Jack Williamson

1908 - 2006

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John Stewart Williamson (April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006), who wrote as Jack Williamson, was an American science fiction writer, one of several called the "Dean of Science Fiction". He is also credited with one of the first uses of the term genetic engineering. Early in his career he sometimes used the pseudonyms Will Stewart and Nils O. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jack Williamson has received more than 244,569 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia. Jack Williamson is the 2,869th most popular writer (down from 2,497th in 2019), the 3,630th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,246th in 2019) and the 314th most popular American Writer.

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Notable Works

Before the Golden Age
American Science fiction
Part one 1920 to 1930 -- Part two 1931 -- The man who evolved / Edmond Hamilton -- The Jameson Satellite / Neil R. Jones -- Submicroscopic / Capt. S.P. Meek -- Awlo of Ulm / Capt. S.P. Meek -- Tetrahedra of space / P. Schuyler Miller -- The world of the red Sun / Clifford D. Simak -- Part three 1932 -- Tumithak of the corridors / Charles R. Tanner -- The Moon era / Jack Williamson -- Part four 1933 -- The man who awoke / Laurence Manning -- Tumithak in Shawm / Capt. Charles R. Tanner -- Part five 1934 -- Colossus / Donald Wandrei -- Born of the Sun / Jack Williamson -- Sidewise in time / Murray Leinster -- Old Faithful / Raymond Z. Gallun -- Part six 1935 -- The parasite planet / Stanley G. Weinbaum -- Proxima Centauri / Murray Leinster -- The accursed galaxy / Edmond Hamilton -- Part seven 1936 -- He who shrank / Henry Hasse -- The human pets of Mars / Leslie Frances Stone -- The brain stealers of Mars / John W. Campbell, Jr. -- Devolution / Edmond Hamilton -- Big game / Isaac Asimov -- Part eight 1937 -- Other eyes watching / John W. Campbell, Jr. -- Minus planet / John D. Clark -- Past, present, and future / Nat Schachner -- Part nine 1938 -- The men and the mirror / Ross Rocklynne.
The humanoid touch
American Science fiction
The Reefs of Space
The Starchild trilogy
American Science fiction
The humanoids
American Science fiction
Darker than you think
Werewolves, Fiction
Who is the Child of Night? That's what small-town reporter Will Barbee must find out. Inexorably drawn into investigating a rash of grisly deaths, he soon finds himself embroiled in something far beyond mortal understanding. Doggedly pursuing his investigations, he meets the mysterious and seductive April Bell and starts having disturbing, tantalizing dreams in which he does terrible things -- things that are stranger and wilder than his worst nightmares. Then his friends begin dying one by one, and he slowly realizes that an unspeakable evil has been unleashed. As Barbee's world crumbles around him in a dizzying blizzard of madness, the intoxicating, dangerous April pushes Barbee ever closer to the answer to the question ''Who is the Child of Night?'' When Barbee finds out, he'll wish he'd never been born.


Among writers, Jack Williamson ranks 2,869 out of 7,302Before him are Yasutaka Tsutsui, Kostis Palamas, Anthony Horowitz, Gu Yanwu, Jonathan Franzen, and Giacomo da Lentini. After him are Robert Penn Warren, Sachchidananda Vatsyayan, Lucia Berlin, Erich Fried, Lawrence Block, and Muazzez İlmiye Çığ.

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Among people born in 1908, Jack Williamson ranks 157Before him are Sœur Emmanuelle, Paula Mollenhauer, John Mills, Elek Schwartz, Juan Botasso, and Bengt Strömgren. After him are Olga Benário Prestes, Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark, Gioacchino Guaragna, Titus Burckhardt, Luis Regueiro, and William Hartnell. Among people deceased in 2006, Jack Williamson ranks 148Before him are John Profumo, Mickey Hargitay, Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Paul Gleason, Rudi Carrell, and Asima Chatterjee. After him are Elena Mukhina, Jean-François Revel, Richard Bright, David Gemmell, Gerard Reve, and Lars Korvald.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jack Williamson ranks 3,630 out of 20,380Before him are Alexander Vandegrift (1887), Jonathan Franzen (1959), Chris O'Donnell (1970), The Big Bopper (1930), Dee Wallace (1948), and Gabriel Almond (1911). After him are Robert Penn Warren (1905), Kenny Clarke (1914), Christina Grimmie (1994), Jane Lynch (1960), Lucia Berlin (1936), and Charles Doolittle Walcott (1850).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Jack Williamson ranks 314Before him are R. A. Salvatore (1959), Ben Hecht (1893), William L. Shirer (1904), Anne McCaffrey (1926), Maurice Sendak (1928), and Jonathan Franzen (1959). After him are Robert Penn Warren (1905), Lucia Berlin (1936), Lawrence Block (1938), Andre Norton (1912), Herman J. Mankiewicz (1897), and Budd Schulberg (1914).