Alfred D. Stewart
The conscious use and exploration of well-defined ideas marks the fiction of Jack Williamson. Those guiding ideas—and his indebtedness to H. G. Wells—may be discerned in any discussion of his recent study, H. G. Wells: Critic of Progress. Although Wells may be the better artist, the complexity of Williamson's own fiction can go far beyond Wells's, and the experience he presents in "With Folded Hands," The Humanoids, and Bright New Universe is as large and satisfying in vision as anything Wells ever did.
Williamson goes beyond what he got from Wells, and the logical, organic progression of the core concepts of the Williamson canon (evolution and progress) reveals the...
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