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Jack Williamson (1908-2006) was an American SF writer with a long and distinguished career. He had his first story published aged 20 and continued writing well into his 90s. From 1954, Williamson collaborated with Frederick Pohl, producing 12 novels, as well as his own work. In 1976 he was given a Grand Master Award by the SF and Fantasy Writers of America. Williamson’s ‘space opera’, Manseed, was illustrated by Jim Burns (b.1948) a Welsh illustrator. Trained in Wales and London, Burns’ work is described as ‘photorealistic’ and ‘erotic’. Burns has a strong fanbase in the UK and the US and has won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist twice.


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Jack Williamson, “Manseed,” | OUR Heritage, accessed July 23, 2024,