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The Crucible of Power

04/04/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Classic science fiction author Jack Williamson gets some new material out via Haffner Press in the USA, with The Crucible of Power, The Collected Stories Of Jack Williamson, Volume Five.

The latest release from Haffner Press, THE CRUCIBLE OF POWER, THE COLLECTED STORIES OF JACK WILLIAMSON, VOLUME FIVE made its debut at the 30th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship on Thursday, March 2, 2006. We now have the balance of the inventory on hand and the title is available for immediate shipment!

Clocking in at over 540 pages, THE CRUCIBLE OF POWER is the latest volume to collect the short fiction, in order of original publication of Science Fiction Grand Master Jack Williamson. Previous volumes in the series are:

THE METAL MAN AND OTHERS (Vol 1)
WOLVES OF DARKNESS (Vol 2)
WIZARD'S ISLE (Vol 3)
SPIDER ISLAND (Vol 4)

THE CRUCIBLE OF POWER includes twelve stories from 1938 to 1940, and a foreword by author and popular culture expert Frank M. Robinson. Included are two true rarities: two stories that originally appeared under the pen-name Nils O. Sonderlund. These stories, originally appearing in MARVEL TALES, were considered "too sexy" to appear under Williamson's own name! An appendix reprints rare commentaries on this volume's contents as they originally appeared in the pulp magazines. The author provides an afterword commenting on the genesis of these stories, and reflecting on the economic and cultural mood of the nation during the early years of American Science Fiction.

Contents include:
"The Chivaree" (from the Portales Daily News)
"The Dead Spot" (from Marvel Science Stories)
"Nonstop to Mars" (from Argosy Weekly)
"The Crucible of Power" (from Astounding Stories)
"After World's End" (from Marvel Science Stories)
"Passage to Saturn" (from Thrilling Wonder Stories)
"The Fortress of Utopia" (from Startling Stories)
"Star Bright" (from Argosy Weekly)
"As in the Beginning" (from Future Fiction)
"Hindsight" (from Astounding Stories)
"Mistress of Machine-Age Madness" (from Marvel Tales)

As with the previous volumes in THE COLLECTED STORIES OF JACK WILLIAMSON, THE CRUCIBLE OF POWER is a smythe-sewn 6" x 9" hardcover and typeset in a format designed to honor the Fantasy Press editions of Williamson's first books from the 1940s & 50s. Full-color endpapers reproduce the pulp magazine cover art for each story's first appearance.

Ordering information:

THE CRUCIBLE OF POWER, THE COLLECTED STORIES OF JACK WILLIAMSON, VOLUME FIVE
by Jack Williamson
544 page hardcover

ISBN: 1-893887-22-7
500-copy trade edition: $40.00 (U.S.)

ISBN: 1-893887-23-5
75-copy signed limited edition in slipcase $125.00 (U.S.)

More over at www.haffnerpress.com

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