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James Gunn

Bio: James Gunn has worked as an editor of paperback reprints, as managing editor of Kansas University. alumni publications, as director of K.U. public relations, as a professor of English, and now is professor emeritus of English and director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. He won national awards for his work as an editor and a director of public relations. He was awarded the Byron Caldwell Smith Award in recognition of literary achievement and the Edward Grier Award for excellence in teaching, was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America for 1971-72 and president of the Science Fiction Research Association from 1980-82, was guest of honor at many regional SF conventions, including SFeracon in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, and Polcon, the Polish National SF convention, in Katowice; was presented the Pilgrim Award of SFRA in 1976, a special award from the 1976 World SF Convention for Alternate Worlds; a Science Fiction Achievement Award (Hugo) by the 1983 World SF Convention for Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction; and the Eaton Award in 1992 for lifetime achievement; was a K.U. Mellon Fellow in 1981 and 1984; and served from 1978-80 and 1985-present as chairman of the Campbell Award jury to select the best science-fiction novel of the year. He has lectured in Denmark, China, Iceland, Japan, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Yugoslavia, and the Soviet Union for the U.S. Information Agency.



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1 Breaking Point [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  Although the short stories in this collection take place in the distant future and within fictional landscapes, the themes that James Gunn examines are the perpetual issues of the human race. These stories revolve around the testing of man's true character--a problem that Gunn, through his powerful plot construction, proves is universal. (Published: 2004)

Words: 59880 - Reading Time: 171-239 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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2 Breaking Point [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  The ship was proof against any test, but the men inside her could be strained and warped, individually and horribly. Unfortunately, while the men knew that, they couldn't really believe it. The Aliens could--and did. (Published: 1953)

Words: 16118 - Reading Time: 46-64 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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3 Crisis! [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  Johnson is plagued by his absence of memory and the strange dreams of horrific futures that he somehow knows will become reality if he does not act. He was born in a hopeless future and is doomed to travel in the past and repair humanity's problems before they can happen. Unfortunately every time he returns to the abyss outside of time he loses all memory of what just occurred. The only information Johnson has of his existence is a one-page letter written to himself, reminding him of his duties.... more info>> (Published: 1986)

Words: 58677 - Reading Time: 167-234 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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4 First Contacts: Tales From The Vintage Years of Science Fiction [MultiFormat]
by Poul Anderson, James Gunn, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  Countless stories have been written about this first meeting, this first established contact between aliens and human beings. Who are they? Where are they from? What do they look like? And more importantly, will they come in peace or war? This unique collection of short stories deals with that imagined first contact. It gathers both well known writers in the field as well as lesser known authors whose work nevertheless speak for themselves. Are all meetings successful? It ultimately depends on h... more info>> (Published: 2011)

Words: 102453 - Reading Time: 292-409 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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5 Future Imperfect [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  Master of science fiction James Gunn explores the infinite possibilities of the unknown world in this collection of short stories. From planets where social status is based on poverty to a human zoo that serves as a refrigerator for a bloodthirsty monster, Gunn tests the limit of human imagination. Step inside and feel free to browse. This Venusian factory in Jersey manufactures only the finest women on the market. Each is flawless in her beauty and poise, but there is one malfunction that may p... more info>> (Published: 1992)

Words: 50824 - Reading Time: 145-203 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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6 Kampus [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  The college of the future has just one purpose: endless battle. Political organizations urge ruthless combat with an invisible opponent and each student is challenged to be more extreme than the rest. One man finds his fame by kidnapping and killing a professor. Instantly he is immersed into the world of grease-guns and grenades, where the anarchy is suspiciously formulated. The professors have forgotten their pursuit of knowledge, midnight groping at the point has turned into isolated sex with ... more info>> (Published: 1977)

Words: 101990 - Reading Time: 291-407 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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7 Killer and Others [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  Science Fiction Grand Master James Gunn started his career writing short stories in the 1950s. Here are three stories that show some of his diversity of style. The Gravity Business: When an extended family land on an explored planet and their anti-gravity refuses to work. They are all dismayed when they find out the furry little alien named "Freep" is the culprit. Stilled Patter: The baby business is all a vast conspiracy and one man knows why. Killer: Sam Newman landed his ship on what was sure... more info>> (Published: 1953)

