Pioneering science fiction author Jack Williamson was born in 1908 in Bisbee, Arizona Territory. He moved with the family from Mexico to Pecos, Texas. Traveling by covered wagon, in 1915 they arrived in southern Roosevelt County, New Mexico, where they settled.
Young Jack knew the farming/ranching life was not for him; he dreamed of going to the stars. His first story, The Metal Man, was published in 1928. His last novel, Stonehenge Gate, was released in 2005. His complete bibliography includes:
- 55 novels
- 11 novellas
- 38 novelettes
- More than 100 short stories
- Two years of comic strips
Already a well-known science fiction author when he joined the faculty in 1960, he taught for 17 years at Eastern New Mexico University, where he earned B.A. and M.A. degrees. He later completed a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, writing a dissertation on H.G. Wells.
He won the Hugo and Nebula awards and was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America.
ENMU's Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building was renamed in his honor in 1995.
When he died in Portales on Nov. 10, 2006, at age 98, authors from around the world shared condolences and admiration.