James Gunn's
Ad Astra

Issue #9


Stories by: K. Eisert, H. Roth-Brown,
Chris Lee Jones, James Maxey and
Eugene Morgulis

Poem by: Mara G. Shearer

Article by: René Walling

Illustration by Leigh Legler

Home Page2020-12-30T13:21:18-05:00

by Jean Asselin, Editor-In-Chief

Our namesake James Gunn, author, scholar, teacher, mentor, friend, and gentleman, passed away two days before Christmas 2020. At 97, he was the dean—easily by a dozen years— of living science fiction writers.

To celebrate his accomplishments, I want to share some of his wisdom with you.

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On Drafts

December 20th, 2020|

First draft: In your first draft you get to be Wild Being of the Woods. Write crazy. Stop and start, veer off, break rules, color outside the lines. Let the story discover itself. Later you can figure out what to do with it.

On Responding to an Idea

June 30th, 2020|

What you respond to in an idea or a prompt—what Ursula K. Le Guin called a “thought experiment”— may be big or small, clearly structural or emotionally subtle. Anything, really.