About Jack Williamson


  • Was born John Stewart Williamson on April 29, 1908 in Bisbee, Arizona Territory
  • Family traveled to Roosevelt County, New Mexico by covered wagon in 1915
  • Attended school for only a few years before college
  • Published his first science fiction story, "The Metal Man", in 1928 in Amazing
  • Served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a weather forecaster during WW II
  • Married Blanche Slaten Harp in 1947
  • Received BA and MA degrees in English from Eastern New Mexico University in the 1950s
  • Received Ph.D. degree in English from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1964, writing his dissertation on the early works of H. G. Wells
  • Taught English at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) from 1960 to 1977
  • Continued to teach creative writing and science fiction classes at ENMU after his retirement
  • Won the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell awards, in addition to many others
  • Was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1975
  • Wrote his autobiography, Wonder's Child:  My Life in Science Fiction, in 1984 and updated it in 2005
  • Inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Published his last novel, Stonehenge Gate, in 2005
  • Died November 10, 2006 in Portales, New Mexico
  • Publications include:
    • 55 novels
    • 11 novellas
    • 38 novelettes
    • More than 100 short stories
    • Two years of comic strips


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