The Sam Gunn Omnibus
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The Sam Gunn Omnibus (Sam Gunn #1-2)

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A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women—though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained… and dumped.

More than money and women, Sam Gunn loves justice. Whether he’s sui...more
Paperback, 704 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Tor Books (first published February 2007)
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This was fun, but I appreciated the stories more when I'd run across them occasionally. Altogether, they got a bit repetitive. Sam Gunn was an extraordinary character who was well used to show a lot of Bova's ideas on how human nature & economics could follow us into space. Just because the circumstances were unique doesn't mean that people changed, they simply adapted.

The stories were well strung together by a budding reporter tracking down Gunn's stories to make her name. I didn't care muc...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

Fans know that within any literary genre, there consists a handful of top-tier "breakout" stars -- people like Stephen King in horror or Tom Clancy in military thrillers -- but that the vast majority of books published in any given genre are instead churned out by a series of lesser-known mid-tier au...more
Got a hankering for that old-time science fiction? You know, where men are men and they chase skirts (usually inhabited by blonde bombshells) after performing death-defying feats of derring-do? Oh, and though they bend the rules sometimes, they always wind up doing good in the end, and the only people who don’t like them are bloated bureaucrats or pasty-faced lawyers who wouldn’t know their asteroid from a hot rock? And though the women are tough and smart, their goal in life is to get that MRS...more
The Sam Gunn stories are now published in one omnibus edition. They really bring out the best in Bova. His hero Sam Gunn is a sort of space entrepreneur/adventurer, presumably inspired by explorers from human history such as Columbus and Shackleton. I also believe that Sam Gunn is Ben Bova’s alter ego, or the man he wishes he was. Lighthearted and thoroughly enjoyable, I recommend Sam Gunn to any fan of near future stories and space exploration.
Nov 24, 2009 Bryan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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From an online review written by Mark Yon for

"This major story collection ... collects together stories written over a thirty-year writing period.

"This includes the stories from Sam Gunn Unlimited (1992), Sam Gunn Forever(1998) and stories previously uncollected from magazines such as Science Fiction Age, Analog and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

"There are three new stories to this collection. In total there are 51 ‘stories’ here, though only 19 or so are actual stor...more
Sam Gunn is a ladies' man. He's also a money grubbing capitalist, an imperialist, and a reckless no-account. At least, those are the various ways he is remembered as Jade, an enthusiastic young reporter for Solar News, interviews his past associates for the Sam Gunn biopic for Solar News. What really becomes apparent is that he is all of those things, but only as they all support his fundamental and primary passion: outer space. Through the life of Sam Gunn we see humanity lift itself off the ea...more
Hmm... I'd call this one mostly pulp. I felt like I was slogging through it, finishing the thing more out of persistence than enjoyment. It had its moments, but overall not terribly entertaining.

Sam Gunn really is a womanizer and rather underhanded, couldn't ever get to like him or root for him. The stories get very repetitive and monotonous after the first few, with all of them sharing the same theme of "Sam is the underdog who chases women and cleverly pulls the rug from under the big evil cor...more
"Bova has ambitiously and deftly created a three-in-one narrative that satisfies any and all readerly desires to see the life of his signature rogue assembled into coherent form�Bova has successfully added to the storehouse of a particularly American folklore. Sam Gunn is Mike Fink and Paul Bunyan (although their opposite in size), Rockefeller and Carnegie, Sam Slick and Penrod, the plucky protagonists from Horatio Alger and the irreverent ones from Mark Twain. His exploits�are new manifestation...more
Bill VanderGiesen
This is classic gung-ho early science fiction and space exploration. As a result, it is one of the best books I have read in some time. As an anthology it is of course a little scattered, and not necessarily in chronological order.

If I had read the stories as they came out over a decade in various magazines, I am sure I would have still enjoyed them. Combined, however, they are little short of phenomenal, which is of course to be expected by an author such as Bova. I am thrilled that my introdu...more
This is an amusing collection of stories featuring entrepreneur/astronaut/general mischief maker, Sam Gunn. It’s an enjoyable read but should not be read in one stretch. Read a story, go read something else and then come back and read another story. If you try to read the Complete Omnibus too fast, the stories will run together and it will seem like you’re reading the same story over and over. Each story is a little different and makes a different point but this can only be observed if you don’t...more
The Sam Gunn stories are screwball comedy in space. You have to be in the right mood to enjoy them. If you are looking for something serious this is not the place to go looking for it, but for light-hearted, irreverent humor this is a great place to go. If you enjoyed the movies "His Girl Friday" with Cary Grant and "Ball of Fire" with Gary Cooper, you would like the style of these stories.
Brian Layman
This is all 51 Sam Gunn stories all wrapped up on one tome. This is classic sci fi, with a last century American Hero and I really enjoyed it. I'd never read any Sam Gunn stories till now and the experience of getting to know everything about same was pure delight.

Bova wove tales spun across decades into a tapestry that tells a cohesive story. Well done.
Nothing stunning or groundbreaking but very entertaining and kind of refreshing to meet a hero who's NOT idealized.

All he has going for him is nonstop snake oil salesman type patter and it makes for a fun read.
Ogreart Art
I actually listened to this in two parts from These stories are a great deal of fun. Reminded me of the tales of Robert A. Heinlein I read as a young man. From me, that is high praise.
Insubstantial and flawed but utterly hilarious take on the future history subgenre. In many ways much more compelling than Heinlein's future history. Sam Gunn is so unpredictable and brilliant.
It was alright- I just could not find myself getting that into it. Did not move fast at all- no tension building, no suspense- all of which is what I look for in SF.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the Sam Gunn stories that are collected into this omnibus edition.
Sherm (Michael Sherman)
Silly lightweight stories slightly fun; not sure it was worth the time to read.
Okay read. Nice premise but takes a little to long to tell story.
Mondo Albarelli
Great science fiction in the not so distant future! LOVE IT!
John Wenzelburger
some of the cleverest writing you will ever read
Don Andrews
Good book but not one of his best
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Ben Bova was born on November 8, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1953, while attending Temple University, he married Rosa Cucinotta, they had a son and a daughter. He would later divorce Rosa in 1974. In that same year he married Barbara Berson Rose.

Bova is an avid fencer and organized Avco Everett's fencing club. He is an environmentalist, but rejects Luddism.

Bova was a technical writer fo...more
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