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James Gunn

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James Edwin Gunn (born 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American Science Fiction author, editor, scholar, and anthologist. His work from the 1960s and 70s is considered his most significant fiction, and his Road to Science Fiction collections are considered his most important scholarly books. He won a Hugo Award for a non-fiction book in 1983 for Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction. He has been named the 2007 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Quotes

"Science fiction is the branch of literature that deals with the effects of change on people in the real world as it can be projected into the past, the future, or to distant places. It often concerns itself with scientific or technological change, and it usually involves matters whose importance is greater than the individual or the community; often civilization or the race itself is in danger."
James E. Gunn "Towards A Definition Of Science Fiction" in Speculations On Speculation
"Frederik Pohl's working definition of science fiction when he was editor of Galaxy, he has said, was a story he could publish in the magazine without having too many readers cancel their subscriptions."
"Science fiction is based upon a belief that the world is changing, that the way we live is changing, and that humanity will adjust to it, or will adjust change to humanity, or will perish."
"In science fiction a fantastic event or development is considered rationally."
James Gunn
"[T]he one indispensable ingredient of science fiction [is] a belief in a world being changed by man’s intellect, a conviction that what was being written could really happen."
James Gunn

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Bibliography

Fiction

Nonfiction

Anthologies include The Road to Science Fiction (now a total of 6 volumes, from 1977 to 1998).

Bibliography from ISFDB

Fiction Series

   * Star Trek Universe
         o Star Trek: The Original Series
               + Star Trek Pocket Books
                     # 80 The Joy Machine (1996) [as by James Gunn ] 
   * The Listeners
         o The Listeners (1968) [SF]
               + Variant Title: Robert MacDonald - 2025 (1968) 
         o The Message (1971) [SF]
               + Variant Title: William Mitchell - 2028 (1971) 
         o The Listeners (1972) [C] [as by James Gunn ]
         o The Answer (1972) [SF]
               + Variant Title: Andrew White - 2028 (1972)
               + Variant Title: The Answer (1972) [as by James Gunn ] 
         o The Reply (1972) [SF]
               + Variant Title: The Computer - 2118 (1972)
               + Variant Title: The Reply (1972) [as by James Gunn ] 
         o Robert MacDonald - 2058 (1972) [SF]
         o The Voices (1972) [SF]
               + Variant Title: George Thomas - 2027 (1972) 

Novels

   * Star Bridge (1955) with Jack Williamson
   * This Fortress World (1955)
   * The Joy Makers (1961)
   * The Magicians (1976)
   * Kampus (1977)
   * The Dreamers (1981)
         o Variant Title: The Mind Master (1982) [as by James Gunn ]
         o Variant Title: The Dreamers (1981) [as by James Gunn ]
         o Variant Title: The Mind Master (1982) 
   * Crisis! (1986)
   * Gift from the Stars (2005) [as by James Gunn ] 

Collections

   * Station in Space (1958) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Immortals (1962) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Future Imperfect (1964) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Witching Hour (1970)
   * Breaking Point (1972)
   * The Burning (1972)
   * Some Dreams Are Nightmares (1974) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The End of the Dreams (1975)
   * Human Voices (2002) [as by James Gunn ] 

Omnibus

   * The 13th Immortal / This Fortress World (1957) [O/2N] with Robert Silverberg 

Anthology Series

   * Nebula Awards
         o 10 Nebula Award Stories 10 (1975)
               + Variant Title: Nebula Award Stories Ten (1976) [as by James Gunn ] 
   * The Road to Science Fiction
         o 1 The Road to Science Fiction: From Gilgamesh to Wells (1977)
         o 2 The Road to Science Fiction 2: From Wells to Heinlein (1979)
               + Variant Title: The Road to Science Fiction #2: From Wells to Heinlein (1979) [as by James Gunn ] 
         o 3 The Road to Science Fiction 3: From Heinlein to Here (1979)
         o 4 The Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to Forever (1982)
         o 5 The Road to Science Fiction 5: The British Way (1998)
         o 6 The Road to Science Fiction 6: Around the World (1998) 
   * Astounding Stories: The 60th Anniversary Collection
         o 1 Astounding Stories: The 60th Anniversary Collection (Vol. 1 with red cover) (1990) [as by uncredited ]
         o 2 Astounding Stories: The 60th Anniversary Collection (Vol. 2 with blue cover) (1990) [as by uncredited ]
         o 3 Astounding Stories: The 60th Anniversary Collection (Vol. 3 with black cover) (1990) [as by uncredited ] 

Anthologies

   * The Best of Astounding (1992) [as by James Gunn ] 

