William Shunn

Since his first professional sale in 1993, William Shunn's short fiction and essays have appeared in "Salon", "Storyteller", "Asimov's", "F&SF", "Science Fiction Age", "Realms of Fantasy", "Electric Velocipede", "Sybil's Garage", "On Magazine", and various anthologies.  He has been nominated for the Hugo and Sturgeon Awards, and twice for the Nebula Award.  His chapbook, "An Alternate History of the 21st Century", is just out from Spilt Milk Press.  He is also at work on a novel, "Inclination", and a memoir, "The Accidental Terrorist." 

He has worked as a computer programmer for companies as diverse as WordPerfect and Sesame Workshop.  On September 11, 2001, he created the first online "survivor registry," a site where New Yorkers without phone service could post messages saying they were okay.  Bill was born in Los Angeles and raised near Salt Lake City.  After twelve years in New York City, he has recently moved to Chicago with his wife Laura Chavoen, whom he married on the Travel Channel television series "Two for Las Vegas."  His web site can be found at www.shunn.net, as can his podcast, "William Shunn's ShunnCast."

Recently published - An Alternate History of the 21st Century (chapbook of six stories)

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Sat1200Kaffeeklatsche William SHUNN
Sat1400Religion In SFThough their pursuits are not mutually exclusive, religion and speculative fiction are almost anathema to one another. In SF, religion is ridiculed as superstition, derided as a pursuit of less advanced minds. Why is this kind of discrimination acceptable? Why are there not more proudly religious characters in SF?Jessica LANGER, Kari MAUND, Robert Charles WILSON, William SHUNN
Sun1400The Integration of Science and Religion in SF&FScience Fiction is the literature of the humanist, the rationalist and the skeptic. As theoretical physicists look at the underpinnings of the physical universe, they see the presence of the hand of God. How do authors integrate religion and science? Can it only be done in fantasy?Lisa C. FREITAG, Robert Charles WILSON, William SHUNN, Edward JAMES