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Jack Williamson SF Gateway Omnibus

The Legion of Space, The Humanoids, Terraforming Earth, Wonder's Child

By Jack Williamson

  • Paperback
  • £20.00

From the groundbreaking digital initiative the SF Gateway, three classic Jack Williamson novels and his HUGO AWARD-winning autobiography, WONDER'S CHILD.

From the SF Gateway, the most comprehensive digital library of classic SFF titles ever assembled, comes an ideal sample introduction to the incredible career of Jack Williamson, whose career spanned over 70 years.

Jack Williamson published his first SF story, 'The Metal Man', in 1928 and continued to write high quality SF until his death in 2006, along the way coining many of the terms the genre now takes for granted, such as 'terraforming' and 'genetic engineering'. He was the second writer (after Heinlein) to be named a SFWA Grand Master and was the oldest recipient of both the HUGO and NEBULA AWARDs. This volume contains THE LEGION OF SPACE, the first volume in the eponymous series; THE HUMANOIDS; JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD-winning TERRAFORMING EARTH and his HUGO AWARD-winning autobiography WONDER'S CHILD: MY LIFE IN SCIENCE FICTION.

Biographical Notes

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 90s. 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.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780575132030
  • Publication date: 26 Jun 2014
  • Page count: 832
  • Imprint: Gateway
Gateway

Undersea Quest

Jack Williamson, Frederik Pohl
Authors:
Jack Williamson, Frederik Pohl
Gateway

The Black Sun

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson

As the final ship of Project Starseed makes its landing on the dead star, the colonists venture out to search the area, only to discover something shocking hidden in the ice.

Gateway

Wonder's Child: My Life in Science Fiction

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson

Science fiction legend Jack Williamson's classic autobiography is much more than the story of a single man's life and work; it is an amazing look at the entire 20th century from the perspective of a man on a "long search for endurable compromise with society."Born in 1908, Williamson often felt at odds with the world around him and began writing science fiction as a method of escape. His tentative entrance into the field - his first story was published in 1928 in Hugo Gernsbach's legendary Amazing Stories - soon transformed him from a pulp writer into one of the Grand Masters of science fiction.

Gateway

The Stonehenge Gate

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson
Gateway

The Power of Blackness

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson

To win the right to a name, he fought without weapons in the deadly arena of Nggongga - only to be cheated of his prize. Branded a criminal, he sought refuge with the Benefactors, a mysterious interplanetary fellowship, and from them he at last learned the truth about his heritage. As Blacklantern he was born again - and the galaxy itself became the arena for his vengeance. A gladiator still, his purpose took him to the ends of the cosmos, to seek out and finally face a terrifying and relentless evil that threatened countless worlds...

Gateway

Manseed

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson
Gateway

Beachhead

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson

Sam Houston Kellington had from boyhood known that he would someday fly to Mars. But what children dream of is often far different in reality from what one could ever imagine. Having been chosen as one of a select crew Kelligan does go to Mars, only to be marooned with a crippled spacecraft, afflicted with a debilitating illness, and abandoned by crewmates. Aided by one brave woman Kelligan must somehow find a way to survive the rigors of the hostile planet and return to Earth before the members of the first manned mission to Mars have all succumbed.

Gateway

Undersea Fleet

Jack Williamson, Frederik Pohl
Authors:
Jack Williamson, Frederik Pohl
Gateway

Trapped in Space

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson

Astronaut Ben is lost - a million miles from Earth! His last message: "Strange life forms here...we're under attack...!"Jeff sets off to rescue him, but soon his own crippled starship is caught in the same eerie web of a monstrous creature from outer space!

Gateway

The Moon Children

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson

An international agency, COSMOS, is in charge of space exploration in the not very distant future. Odd forms of life have been discovered on Mars, Venus, and Jupiter; there may be a life form on Mercury; and finally something utterly mystifying is discovered on the moon. Three astronauts land and examine an installation that all three perceive as radically different - one sees a heap of gold, one a fort bristling with guns, one a space platform and space craft. They return to Earth with some crystals picked up at the mystery site.All three soon produce children - the moon children, gifted, precocious, and seemingly damned by the crystals their fathers had handled. Two are eerily beautiful, the third a grotesque monster. And the three soon discover that they are Earth's hope for survival, as interplanetary invasion brings overwhelming alien forces to bear on mankind.

Gateway

Lifeburst

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson

Somewhere, eons past, the seekers had begun as weapons - cyborg war machines. Nuclear explosions and powerful lasers meant little to them, for each was larger than ten battleships and subsisted on a diet of heavy metals, preferably radioactive. Soon the seekers began their own Lifeburst, flying to nearby stars, evolving, eating, destroying...Our solar system was next.

Gateway

One Against the Legion

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson
Gateway

The Humanoids

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson
Gateway

The Humanoid Touch

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson
Gateway

Seetee Shock

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson
Gateway

Seetee Ship

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson
Gateway

Golden Blood

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson

Chemical symbol... atomic number... atomic weight... Scientific terms for gold... but science can't begin to explain the mystery and magic of gold. It was gold that lured the 'Secret Legion' - as oddly mixed a group of adventures as any song or story - into the world's most treacherous desert. And gold they found - a golden man, and exotic golden woman, a huge golden tiger, and an eerie golden snake. Gold brought them together... gold made them enemies in a battle to the death... gold held the key to the mysterious forces that assailed them. Jack Williamson, alchemist with words, spins a rare web of adventure, fantasy and science... a gem from the golden age of Weird Tales, now available in book form for the first time.

Gateway

The Dome Around America

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson

What new menace was besieging mankind's last refuge? The Earth had been stripped bare of the atmosphere and water, its surface left an airless and lifeless desert...except for America. A dome of energy had been erected around the U.S. in the nick of time and only within this vast transparent dome could men and women live in safety. Until the moment Barry Thane spotted a moving thing outside the dome! Something was there where only Death reigned. Something that was spying on the dome, trying to break in and destroy Earth's last oasis! But what was it...and why? Barry's single-handed struggle with the unknown, his own break-out into the outside world of airless terror, makes one of the most exciting novels that Jack Williamson, master of science fiction, has ever written.

Gateway

The Trial of Terra

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson
Gateway

Bright New Universe

Jack Williamson
Authors:
Jack Williamson