James Kunetka
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James Kunetka
James Kunetka
Born (1944-09-29) September 29, 1944 (age 75)
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
Notable work

James William Kunetka (born September 29, 1944) is an American writer best known for his science fiction novels Warday[1] and Nature's End. He has also written non-fiction on the topic of the atomic age.[2]

Early life and education

Kunetka was born and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[3] He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin.


Kunetka's first book, City of Fire, was published in 1978. He co-wrote two novels with his long time friend Whitley Strieber, including his best known book, Warday. A film about this book was planned, but never filmed.[4]

In 2000, Kuneta was the director of communications and constituent relations at the University of Texas at Austin.[5] He also served as an associate vice president of the university before retirement.[6][7]


  • City of fire: Los Alamos and the birth of the Atomic Age, 1943-1945 (1978) (ISBN 978-0131346352)[8]
  • Oppenheimer: The Years of Risk (1982) (ISBN 978-0136380078)
  • Warday (1984), with Whitley Strieber (ISBN 0-03-070731-5)[9][10]
  • Nature's End (1986), with Whitley Strieber (ISBN 0-446-51344-X)[11][12]
  • Shadow Man (1988) (ISBN 978-0446513586)
  • Parting Shot (1991) (ISBN 978-0312052379)
  • The General and the Genius: Groves and Oppenheimer (2015) (Regnery Publishing, ISBN 978-1-62157-338-8)[2][13][14]


  1. ^ David Seed (31 October 2013). American Science Fiction and the Cold War: Literature and Film. Taylor & Francis. pp. 175-. ISBN 978-1-135-95389-8.
  2. ^ a b "The General and the Genius: Groves and Oppenheimer-- The Unlikely Partnership That Built the Atom Bomb". Publishers Weekly
  3. ^ "ABQ native's book examines relationship of two key figures behind the Manhattan Project". Albuquerque Journal, By David Steinberg, August 23rd, 2015
  4. ^ "NEW FILM ON EFFECTS OF NUCLEAR WAR IS PLANNED". New York Times, By Aljean Harmetz, November 14, 1983
  5. ^ "Sweet Charity". Texas Monthly, September 2000 By Patricia McConnico
  6. ^ "The partnership behind the atomic bomb". Trib Live, Alan Wallace | Saturday, July 18, 2015
  7. ^ "Book Reviews The General and the Genius". Foreword Reviews, Reviewed by Lee Polevoi, August 27, 2015
  8. ^ Courtney J. Crappell (2008). Native American Influence in the Piano Music of Louis W. Ballard. ProQuest. pp. 59-. ISBN 978-1-109-15151-0.
  9. ^ " Book Review: Warday by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka". Amazing Stories, Matt Mitrovich, October 29, 2013
  10. ^ Patrick Mannix (1992). The Rhetoric of Antinuclear Fiction: Persuasive Strategies in Novels and Films. Bucknell University Press. pp. 41-. ISBN 978-0-8387-5218-0.
  11. ^ "Climate Change: 2014 Hottest Yet, Oceans Threatened, Sola". Huffington Post, 01/19/2015 Mary Ellen Harte
  12. ^ Thomas M. Disch (2005). On SF. University of Michigan Press. pp. 171-. ISBN 0-472-06896-2.
  13. ^ "The Manhattan Project's Odd Couple". National Review.
  14. ^ Kunetka, James W. (2015). The General and the Genius. Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-1-62157-338-8.

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