Nonfiction Series

   * Science Fiction Writers
         o 3 Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction (1982)
               + Variant Title: Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction, Revised Edition (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
               + Variant Title: Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction (1982) [as by James Gunn ] 

Nonfiction

   * Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History of Science Fiction (1975) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Immortals: From Print to Film and Back Again (1979) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1988)
   * Inside Science Fiction: Essays on Fantastic Literature (1992)
         o Variant Title: Inside Science Fiction: Second Edition (2006) [as by James Gunn ] 
   * Speculations on Speculation: Theories of Science Fiction (2005) with Matthew Candelaria [as by Matthew Candelaria and James Gunn ] 

Shortfiction

   * Paradox (1949) [as by Edwin James ]
   * Communications (1949) [as by Edwin James ]
   * The Man with Common Sense (1950) [as by Edwin James ]
   * Private Enterprise (1950) [as by Edwin James ]
   * Slave Psychology (1951) [as by Edwin James ]
   * Mask of Peace (1951) [as by Edwin James ]
   * The Sun Came Up Last Night! (1951) [as by Edwin James ]
   * These Things Are Sirius (1951) [as by Edwin James ]
   * The Slaves of Venus (1952) [as by Edwin James ]
   * Survival Policy (1952) [as by Edwin James ]
   * The Misogynist (1952)
   * The Man Who Owned Tomorrow (1953)
   * The Reluctant Witch (1953)
         o Variant Title: Wherever You May Be (1953) 
   * The Boy with Five Fingers (1953) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Breaking Point (1953)
   * Wherever You May Be (1953) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Killer (1953)
   * A Monster Named Smith (1954) [as by James Gunn ]
   * A Word for Freedom (1954)
   * Open Warfare (1954)
   * Sine of the Magus (1954)
         o Variant Title: The Magicians (1954) 
   * The Beautiful Brew (1954)
   * Danger Past (1954)
   * Without Portfolio (1955)
   * The Hedonist (1955)
         o Variant Title: The Hedonist (1955) [as by James Gunn ]
         o Variant Title: Name Your Pleasure (1955) 
   * The Cave of Night (1955) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Unhappy Man (1955)
   * Shill (1955)
   * Feeding Time (1955) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Little Orphan Android (1955)
   * New Blood (1955) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Naked Sky (1955)
         o Variant Title: The Joy Ride (1955) 
   * Hoax (1955)
   * The Gravity Business (1956)
   * Tsylana (1956)
   * The Stilled Patter (1956)
   * Witches Must Burn (1956)
   * The Big Wheel (1956)
   * Medic (1957) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Every Day Is Christmas (1957)
   * Green Thumb (1957)
   * Space Is a Lonely Place (1957)
   * Not So Great an Enemy (1957)
   * Cinderella Story (1958)
   * Skin Game (1958)
   * Powder Keg (1958)
   * Deadly Silence (1958)
   * The Reason is With Us (1958)
         o Variant Title: The Reason Is with Us (1997) 
   * The Girls Who Were Really Built (1958)
         o Variant Title: Neosho's Choicest (1958) 
   * When the Shoe Fits (1958)
   * The Immortals (1958)
         o Variant Title: Immortal (1958)
         o Variant Title: Immortal (1958) [as by James Gunn ] 
   * The Immortal (1958)
   * Donor (1960) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Last Word (1964)
   * Trial by Fire (1969)
   * Witch Hunt (1969)
   * The Man Who Would Not (1969)
         o Variant Title: The Power and the Glory (1969) 
   * Kindergarten (1970)
   * Teddy Bear (1970)
   * The Technological Revolution (1971)
   * The Old Folks (1972)
   * Fault (1975) [as by James Gunn ]
   * If I Forget Thee (1977) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Child of the Sun (1977)
   * Guilt (1978)
   * Among the Beautiful Bright Children (1980)
   * The North Wind (1981) [as by James Gunn ]
   * End of the World (1984) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Man of the Hour (1984) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Mother of the Year (1985) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Touch of the Match (1985) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Will of the Wisp (1985) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Man of Parts (1985)
   * Out of My Head (1986) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The End-of-the-World Ball (1989) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Futurist (1993)
   * The Gingerbread Man (1995)
   * The Lens of Time (1995) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Day the Magic Came Back (1996)
   * The Giftie (1999) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Abyss (2000) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Pow'r (2000) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Rabbit Hole (2001) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Elixir (2004) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Uncreated Night and Strange Shadows (2005) [as by James Gunn ] 

Essay Series

   * Editorial (Science Fiction Quarterly)
         o Editorial: Key Question (1958) with Robert A. W. Lowndes 
   * Editorial (Analog)
         o Teaching Science Fiction Revisited (1974) [as by James Gunn ] 

