James Gunn, Prizewinning Science Fiction Author, Dies at 97

In 1949, when he was in his mid-20s and studying for his master’s degree in English, James E. Gunn submitted a piece of science fiction to a pulp magazine. “One day, I got a letter saying, ‘I like your story “Paradox,” and I’ll pay you $80 for it,’” he recalled in a 2008 interview. “My wife says it was probably the most transforming experience in our lives when we realized someone would actually pay me to sit in front of my typewriter.”

He remained particularly proud of the plot — about a drunken bum abducted by telepathic aliens who, once they read his delirious mind, abandon their plans to subjugate humanity.

Decades later, he ran into Sam Merwin Jr., the publisher who had bought “Paradox,” at a science fiction writers convention. He introduced himself by saying, “You probably don’t remember, but you bought my first story.”

“Merwin said, ‘I can

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Three Exceptional Leaders Join Colby Board of Trustees – News

Colby College is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees. These individuals will bring to the board their unique expertise and perspectives in education, management, and national affairs, bolstering the College’s commitment to deliver a world-class education to an ever-more diverse student body and equip graduates with the deep skills necessary to have a profound impact on the world.

Joining the board as corporate trustees are Brenda Allen, president of Lincoln University; Eric DeCosta ’93, executive vice president and general manager of the Baltimore Ravens; and Amy Walter ’91, Litt.D. ’17, national editor of The Cook Political Report. They will each serve a four-year term.

Brenda Allen is the 14th president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the country’s first degree-granting HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) institution. A respected leader, effective administrator, and successful fundraiser, Allen is implementing a strategic plan at

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Unrevealed Star Wars Game from Zynga Aiming to Launch By the End of 2021

Zynga is aiming to release its unrevealed Star Wars game by the end of 2021, with more news to come soon, and a soft launch in the summer.Zynga (Words With Friends, Farmville) revealed that it was working on its first Star Wars game late last year. In the company’s latest earnings reports, the company revealed: “We also expect our first Star Wars game to enter soft launch in early summer with the potential to launch by the end of the year.”

A soft launch is a release strategy often used for mobile games, similar to a beta, but with games usually released in specific territories as developers fix bugs and test server capacity, with a global launch coming later.

Every IGN Star Wars Game Review

We still don’t know exactly what the Star Wars game will be, but it seems we won’t have to wait too long. In an

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