Essay Fiesta Reader Profile: Bill Shunn

Bill (William) Shunn is a former Mormon and a science fiction writer. For a short while he was an ordained minister in Alberta, Canada, which resulted in his arrest and expulsion from the great northern nation.

His first published science fiction story, “From Our Point of View We Had Moved to the Left,” appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1993. He continued writing sci-fi and getting published. On the side, he was falling out of faith with the Mormon Church and so launched Mormon Matter, an ex-Mormon Web site.

Shunn continued to write, receiving a Nebula Award nomination in 2002 for his novelette “Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites.” In 2007, his novella “Inclination” was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards.

In 2009, Shunn, along with co-collaborator Derryl Murphy, published the novella “Cast a Cold Eye.”

In December 2009, Bill participated in Essay Fiesta. We loved him and have asked him back for our April show. Come out and see Bill at the Book Cellar on April 19th at 7 p.m.

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One thought on “Essay Fiesta Reader Profile: Bill Shunn

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Keith. One small correction — I didn’t actually win the Nebula in 2002 (that was Kelly Link). But it was an honor just to be nominated!

    Can’t wait for the event next week.

    -Bill

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