Essays

   * The Short, Happy Life of a Surreal 'Pataphysician (unknown)
   * The Philosophy of Science Fiction (Part 1 of 2) (1953)
   * The Philosophy of Science Fiction (Part 2 of 2) (1953)
   * The Plot-Forms of Science Fiction (Part 1 of 2) (1953) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Plot-Forms of Science Fiction (Part 2 of 2) (1954) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Breaking Point) (1972) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Translations (1972)
   * On Style (1973)
   * Introduction (Some Dreams Are Nightmares) (1974)
   * A Short History of the Space Program; or, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Moon (1974) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Science Fiction and the Mainstream (1974) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Letter (The Alien Critic #8) (1974) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (The End of the Dreams) (1975)
   * Introduction (Nebula Award Stories 10) (1975)
         o Variant Title: Introduction (Nebula Award Stories 10) (1975) [as by James Gunn ]
         o Variant Title: Introduction (Nebula Award Stories/Ten) (1975) [as by James Gunn ] 
   * Henry Kuttner, C. L. Moore, Lewis Padgett et al. (1976) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Where Do You Get Those Crazy Ideas? (1976) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (The Road to Science Fiction #1) (1977)
   * A Selected Bibliography of Books About science Fiction (1977) [as by James Gunn ]
   * A Basic Science-Fiction Library (1977) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Academic Viewpoint (1978)
   * Aliens (1978) with Pamela Sargent
   * Introduction: On the Road to Science Fiction: From Wells to Heinlein (1979)
         o Variant Title: On the Road to Science Fiction: From Wells to Heinlein (1979) 
   * Introduction (The Puppet Masters) (1979)
   * Here There Be Tygers (1979)
   * On the Road to Science Fiction: From Heinlein to Here (1979) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The City and the Critics (1980) [as by James Gunn ]
   * On the Tinsel Screen: Science Fiction & the Movies (1980) [as by James Gunn ]
   * On the Foundations of Science Fiction (1980) [as by James Gunn ]
   * On Variations on a Robot (1980) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Understanding Ein (1981) [as by James Gunn ]
   * From the Pulps to the Classroom: The Strange Journey of Science Fiction (1981) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Robot Novels (1981) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Stuff Itself (1981) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Science Fiction in the Eighties (1982) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (The Road to Science Fiction #4) (1982)
   * Introduction: Science Fiction in the Eighties (1982) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Strange Journey: 1984 (1985)
   * Introduction (2001: A Space Odyssey) (1986) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (The Gods Themselves) (1986) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (What Mad Universe) (1986) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Fantastic Stories: Tales of the Weird & Wondrous) (1987)
   * Remembrances (Dune) (1987) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (The Foundation Trilogy) (1988)
   * Read This (The New York Review of Science Fiction, October 1988) (1988)
   * Introduction (The World of Ā) (1988) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Around the Moon) (1988) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Prelude to Foundation) (1988) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Response to "The New Generation Gap" (1989)
   * Introduction (Stranger in a Strange Land) (1989) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Borders of Infinity) (1989) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Fury) (1990) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Speaker for the Dead) (1990) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Blood Music) (1990) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Voyagers III: Star Brothers) (1990) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (The Vor Game) (1990) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Wolf and Iron) (1990) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (The Boat of a Million Years) (1990) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Queen of Angels) (1990) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Pacific Edge) (1990) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Barrayar) (1991) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Heavy Time) (1991) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Fallen Angels) (1991) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (GeorgeOrwell's 1984) (1992) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (This is the Way the World Ends) (1992) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (When Gravity Fails) (1993) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (The Postman) (1993) [as by James Gunn ]
   * SF The British Way (1993)
   * Introduction (Islands in the Net) (1994) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (A Canticle for Leibowitz) (1994) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (The Dead Zone) (1994) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Preface (A Clockwork Orange) (1994) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (The Moon Pool) (1994) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Preface (A Fisherman of the Inland Sea) (1995) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Four Ways to Forgiveness) (1995) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Boydston's Hamburgers (1996)
   * Gunn Chili (1996)
