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The Worlds of Jack
A Centennial Tribute (1908-2008)
by Stephen Haffner
Foreword by Frederik
Introduction by James Gunn
Cover art by Vincent
720 pages Hardcover
The Worlds of Jack Williamson
celebrates the 100th birthday of one of
the Grand Masters of science fiction. While Jack Williamson passed away
in 2006 at the age of 98, his incredible body of work continues to be
enjoyed by legions of fans and admirers.
Assembled in this centennial
tribute are several unpublished stories: "The Moon Bird," "The
Window," "The Golden Glass," and a film treatment from 1957, "The
are Calling." Also included are several classics in the Williamson
such as the original novella-length version of Darker Than You Think;
"Minus Sign," an unreprinted seetee story of anti-matter and
terraforming; and a tale with the first use of psionics, "The Man from
Outside." Contemporary stories include "The Hole in the World,"
and "The Luck of the Legion," the last Legion of Space adventure.
Included are four essays from academics and scholars who have studied
Williamson s works, as well as Dr. Williamson s 1957 Master's Thesis,
Study of the Sense of Prophecy in Modern Science Fiction." Fellow Grand
Masters of science fiction Frederik Pohl and James Gunn provide
introductory remarks on reading, knowing, collaborating with, and
admiring Jack Williamson.
|Table of Contents
"Jack" by Frederik
"Worlds of Jack
Williamson" by James Gunn
"The Moon Bird"
"The Golden Glass"
"Darker Than You
"Darker Than He
Thought: The Psychoanalysis of Jack Williamson" by Alan C. Elms, PhD
"Minus Sign" (1942)
"The Man from
"A Study of the Sense
of Prophecy in Modern Science Fiction" (1957)
"The Planets are
"Jack Williamson: The
Comedy of Cosmic Evolution" by Alfred D. Stewart, PhD
"The Hole in the
"The Luck of the
Women in the
work of Jack Williamson" by Vicky Medley (2003)
Williamson: Master of Wonder" by Richard A. Hauptmann (2004)
Press' THE WORLDS OF JACK
is a massive, handsomely made book
that is a centennial tribute to the
writer Arthur C. Clarke put on a
level with both Isaac Asimov and
Robert Heinlein. The book is also a tribute to science fiction and fantasy as well, because by
the time he passed
away at age 98 in 2006, Williamson’s
history was the field’s history.
everything from the Gernsbackian “scientifiction” of the
1930s to comic strips to juveniles to adult novels that set standards
for decades to come. Here you’ll find one of his swashbuckling “Legion
of Space” tales; “Afterlife,” an example of his more thoughtful and
elegant work; and, my favorite, the short novel version of “Darker Than
You Think,” a stunning dark fantasy later turned into the novel of the
same name – one that’s as strange and compelling as it was back in the
With essays on aspects of Williamson’s work, and appreciations by
Fredrik Pohl and James Gunn, this book is a graduate course in the
history of science fiction. And a great read as well.
--Ed Gorman, author of Fast
unpublished stories, several classics from the man, and several essays
on his life's work.
Two years ago, one of
the greatest writers in science fiction passed
away. "The Worlds of Jack Williamson: A Centennial Tribute" celebrates
his would be one hundredth birthday by celebrating the ninety eight
years of contributions to the genre of Science fiction. Consisting of
several unpublished stories, several classics from the man, and several
essays on his life's work. With nearly seven hundred pages of science
fiction goodness, "The Worlds of Jack Williamson: A Centennial Tribute"
is highly recommended to any science fiction fan or for community
library literature collections.
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