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 SF REVIEWS.NET: The Stonehenge Gate / Jack Williamson
When Jack Williamson published his first SF story, "The Metal Man," Calvin Coolidge was president, movies were just beginning to talk, and very few people in the U.S. had heard of Adolf Hitler.
Williamson's laconic approach to establishing his story might not set well with modern readers used to detail and depth.
Williamson is concentrating solely on entertainment here; in other words, he doesn't exactly use the slave-rebellion part of the story (a good chunk of it, to be honest) to launch any kind of thematic exegesis on racism.
www.sfreviews.net /stonehengegate.html   (1058 words)

 Jack Williamson, Dragon's Island and Other Stories
Jack Williamson was one of the first authors to use the phrase "genetic engineering," and he explores its pitfalls and benefits in Dragon's Island and Other Stories.
Williamson is concerned with mankind's ability to create new forms of life and the impact of this effort on society.
Williamson strikes a hopeful tone in this novella, balancing the benefits of trumen society against the needs of the premen.
www.greenmanreview.com /book/book_williamson_dragonsisland.html   (745 words)

 Two Into One: The Lives of Russ and Winnie Kingman, The Bay Area (The Bay Area)
Later, one hundred copies of a three-minute film clip of the trip made by cinematographer Jack Williamson were distributed throughout the United States and Canada, and an estimated forty million people saw the footage.
Jack London staked his claim October 6, 1897, and filed Placer Mining Claim Number 54 "ascending the left fork of Henderson Creek" on November 5, 1897 in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Jack was the humorist of our trip and even when desperate he still kept his sense of humor.
www.jacklondons.net /kingman_bio4.html   (3879 words)

 The Infinite Matrix | John Clute on Jack Williamson
From 1940, with only the occasional pause to snooze, Jack Williamson has kept up with the increasing momentum of the decades; it may be, therefore, all the more interesting to glance into the vacuum-tube abyss he climbed from, back the 1920s and 1930s, when he began.
But by 1933 Jack Williamson, like his fellow writers for the American magazines, had in fact created a time-distortion Zone around the genre, had already begun to publish stories that, even then, described worlds their readers could only see by looking back on.
The personal miracle of Jack Williamson's career is that he wrote himself out of the belatedness that governed the genre when he began; and that for several decades after 1940 his creative mind paced the train.
www.infinitematrix.net /columns/clute/clute1.html   (1216 words)

 Jack Williamson, Science Fiction Writer
--The Birth of a New Republic: Jack Williamson - The Collector's Edition, P.D.A. Enterprises, New York, 1981.
Jack Williamson, in I, Asimov, Doubleday, New York, 1994, 562 pp.
Pohl, Frederik, Jack Williamson, in The SFWA Grand Masters Volume 1, TOR, New York, 1999.
www.hycyber.com /SF/williamson_jack.html   (243 words)

 Jack Williamson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wracked by emotional storms and believing many of his physical ailments to be psychosomatic, Williamson underwent psychiatric evaluation in 1933 at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, in which he began to learn to resolve the conflict between his reason and his emotion.
Williamson received his BA and MA degrees in English in the 1950s from Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), in the town of Portales, New Mexico (along the south-central New Mexico-Texas), joining the faculty of that university in 1960.
Williamson then wrote The Cometeers which takes place twenty years after the Legion of Space in which the same characters battle another alien race, this one of different origin.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jack_Williamson   (1923 words)

 7:33 am: Sci-Fi writer Williamson remembered as a 'pioneer'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Williamson a grand master of science fiction who wrote dozens of novels and short stories and taught at Eastern New Mexico University died Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at his home in Portales, N.M. He was 98.
Williamson died Friday at his home in Portales, said his niece, Betty Williamson, and officials at ENMU, where the 98-year-old author was well regarded for a writing career that spanned eight decades.
Williamson and his family moved to eastern New Mexico when he was a boy; he talked about of the difficult life of ranching in his memoir.
www.freenewmexican.com /news/52019.html   (815 words)

 Science Fiction Weekly Interview
The 94-year-old Williamson may have started as a brash young man who wanted to try his hand at "scientifiction," but he's gone on to become one of the most revered science-fiction writers of all time.
Williamson might well have decided to slow down after his Grand Master Award in 1976, the second ever presented by the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Williamson: A novel is for me a couple of years of hard work.
www.scifi.com /sfw/issue284/interview.html   (2614 words)

 The SF Site Featured Review: The Black Sun
Williamson himself was published with a short story, the heavily Merritt-influenced "The Metal Man," in the December 1928 issue of Amazing Stories.
Williamson was named a Grand Master at the 1976 Nebula awards and given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Convention in 1994.
Williamson has used many of the devices of scientifiction (the English language pulp science fiction of circa 1925-1935) and updated them somewhat.
www.sfsite.com /08b/blac39.htm   (1079 words)

 Jack Williamson - about the artist
Jack is a realist (and sometimes impressionist) painter who likes to vary his subject matter and painting locales as well as his mediums.
For 35 years Jack Williamson was president of a NYC design, art and photography studio, DiFranza-Williamson, which he founded in 1955.
Jack's work is often shown in various exhibitions at the Greer Gallery of the Arts Center on the island as well as other regional juried shows.
www.williamson-usa.com /jmw/pages/bio.html   (282 words)

