Talk:Jack Williamson

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I have a book jacket in front of me that says that Williamson is Professor Emeritus at New Mexico University. Nothing about that here. ----Isaac R 28 June 2005 20:38 (UTC)

Work for Marvel[edit]

Apparently Williamson published a "complete novel" (as it was billed on the cover) called "The Angel from Hell" under the pseudonym "Nils O Sonderlund" in Marvel Tales Vol. 1 No. 6, Dec. 1939. This is one of the pre-Marvel Comics pulp publications of Martin Goodman. I've read this on several sources but I'm not sure where this information originated. - Kevingarcia 05:44, 8 March 2006 (UTC)


Careful with Moskowitz as a source, folks. His biographical articles in Amazing and elsewhere were lively, but not always well researched, generating quite a bit of controversy at the time. He was also known to take side in long running disputes. Here is a excerpt from a review of one of his better efforts:

Most of Moskowitz's errors are obvious ones: Hervey Allen's Israfel was published in 1926, not 1924 (p. x); Professor Mabbott had not at his death "completed preparation" of his edition of Poe (p. xiii); Poe attended the University of Virginia, not the University of Richmond (p. 17); Appendix XII, not Chapter XII, of Arthur Hobson Quinn's Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography is devoted to Poe's role in the com. position of The Atlantis (p. 207); and Poe courted Sarah Helen Whitman in 1848, not 1847 and 1848 (p. 233).

Ahasuerus 14:46, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

Longest career?[edit]

It's obvious that Williamson had one of the longest ever careers of any writer - but was it in fact the longest? Lee M 03:35, 22 February 2007 (UTC)

Cut and Paste Text[edit]

This article contains "cut and paste" text (or similar) to other Wikipedia entries - for example, a link to "The Legion of Space" article would server better than repeating its synopsis here. [PEC] —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:09, 25 May 2010 (UTC)

Notable Works[edit]

The current section focuses on the "Legion of Space" stories, and indeed they are notable works from Williamson.

The fact is that Williamson's best works are widely considered to be two novels from the 1940's "Darker Than You Think" and "The Humanoids". It would be nice if someone could add some thoughts on these novels, even if it means shrinking the "Legion of Space" info.

FWIW, I like all of this stuff, I'm not denigrating The Legion fiction.

jbarntt 06:37, 10 January 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jbarntt (talkcontribs)

Breuer and Williamson[edit]

We have stated, perhaps relying on Williamson's autobiography, that Miles J. Breuer and Williamson "first work together" --first published jointly, i presume-- on The Birth of a New Republic. For that title ISFDB reports (Complete Novel), Amazing Stories Quarterly, Winter 1931 (early 1931, i infer; "Incorrectly dated Winter 1930 on the contents page"); maybe pp. 4-73.[1]

ISFDB lists only two joint publications by Breuer[2] and Williamson[3], however, that one and "The Girl from Mars", Science Fiction Series No. 1 (Stellar Publ, 1929), a 24-page Chapterbook. In the fine print, "This series of pamphlets was published by Hugo Gernsback to promote his new "Wonder Stories" SF magazines."[4] One excerpt collected 1975 qualifies as a Novelette, maybe pp. 16-34 (where his debut "Metal Man" is a Shortstory, maybe pp. 4-15).[5]

By the way, ISFDB reports eight Williamson 'Essays' (three titled "Letter") published 1927 to 1929. The one-page "Scientifiction, Searchlight of Science", Amazing Stories Quarterly, October 1928, literally predates his first Amazing story, in the December monthly. --although i don't known that it was written, submitted, solicited, or accepted first.

Does Williamson identify his first paid contribution?

--P64 (talk) 00:01, 6 April 2013 (UTC)