TYPED LETTER SIGNED (TLS). 1/2 page, dated 5 June 1972, to "Dear Sam" [Moskowitz], signed, "Jim." On The University of Kansas letterhead. Gunn asks for help from Moskowitz on a history of science fiction he is preparing for Prentice-Hall (ALTERNATE WORLDS: THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION [1975]). He wants photographs of material belonging to SM and asks that SM give him a quote on what these would cost to prepare. Gunn taught English at the University of Kansas, where he was born and raised, and published both fiction and nonfiction in the sf field, starting in the 1950s. Accompanied by carbon of SM's reply, TLS, 1 1/2 pages on letter-sized pulpy paper, brown with age, with very short tear in margin of each sheet. SM politely tells Gunn that he is too busy to help him with his request and that, furthermore, he is at work on a similar project himself, so that helping Gunn would present a conflict of interests. SM marvels at the sudden surge in publishers' interest in the history of science fiction, enumerating all the current and in-progress projects of which he is aware, not neglecting to blow his own horn as a pioneer in the field. The letter has one or two emendations and a handwritten postscript. Interesting as a document of the period when science fiction was gaining academic respectability. Faint crease near bottom, else fine. (#100286).

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