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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Jack Williamson Cover Gallery

I was first attracted to Jack Williamson's work by the Legion of Space series which came out in the UK in paperback when I was fifteen, although what really attracted me first were those fabulous Peter Elson covers.

I'm an unashamed fan of old pulp-style adventure SF; thankfully, when I was in my early teens, a lot of the best of the 1930s and 1940s pulps were being collected. Isaac Asimov; Frederik & Carol Pohl, Brian Aldiss & Harry Harrison, Mike Ashley... they all put out some excellent anthologies gathering some of the best pulp-era yarns. What I particularly liked about Williamson was that he was still very active and writing stories that could have been written by someone fifty years his junior; he continued to write well into the new century when there has been an attempt to classify certain writers as "the new space opera", including Iain M. Banks, Peter F. Hamilton, Alistair Reynolds, etc. What goes around, comes around and, if we're lucky, collections like the astonishing Haffner Press volumes gathering Jack Williamson's stories will be there are reminders of what the "old space opera" was like.

The Legion of Time
Digit Books R522, Sep 1961.
Digit Books R703, May 1963.

After World's End
Digit Books R538, 1961; 
Digit Books R671, Feb 1963.

The Reefs of Space, with Frederik Pohl. 
Penguin 0-1400-2778-5, 1969.

Seetee Ship.
Mayflower Books 0-5821-1612-4, 1969.

Seetee Shock.
Mayflower Books, 0-5821-1613-2, 1969.

Starchild, with Frederik Pohl.
Penguin 0-1400-3103-0, 1970.

Undersea Quest, with Frederik Pohl.
Mayflower 0-5821-1779-1, 1970.

Farthest Star
Pan Books 0-3302-4639-9, Feb 1976.

Darker Than You Think
Sphere 0-7221-9166-9, 1976.
Gollancz (Fantasy Masterworks #38) 0-5750-7546-5, 2003.

The Legion of Space.
Sphere 0-7221-9171-5, Mar 1977. Cover by ?

The Cometeers.
Sphere 0-7221-9173-1, May 1977. Cover by ?

One Against the Legion.
Sphere 0-7221-9172-3, Jul 1977. Cover by ?

The Legion of Time.
Sphere 0-7221-9175-8, Sep 1977. Cover by Bob Layzell

The Humanoids
Sphere 0-7221-9176-6, Nov 1977. Cover by Chris Foss

The Early Williamson.
Sphere 0-7221-9167-7, 1978. Cover by Peter Elson

The Power of Blackness.
Sphere 0-7221-9177-4, Apr 1978. Cover by Peter Elson

Star Bridge, with James E. Gunn.
Magnum Books 0-4170-3500-4, 1979.

The Starchild Trilogy (Rogue Star, Starchild, The Reefs of Space).
Penguin 0-1400-5249-6, 1980.

The Reign of Wizardry.
Sphere 0-7221-9185-5, 1981.

Brother to Demons, Brother to Gods
Sphere 0-7221-9179-0, 1981. Cover by Jim Burns

The Humanoid Touch.
Sphere 0-7221-9195-2, 1982.

The Queen of the Legion
Sphere 0-7221-9196-0, 1984. Cover by Jim Burns

Manseed.
Sphere 0-7221-9115, 1986.

Lifeburst.
Sphere 0-7221-9117-0, 1987.

Firechild.
Methuen 0-4131-6330-X, 1988.

Mazeway.
Mandarin 0-7493-0481-2, 1990.

