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William Shunn, 2004
William Shunn, 2004

William Shunn (born August 14, 1967, Los Angeles, California) is a science fiction writer and computer programmer. He was raised in a devout 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. and ejected from the country. Image File history File links Shunn. ... August 14 is the 226th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (227th in leap years), with 139 days remaining. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 158,302 sq mi  410,000 km² 250 miles  402. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A Latter-day Saint is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). ... Clarion is a six-week workshop for new and aspiring science fiction writers founded by Damon Knight and Kate Wilhelm. ... A Mormon missionary is a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS church). ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ...


After completing his mission in the northwestern US, he returned to computer science studies at the University of Utah. He went to work for WordPerfect Corporation in 1991 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 and best-known ex-Mormon web sites. Motto: E pluribus unum (1789 to 1956) (Latin: Out of Many, One) In God We Trust (1956 to present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at federal level; English de facto Government • President • Vice President Federal republic George... Computer science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ... The University of Utah (also The U or the U of U) is a public university in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... A screenshot of WordPerfect X3 running on Windows XP WordPerfect was also the name of a road bicycle racing team. ... A screenshot of WordPerfect X3 running on Windows XP WordPerfect was also the name of a road bicycle racing team. ... It has been suggested that X86 DOS Comparison be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that X86 DOS Comparison be merged into this article or section. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) English Capital Salt Lake City Largest city Salt Lake City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 13th 219,887 km² 435 km 565 km 3. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ... Exmormonism is a term used to describe the community of former members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or other sects of Mormonism. ...


Shunn's first professional short story was published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1993. In 2002 he was nominated for the Nebula Award for his novelette "Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites." In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, he created what may have been the first online survivor registry. His work often draws on his computer science background. F&SF April 1971, special Poul Anderson issue. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. ... Winners of the Nebula Award for best Novelette. ... Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites is a science fiction novelette by William Shunn. ... A huge plume of smoke and fire can be seen emerging from the North Tower. ... Survivor registry is a term coined in the wake of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks to denote web sites where citizens of affected cities could post a message saying they were okay. ...


He lives in Queens, New York, and is cofounder with Robert J. Howe of the 8th of February Group, a private science fiction writing workshop. Queens Borough in New York City, in yellow Queens is the largest in area and second most populous of the five boroughs of New York City. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... Robert J. Howe Robert J. Howe (born October 1957, Brooklyn, New York) is a science fiction writer whose stories began appearing in genre publications in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ...


Awards and nominations

2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. ... Winners of the Nebula Award for best Novelette. ... Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites is a science fiction novelette by William Shunn. ... Ellen Datlow (born 1949) is an American speculative fiction editor and anthologist. ... Tor Books is a publisher of popular fiction, noted for its science fiction and fantasy list. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...

External links

  • Official site
  • "The Practical Ramifications of Interstellar Packet Loss" (short story)
  • "Love in the Age of Spyware" (short story from Salon, 16 July 2003)
  • "Strong Medicine" (short story from Salon, 10 November 2003)
  • "The Missionary Imposition" (personal essay)
  • "Online help spawns hope for victims" (article by Charles Cooper)
  • "Emergency.gov" (article by Daniel H. Pink)

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William Shunn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (338 words)
William Shunn (born August 14, 1967, Los Angeles, California) is a science fiction writer and computer programmer.
Shunn's first professional short story was published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1993.
In 2002 he was nominated for the Nebula Award for his novelette "Dance of the Yellow-Breasted Luddites." In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, he created what may have been the first online survivor registry.
Survivor registry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (394 words)
What was probably the first survivor registry was created by computer programmer and science fiction writer William Shunn in Queens.
on September 11, in response to a friend's emailed suggestion that he maintain and circulate a list of acquaintances he had heard from thus far, Shunn posted the names of people he knew were okay on his personal web site and began sending the URL to other friends.
While Shunn's site foundered and eventually crashed under the heavy load of submissions, the Berkeley site ran on a huge computer cluster, and for the next several days stood out as the most robust and accurate of the many survivor registries that followed.
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