Michael Levy, chairman of the UW-Stout department of English and philosophy, was presented the Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Science Fiction Studies.

The award was presented by the Science Fiction Research Association, the oldest professional organization for the study of science fiction and fantasy literature and film. Only one recipient per year is honored with the distinguished service award.

Levy is co-editor of “Extrapolation,” a major scholarly journal in the field. He has published widely, has served on a variety of book award juries, organized and led scholarly conferences, and appeared on radio programs.

Levy also is a former president of both the Science Fiction Research Association and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.

Department chair Michael Levy was profiled in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, and he shared with them some of his recent favorites among science fiction and fantasy books. Read his pick list here:

Summer Outlook 2012