Professor James E. Gunn
is an American science fiction author, editor, scholar, and anthologist.
Jim’s 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 nonfiction book in 1983 for Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction. He was named the 2007 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
He is Professor Emeritus of English, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, both at the University of Kansas. The Center for the Study of Science Fiction awards the annual John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award at the Campbell Conference in Lawrence, Kansas, every July.
Jim served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, after which he attended the University of Kansas, earning a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in 1947 and a Masters of Arts in English in 1951. He went on to become a faculty member of the University of Kansas, where he served as the university’s director of public relations and as a professor of English, specializing in science fiction and fiction writing.
He served as President of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1971 to 1972 and was President of the Science Fiction Research Association from 1980 to 1982.
Jim’s books include The Joy Makers, The Joy Machine, The Immortals, The Magicians, The Science of Science Fiction Writing, The Listeners, Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History of Science Fiction, The Road to Science Fiction: Volume 2: From Wells to Heinlein, Breaking Point, This Fortress World, The Road to Science Fiction: Volume 4: From Here to Forever, and Gift From The Stars.
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