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James Gunn (1) (1923–2020)

Author of The Joy Machine

For other authors named James Gunn, see the disambiguation page.

James Gunn (1) has been aliased into James E. Gunn.

85+ Works 2,797 Members 51 Reviews 2 Favorited

About the Author

Image credit: James Edwin Gunn, SF author,
at the 2006 Nebula Awards
held in New York City, 2007
Copyright © 2007 Ron Hogan


Works by James Gunn

Works have been aliased into James E. Gunn.

The Joy Machine (1996) 303 copies
The Immortals (1962) 228 copies
The Joy Makers (1961) 166 copies
Transcendental (2013) 157 copies
The Magicians (1976) 113 copies
Nebula Award Stories 10 (1975) 106 copies
This Fortress World (1955) 91 copies
Future Imperfect (1964) 85 copies
Crisis! (1986) 65 copies
Mind Master (1980) 64 copies
Transgalactic: A novel (2016) 49 copies
Gift from the Stars (2005) 26 copies
Reading Science Fiction (2008) 18 copies
Inside Science Fiction (1992) 13 copies
Von Ellison bis Haldeman (1991) 11 copies
Von Huxley bis Heinlein (1988) 10 copies
Von Malzberg bis Benford (1982) 9 copies
Von Wells bis Stapledon (1988) 9 copies
Von Clement bis Dick (1990) 8 copies
Von Matheson bis Shaw (1992) 6 copies
Die Venus-Fabrik (1964) 6 copies
Von Heinlein bis Farmer (1998) 5 copies
Von Lem bis Varley (1993) 4 copies
Tendre femelle (1950) 1 copy
New Blood [novelette] (1955) 1 copy
Donor [novelette] (1960) 1 copy
Skin Game 1 copy
In Our Stars 1 copy
Witch Hunt 1 copy
Patterns 1 copy
Elixir 1 copy

Associated Works

Works have been aliased into James E. Gunn.

A Clockwork Orange (1962) — Preface, some editions — 25,951 copies
The War of the Worlds (1898) — Afterword, some editions — 18,481 copies
The Foundation Trilogy (1951) — Foreword, some editions — 6,606 copies
Brightness Reef (1995) — Introduction, some editions — 2,496 copies
Dreamfall (1996) — Introduction, some editions — 615 copies
Illegal Alien (1997) — Introduction, some editions — 523 copies
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories (1993) — Contributor — 447 copies
Transition (1991) — Introduction, some editions — 392 copies
The Day The Martians Came (1988) — Introduction, some editions — 276 copies
100 Great Fantasy Short, Short Stories (1984) — Contributor — 248 copies
Wizards' Worlds (1989) — Introduction, some editions — 229 copies
Microcosmic Tales (1944) — Contributor — 146 copies
Isaac Asimov: Science Fiction Masterpieces (1986) — Contributor — 101 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 92 copies
SF: Authors' Choice 4 (1974) — Contributor — 84 copies
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World (2017) — Introduction — 35 copies
The Cherryh Odyssey (2004) — Introduction — 33 copies
Mission: Tomorrow (2015) — Contributor — 21 copies
Synergy: New Science Fiction, Vol. 4 (1989) — Author — 20 copies
Alfa Vier: SF-Verhalen (1976) 12 copies
Golden Age SF: Tales of a Bygone Future (2006) — Contributor — 11 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 38, No. 9 [September 2014] (2014) — Contributor — 10 copies
Destination: Future (2010) — Contributor — 7 copies


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Common Knowledge



The Empire may still exist, at least it does on the fortress orbiting the planet, where the bulk ofthe population toils to preserve the privileges of the few administrators. Cracks are appearing in the administration, and we are left with a few rebels who are working to overthrow the system. I read this paperback in 1963, though it was published in 1951.
DinadansFriend | 3 other reviews | Feb 3, 2024 |
I think I'll be an outlier on this book.

The backdrop was interesting, the characters varied and extreme, the plot interesting, and yet it didn't hang together for me at all.

The intro drew me in, then the book just stumbled along for many many pages, and when it finally got interesting, it ended.
furicle | 10 other reviews | Aug 5, 2023 |
The book was described by some as a traveler's tale - a Canterbury Tales sort of thing with aliens. That was what caught my fancy as well as the fact I had never read one of James Gunn's novels (except maybe The Listeners). I had rather low expectations and the book happily exceeded them. It starts a thousand years in the future with a group of assorted aliens just after a peace has been established after a galactic war. We begin at the edge of known space and head off to the unknown with pilgrims, and others, and they seem to be seeking transcendence. This is also an entertaining mystery in space, kind of a locked room, or spaceship...

I really enjoyed the journey and it was a quick and easy read. The ending is clever and leaves the reader with a sort of cliffhanger. Almost 4 stars
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RBeffa | 10 other reviews | Jul 12, 2023 |



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