Fiona Kelleghan (born West Palm Beach, Florida) is an academic and critic specializing in science fiction and fantasy. Writing in The Washington Post, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michael Dirda called her "an expert on humor in genre fiction," and she is listed on the University of Miami's website as its official expert on "Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror."
She has identified a secular, satiric literary movement within the science-fiction genre that she calls "Savage Humanism." Her critical anthology The Savage Humanists (Robert J. Sawyer Books, 2008) begins with a 17,000-word essay by her describing the movement and its practitioners, and collects stories by Gregory Frost, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Jonathan Lethem, James Morrow, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert J. Sawyer, Tim Sullivan, and Connie Willis, with introductions to each by Kelleghan. That essay, "A Definition of Savage Humanism, with Autobiographical Anecdotes," is reprinted as the cover story in the November 2008 edition of The New York Review of Science Fiction, and takes up most of that issue of the magazine.
Kelleghan's other books include Mike Resnick: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to His Work (Farthest Star, 2000), and, as editor, 100 Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction (Salem Press, 2001, 2 volumes) and Magill's Choice: Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature (Salem Press, 2002).
Her scholarly work has appeared in Extrapolation, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nova Express, ParaDoxa: Studies in World Literary Genres, Science Fiction Studies, and SFRA Review. She has contributed to the reference books American Women Writers (ed. Taryn Benbow-Pfalzgraf, St. James Press, 2000); Contemporary Novelists (eds. Josh Lauren and Neil Schlager, Schlager Information Group, 2000) (for which she is the authority on Ray Bradbury, Jonathan Lethem, and Connie Willis, among others); Magill's Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature (ed. T.A. Shippey, Salem Press, 1996); Fantasy and Horror: A Critical and Historical Guide to Literature, Illustration, Film, TV, Radio, and the Internet (with Richard C. West and Michael A. Morrison) (ed. Neil Barron, Scarecrow Press, 1999); St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers (ed. Jay Pederson, St. James Press, 2995); St. James Guide to Crime & Mystery Writers (ed. Jay P. Pederson, St. James Press, 1996); Supernatural Fiction Writers: Contemporary Fantasy and Horror (ed. Richard Bleiler, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002); and Twentieth-Century Literary Movements Dictionary (eds. Helene Henderson and Jay P. Pederson, Omnigraphics, 1999); and, with Daryl F. Mallett, contributed to Genre and Ethnic Collections: Collected Essays (eds. Milton T. Wolf and Murray S. Martin, JAI Press, 1997). She was largely responsible for assisting Mallett and Hal Hall with the completion of Pilgrims & Pioneers: The History and Speeches of the Science Fiction Research Association Award Winners (Borgo Press, 1999). Her book reviews have appeared in The Washington Post and as official commissioned reviews for BarnesandNoble.com, and she has contributed numerous plot summaries and mini-biographies to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
Kelleghan is a book-review editor for the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (since 1999) and an editorial consultant to Science Fiction Studies (since 1994). She was on the advisory board for and a contributor to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders (ed. Gary Westfahl, Greenwood Press, 2005), and has been a judge for the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award. In March 2008, she presented a paper entitled "The Intimately Human and the Grandly Cosmic: Humor and the Sublime in the Works of Robert J. Sawyer" at the 29th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. In March 2009, she presented a paper entitled "Time and the Fiction of Robert J. Sawyer: Flash Forward to the End of an Era" at the 30th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Her works in progress include Alfred Bester, Grand Master: An Annotated Bibliography and further research on Savage Humanism.
Kelleghan is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami. She has been on the faculty there since 1989, and tenured since 1995. She holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Florida State University (1988) and an M.A. in English from the University of Miami (1996). She is a graduate of the Clarion West science-fiction writing workshop (1995). Her short story "The Secret in the Chest: With Tests, Maps, Mysteries, & Intermittent Discussion Questions," which plays with the conventions of damsel-in-distress fairy tales, appeared in Realms of Fantasy (October 1998), and earned an Honorable Mention from editor Gardner Dozois in The Year's Best Science Fiction: 16th Annual Collection (1999).