Dr. Charles E. Gannon
is a Distinguished Professor of English at St. Bonaventure University, where he was the Director of Graduate English until he became a full-time author in 2007. A Fulbright Senior Specialist in American Literature and Culture from 2004 to 2009, his most recent non-fiction book is “Rumors of War and Infernal Machines: Technomilitary Agenda Setting in American and British Speculative Fiction.” Now in second edition, it won the 2006 American Library Association Award for Outstanding Book, and was the topic of discussion when he was interviewed by NPR (Morning Edition). Among various media appearances, his most recent was as an expert commentator on The Discovery Channel’s second installment of its premier series “Curiosity”.
Along with 45 other SF writers (such as David Brin, Ben Bova, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Bruce Sterling), he is a member of SIGMA, the “SF think-tank” which has advised various intelligence and defense agencies since the start of the millenium (including the Pentagon, Air Force, NATO, DARPA, Army, the Department of Homeland Security, and several agencies which may not be disclosed). For more information on SIGMA and its work, go to www.sigmaforum.org .
Prior to becoming a full-time author, Dr. Gannon was a Fulbright Fellow at Liverpool University, Palacky University [Czech Republic], and the University of Dundee, and received Fulbright and Embassy Travel grants to these countries as well as The Netherlands, Slovakia, England, and Italy. He has published widely on the interaction of fiction, technology (particularly military and space), and political influence. He holds degrees from Brown (BA), Syracuse (MS), and Fordham (MA,PhD).
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Gannon worked eight years as a scriptwriter and producer in New York City, where his clients included the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and The President’s Council on Physical Fitness.
A proud and delighted (if occasionally harried) father of five (with one child, Rowan, lost to SIDS), Chuck Gannon is the happy husband of Andrea Trisciuzzi. The whole clan resides just north of Annapolis, in throwing distance of the water. Chuck’s backgrounds in fencing, shotokan karate, riflery, and the ability to make trouble while wearing a beatific smile both fuel and inform his writing and his love of life.