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Gunn, James E. 1923-

Works: 291 works in 720 publications in 8 languages and 15,966 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Science fiction  Fiction  Biography  Dictionaries  Reference works  Conference papers and proceedings  Biographies  Fantasy fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Thesis advisor, Creator, Actor, Compiler
Classifications: PS3513.U797, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by James E Gunn
Isaac Asimov, the foundations of science fiction by James E Gunn( Book )

28 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Galaxy book
Alternate worlds : the illustrated history of science fiction by James E Gunn( Book )

21 editions published between 1975 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alternate Worlds was first published in 1975 and became an instant classic, winning a Hugo award. This third edition brings the history of science fiction up to date, covering developments over the past forty years--a period that has seen the advent of technologies only imagined in the genre's Golden Age. As a literature of change, science fiction has become ever more meaningful, presaging dangers to humanity and, as Alvin Toffler wrote, guarding against "the premature arrival of the future." The world has begun to recognize science fiction in many different ways, incorporating its elements in products, visual media and huge conventions--back cover
The New encyclopedia of science fiction( Book )

12 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paratexts : introductions to science fiction and fantasy by James E Gunn( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the mid-1980s, Easton Press began publishing a series of leather-bound collector editions called "Masterpieces of Science Fiction," and "Masterpieces of Fantasy," which featured some of the most important works in these genres. Author James Gunn was commissioned to write introductions to these works, which allowed him to pay tribute to many authors who inspired and influenced him. In Paratexts: Introductions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, Gunn has collected the most significant essays produced for the Easton series, along with prefaces he wrote for reprints of his own novels. Drawing upon
The listeners by James E Gunn( Book )

22 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Director MacDonald holds in his hands the fate of Earth, the universe and theProject, which is dedicated to answering questions that have plagued humanityfor centuries. Will he make the correct choice?
Transcendental by James E Gunn( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Riley, a veteran of interstellar war, is one of many beings from many different worlds aboard a ship on a pilgrimage that spans the galaxy. However, he is not journeying to achieve transcendence, a vague mystical concept that has drawn everyone else on the ship to this journey into the unknown at the far edge of the galaxy. His mission is to find and kill the prophet who is reputed to help others transcend. While their ship speeds through space, the voyage is marred by violence and betrayal, making it clear that some of the ship's passengers are not the spiritual seekers they claim to be. Like the pilgrims in Chaucers Canterbury Tales, a number of those on the starship share their unique stories. But as tensions rise, Riley realizes that the ship is less like the Canterbury Tales and more like a harrowing, deadly ship of fools. When he becomes friendly with a mysterious passenger named Asha, he thinks she is someone he can trust. However, like so many others on the ship, Asha is more than she appears. Uncovering her secrets could be the key to Rileys personal quest, or make him question everything he thought he knew about Transcendentalism and his mission to stop it. James Gunn's Transcendental is a space adventure filled with excitement and intrigue that explores the nature of what unifies all beings"--
The road to science fiction by James E Gunn( Book )

21 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthology of science fiction, mostly short stories
Transgalactic by James E Gunn( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Riley and Asha finally reached the planet Terminal and found the Transcendental Machine, a matter transmission device built by an ancient race, they chose to be "translated." Now in possession of intellectual and physical powers that set them above human limitations, the machine has transported them to two, separate, unknown planets among a possibility of billions. Riley and Asha know that together they can change the galaxy, so they attempt to do the impossible--find each other"--
Man and the future; [papers] by Inter-century Seminar( Book )

11 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The end of the dreams : three short novels about space, happiness, and immortality by James E Gunn( Book )

7 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The joy makers by James E Gunn( Book )

23 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in English and German and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A "fix-up" about a science of happiness and the effects it has on society
The science of science-fiction writing by James E Gunn( Book )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dreamers by James E Gunn( Book )

9 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is an age when 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
The magicians by James E Gunn( Book )

14 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unseen by an apathetic society, a stupendous battle is being waged between good and evil. In the center of an 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 case, but they are humanity's only hope. The world is unaware of the battle, but it will suffer the ultimate consequence if the war is won by the black evil. Can a group of social rejects save the world? Or will humanity plunge forever into the abyss?
Some dreams are nightmares by James E Gunn( Book )

8 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 no such thing as a free lunch, and some dreams are nightmares
Reading science fiction( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science Fiction is illuminated by world class scholars and fiction writers, who introduce the history, concepts and contexts necessary to understanding the genre. Their groundbreaking approach provides insights into today's SF world and makes learning how to read Science Fiction an exciting collaborative process for teachers and students
This fortress world by James E Gunn( Book )

19 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 fiction masterpiece satisfies readers' every desire for adventure and intrigue
The immortals by James E Gunn( Book )

11 editions published between 1962 and 2004 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF IMMORTALITY? For nomad Marshall Cartwright, the price is knowing that he will never grow old. That he will never contract a disease, an infection, or even a cold. That because he will never die, he must surrender theright to live. For Dr. Russell Pearce, the price is eternal suspicion. He appreciates what synthesizing the elixir vitae from the Immortal's genetic makeup could mean for humankind. He also fears what will happen should Cartwright's miraculous blood shoudl fall int o the wrong hands
Breaking point by James E Gunn( )

10 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in English and German and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 to be universal
Speculations on speculation : theories of science fiction( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Speculations on Speculation Theories of Science Fiction examines the roots, history, development, current status, and future directions of the field through the contributions of well-respected science-fiction writers, teachers, and critics. The articles speculate on the definition of science fiction, science fiction as serious literature, the most talented science-fiction writers, and where the genre is headed."--Jacket
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The science of science-fiction writing
The listenersThe road to science fictionThe science of science-fiction writingReading science fictionThis fortress worldThe immortalsSpeculations on speculation : theories of science fiction
Alternative Names
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English (250)

German (6)

Chinese (3)

Danish (3)

Italian (3)

Polish (2)

French (1)

Dutch (1)