahistorical conceptions of time. Professor Emeritus James Gunn directed my dissertation.

Teaching interests

  • Noncanonical and genre literature, including science fiction, the romance, the Western, and the horror novel.
  • Cultural studies.
  • Fan studies.
  • Postmodernism and posthumanism.
  • Science fiction as literature, as artifact, and as genre.
  • Technical and scientific writing and editing.
  • Technology and its relationship to literature.

Service, academic activities, and honors

  • Chair, Academic Journal group, Organization for Transformative Works, 2008– .
  • Chair, Academic Programming, Science Fiction Research Association annual meeting in Lawrence, Kans., 2008.
  • Member, Science Fiction Research Association, 1990– .
  • President, Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition (GTAC, affiliated with Kansas Association of Public Employees and the American Federation of Teachers), 1995–1997.
  • Member, GTAC Steering Committee, 1995–1997.
  • Member, Graduate Student Council Executive Council, 1994–1996.
  • Outstanding Instructor Award, English Department, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1996.
  • Graduate and Professional Association (Graduate Student Council) Representative, 1993–1995.
  • Treasurer, Student Association of Graduate English, 1991–1993.
  • Kenneth Rockwell Award (for critical writing), 1992.