Jack Williamson

Author and academic influential in science fiction's Golden Age.

April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006

Jack Williamson was a science fiction writer for nearly 80 years. Inspired by early pulp magazines in the 1920s, he wrote his first story, “The Metal Man,” which was featured in Amazing Stories in 1928. He developed his talents in science fiction’s early years and was a strong voice in the genre’s Golden Age.

A highly adaptable writer, Williamson was from the start equally comfortable with both short story and novel forms. By 1940 he had published more than 12 novels and within the following decade had completed his two most significant and famous works: the Seetee (1942–1949), and Humanoids (1947–1949), series. 

In the 1950s Williamson embarked on a second career in academia, teaching the modern novel and literary criticism until his retirement in 1977. In 1973 he received a Pilgrim Award for this work, and in 1976 he was given the second Grand Master Nebula Award, preceded only by Robert Heinlein.

1996 Inductee