Words: 13708 - Reading Time: 39-54 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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8 Some Dreams are Nightmares [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  These stories share a common concept: man has dreamed for centuries about space flight, about happiness, about immortality. If only I could fly to the moon, he has told himself, if only I could find true happiness, if only I could live forever ... then I would be like a god. These stories, however, go on to demonstrate that every dream come true brings unforeseen consequences. The power of man to dream and make his dreams come true is unlimited, but each step forward must be paid for, there is n... more info>> (Published: 1974)

Words: 67381 - Reading Time: 192-269 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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9 Station in Space [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  At one time, outer space was seen as the last frontier, the final challenge to human ingenuity. But those days are gone as the galaxy becomes the stomping ground for humans encountering strange new machinery and green-faced Martians. Depicted with stark realism and meticulous detail, this novel tells of the dangers, despair and unbelievable pleasure that awaits the men and women who are to populate the first ever station in space. (Published: 1986)

Words: 62210 - Reading Time: 177-248 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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10 The Burning [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  Scientist John Wilson cannot deny the accusations coming from the beautiful blonde girl with the burning eyes, nor can he refuse her offer. But in accepting her proposal, John must forgo his first love, science, and resign himself to the will of a higher power--magic. Now the door to his past has slammed shut with terrifying finality, and his future holds a horror that no rational mind can fathom. Will The Burning separate John from the comfort of the reality he loves so dearly or will it open d... more info>> (Published: 1956)

Words: 56000 - Reading Time: 160-224 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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11 The Dreamers [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  It's an age where high tech rules supreme. Computers do all the work while humans spend their lives enjoying drug-induced fantasies. Only a handful live and work in the traditional sense--managing the few affairs that still need attention. At the center of this system is the Mnemonist, the man who directs everything that happens. But now he has reached an advanced age and must carefully choose a dreamer capable of taking over his crucial position. (Published: 1980)

Words: 56624 - Reading Time: 161-226 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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12 The Listeners [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  After fifty-one long years of patient waiting, the message has finally arrived. They have dedicated their lives to trying to decipher the eerie silence that resounds from space and now there is finally a sound after decades of quiet. In the beginning there is a hail of celebration, the Project has finally produced results, but then the questions begin. What does the message mean? Could it be 'we come in peace' or 'get ready for world domination'? The message baffles Earth. Only one man has the p... more info>> (Published: 1972)

Words: 71377 - Reading Time: 203-285 min.
Category: Science Fiction
14 Reader Ratings:
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13 The Magicians [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  Unseen by an apathetic society, a stupendous battle is being waged between good and evil. In the center of unassuming town, gathered in a nondescript hotel, are the most powerful forces of time eternal: the thirteen black covens. On All Hallow's Eve they unite to summon the Black Magician, the darkest and deadliest being of all time They are a rag-tag group of misfits, an inexperienced but lovely witch, an ancient sorcerer obsessed with math, and a private detective who can't seem to solve a cas... more info>> (Published: 1976)

Words: 53320 - Reading Time: 152-213 min.
Category: Science Fiction
29 Reader Ratings:
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14 The Millennium Blues [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  (A New Novel by James Gunn) Wow, the millennium is off to a great start, the notorious Y2K bug was no problem, and the world didn't end; time to take a break and relax���Well, not exactly. The millennium didn't really get underway until January 1, 2001. You thought you were safe? Think again! Something much, MUCH, MUCH worse is ahead. The new millennium will bring nothing but disaster and destruction. As six unique people rush feverishly to resolve catastrophes both personal and otherwise,... more info>> (Published: 2001)

Words: 75778 - Reading Time: 216-303 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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15 The Witching Hour [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  James E. Gunn's sci-fi world has veered into the realm of the unholy with the Witching Hour, three novelettes of satanic scenery and devilish deceit. Demons, death and disbelief will haunt you at every corner. Macabre rituals of darkness will creep up your spine until your fragile mind tingles with fear. (Published: 1970)

Words: 63120 - Reading Time: 180-252 min.
Category: Science Fiction/Horror
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16 This Fortress World [MultiFormat]
by James Gunn
  William Dane is a man with a nasty but valuable secret, one that all the cutthroats in the galaxy are itching to get their hands on. Dane must perfect the art of concealing himself from the crazed factions yearning for the power that this secret can give them, otherwise he will die an unspeakable death at their hands. He's a man on the run from the entire galaxy, and he must be constantly vigilant if the key to rule over the universe is not to fall into the wrong hands. This classic science fict... more info>> (Published: 1955)

Words: 70847 - Reading Time: 202-283 min.
Category: Science Fiction
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