The Burning

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Open Road Media, Apr 29, 2014 - Fiction - 176 pages

Scientist John Wilson cannot deny the accusations coming from the beautiful blond girl with the burning eyes, nor can he refuse her offer. But in accepting her proposal, John must forgo his first love, science, and resign himself to the will of a higher power—magic. Now the door to his past has slammed shut with terrifying finality, and his future holds a horror that no rational mind can fathom. Will The Burning separate John from the comfort of the reality he loves so dearly, or will it open doors in his mind that had been locked . . . until she arrived?

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My reactions to reading this book in 1991. Spoilers follow. This was an interesting book both philosophically and structurally. This novel is a fix-up of three stories. As usual Gunn is interested in ... Read full review

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James Gunn has worked in publishing, has been the director of public relations at Kansas University, and has served as an English professor. He is now a professor emeritus of English and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. Gunn’s work has won many awards, including the Byron Caldwell Smith Award, the Edward Grier Award, the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, the Eaton Award, the Pilgrim Award, and the Hugo Award for Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction. Gunn was a guest of honor at the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention and has served as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America and of the Science Fiction Research Association.
Gunn is also the distinguished author of numerous science fiction novels and shorter works, including The Listeners, The Dreamers, The Witching Hour, The Joy Machine (with Theodore Sturgeon), Crisis!, The Burning, The Magicians, Station In Space and The Immortals (on which the 1969 TV series, The Immortal, was based). His latest novel is Transcendental. He also edited a series of science fiction anthologies intended for use in teaching courses on the subject, The Road To Science Fiction, in six volumes.

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