James Gunn has had a long and distinguished career in science fiction. In addition to his stories and novels, he has written extensively about the reading, writing, and criticism of science fiction. Many of these essays were published in The Science of Science-Fiction Writing (Scarecrow, 2002). A second collection of essays, Inside Science Fiction, was originally published in 1992, and is now available in this revised, updated, and expanded edition. With the addition of five new articles written since 1992, Inside Science Fiction represents Gunn's latest thoughts about the genre and offers a complete overview of science fiction for readers and viewers from an author, reader, and teacher who has seen it from all sides for more than seventy years.
James Gunn, emeritus professor of English and director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, has published 40 books and nearly 100 short stories. His novels include The Immortals, The Joy Makers, The Listeners, and The Dreamers. He has published seven collections of short stories, including Future Imperfect and Breaking Point. His books about science fiction include Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction, The Science of Science Fiction Writing and the six-volume The Road to Science Fiction. He is the only person to serve as president of both the Science Fiction Writers of America and the Science Fiction Research Association. Gunn is the 24th writer recognized by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America as a Grand Master.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Part 1. Getting inside Science Fiction Chapter 3 1. The Education of a Science Fiction Teacher Chapter 4 2. From the Pulps to the Classroom: The Strange Journey of Science Fiction Chapter 5 3. Science Fiction and the Mainstream Chapter 6 4. The Gatekeepers Chapter 7 5. Fifty Amazing, Astounding, Wonderful Years Chapter 8 6. The Worldview of Science Fiction Part 9 Part 2. Science Fiction and the Teacher Chapter 10 7. Teaching Science Fiction Chapter 11 8. Teaching Science Fiction Revisited Chapter 12 9. The Academic Viewpoint Chapter 13 10. Science Fiction as Literature Chapter 14 11. The City and the Critics Chapter 15 12. Libraries in Science Fiction Chapter 16 13. The Protocols of Science Fiction Part 17 Part 3. Science Fiction on Film and Television Chapter 18 14. The Tinsel Screen Chapter 19 15. Television and The Immortal Chapter 20 16. The Great Science Fiction Radio Show Chapter 21 17. Looking Backward at 2001 Part 22 Part 4. Science Fiction and the Real World Chapter 23 18. The Uses of Space Chapter 24 19. A Short History of the Space Program; or, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon Chapter 25 20. Shapechangers and Fearmongers Chapter 26 21. Science Fiction and the Future Chapter 27 22. Science Fiction in the Nineties Chapter 28 23. Science Fiction in the Second Millennium Part 29 A James Gunn Bibliography Part 30 Index Part 31 About the Author