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Wonder's Child: My Life In Science Fiction

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Telling much more than the story of a single man's life and work, this autobiography is an amazing look at the entire 20th century from the eyes of one of the greatest voices in science fiction. This story of a man plagued with a perpetual sense of wonder at the world around him begins with Williamson's youth and his family's struggle to survive on farms in the arid southw ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published August 11th 2005 by BenBella Books (first published December 31st 1984)
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Denis
Apr 07, 2013 Denis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very heartfelt honest autobiography. Jack's candor and humility are like no other I have ever come across. He is most likely the longest lived SF writer of the genre. He published his first (scientifiction) story "The Metal Man" in Hugo Gernsback's Amazing, at the age of twenty, in the Dec. 1928 and his final novel "Stonehenge Gateway" in 2005. Much happens in between - at least what happens until 1983 - when Williamson, in his seventies, published this autobiography (He had added an update fo ...more
Jeff
Jun 06, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeff by: Found in the stacks at the library
One of the Grand Masters of Science Fiction, Williamson's autobiography spans from riding with his family in a covered wagon to their homestead in New Mexico right up to the journeys of the Pioneer space probes past Jupiter and on out of the solar system. Seeing the development of science fiction in the 20th century from an insider's perspective is fascinating as is reading about his passion to continue writing even when doing so paid little to nothing in those early years of the pulps and short ...more
Bob Rust
Apr 25, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing
These reminiscences reconfirm the explosively liberating effect early Pulp-magazine sf had on its first young audiences especially those who like Williamson grew up in small towns or farms across an America hurtling out of its rural past.
Jonathan Crowe
May 25, 2011 Jonathan Crowe rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
Not the strongest SF memoir I've read; laconic and sketchy in both the old (to 1984) and new sections.
Michael
Feb 20, 2015 Michael rated it it was ok
Oh so dreary...
Bruce
Jul 27, 2015 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy, biography
[Disclaimer: I received my copy of this book as a gift from the author]

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John Stewart Williamson who wrote as Jack Williamson (and occasionally under the pseudonym Will Stewart) was a U.S. writer often referred to as the "Dean of Science Fiction".
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