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The Worlds of Jack Williamson

06/03/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Planned for an April 11th debut at the 2008 Williamson Lectureship, The Worlds of Jack Williamson celebrates the 100th birthday of one of the Grand Masters of science fiction. Jack Williamson passed away in 2006 at the age of 98, but his body of work continues to be enjoyed by readers.

Assembled in this centennial tribute are several unpublished stories: “The Moon Bird,” “The Forbidden Window,” “The Golden Glass,” and a film treatment from 1957, “The Planets are Calling.” Also included are several classics in the Williamson canon such as the original novella-length version of Darker Thank 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,” “Afterlife,” and “The Luck of the Legion,” the last Legion of Space adventure.

Included are essays from academics and scholars who have studied Williamson’s works, as well as Dr. Williamson’s 1957 Master’s thesis, “A 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.

The work includes...


New Unpublished Stories

• The Moon Bird (1929)
• The Forbidden Window (19??)
• The Golden Glass (1939)
• The Planets are Calling (1957)
• A Christmas Carol (2000)

Classic Stories

• Darker Than You Think (1940)
• Minus Sign (1942)
• The Man from Outside (1951)

Contemporary Stories

• The Humanoid Universe (1980)
• The Hole in the World (1997)
• Afterlife (2002)
• The Luck of the Legion (2002)


Alan C. Elms, PhD
• Darker Than He Thought: The Psychoanalysis of Jack Williamson

Jack Williamson

• A Study of the Sense of Prophecy in Modern Science Fiction
• Tricentennial Century

Alfred D. Stewart, PhD

• Jack Williamson: The Comedy of Cosmic Evolution

Vicky Medley

• Queens of Space: Women in the work of Jack Williamson

Richard A. Hauptmann

• Collecting Jack Williamson: Master of Wonder

Clocking in at 720 pages, the book is bound in archival-quality paper with Brillianta book cloth.

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