The Oklahoma Speculative Fiction Hall of Fame and its award “The Nucleon” were established by SoonerCon in 2013. Those selected for membership in the Hall of Fame are recognized for outstanding contributions to the development of pop culture and speculative fiction in both Oklahoma and the world at large.
Class of 2013
C J Cherryh is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, C J was raised primarily in Lawton, OK. She has written more than 60 books since the mid-1970s. She has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards for Best Novel and Best Short Story, and the Oklahoma Center for the Book’s Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
John Ferguson is perhaps better known by his horror host persona, Count Gregore. He first appeared in 1958 on WKY-TV in Oklahoma City. John is considered the longest-running horror host in the world, and has been extremely influential both locally and nationally among the horror-host genre.
Class of 2014
Dwight V Swain (1915-1992) was a writer who crossed many genres. First published in 1941, his publications spanned 6 decades. His stories covered the action, western, and SF&F genres. Later he joined the OU School of Journalism’s Professional Writing Program. He published several nonfiction books that are considered mainstays of the working writer. His widow, Joye Swain, accepted on his behalf.
Class of 2015
Class of 2016
Legendary actor Lon Chaney Jr (Creighton Chaney, 1906-1973) was born premature and stillborn in a cabin beside Oklahoma City’s Belle Isle Lake. The attending doctor broke the lake’s ice and plunged the infant into the water, shocking him to life. Against his famous father’s wishes, Chaney entered films in 1932, gaining great acclaim in 1939’s Of Mice and Men. He entered Silver Scream immortality with The Wolf Man (1941) and remains the only actor to portray Universal’s “big four” of creatures, also playing Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the Mummy in a career that included nearly 200 roles. This beloved Oklahoman’s Nucleon was accepted on his behalf by his grandson Ron Chaney, President of Chaney Entertainment.
Class of 2017