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Jack Williamson was an important early science fiction author, publishing his first story in 1928. He went on to become a college professor who taught about the field from an academic point of view. He continued to publish stories his whole life and was recognized with a lifetime achievement award by the Science Fiction Writers of America. This collection of 14 stories is a sampling of his work.<P>The 14 stories are:<P>1. The Metal Man<P>2. Dead Star Station<P>3. Nonstop to Mars<P>4. The Crucible of Power<P>5. Breakdown<P>6. With Folded Hands<P>7. The Equalizer<P>8. The Peddler's Nose<P>9. The Happiest Creature<P>10. The Cold Green Eye<P>11. Operation Gravity<P>12. Guinevere for Everybody<P>13. Jamboree<P>14. The Highest Dive
In Brother to Demons, Brother to Gods, a prophetic novel set in a vast future multiverse, Jack Williamson projects future centuries of genetic research.
Who is the child of the night? That's what small-town reported Will Barbee must find out. Inexorably drawn into investigating a rash of grisly deaths, he soon finds himself embroiled in something far beyond mortal understanding.
The noonday Arabian sun is curiously like moonlight. The eye-searing brilliance of it, like the moon, blots out all color, in pitiless contrast of black and white. The senses withdraw from its drenching flame; and the Arab kaylulah or siesta is a time of supine surrender to supernal day. Price Durand, sprawled beneath a sun-faded awning on the schooner's heat-blistered deck, lay in that curious half-sleep in which one dreams, yet knows he dreams, and watches his visions like a play. And Price, the waking part of his mind, was astonished at his dream.
In the frozen wastes at the bottom of the world two explorers find a strange pool of white fire--and have a strange adventure.
SURVIVING THE END OF THE WORLD ' When Comet Sicara brushed near enough to strip the ozc layer from the Earth's atmosphere, civilization effectively ended fact, life on Earth was nearly extinguished. But the underwater cit survived, and some heavily protected land enclaves held on as w When the "ozone summer" years were ending, submarine capti Ron Tregarth rediscovered his lost love, Graciela Navarro. But th triumph against all odds was only the beginning, for the alien kno\ as the Eternal stood between them and threatened to destroy they held dearest. The Eternal's goal was to absorb the minds every living thing, to create a death-in-life to enslave the planet
The Legion of Time is one of real classic time travel novels. Factions from two different futures fight by traveling through space and time to decide which future will become reality. One man in our time gets involved in this great battle that will decide the faith of mankind.
Somewhere, eons past, the seekers had begun as weapons - cyborg war machines. nuclear explosions and powerful lasers meant little to them, for each was larger than ten battleships and subsisted on a diet of heavy metals, preferably radioactive.
The project was simple in design yet grandiose in its aim: a thousand tiny ships would crawl to the stars
From the depths of space, the Seeker had come to make the solar system her nest. She had been defeated, but at a terrible price.
Branded a criminal, he sought refuge with a mysterious clan of intergalactic revolutionaries, and found his heritage at last.
This is the story of Jil Gyrel, a young woman who lives in the fictional Great Hawkshead Nebula and has dreams of joining the famed Legion of Space.
Steve Ryeland knew that he was a criminal who had failed the Plan of Man ... but he could not remember his crime. Around his neck he wore an iron collar containing an explosive that would destroy him if he tried escape; but what had he done that had put it there he could only remember in tantalizing fragments. And then Steve still a prisoner was given the world's most important job--to develop a "jetless drive," a new space propulsion system that would permit the forces of man to expand into the Reefs of Space, the half-mythical bodies that circled the solar system beyond the orbit of Pluto. Ryeland had to succeed--or be relegated to the horrors of the living Body Bank.
The Plan of Man is but an ancient historical memory of the human race. Most humans are now part of the great multiple organism that is Cygnus. But there are still some that lead separate lives, Cliff Hawk, a man who craves adventure through science, Andreas Quamodian, who only wants to help others, Molly Zaldivar who loves both Cliff and Andy, and a ruthless hunter from the Reefs of Space. All their lives become entangled when Cliff seeks to create an energy intelligence similar to those that inhabit most stars.
This book is an omnibus edition of Farthest Star and Wall Around a Star.
In McAdam City, Kentucky, people are fed up with big government interfering with their lives. An invisible barrier is put up to protect the citizens, impervious to anything thrown against it.
Another classic sci-fi tale from the two masters of the genre.
The golden-skinned merchant princes of Eron, mutants who were riding horse-sized hunting dogs, started to close in on them.
In "The Reefs of Space," Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson created the glorious worldlets of crystal where rebels from machine-bound Earth could find a refuge from the inexorable Plan of Man with its Body Bank and Programmed Living. Now in "Starchild," two generations later, the rebellion goes even further until it comes to a head in open conflict which threatens the very heart of the Plan of Man.
The story takes place in an era when humans have colonized the Solar System but dare not go farther, as the first extra-solar expedition to Barnard's Star failed and the survivors came back as babbling, grotesque, diseased madmen.
Concluding volume of the Undersea Eden series, when people live in cities underwater.
Monsters of the Deep. Everyone at the academy knew that sea serpents were, without a doubt, silly superstitions. Everyone but David Craken, that is. This young cadet from Marinia had been born and raised 4 miles beneath the waves.
Cadet James Eden, latest in a long line of men who had given their lives to the sea, had no reason to suspect that his career was threatened: he looked forward to the day, not so far distant, when he would graduate and enter the sub-sea world for which his Academy was named. And suddenly he was caught in a vortex of charges and counter-charges: for some baffling, unimaginable purpose, someone was evidently trying to frame him. And succeeding. Yet there was worse to come. For on the heels of his expulsion from the Sub-Sea Academy, Jim learned that his uncle, one of the world's most ex¬perienced sub-seaman, had mysteriously disappeared while mining uranium at the bottom of Eden Deep, one of the new uranium fields the Edens had helped to open up on the ocean floor. Jim did not--could not--believe that Stewart Eden was dead. He determined to enter the vast dome-city of Marinia to trace his uncle. In doing so, James Eden put himself on the line--a line that could end in death.