PUBLICATIONS

Novels (series: Cuckoo’s Saga; Jim Eden; Legion of Space; Seetee; Starchild)
The Legion of Space (Legion). Reading, Pennsylvania, Fantasy Press, 1947; London, Sphere, 1977.
Darker Than You Think. Reading, Pennsylvania, Fantasy Press, 1948; London, Sphere, 1976.
The Humanoids. New York, Simon & Schuster, 1949; London, Museum Press, 1953; expanded, Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1980.
The Cometeers (and One Against the Legion) (Legion). Reading, Pennsylvania, Fantasy Press, 1950; published separately as The Cometeers, New York, Pyramid, 1967; London, Sphere, 1977; and One Against the Legion (with novella ‘Nowhere Near’), New York, Pyramid, 1967; London, Sphere, 1977.
The Green Girl. New York, Avon, 1950.
Dragon’s Island. New York, Simon & Schuster, 1951; as The Not-Men, New York, Belmont Tower, 1968.
The Legion of Time (with After World’s End). Reading, Pennsylvania, Fantasy Press, 1952; as Two Complete Novels: The Legion of Time, After World’s End, New York, Galaxy Megabook, 1963; London, Sphere, 1977; published separately as The Legion of Time, London, Digit, 1961, and After World’s End, London, Digit, 1961.
Undersea Quest, with Frederik Pohl (Eden). New York, Gnome Press, 1954.
Dome Around America. New York, Ace Books, 1955; London, Faber & Faber.
Undersea Fleet, with Frederik Pohl (Eden). New York, Gnome Press, 1956.
Undersea City, with Frederik Pohl (Eden). New York, Gnome Press, 1958.
Star Bridge, with James E. Gunn. New York, Gnome Press, 1955; London, Sidgwick & Jackson.
The Trial of Terra. New York, Ace Books, 1962.
Golden Blood. New York, Lancer Books, 1964.
The Reign of Wizardry. Lancer, 1964; London, Sphere, 1981.
The Reefs of Space, with Frederik Pohl (Starchild). New York, Ballantine, 1964; London, Dobson, 1966.
Starchild, with Frederik Pohl (Starchild). New York, Ballantine, 1965; London, Dobson, 1966.
Bright New Universe. New York, Ace Books, 1967; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1969.
Trapped in Space, illus. Robert Amundsen. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1968.
Rogue Star, with Frederik Pohl (Starchild). New York, Ballantine, 1969; London, Dobson, 1972.
The Moon Children. New York, Putnam, 1972; Morley, Yorkshire, Elmfield Press, 1975.
Farthest Star, with Frederik Pohl (Cuckoo). New York, Ballantine, 1975; London, Pan, 1976.
The Power of Blackness. New York, Berkley, 1976; London, Sphere, 1978.
Brother to Demons, Brother to God. Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1979; London, Sphere, 1981.
The Humanoid Touch. Huntington Woods, Michigan, Phantasia Press, 1980; London, Sphere, 1982.
Manseed. New York, Ballantine, 1982; London, Sphere, Apr 1986.
Wall Around a Star, with Frederik Pohl (Cuckoo). Ballantine, 1983.
The Queen of the Legion (Legion). New York, Pocket Books, 1983; London, Sphere, 1984.
Lifeburst. New York, Ballantine, Dec 1984; London, Sphere, Mar 1987.
Firechild. New York, Bluejay, Aug 1986; London, Methuen, Mar 1988.
Land’s End, with Frederik Pohl. New York, Tor, Aug 1988.
Mazeway. New York, Ballantine, Apr 1990; London, Mandarin, Oct 1990.
The Singers of Time, with Frederik Pohl. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, Feb 1991.
Beachhead. New York, Tor, Aug 1992.
Demon Moon. New York, Tor, May 1994.
The Black Sun. New York, Tor, Mar 1997.
The Fortress of Utopia. Brooklyn, New York, Gryphon Publications, May 1998.
The Silicon Dagger. New York, Tor, Apr 1999.
The Stone from the Green Star, introduction by Philip J. Harbottle. Brooklyn, New York, Gryphon Publicaitons, Oct 1999.
Terraforming Earth. New York, Tor, Jun 2001.
The Stonehenge Gate. New York, Tor, Aug 2005.

Novels as Will Stewart (series: Seetee in both)
Seetee Shock. New York, Simon & Schuster, 1950; Kingswood, Surrey, World’s Work, 1954; as by Jack Williamson, Lancer, 1968.
Seetee Ship. New York, Gnome Press, 1951; as by Jack Williamson, Lancer, 1968.

Omnibus
Seetee. New York, Jove, 1979.
The Starchild Trilogy (contains: The Reefs of Space, Starchild, Rogue Star). Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1977; London, Penguin, 1980.
Three From the Legion (contains: The Legion of Space, The Cometeers, One Against the Legion). Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1981.
The Saga of Cuckoo (contains: Farthest Star, Wall Around a Star). Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1983.
The Undersea Trilogy (contains: Undersea Quest, Undersea Fleet, Undersea City). Riverdale, New York, Baen, Jun 1992.

