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Jack Williamson

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Jack Williamson (1908 - 2006)
John Stewart ‘Jack’ Williamson was born in Arizona in 1908 and raised in an isolated New Mexico farmstead. After the Second World War, he acquired degrees in English at the Eastern New Mexico University, joining the faculty there in 1960 and remaining affiliated with the school for the rest of his life. Williamson sold his first story at the age of 20 - the beginning of a long, productive and successful career, which started in the pulps, took in the Golden Age and extended right into his nineties. He was the second author, after Robert A. Heinlein, to be named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by SFWA, and by far the oldest recipient of the Hugo (2001, aged 93) and Nebula (2002, aged 94) awards. A significant voice in SF for over six decades, Jack Williamson is credited with inventing the terms ‘terraforming’ and ‘genetic engineering’. He died in 2006.

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Essential reading

Wondering where to start with Jack Williamson? Gateway recommends beginning with the Gateway Essentials: titles specially chosen to highlight the best work of our many authors . . .

 

GATEWAY ESSENTIALS

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The Legion of Space
(1947)
Darker Than You Think
(1948)
The Humanoids (1949)

 

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