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William Shunn

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Occupation  Short story writer
Name  William Shunn
Nationality  American
Role  Fiction writer
Period  1993–present
Education  University of Utah
Genre  Science Fiction

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Born  Donald William Shunn II August 14, 1967 (age 48) Los Angeles, California, USA (1967-08-14)
Books  Inclination, Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites
Nominations  Hugo Award for Best Novella, Nebula Award for Best Novella, Nebula Award for Best Novelette

November 2015 william shunn

William Shunn (born August 14, 1967) is an American science fiction writer and computer programmer. He was raised in a Latter-day Saint household, the oldest of eight children. He attended the Clarion Workshop in 1985. In 1986, he served a mission to Canada for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but was arrested for making a false bomb threat, for the purpose of preventing his fellow missionary from returning home.


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Life and career

Shunn received a B.S. in computer science at the University of Utah in 1991. He went to work for WordPerfect Corporation and was part of the team that developed WordPerfect 6.0 for DOS (the word processor's final major DOS version, released in 1993). In 1995, he moved from Utah to New York City. He left the LDS Church at the same time and created one of the earliest ex-Mormon web sites.

Science fiction

Shunn's first professional short story was published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1993. He has been nominated once for the Hugo Award and twice for the Nebula Award.


Shunn is the author of a 2015 memoir, The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary..

In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, he created what may have been the first online survivor registry.

Awards and nominations

  • 2001: Nominated for Nebula Award for Best Novelette for "Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites" (Vanishing Acts, ed. Ellen Datlow, Tor Books, New York, NY, 2000)
  • 2006: Nominated for Hugo Award for Best Novella and Nebula Award for Best Novella for "Inclination" (Asimov's Science Fiction, April/May 2006)
  • References

    William Shunn Wikipedia

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