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Jack Williamson published his first short story in 1928, and he's been producing entertaining, thought-provoking science fiction ever since.

Jack Williamson published his first short story in 1928, and he's been producing entertaining, thought-provoking science fiction ever since. The second person named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America-the first was Robert A. Heinlein-Williamson has always been in the forefront of the field, being the first to write fiction about genetic engineering (he invented the term), anti-matter, and other cutting-edge science.

Jack Williamson (1908 - 2006) John Stewart 'Jack' Williamson was born in Arizona in 1908 and raised in an isolated New Mexico farmstead

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John Stewart Williamson (April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006), who wrote as Jack Williamson, was an American science fiction writer, often called the "Dean of Science Fiction". especially after the death of Robert Heinlein in 1988)

John Stewart Williamson (April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006), who wrote as Jack Williamson, was an American science fiction writer, often called the "Dean of Science Fiction". especially after the death of Robert Heinlein in 1988). Early in his career he sometimes used the pseudonyms Will Stewart and Nils O. Sonderlund.

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Why would Earth need terraforming? Well, what if a giant meteorite smacked into the planet, asks grandmaster Williamson (The Silicon Dagger, 1999, et., wiping out all life? Rich eccentric Calvin DeFort insists that a major meteorite., wiping out all life? Rich eccentric Calvin DeFort insists that a major meteorite impact is likely, and dedicates his life to creating Tycho Base on the Moon, run by a computer, staffed by robots, and complete with frozen human-, animal-, and plant-tissue specimens. A renaissance man, Williamson is a master of fantasy and horror as well as science fiction. He lives in Portales, New Mexico.

When a giant meteor crashes into the earth and destroys all life, the small group of human survivors manage to leave the barren planet and establish a new home on the moon. From Tycho Base, men and woman are able to observe the devastated planet and wait for a time when return will become possible.

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The book was released by Strelka Press. The Terraforming is the new tuition-free Strelka education program beginning in 2020, directed by Benjamin H. Bratton

First Paperback, Contains the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning The Ultimate EarthWhen a giant meteor crashes into the earth and destroys all life, the small group of human survivors manage to leave the barren planet and establish a new home on the moon. From Tycho Base, men and woman are able to observe the devastated planet and wait for a time when return will become possible. Generations pass. Cloned children have had children of their own, and their eyes are raised toward the giant planet in the sky which long ago was the cradle of humanity. Finally, after millennia of waiting, the descendants of the original refugees travel back to a planet they've never known, to try and rebuild a civilization of which they've never been a part. The fate of the earth lies in the success of their return, but after so much time, the question is not whether they can rebuild an old destroyed home, but whether they can learn to inhabit an alien new world--Earth.

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Yadon
What Williamson does well, incredibly well: Contemplating the future and the afterlife. I have no idea if he is coming from a Theist perspective or not, but this is a very interesting take on what eternal life might look like- in two different ways. How could our scientific understandings be merged with common dreams of humanity- to live forever? And Who Wants To Live Forever? Is it a something we want if it's like this? Is this what we hope for? Is it even eternal life that's the goal?

If the best of Science Fiction raises questions, and does not answer them, then this is it. And I believe that is the highest SciFi can aspire to.

Williamson also creates multiple fantastical worlds, mostly on Earth, as time goes by, and is to be credited with a heady imagination.

However, good science fiction is also good science, save the caveats to make the story move forward. Clones don't partake in the personalities of their prior. Yes, there is a nod to a similar environment given in a throwaway line in the book, but the environment is only similar- not the same. They are raised in that, and then there are many differences as things continue on. There will be small genetic changes in each cloning, as well as large environmental changes- yet the personalities remain the same.

Second, we are talking about millions of years here- at least. That is enough time for quantum changes to occur in the original sample of the DNA. The problem is worse if they are repeated clones of clones, but the book seems to indicate they return to the original source material. But no working through the problems of physics here.

Third, Williamson writes post-web. Yet nary a mention of the web. This is a rather key human development, that should be impacting everything in the early years, and how the clones view things. I kept on thinking that Williamson was writing pre-web, because of the complete exclusion of our now way of life.

