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Billee J. Stallings lives in Moorestown, New Jersey, where she is active in historical preservation. Jo-an J. Evans has written previously about fashion and design. She lives in London.
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  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Mcfarland (July 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786465042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786465040
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,111,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Murray Leinster (real name Will F. Jenkins) is still one of my all-time favorite SF writers. His plain-and-simple prose, detailed descriptions of "gadgets", imaginative storylines and pure "sense of wonder", are all reasons why his stories are still a pleasure to read. His career spanned nearly all of the first 3 quarters of the 20th Century and he was well-respected by his fellow authors and their editors.

This book, written by two of his daughters, is truly a labor of love. Like the man himself, it is an unassuming, straight-forward look at both his private life and his writings, mainly in Science Fiction, although he wrote for many genres. The book chronicles his life as a young man, his early efforts as a writer, his love of learning and "tinkering" and his 46-year marriage to his beloved wife, Mary and their extended family. Each decade is given its own chapter, with summaries of Will's personal and professional life. There is also a nice selection of warm and appreciative comments by other authors, many of whom were just starting their careers as Will's was coming to a close. The appendices include a complete short-story, "A Logic Named Joe", which is generally regarded as the first fictional account of home computers and the Internet (published in 1946) and a non-fiction piece on building a "robot brain". There is also a thorough bibliography at the end of the book.

All in all, this is a loving look back at the life and writings of a Science Fiction author who, according to a fellow author, may have provided more hours of reading pleasure than any other writer.
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As a fan of Murray Leinster's stellar science fiction, I was thrilled to be among the early readers of this comprehensive and intimate memoir by two of his daughters. Writing about their father, Will F. Jenkins, the authors provide fascinating and insightful context for the work of this innovative, prolific master storyteller. How wonderful that they have shared their family history and personal memories of this complex, extraordinary man. I cannot recommend this book more highly.
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