 Dani Zweig's Belated Reviews #29: Jack Williamson
The changes in Williamson's writing weren't that thorough: His writing from the sixties bears clear traces of that from the thirties, and his current writing is as clearly rooted in what he was doing in the sixties.
Their main weakness, over the entire period of his writing, is the two-dimensionality of the characters, most of whom are defined almost completely by their roles or special abilities, and then given a quirk or two for variety.
Williamson's Legion series, starting in the mid-thirties with "The Legion of Space" (**+) is one of the best examples of pre-Campbell space opera.
www-users.cs.york.ac.uk /~susan/sf/dani/029.htm   (947 words)

 Coastal Antiques and Art
Jack Williamson's extraordinary career is explored in a new exhibit
"Jack had a wonderful capacity to capture the excitement and the emotion of the moment in his paintings," said his wife, Irene Williamson.
Although she was surrounded by his work for more than 34 years, Williamson said she never truly appreciated her husband's mastery of the craft until she began reviewing his paintings to decide which ones would be included in the exhibit.
www.coastalantiques.com /archives/november2004/ANTretrospective.html   (712 words)

 Williamson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jack Williamson (1908-2006) was an American science fiction writer.
Richard Williamson is a bishop of the Society of St. Pius X.
Roger Williamson was a former Formula 1 driver, killed in a fatal crash in the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Williamson   (167 words)

 Portales News-Tribune   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Jack Williamson speaks while panel members Walter Jon Williams (left) and Gregory Benford listen during Thursday's panel discussion at Buchanan Hall of the Eastern New Mexico University Music Building.
Williamson has received awards in science fiction writing for his books, “Darker Than You Think” and received accolades for “Humanoids,” a book he wrote in 1949 about the concept of robots controlling humans.
The Post-Humanity Evolution panel discussion on Thursday night was part of the Jack Williamson Lectureship in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building on the ENMU campus.
www.pntonline.com /engine.pl?station=portales&template=storyfull.html&id=4317   (459 words)

 Jack Williamson, Greg Bear: Two SFWA pillars honored with 2006 Heinlein Award
Jack Williamson and Greg Bear, two legendary authors of speculative fiction and long-time members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, have been named recipients of the 2006 Robert A. Heinlein Award for their overall body of work.
The award, administered by the Heinlein Society, will be presented formally by Jerry Pournelle, SFWA member and a founding member of the Advisory Board for the Heinlein Award, at the World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles, Calif., in late August.
The author of dozens of novels and winner of both the Nebula® and Hugo Awards, in 1976 Williamson was named a Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by SFWA — only the second author so honored after Heinlein in 1975.
www.sfwa.org /pressbook/SFWAPR/20060717-HeinleinAward.html   (598 words)

 Locus Online: Williamson Bio Challenged
Dallas, April 1, 2006—BenBella Books, the publishers of the 2005 edition of author Jack Williamson's autobiography, Wonder's Child, spent much of this week fending off charges from the muckraking Smoking Gun website that Williamson's autobiography was riddled with fabrications and misrepresentations.
A sympathetic bartender at Menninger's Café in the Bronx, who would listen to Williamson's griping about Hugo Gernsback, was as close as he ever got to the couch.
Williamson himself spoke briefly in his own defense.
www.locusmag.com /2006/Features/0401_Williamson_Challenged.html   (424 words)

 Amazon.com: The Humanoids: A Novel: Books: Jack Williamson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Williamson's sci-fi tale of a battle between human beings and a race of humanoids they have created first appeared in Astounding magazine in the 1940s.
Williamson does a great job in Underhill of producing a character who is simultaneously marvelously innocent and suspiciously sinister at the same time.
Jack Williamson created a rather bizarre, almost tongue and cheek idea, that works well in this quick blast that had me laughing and feeling chilled all at the same time.
www.amazon.com /Humanoids-Novel-Jack-Williamson/dp/0312852533   (2025 words)

 SCIFI.COM Chat Transcript: Friends of Jack Williamson, March 27, 2001
Tonight we're delighted to be celebrating the career (and 93rd birthday) of Jack Williamson, one of science fiction's most enduring masters..
Gardner: A word to the audience: Although we'll be talking mostly about Jack Williamson tonight, if you have any questions for the panelists about their OWN distinguished work, feel free to throw those in as well.
Jack has written in his autobiography about wrestling with depressiona dn seld doubt his whole life.
www.scifi.com /transcripts/2001/jackwilliamson.html   (3651 words)

 Jack WIlliamson at ENMU
Science fiction author, critic, and educator Dr. Jack Williamson is one of ENMU's most cherished "favorite sons." Earning his B.A. and M.A. from ENMU, Williamson joined the English faculty in 1960, later earning his Ph.D from the University of Colorado with a dissertation on H.G. Wells.
Williamson was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction in 1975, only the second (after Robert Heinlein in 1974) to be so honored.
Jack Williamson has endowed scholarships in English and modern languages as well as for students in science and the humanities.
www.enmu.edu /academics/excellence/williamson/williamson.shtml   (319 words)

