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The Metal Man and Others, The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson, Volume One (Short Stories) Hardcover – July 10, 1999

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Williamson was one of the gods of the old pulp sf/adventure magazines of yesteryear such as Weird Tales, Astounding Stories, Thrilling Mystery, etc., and at age 93 is still writing as well as teaching. The dozen stories included in this fourth volume of his collected works range in publication from 1936 to 1938. In addition to the title piece, there are "The Ice Entity," "The Devil in Steel," "Dreadful Sleep," and "The Legion of Time." This also sports an introduction and afterword by Williamson and an appendix. The series includes Vol. 1: The Metal Man and Others (ISBN 1-893887-02-2), Vol. 2: Wolves of Darkness (ISBN 1-893887-04-9), and Vol. 3: Wizard's Isle (ISBN 1-893887-08-1). Vintage sf at its best.
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"...Williamson has produced quality science fiction in every decade of this century and has won virtually every award given by the field...but too much of Williamson's early fiction has become completely inaccessible, existing only within the crumbling pages of the pulps that published it. For that reason Haffner Press' THE METAL MAN AND OTHERS is an important collection...it contains a fine introduction by Hal Clement, a delightful afterword by Williamson, and appendix reprinting eight of Williamson's letters to the editors of the pulp magazines...Finally, the end pages of the volume reproduce the covers of the magazines in which Williamson appeared. One can hardly ask for a more enjoyable or worthwhile volume; one hopes that the other volumes hinted at appear soon."

Richard Bleiler -- The Dime Novel Round-Up, December 1999

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Product Details

  • Series: Short Stories
  • Hardcover: 541 pages
  • Publisher: Haffner Pr; 1st edition (July 10, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893887022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893887022
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,510,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill on March 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a gift, and my first thought was "how good can a set of sci-fi stories from 1928 be?" Needless to say, I thought this would be a boring book. But I was wrong. It's a trip to another time. One one hand, it's a trip into a past that was still filled with the art of imagination where there were no boundaries. It's also a trip into the future, some of has transpired and some that never will (at least not like as described in some of these stories).

Nonetheless, there is a quality of writing in these stories that makes them worthy of preserving. Mr. Williamson excels at the short story. He is able to quickly make the reader care about his characters, and the plot lines enage the reader. Even though many of the stories are "dated" and come out the old pulps, they remain entertaining, engaging, and fun. I enjoyed this book so much that I ended up buying the other books from this series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Fleming on September 14, 2002
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These are definitely stories of more historical than literary interest. Jack Williamson is an amazing writer, but also an amazingly prolific writer, and let's face it, they can't all be gems. These were stories produced by the word for the pulps, and it shows. I will buy and read the other volumes in this beautifully produced series, but this one at least would make slow going for anyone not a dedicated fan of the author and/or the era.
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By A. Galloway MD on October 12, 2013
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I tried to find this book las year to complete my collection. The only way I could get it was buying the full set-- for around $1000 !! This was a great deal. The seller said it was an ex library book with the usual wear; so I took a chance. Honestly it was in like new condition. I am of course very pleased.
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