William Shunn

The Accidental Terrorist

William Shunn

Talk: The Accidental Terrorist

In his new memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated science fiction writer William Shunn tackles his strangest project yet—the true story of his arrest and conviction for hijacking as a young Mormon missionary. In addition to reading excerpts from the book, he'll discuss the ways in which changing technologies shaped the long process of writing and publishing it.

William Shunn

William Shunn is an American science fiction writer and computer programmer. He was raised in a 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.

The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary

Nineteen-year-old Bill Shunn is a man on a mission--a Mormon mission, that is, trolling for converts door-to-door a thousand miles from home. This riveting memoir--by turns hilarious, provocative, and thrilling--traces his accidental journey from that humble beginning to hunted fugitive and international terrorist.

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