James Gunn:
Science Fiction Grand Master!

On November 22, 2006, during lunch at the University of Kansas student union, SFWA President Robin Wayne Bailey surprised James Gunn and a small group of friends with the news that James Gunn would be honored as the next Grand Master of science fiction.

The title "Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master" is bestowed upon a living author for a lifetime's achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy. Nominations for recognition as a Grand Master are made by the president of SFWA; the final selection must be approved by a majority of the SFWA officers and participating past presidents. Gunn was President of SFWA in 1971-72, though for obvious reasons they did not contact him about this potential honor.

While it is not a Nebula Award, the Grand Master honor is conferred as part of the Nebula Awards® Banquet. This year's ceremony took place on May 12, 2007, in New York City.

Click here to read John Kessel's appreciation that he presented during the Nebula Awards ceremony.

Click here to read James Gunn's remarks about receiving the Grand Master Award.

Click here to see Keith Stokes' photos from the Nebula Awards Weekend.

Click here to see Chris McKitterick's photos from the Nebula Awards Weekend.

Click here to see Michael Burstein's photos from the Nebula Awards Weekend.

Click here to see Diane Turnshek's photos from the Nebula Awards Weekend.

And enjoy the photos below!

James Gunn with his Grand Master Award
James Gunn with his Grand Master Award


James Gunn and the 2007 Nebula Award winners.
Gunn, Gordon Van Gelder, Peter S. Beagle, James Patrick Kelly, and Jack McDevitt.


James Gunn and the 2007 Nebula Award winners.
Gunn, Gordon Van Gelder, James Patrick Kelly, Peter S. Beagle, D.G. Compton, Jack McDevitt, and Eloise Flood.


Gunn with Marlene Barr and Matthew Candelaria.


Gunn with CSSF Associate Director Chris McKitterick.


Gunn with CSSF Associate Director Kij Johnson.


Gunn with former students Nathaniel Williams, Matthew Candelaria, and Aaron Rosenberg.


Former Gunn students (photo by Michael A. Burstein).


"About AboutSF" panel with Volunteer Coordinator Nathaniel Williams, Chris McKitterick,
former Volunteer Coordinator Thomas Seay, and James Gunn.


updated 5/24/2007

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