Jack Williamson

Updated January 26, 2006

Apparently, Jack Williamson has been writing for a long time. He has dozens of books that he's written. But I had never heard of him until the Science Fiction Book Club featured one of his books, Terraforming Earth. After reading the book description, I decided to order it, and really enjoyed it. It wasn't until after I read it that I found out just how prolific Williamson was. In fact, he's the person who originally came up with the term "terraform". He published his first SF in 1928. Terraforming Earth was published in 2001. Even if he never writes another book, that's a long career.

Books I've Read by Jack Williamson

Terraforming Earth (hardcover) (paperback)
Terraforming Earth Jack Williamson, the dean of American science fiction writers, has written some of the most imaginative and exciting speculative fiction published during the nine decades of his extraordinary career. With "Terraforming Earth", this Grand Master of the field tackles nothing less than the fate of the earth after a catastrophic impact by a huge meteor.

Unlike the scores of novels, films, and television miniseries that dwell on how humanity might deal with such an event, this novel takes us past the terrible collision and far into the future, with a group of people who escape the debacle to establish a safe harbor on Earth's Moon.

From Tycho Base they can monitor conditions on the devastated earth. Years pass, then centuries, and then millenia, as they, their cloned children, and their children's children through successive generations undertake the enormous challenge of restoring life to a barren planet.

In what may be the capstone of his remarkable career, Jack Williamson has created a compelling human drama, spinning a fascinating tale of danger, change, and survival in a vividly imagined future. (from the book jacket)
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