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Dragon's Island and other stories
Williamson, Jack, 1908-2006.
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Five Star, [2002]

Physical Description:
340 pages ; 22 cm.
Stepson to creation -- Guinevere for everybody -- Dragon's Island.
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Author Notes

Author Jack Williamson was born in Bisbee, Arizona on April 29, 1908. In the 1950's, he received both his BA and MA degress in English from Eastern New Mexico University. After receiving his PhD from the University of Colorado, he taught linguistics, the modern novel and literary criticism at Eastern New Mexico University until he retired in 1977.

At the age of 20, he published his first story, The Metal Man, in a December 1928 issue of Amazing Stories. Since then he has written more than 50 novels and at least 15 short story collections. Some of his best known works are The Humanoids, The Legion of Time, Manseed, and Lifeburst. He also published numerous collaborations with fellow science fiction author Frederik Pohl. He received numerous awards including the Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association, the Hugo Award, and the Nebula Award. He was an inaugural inductee in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and was named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1976. He died at his home in Portales, New Mexico on November 10, 2006.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Five Star's program of giving the stability of book publication to shorter sf and fantasy classics strides into new territory with the venerable Williamson's three explorations of genetic engineering. In the most recent of them, "Stepson to Creation" (1977), humanity's godlike descendants return to Earth and discover that evolution hasn't paused in the meantime. In "Guinevere for Everybody" (1954), a computer tries to take over by creating a universal clone, but a few bugs haven't quite been eradicated. In the short novel Dragon's Island (1951), which reads as if it were written more recently than 50 years ago, Dane Belfast, the son of a colleague of a missing scientist suspected of creating supermen, has to figure out what is really going on. His quest ends in New Guinea, where he finds a reality more potent, though less dangerous, than he had been led to believe. If the yarn occasionally seems a matter of Dr. Moreau meets Indiana Jones, Williamson's spare prose keeps the melodrama in hand and makes it consistently readable. Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

The two stories and short novel in this so-so collection from Hugo winner Williamson focus on genetic engineering. The title work, a novella dating to 1951, sets up what appears to be a battle to the death between humans and superior mutants, but ends with a realization that the mutants embody the best of humanity. Unfortunately, the writing hasn't aged well. Williamson has serious things to say, but his hysterical, ultra-pulpish way he develops his plot doesn't allow for much reflection. The writing is much more restrained in "Stepson to Creation," published as a novelette in 1977, but employed more successfully the following year as a section of the novel Brother to Demons, Brother to Gods. When superior mutants segregate ordinary humans into reservations, the humans naturally resent the discrimination. In the more polished and complex tale, "Guinevere for Everybody," a nerdy corporate troubleshooter is taken aback to discover that a branch of his company is producing vending machines that sell beautiful female clones. The lure of cheap, guilt-free sex is never spelled out the story was first published in 1954 but Williamson balances its suggestion nicely with the conscious control of sober, adult responsibility. He also zings the reader with a neat, darkly humorous and technically prescient conclusion. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved