James E. Gunn

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James E. Gunn
Gunn in 2005
Gunn in 2005
BornJames Edwin Gunn
(1923-07-12)July 12, 1923
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
DiedDecember 23, 2020(2020-12-23) (aged 97)
Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Pen nameEdwin James[1]
OccupationProfessor of English, critic, fiction writer
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAmerican
EducationB.S., Journalism; M.A., English
Alma materUniversity of Kansas
Period1948–2020
GenreScience fiction
SubjectIsaac Asimov, history of science fiction
Notable works
Notable awards(below)

James Edwin Gunn (July 12, 1923 – December 23, 2020) was an American science fiction writer, editor, scholar, and anthologist. His work as an editor of anthologies includes the six-volume Road to Science Fiction series.

Awards[change | change source]

Gunn won the Hugo Award for "Best Related Work" in 1983 and he has won or been nominated for several other awards for his non-fiction works in the field of science fiction studies.[3] The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America made him its 24th Grand Master in 2007[4] and he was inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2015.

Educator[change | change source]

Gunn was a professor emeritus of English, and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, both at the University of Kansas.[5][6]

Death[change | change source]

Gunn died in Lawrence, Kansas on the morning of December 23, 2020, at age 97.[7][8]

References[change | change source]

  1. James E. Gunn at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2013-04-05. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  2. "Fiction Book Review: The Immortals by James Gunn, Author Pocket Books $21.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-671-53486-8". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  3. "Gunn, James". The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees. Locus Publications (locusmag.com). Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  4. "Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (sfwa.org). Archived from the original on March 8, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  5. "James Gunn: CSSF Founding Director". Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction (CSSF); University of Kansas (sfcenter.ku.edu). Updated December 2, 2014. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  6. Niccum, Jon (April 11, 2008). "Top Gunn: Renowned science fiction author finds fresh ways to cultivate genre". Lawrence Journal-World. Lawrence, KS. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  7. Nozicka, Luke (December 23, 2020). "Science fiction author James Gunn, a KU professor emeritus, dies Wednesday at age 97". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  8. Couch, Aaron (December 23, 2020). "James E. Gunn, Science Fiction Author and Scholar, Dies at 97". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 23, 2020.

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