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The House That Jack Built

May 4th, 2007 by Steven Gould

This is the shack that Jack built.

This is the Shack that Jack Built.


This is windmill which charged the batteries which lit
The shack that Jack built.

Darker Than You Think

This is the book that was writ neath the light
Run by the batteries that were charged by the windmill
By the shack that Jack Built.

The SFWA Grandmaster of Science Fiction Award
The World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Horror

These are a few of the awards that were won by the man
Who wrote the book that was writ neath the light
Run by the batteries that were charged by the windmill
By the shack that Jack Built.

Speculative Fiction published from 1928 to 2006

This was the HOUSE that Jack Built.

I have my own little shack built behind my house. The dimensions are similar but I’m very afraid that the work done inside doesn’t compare. Let me close with this story that I heard at the latest Jack Williamson Lectureship.

Jim Frenkel, Jack’s editor, was approached by a production person working on the publication of The Stonehenge Gate, Jack’s last novel. He said something to the effect of, “Come on, who really wrote this?”

Frenkel said, “What do you mean?”

“I mean, this guy is 97.”

“Well, that’s true,” said Jim, “But if it makes you feel any better, when he wrote it, he was 96.”

Posted in Art, Fantasy, Fiction, History, Horror, People, Science Fiction, Steve, Writing | 4 Comments »

4 Responses

  1. Morgan J. Locke Says:

    I want to say to that person, friend, you don’t know Jack….

  2. Beth Adele Long Says:

    They say there are no stupid questions, but this anecdote proves *that* aphorism wrong.

  3. Bradley Denton Says:

    If you look up the word “Inspiring” in the I-Wanna-Be-a-Writer Dictionary, there’s a picture of Jack Williamson.

    And farther down the page, at “Intimidating” . . . there’s a picture of Jack Williamson.

    The man from New Mexico set the bar real, real high — even as he proved it could be cleared.

  4. Podible Paradise » Blog Archive » Jack’s Shack at EoB Says:

    […] a post with a few pictures about Jack Williamson’s writing shack (which we mentioned during the Emily Mah interview.) Here’s a picture I didn’t put […]

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