Saving the World Through Science Fiction: James Gunn, Writer, Teacher and Scholar

Saving the World Through Science Fiction: James Gunn, Writer, Teacher and Scholar

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One of the major figures in science fiction for more than sixty years, James Gunn has been instrumental in making the genre one of the most vibrant and engaging areas of literary scholarship. His genre history Alternate Worlds and his The Road to Science Fiction anthologies introduced countless readers to science fiction. He founded the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction in 1982. But Gunn has also been one of the genre's leading writers. His classic novels Star Bridge (with Jack Williamson), The Joy Makers, The Immortals and The Listeners helped shape the field. Now in his nineties, he remains a prominent voice. His forthcoming novel is Transformation. Drawing on materials from Gunn's archives and personal interviews with him, this study is the first to examine the life, career and writing of this science fiction grandmaster.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476628226
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy , #56
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael R. Page is a lecturer in the English department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword: “Science Fiction’s Dad”
Christopher McKitterick 1
Preface 9
One. James Gunn: A Life in Science Fiction 17
Two. Early Stories to This Fortress World and Star Bridge 77
Three. The Joy Makers to The Burning 132
Four. The Listeners to Crisis! 188
Five. The Joy Machine to the Transcendental Trilogy 225
Six. The Scholarship 252
Chapter Notes 261
Bibliography 269
Index 273

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