Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame

Honoring the lives, work, and ongoing legacies of science fiction and fantasy's greatest creators.

2015 Inductees

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    Georges Méliès

    One of the earliest professional filmmakers, Georges Méliès created fantastical visions of other worlds and exotic lands. Through his work, he invented several narrative techniques and visual effects that would become the foundation of the cinematic arts. Early in his career, Georges Méliès applied… more

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    Kurt Vonnegut

    Hailed as one of the most important American writers of the 20th Century, Kurt Vonnegut used science fiction to illustrate and illuminate the human predicament. Early in his career Vonnegut published works in science fiction genre magazines, but he did not wish to be categorized as a genre writer. … more

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    John Schoenherr

    John Schoenherr eschewed a strictly realist approach to science fiction illustration in favor of a more painterly style that blended organic landscapes, elegant technology, and convincing aliens. He is best known for his covers and interior art for Frank Herbert’s Dune series. A graduate of the Pra… more

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    James Gunn

    As an author, James Gunn writes insightful science fiction that examines how humanity will tackle the problems the future may bring. As a scholar, he devoted his career to promoting and advancing the study of science fiction. Gunn began writing science fiction in 1948 while in graduate school, afte… more

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    Jack Gaughan

    From the 1940s until his untimely death in 1985, Jack Gaughan created hundreds of book and magazine cover paintings and thousands of interior illustrations. He was one of the hardest working and most recognized genre artists of his day. Jack Gaughan graduated from the Daytona Art Institute where, a… more

Founded in 1996, the Hall of Fame was relocated from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas to its permanent home at EMP in 2004. Hall of Fame nominations are submitted by EMP members. The final inductees are chosen by a panel of award-winning science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, editors, publishers, and film professionals.

Hall of fame MEMBERS

  • Brian W. Aldiss
  • Poul Anderson
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Betty Ballantine
  • Ian Ballantine
  • Alfred Bester
  • James Blish
  • Chesley Bonestell
  • David Bowie
  • Leigh Brackett
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Octavia E. Butler
  • James Cameron
  • John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Hal Clement
  • Samuel R. Delany
  • Vincent Di Fate
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Gordon R. Dickson
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Harlan Ellison
  • Ed Emshwiller
  • Edward L. Ferman
  • Virgil Finlay
  • Frank Frazetta
  • Frank Kelly Freas
  • Jack Gaughan
  • Hugo Gernsback
  • William Gibson
  • H.R. Giger
  • Jean 'Moebius' Giraud
  • James Gunn
  • Joe Haldeman
  • Harry Harrison
  • Ray Harryhausen
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • Frank Herbert
  • Damon Knight
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Robert Silverberg
  • E.E. Smith
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Olaf Stapledon
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Douglas Trumbull
  • Wilson Tucker
  • A. E. van Vogt
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Jack Vance
  • Jules Verne
  • H.G. Wells
  • Michael Whelan
  • Kate Wilhelm
  • Jack Williamson
  • Connie Willis
  • Gene Wolfe
  • Donald Allen Wollheim
  • Roger Zelazny