Collections
The Girl from Mars, with Miles J. Breuer. New York, Stellar, 1929.
Lady in Danger. London, Utopian, 1945.
The Pandora Effect. New York, Ace Books, 1969.
People Machines. New York, Ace Books, 1971.
The Great Illusion, with others. Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, Fantasy Booklet, 1973.
The Early Williamson. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1975; London, Sphere, 1978.
Dreadful Sleep. Chicago, Weinberg, 1977.
The Best of Jack Williamson, introduction by Frederik Pohl. New York, Ballantine, 1978.
The Alien Intelligence: Jack Williamson—The Collector’s Edition, Volume I. New Orleans, P.D.A. Enterprises, 1980.
The Birth of a New Republic: Jack Williamson—The Collector’s Edition, Volume II, with Miles J. Breuer. P.D.A. Enterprises, 1981.
Author’s Choice Monthly Issue 5: Into the Eighth Decade. Eugene, Oregon, Pulphouse, Feb 1990.
The Prince of Space [and] The Girl from Mars. Brooklyn, New York, Gryphon Publications, Jun 1998.
The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson, Volume 1: The Metal Man and Others, foreword by Hal Clement. Royal Oak, Michigan, Haffner Press, May 1999.
The Ruler of Fate and Xandulu. Brooklyn, New York, Gryphon Publications, May 1999.
The Iron God (with Tomorrow by E. C. Tubb). Brooklyn, New York, Gryphon Publications, Jul 1999.
The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson, Volume 2: Wolves of Darkness, foreword by Harlan Ellison. Michigan, Haffner Press, Sep 1999.
The Blue Spot and Entropy Reversed, introduction by Philip J. Harbottle. Brooklyn, New York, Gryphon Publications, May 2000.
The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson, Volume 3: Wizard’s Isle, foreword by Ray Bradbury. Michigan, Haffner Press, Sep 2000.
The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson, Volume 4: Spider Island, foreword by Edward Bryant. Michigan, Haffner Press, Apr 2002.
Dragon’s Island and Other Stories, edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Ed Gorman. Waterville, ME, Five Star, Aug 2002.
Seventy-Five: The Diamond Anniversary of a Science Fiction Pioneer, edited by Stephen Haffner & Richard A. Hauptmann. Foreword by Connie Willis. Introduction by Arthur C. Clarke. Royal Oak, MI, Haffner Press, Aug 2004.
The Man From Somewhere. Portales, NM, Cacahuete Press, Mar 2005.
The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson, Volume 5: Crucible of Power, foreword by Frank M. Robinson. Michigan, Haffner Press, Mar 2006.
The Worlds of Jack Williamson: A Centennial Tribute (1908-2008), ed. Stephen Haffner; foreword by Frederik Pohl; introduction by James Gunn. Michigan, Haffner Press, 2008.
The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson, Volume 6: Gateway to Paradise, foreword by Frederik Pohl. Michigan, Haffner Press, 2008.
The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson, Volume 7: With Folded Hands ... And Searching Mind, ed. Stephen Haffner; foreword by Robert Silverberg. Michegan, Haffner Press, 2010.
The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson, Volume 8: At the Human Limit, ed. Stephen Haffner; foreword by Connie Willis. Michigan, Haffner Press, 2011.

Non-fiction
Science Fiction Comes to College. A preliminary survey of courses offered. Portales, New Mexico, privately printed, 1971; expanded editions, 1971-72.
Teaching Science Fiction. Portales, New Mexico, privately printed, 1972; expanded editions, 1972-75.
H. G. Wells, Critic of Progress. Baltimore, Mirage Press, 1973.
Teaching Science Fiction: Education for Tomorrow. Philadelphia, Owlswick Press, 1980.
Wonder’s Child: My Life in Science Fiction (autobiography). New York, Bluejay, Aug 1984; revised, introduction by Mike Resnick, Dallas, TX, BenBella Books, Sep 2005.

Comic Strips
Beyond Mars, with Lee Elias. El Cojon, California, Blackthorne, 2 vols., 1987-88.

About
Jack (John Stewart) Williamson, Child and Father of Wonder by Gordon Benson Jr. Leeds, Galactic Central Publications, 1985.  
The Williamson Effect edited by Roger Zelazny. New York, Tor, 1996.
The Work of Jack Williamson: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide by Richard A. Hauptmann. NESFA Press, Aug 1998.
In Memory of Wonder's Child: Jack Williamson: April 29, 1908-November 10, 2006, ed. Stephen Haffner. Michigan, Haffner Press, 2007.

2 comments:

Talcarnan said...

I'm afraid to tell you that Peter Elson did not do any of the covers for The Legion of Space books published by Sphere. The first three are uncredited but *MAY* have been done by Cesare Reggiani. The fourth title "The Legion of Time" is the work of Bob Layzell.

Steve said...

Hi Talcarnan,

No need to be afraid - errors need to be corrected! I haven't been able to confirm the name of the artist of the first three - nor confirm that Cesare Reggiani had covers published in the UK - but I did notice that the cover for The Cometeers was also used on a reprint of a David Hartwell anthology in Poland.