I’m a full-time BELS-certified freelance copyeditor in the scientific, technical, and medical industry. I specialize in journal copy, and I have particular expertise in the following topics: oncology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, infectious diseases, and transplantation. I edit books for several university presses on a wide range of general- and special-interest topics, such as war and presidential studies, critical theory, and fossils.
My PhD is in English from the University of Kansas, where I studied science fiction literature with Professor Emeritus James Gunn. I have authored two books and a number of articles and have coedited three books. Most of my work is service within the fan and SF scholarly communities, usually focusing on project management and book or journal production.
I am currently working on televisual representations of the alternate history and on World War II-era fanzines. I remain particularly interested in audio dramas and the Eighth Doctor.
- Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse, eds., The Fan Fiction Studies Reader (Iowa, 2014)
- Karen Hellekson, Craig Jacobsen, Patrick Sharp, and Lisa Yaszek, eds., Practicing Science Fiction: Critical Essays on Writing, Reading and Teaching the Genre (McFarland, 2010) [abstracts]
- Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse, eds., Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet (McFarland, 2006) [abstracts] [bibliography]
- Karen Hellekson, The Alternate History: Refiguring Historical Time (Kent State University Press, 2001)
- Karen Hellekson, The Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith (McFarland, 2001)
I am not currently teaching any English classes.
I teach group fitness classes at the University of Maine at Farmington. Please visit my Stepkaren blog’s Class Times page for my teaching schedule and my current Zumba playlists.