Eileen Gunn


1945 –


Who is Eileen Gunn?

Eileen Gunn is a science fiction author and editor based in Seattle, Washington, who began publishing in 1978.

Her story "Coming to Terms", inspired, in part, by a friendship with Avram Davidson, won the Nebula Award for Best Short Story in 2004. Two other stories were nominated for the Hugo Award: "Stable Strategies for Middle Management" and "Computer Friendly".

A collection of her short stories, Stable Strategies and Others, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the World Fantasy Award. The Japanese translation was awarded the Sense of Gender Award at the 2007 World Science Fiction Convention in Yokohama, Japan.

About the stories: "Stable Strategies for Middle Management" has generally been interpreted as a pastiche of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, with satiric relevance to late-20th-Century high-tech corporate culture. "Fellow Americans" posits an alternate history in which Barry Goldwater hired Roger Ailes to run his 1964 presidential campaign, and Richard Nixon became the host of a TV game show called Tricky Dick.

Green Fire, a collaborative novella by Gunn, Michael Swanwick, Pat Murphy, and Andy Duncan, is an homage of sorts, in which Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Grace Hopper take part in the Philadelphia Experiment, with the assistance of Nicola Tesla and the Aztec deity Quetzalcoatl.

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Jun 23, 1945
  • United States of America
Lived in
  • Boston

on July 23, 2013


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