Lastly- and for me, the most important issue- *the continents remain the same!!!* This is *millions* of years in the future. Actually, considering that there are at least two ice ages that come and go, two major impacts that liquify the surface of the Earth, which then cools, and major terraforming of the Earth by advanced humanoids, one would expect major changes to the continents, making them nearly unrecognizable. I can't tell you how annoying it was that the *only* changes mentioned are small changes caused by Ice Ages raising or lowering the ocean levels, and terraforming noted by it's uniqueness, carving an ocean and peninsula into Australia. Otherwise, repeatedly throughout the book, they explicitly note how they are flying over the continents, just as they are today! Truly an annoying feature. It's as if Williamson denied Plate Tectonic Theory.

But still, strongly recommend the book for what it contributes to new questions on the meaning of eternal life.
Prorahun
Jack Williamson was one of my favorite writers when I was growing up and their is enough to this novel to remind me of why I have enjoyed his books so much over the years. At the same time it also illustrated what is missing in some of the science fiction that is written today.

This book takes place initially in the near future after the earth has been decimated by the impact of an enormous asteroid. Fortunately millionare Calvin DeFort had narrowly completed an outpost on the moon and has robots in place to ensure that the clones of a select few survivors will carry on the human species.

What makes these connected series of novellas work is that Jack Williamson never loses sight of what makes us human-both the good and the bad-and the triumphs and the tragedies that go with being human. Combined with a sense of wonder about the universe and evolution this is an very entertaining and captivating tale from a true master of Science Fiction
Nnulam
I liked this a lot better than most of the reviewers here. The only thing I would change would be the title. There didn't seem to be much, if any, actual terraforming going on, but only periodic waiting to see what transformations of life nature had performed on its own.

I also wondered about the computer chips that ran the moon base and how they could keep on running through the millennia. But that's just nitpicking. The story itself was entertaining throughout and the characters (including the ones who finally refused to risk themselves) plausible enough to keep me wondering what would happen next. I also appreciated Tor's $7 price for the Kindle edition.
Alister
I read this book in one sitting. Sadly, not because it was so good, but because I read page after page hoping the book would live up to the promise of the topic and of the author's name.
It didn't. Had the book come from any "lesser" author, I would have settled for 3 stars. But coming from Williamson it was such a let-down I can only give it 1 star.
The characters were unlikeable, indecisive caricatures.
- The perky Hispanic pilot/engineer stereotype who drops some Spanish exclamation more often than Scotty saying "the engines cannae tek it, cap'n". Asexual it seems, or such a sideshow token that the author doesn't care whether he has a love life or not.
- The domineering bully Teuton/Norse who really is a coward - and yet always attracts the girls and becomes the alpha-male. Being German myself this pathetic cartoon really grated.
- The intelligent can-do Asian scientist woman who just can't help herself falling for the Germanic guy above. Or declaring her love for the narrator, but still jumping into bed with alpha-hombre (no not the Hispanic guy)
- The dreamy librarian girl, unattractive and caring only for her books. But she often as not ends up in a menage a troi with the previous two.
- The Asian-African-American who forces himself on to the crew to escape the original Armageddon with his girlfriend. Probably the most likeable of the unlikeable bunch, though his obsession with his girlfriend takes on "Jungian archetype" elements in the way he nearly deifies her. (and the books ending doesn't help that one bit).
- His girlfriend, the goddess-whore stereotype. Saint Mary Magdalene. Nuff said.
- And finally, our narrator, who never seems to DO anything. Not because he a coward, like Herr Wotan above, but because I just felt like kicking him in the behind half the time and get him to do *anything* but fret. When everybody else goes nanotech Nirvana he stays behind, writes his memoirs and ... frets.
There was no feeling of the vast expanses of time that had passed (something Theodore Sturgeon excelled in). As far as I'm concerned the way the passing of time was described, it covered a few months, with it's extremely brief snapshots of events that the characters partake in. Yes, then you get some brief "eons pass"-kind of filler sentence, but blink while reading and you miss it. Very easy to blink, while trying to stay awake...
On top of it all, no explanation on how the heck the moon base stays operative for millions upon millions of years. Just some handwaving "fusion power with water from the moon caps", "nanotechnology keeping it all repaired" and "robots as nurses and teachers".

One thing the book suceeded in, was to evoke that "what would I do" feeling. For me it was: wipe out the bloody gene bank as Earth and the universe would be better off not being replenished every few million years by this bunch of losers.
Mmsa
Excellent and so delightful that, as I read it, I thought it might be the best science fiction novel I've read. I'll read more of Jack Williamson if I can find anything as good as this.
Terraforming Earth download epub
Science Fiction
Author: Jack Williamson
ISBN: 0765344971
Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Subcategory: Science Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; 1st edition (February 17, 2003)