Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

R.I.P., James Gunn

by Rob - December 24th, 2020.
Filed under: R.I.P..

The great James Gunn has passed away at 97. When people ask me what books influenced me the most as a writer, I always cite his The Listeners, the first great novel (a fix-up of novellas, actually) about the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Without it, I doubt my two Hugo nominees also about SETI — Factoring Humanity and Rollback — would have existed.

Jim was always very kind to me, and I shall miss him. We had some enjoyable conversations about our respective experiences in having novels adapted for television. The 1970 ABC TV series The Immortal was based on his novel The Immortals; forty years later, the 2009 ABC TV series FlashForward was based on my novel of the same name.

R.I.P., my friend.

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