About Chris McKitterick

About McKitterick

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Chris McKitterick served as the University of Kansas Technical Communication Liaison from 2002-2014. He is your contact for information about technical communications at KU, where he developed and taught all of the technical-communication courses offered by the English Department as part of a proposed TC Certificate. He is also Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. To contact him about courses, consulting, or other TC information, please send him an email: cmckit@ku.edu. If you're writing about a class question, please put the class name in the subject line for clarity.

McKitterick's KU campus office:
     3040 Wescoe Hall
     (aka the Center for the Study of Science Fiction lending library)

Beyond teaching, McKitterick is an author, editor, technical writer, amateur astronomer, and back-yard engineer. He received his B.A. degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in 1991, and his M.A. in English from KU in 1996. He has concentrations in writing, astronomy, and psychology.

McKitterick's technical-writing publications began in high school and college with astronomy newsletters, science articles, gaming documentation, and advertising materials. For six years, he wrote for the Microsoft Windows Server Resource Kit series and other software publishers, and his contributions to these projects earned nine Society for Technical Communications (STC) awards. He is a former writer, editor, and documentation manager for Microsoft Press publications, and speaks regularly at conferences and training sessions on a variety of writing and editing topics.

McKitterick is also a fiction writer, journalist, poet, essayist, game designer, and biographer. Since his work first saw print in 1984, he has sold to markets including Abyss & Apex, Aftermaths, Analog, Argentus, Artemis, Captain Proton, Discovery Channel Magazine, E-Scape, Extrapolation, Global Warming Aftermaths, James Gunn's Ad Astra, Libraries Unlimited, Locus, 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, Mission Tomorrow: A New Century Of Exploration, and elsewhere. A poem of his was also set to music. His newest short fiction, "Ashes of Exploding Suns, Monuments to Dust," is on the Tangent 2018 Recommended Reading List and won the Analytical Laboratories Reader's Award.

His debut novel, Transcendence, was released from Hadley Rille Books. Click the image to the right to download a sample copy from his website. He is currently working on a couple more books, including a memoir (Stories from a Perilous Youth), a manual for building a sports car (Build Your Own Little Vehicle of Danger), a novel (Empire Ship) that's just about fully revised, and is done with the first book of a new trilogy, The Galactic Adventures of Jack and Stella.

Chris 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 website. He was keynote speaker at the 2012 UCO Liberal Arts Symposium XXIV ("Science Fiction: Mythologies for a Changing Age") and the University of Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program's annual research event ("Positive Feedback Loops: Science and Science Fiction"). He is also a frequent guest speaker for events like "Science on Tap," the Lawrence Festival of Arts, the Southwestern Philosophical Conference, and so forth.

McKitterick was nominations director of the Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short SF story of the year, and is a juror on the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel of the year. Since 1992, he has taught his SF Writers Workshop in science fiction with James Gunn, and took over leading the Workshop starting in 2010.

Technical-writing publications have included astronomy newsletters, science articles, manuals, and advertising materials. He has also regularly written for the Microsoft Windows Server Resource Kits series, where he was a documentation manager. His contributions to these projects have earned a number of Society for Technical Communication (STC) awards.

In addition to managing the Center, McKitterick teaches several courses in science fiction, creative writing, and technical communication for KU. Fun former jobs include planetarian, observatory assistant-director, trainer, and game store promoter.

Read McKitterick's Curriculum Vita in .doc format (or in .pdf format). Job-seekers might find it interesting to compare his full-length CV to his older, one-page resume (or in .pdf format); the CV based on KU's new "Professional Records Online" format.

McKitterick dwells amid thousands of books in the CSSF lending library. For more information and fun stuff (including free downloads of his debut novel), check out his personal website:


You can also find Chris online at:

The Internet Speculative Fiction Database
SFWA Speaker's Bureau
Tumblr (narrow it down by going directly to "Writing Tips" or "Science Fiction" tags)

McKitterick course syllabi

For student convenience, educational outreach, community engagement, and multimedia interactivity, I always post my syllabi online. Here are links to the syllabi for the courses I've taught in the past two years:

Regular semesters:

ENGL 203 - "Science Fiction and the Popular Media"

ENGL 351 - "Fiction Writing I"  

ENGL 362 - "Foundations of Technical Writing" (hybrid version)

ENGL 506/690 - "The Science Fiction Novel" (regular semester version)

ENGL 506/690 - "The Science Fiction Short Story" (regular semester version)  

ENGL 507/690 and HWC 510 - "Science, Technology, and Society: Examining the Future Through a Science-Fiction Lens"

English 562 - "Advanced Technical Writing"

English 564 - "Advanced Technical Editing"

Science Fiction Summer:

"Intensive Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction" - for professionalization and as ENGL 506/790 (course information and application page)

ENGL 506/790 - "The Science Fiction Novel" (summer semester version)

ENGL 506/790 - "The Science Fiction Short Story" (summer semester version)

"Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop" - for professionalization and as ENGL 757 (course information and application page)

"Advanced Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop" - for professionalization and as ENGL 757 (course information and application page)

Last updated 2/13/2019.