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"Ingenious... some impressively real atmosphere... a goodly number of satisfactory mystifications, curiousities and super-actions." - Galaxy Science Fiction
Published 1952 by Popular Library
(first published 1951)
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The Dragon’s Island by Jack Williamson is an old school science fiction book. I found it truly amusing when on the back of the book it talks about how normally science fiction books are set in the far future, instead of just a c couple from now in the 1970s. This book was written in 1951, but it still deals with morality issues that are still raised today. It focuses in on Genetic Engineering and creating a race that is ‘better’ than ‘normal’ humans - faster, smarter, stronger. Are they out to ...more
This novel is noted for containing the first [fictional] use of the phrase "genetic engineering" and I selected it because I hoped it would offer insight and context into a world about which I wish to write. I expected to encounter hard science, but this book is 100% fantasy. I should have known this right away, when the author used the elusive "sixth sense" and the concept of telepathy to explain away odd phenomena. Perhaps it was innovative for its time, but it doesn't hold up in a world where ...more
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".More about Jack Williamson...