Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fiction

Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fiction

by James Gunn


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Hugo Award winning writer James Gunn (1923-2020) has been called "the last Golden Age author" of science fiction. In a career of almost 70 years, he wrote or edited 45 books and more than 100 short stories and participated in the production of films, radio and television programs and comic books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476670263
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/20/2017
Pages: 223
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late James Gunn was emeritus professor of English at the University of Kansas and the author or editor of 45 books and 100+ short stories. A former president of both the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Science Fiction Research Association, he received their lifetime awards and induction into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. He lived in Lawrence, Kansas.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Title from H.G. Wells and a Brush with Greatness 1

One: An Unlikely Life, an Unusual Family and a Quest for Education 3

Two: Called to Service and Romance—and More Education 35

Three: Back to College, Stage Magic, a Wedding and the Miracle

of Writing—and Acceptance 54

Four: Return to Lawrence, Grad School, Reading, Writing and a Baby 70

Five: Junior Editor in Racine, My First WorldCon and Its Revelation 77

Six: Freelancing for a Living, Creating a Career and “Another Boy” 85

Seven: Lawrence Once More (for Good) and a Life in Academia 100

Eight: To the Front of the Classroom, Editing for Alumni and

Writing for a Chancellor 105

Nine: University Relations, a University’s Centennial and Rebellious

Students 111

Ten: Becoming a Professor Who Teaches Fiction Writing and Science

Fiction—and Writes It 125

Eleven: Teaching, Research and Service, and How Science Fiction

Serves Them All 144

Twelve: Retirement: Old Writers Never Die—They Just Go Out of

Print; and Sometimes Receive Awards and Suffer Losses 155

Thirteen: Family and the End—But Maybe Not Just Yet 171

Appendix A: Speech Given at the Donation of the Theodore Sturgeon

Papers at Kansas University 191

Appendix B: Publications 207

Index 211

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