James Edwin Gunn was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and was educated at the University of Kansas (B.S. in Journalism, 1947; M.A. in English, 1951), where he later became a professor of English and journalism and Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. He is currently the Most Senior SF Writer. He has done an autobiography: Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fiction and there has been a biography: Saving the World Through Science Fiction.
First published SF story: "Communications" in Startling Stories (September 1949) [as by Edwin James]; First Novel: This Fortress World (Gnome Press, 1955). Other novels include The Joy Makers (1961), The Immortals (1964), and The Listeners (1972).
Early in his career (1951–1952) Gunn was an apprentice editor for Dell Books in their Western Printing & Lithographing Division in Racine, Wisconsin. While there he worked on Robert Heinlein's Universe (#36 in the Dell 10¢ series), contributing the cover idea and the anonymous introduction.
From 1977 to 1998 he edited six volumes of his "Road to Science Fiction" series of anthologies. He has served as president of The Science Fiction Writers of America (1971-1972) and of The Science Fiction Research Association (1980-1982).
He is a member of First Fandom.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1972 -- Mid-America Con
- 1974 -- Minicon 9
- 1975 -- Marcon 10
- 1976 -- Conclave, Pilgrim Award
- 1977 -- Jack Williamson Lectureship
- 1983 -- Eatoncon 5
- 1979 -- URCON I, FortCon, Kampuscon
- 1982 -- Tropicon I
- 1983 -- Best Non-Fiction Book Hugo
- 1991 -- J. Lloyd Eaton Memorial Award (Lifetime Achievement)
- 1997 -- Thomas D. Clareson Award
- 2007 -- SFWA Grand Master Award
- 2009 -- First Fandom Hall of Fame
- 2013 -- LoneStarCon 3
- 2017 -- ConStellation VIII
Also involved: - 1970 Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo - ConClave I - Coventry - Gary K. Wolfe - I-CON Sam Moskowitz Award - MidAmerica-Con 2 - SF Expo - Starcall
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