 Amazon.com: Terraforming Earth: Books: Jack Williamson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Williamson's skill at speculative fiction is once again evident in this far-future saga of mankind's destiny, previously serialized in Analog and Science Fiction Age.
Williamson plans another novel, but this would be hard to top, and is also very fitting as a Grand Finale for a Grand Master.
Jack Williamson was one of my favorite writers when I was growing up and their is enough to this novel to remind me of why I have enjoyed his books so much over the years.
www.amazon.com /Terraforming-Earth-Jack-Williamson/dp/0765344971   (2070 words)

 Amazon.ca: The Stonehenge Gate: Books: Jack Williamson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Williamson's artificial creatures are brilliant as always, so much so that the shape-shifting intelligent metal caretakers of these distant planets are more lovingly and intricately described than the people.
The venerable Williamson's latest puts the quest for mysterious origins and grand destiny in the hands of four academics.
Williamson's combination of sf technological inventiveness and heroic quest is surprisingly successful, offering a neat origin story for humanity, to boot.
www.amazon.ca /Stonehenge-Gate-Jack-Williamson/dp/0765308975   (479 words)

 Amazon.com: The Black Sun: Books: Jack Williamson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
This time Jack Williamson turns his talents to Project Starseed, humanity's ambitious attempt to populate the universe by sending out 99 "wavecraft," faster-than-light ships that provide a one-way ride to the first star they encounter.
Williamson concocts a (typical for the genre) gimmick, using the phrase "quantum wave," to get the odd assemblage of unlikely and basically cardboard cutout characters to a distant world, and then sets the characters loose to interact in an alien setting -- interact with each other, with the setting, and with...
The characters (or perhaps the author) have an unseemly obsession with food, dining at astonishingly frequent intervals on quantities of food that one can scarcely imagine having been fitted into their craft, but despite that, the book is a nice diversion and a pleasant trip back to The Science Fiction of Yore.
www.amazon.com /Black-Sun-Jack-Williamson/dp/0312859376   (1817 words)

 The Humanoids   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Jack Williamson's novel, The Humanoids (1949), is considered of the most important stories about robots and humanity.
This novel is an expansion of the original influential story "With Folded Hands" (1947) by Jack Williamson.
The title refers to the only thing left for humanity to do: sit with folded hands as the robots take care of all their troubles.
www.umich.edu /~engb415/literature/cyberzach/Williamson/human.html   (234 words)

 Williamson Science Fiction Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library was officially dedicated on March 30, 1982 "In honor of our world renowned pioneer science fiction writer, teacher, student and benefactor." The collection actually began much earlier when, in 1967, Dr. Williamson made his first donation of materials.
Williamson was instrumental in persuading the Science Fiction Writers of America (now the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.) to designate the Williamson Library as a regional depository for its Circulating Book Plan.
There is a Star Trek script based on Jack Williamson's work, "The Humanoids;" along with this script, the Williamson Library has an original copy of Gene Roddenberry's pilot script for the Star Trek series.
www.enmu.edu /academics/library/collections/williamson.shtml   (471 words)

 Jack Williamson's Funeral   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Jack Williamson, professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, died October 15, 2003, in Honolulu.
His mathematical research in complex function theory focused on the growth behavior of meromorphic functions and the distribution of their zeros.
Jack's family, friends, members of his church, and many colleagues paid their respect and honored his memory at a moving memorial service (at Diamond Head Memorial Park) on October 22, 2003.
www.math.hawaii.edu /~dale/temp/JackFuneral.html   (131 words)

 Jack Williamson Lectureship
This annual event was created to honor Jack Williamson, the science-fiction Grand Master who also happens to be an Emeritus Professor of English at that instituation.
We came together to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the sale of Jack Williamson's first short story, "The Metal Man," which was published in the December 1928 issue of Amazing Stories.
Jack Williamson with Patrice Caldwell, Associate Professor of English at ENMU and den mother to the lectureship
www.scottedelman.com /williamson.html   (197 words)

 30th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
While it was doubtful Dr. Williamson's health would permit him to actively participate in this year's Lectureship, we didn't know if he would be attending the afternoon luncheon until he appeared in the auditorium to a lengthy round of applause.
Jack Williamson's cabin on the ranch, built in the early 1930s as a place to live and write in privacy.
Williamson Lectureship and their infinite hospitality to the Lectureship guests and attendees.
www.haffnerpress.com /jwl30/jwl30.html   (849 words)

 Science Fiction Book Reviews
Additionally, a heartfelt and ingenious introduction by Edward Bryant, a clear-sighted afterword by Williamson and several appendices of some of Williamson's relevant non-fiction from the period round out the book.
But of course, without Williamson and his marvelous work, all this labor and craft would be pointless.
Having just at this time undergone some initial psychoanalysis, Williamson's fertile invention was now tapping into subconscious realms that allowed him to portray Oedipal and male-female conflicts in vivid narrative shapes.
www.scifi.com /sfw/issue276/books.html   (1164 words)

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