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Gun — a silly illo by Ian Gunn


It’s an alternative gun. I can’t read the dial and I have no idea what Ian Gunn originally intended for this gun. Was it a freeze ray? Could it be set to Fahrenheit 451? If so, there are a few books I’d like to aim it at. What are your suggestions? Please comment with creative uses for this fictional weapon!

Ian Gunn, creator of these silly illos (illustrations), was a beloved award-winning artist based in Melbourne. Cancer took him from us too soon.

Ian left a legacy including lots of great illustrations. Many of these illustrations are available for sale.

Victoria’s science fiction convention, Continuum, occasionally presents the Ian Gunn Memorial Award recognising the ‘unsung heroes’ of fandom: people consistently working in the background who never expect any recognition of their efforts. This commemorates Ian’s selfless efforts to reach out to others, encouraging others and thereby building the science fiction community.

K’rin Pender-Gunn, Ian’s widow, gave Dark Matter Zine permission to republish Ian’s artwork. Thanks, K’rin!

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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