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RIP: Jack Williamson

From Locus Online:

SF Grand Master Jack Williamson, born 1908, died this afternoon at his home in Portales, New Mexico, at the age of 98. His first published story was “The Metal Man” in Amazing Stories in 1928, the beginning of a writing career that spanned nine decades. His work ranged from early space opera series The Legion of Space (beginning 1934), werewolf SF/fantasy Darker Than You Think (1940), thoughtful SF classic The Humanoids (1948), Golden Age antimatter tale Seetee Ship (1951 as by Will Stewart), and time travel series Legion of Time (1952). Later works included Hugo and Nebula Award winning novella “The Ultimate Earth” (2000) and its novel expansion Terraforming Earth (2001), winner of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He won a Hugo Award in 1985 for autobiography Wonder’s Child, and his career honors included a Pilgrim Award for his nonfiction work including H.G. Wells: Critic of Progress (1973), Life Achievement World Fantasy and Bram Stoker awards, SFWA’s 2nd Grand Master Award in 1976, induction in the SF Hall of Fame in 1996, and Grandmaster of the World Horror Convention in 2004. The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library was established in 1982 at Eastern New Mexico University, which for 30 years has hosted an annual Lectureship in honor of the writer. Williamson’s last novel was The Stonehenge Gate (2005).

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3 Comments on RIP: Jack Williamson

  1. By an odd coincidence I just finished rereading The Legion of Space (quite creaky but fun in spots), and had been marveling that a figure from the birth of space opera and modern science fiction was still around. It’s sad to see the passing of a pioneer and the end of an era.

  2. Who’s left from the old guard? Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Jack Vance… and not a lot more.

  3. I only recently read his Stonehenge Gate, too.

    Rest in peace.

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