   * Introduction (Rogue Queen) (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * About the Author (The Road to Science Fiction 3: From Heinlein to Here) (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Uncertain Future (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Science Fiction Art Story (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Issues and Controversies (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Science Fiction as Simile (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Origin and Development of Science Fiction Writers (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Big Protest (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Surviving the Future (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Out of the Knight (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Hard Science and Soft People (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The New Scientific Revolution (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Aye, and Delany (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The New Thing (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Will Reality Please Raise Its Hand? (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Through a Glass Darkly (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Future as Metaphor (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Again and Again (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Terminal Fiction (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * That Old-Time Religion (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Sirens of Mainstream (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The British are Coming! (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Scalpel of Wit (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Ballads of Lost C. Smith (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * A Touch of Stone (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Why Not Literature? (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Farmerworld (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Expanding Universe (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Social Side (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * A Matter of Time (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Ecce Femina (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * More Than SF (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Science in Science Fiction (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Bradbury Chronicles (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Mimsy Were the Kuttners (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Simak Reservation (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Clear, Cool Voice of Asimov (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Beyond These Horizons (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (The Road to Science Fiction 3: From Heinlein to Here) (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Afterword: Ted and Me (1996) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Foreword (Thunder and Roses) (1997) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Science Fiction Around the World (1998) [as by James Gunn ]
   * The Romance of Science Fiction (1998)
   * Transcending Generalities (1998)
   * Sex and Fantasy (1998)
   * Alien Relations (1998)
   * Images and Icons (1998)
   * Putting It All Together (1998)
   * The God Question (1998)
   * New Maps and Old Waves (1998)
   * Breaking into the Club (1998)
   * The Neptune of the New Wave (1998)
   * More Things in Heaven and Earth (1998)
   * The Discontinuous D. G. Compton (1998)
   * New Worlds, New Waves, New Options (1998)
   * Stand on Metaphor (1998)
   * The Universe Considered as a Concentration Camp (1998)
   * The Day of the Wyndhams (1998)
   * Transit of Clarke (1998)
   * The Prolific Fifties (1998)
   * Meteors and Other Stars (1998)
   * The Postwar Explosion (1998)
   * The American Lodestone (1998)
   * Looking Outward (1998)
   * Before the Crash (1998)
   * The Great War and Its Aftermath (1998)
   * Currents in the Mainstream (1998)
   * The Man Who Invented Tomorrow (1998)
   * Fin de Siècle (1998)
   * The Medium and the Message (1998)
   * The Craving for Catastrophe (1998)
   * A Matter of Perspective (1998)
   * Beginnings: From Frankenstein to Dorking (1998)
   * Introduction (The Road to Science Fiction Volume 5: The British Way) (1998)
   * Preface (The Road to Science Fiction Volume 5: The British Way) (1998)
   * More Things in Heaven and Earth [#2] (1998)
   * Introduction (The Road to Science Fiction 6: Around the World) (1998)
   * Preface (The Road to Science Fiction 6: Around the World) (1998)
   * France (1998)
   * Exploring Worlds Known and Unknown (1998)
   * Visualizing the Future (1998)
   * Quest for the Right Stuff (1998)
   * An Alien Behind the Wine Bottle (1998)
   * The Temptations of the SF Polymath (1998)
   * The French Voice of North America (1998)
   * Germany (1998)
   * Creating a Genre (1998)
   * The Father of German Science Fiction (1998)
   * The Influence of Literature (1998)
   * The Austrian Connection (1998)
   * The Power of the Press (1998)
   * The Meaning of Walls (1998)
   * Scandinavia and Finland (1998)
   * Experiment in Denmark (1998)
   * Fantastic Sweden (1998)
   * Eastern Europe (1998)
   * The Man Who Invented the "Robot" (1998)
   * The Polish Master (1998)
   * Medical Report (1998)
   * Political Writing (1998)
   * The Romanian Exception (1998)
   * Russia (1998)
   * The Brothers Strugatski (1998)
   * Adventure and Science Fiction (1998)
   * Italy (1998)
   * The Everyday and the Fantastic (1998)
   * Surprising Realms and Forbidden Kingdoms (1998)
   * Fables for Our Time (1998)
   * Spain and Latin America (1998)
   * The Magician of Magic Realism (1998)
   * Miracles in Colombia (1998)
   * The Past, the Present, and the Future (1998)
   * India (1998)
   * The Marathi Experience (1998)
   * China (1998)
   * The Chinese Pioneer (1998)
   * The Professional Writer in China (1998)
   * Japan (1998)
   * Author in the Dunes (1998)
   * The Japanese Robert Heinlein (1998)
   * From Western Trash to Japanese Origami (1998)
   * Introduction: The Goobers (1998) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Brute Orbits) (2000) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Falling Free) (2001) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (The Time Machine) (2001) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (The Terminal Experiment) (2002) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Introduction (Human Voices) (2002)
   * The Reality Paradox in the Matrix (2003) [as by James Gunn ]
   * Preface (The Immortals) (2004)
   * Harry Potter as Schooldays Novel (2006) [as by James Gunn ] 

Reviews

   * The Ultimate Egoist (1995) by Theodore Sturgeon [as by James Gunn ] 

Interviews

   * An Interview with Isaac Asimov (2005) [as by James Gunn ]
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