These are stories about character--about beings--in unusual circumstances, facing difficult choices, pushed to the point where they must bend or break.
Breaking Point (novelette)
A Monster Named Smith
The Man Who Owned Tomorrow
The Power and the Glory
The Listeners (novelette)
_James Gunn has the credentials: author of ten books [now over 40 and a SFWA Grandmaster] and some seventy-five stories, with a television series and a movie adapted from a novel--and a former president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. BREAKING POINT is a kind of retrospective--eight stories through which "interested readers may note the evolution of a writer."_
_Gunn notes that the latest generation of science fiction writers "had grown up reading science fiction, but they also knew literature and the humanities and they wanted to write stories and novels which met the critical standards of the mainstream."_
_A case in point being, of course, James Gunn._
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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About the Author
James Gunn is the author of more than thirty books, including the Hugo Award-winning nonfiction work Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction and the novel The Immortals, on which the television series The Immortal was based. Other novels include The Listeners, The Joy Makers, and Kampus. He also has collaborated with other authors, most notably with Jack Williamson on Star Bridge. He was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2007.
Mr. Gunn is also the editor of a series of anthologies tracing the history of science fiction, The Road to Science Fiction, and is a past president of The Science Fiction Writers of America. He is professor emeritus of English and was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. He is the winner of the Pilgrim Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction scholarship, and is a past president of the Science Fiction Research Association. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.