Author releases first book

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer TWO LIFE-ALTERING events led a former Clovis resident into the world of fiction. IN MAY 2001, Barbara Cook flew to her native England to arrange her mother’s funeral. Meanwhile, a devastating tornado was ripping through Colorado, where Cook was living at the time. Cook said the events destroyed her […]

Friends, family say farewell to sci-fi legend Williamson

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers World-renowned science fiction writer and Eastern New Mexico University professor Jack Williamson cut a diverse and pioneering path in the 98 years of his life. Friends, fans and family filled the ENMU Campus Union Building Thursday to celebrate that life. The crowd assembled reflected Williamson’s own diversity — from farming […]

Local legend leaves lasting impression

Editorial “Once I owned a few cattle myself, all descendants of a spotted heifer named Easter. One dry spring, they all died from grazing on shinnery brush except one dogied yearling steer. He unwisely stood by a barbed-wire fence when a thunderstorm broke the drought, and died of lightning. It was such misfortune that kindled […]

Author remembered as friend

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers While Portales people knew him as “Jack,” the Eastern New Mexico University professor and all-around nice guy, Jack Williamson, cast a large shadow in the science fiction community. Terms and even ideas adopted by science or Hollywood often had their roots in science fiction. Williamson coined or made popular a […]

Sci-fi legend Williamson dies

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Freedom file photoJack Williamson, left, is shown in 2004 with friend Rick Hauptmann and his book, “Seventy-Five,” commemorating 75 years as an author. Williamson died Friday at 98. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The man considered by many the “Dean of Science Fiction” — Jack Williamson — died Friday at his home in Portales. He […]

Writers, fans flock to Portales for annual lectureship

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Science-fiction experts traveled Thursday to Eastern New Mexico University to praise living legend Jack Williamson for his nearly eight decades of writing. Because of his health — Williamson turns 98 in April — his attendance at the lectureship named in his honor was in doubt. When he arrived […]

Sci-fi lectureship honors Portales Legend

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales will be the center of the science-fiction world Thursday when experts join local science-fiction writing legend Jack Williamson of Portales for the 30th annual Williamson Lectureship. “I enjoy the variety of people who have different points of views,” Rick Hauptmann of Portales said. Hauptmann, a friend of […]

Fiction, nonfiction dangerous mix

By Helena Rodriguez Walking through the book section at Wal-Mart recently, one title made me screech in my tracks. This was a colorful children’s popup with a trendy title, “Jesus and the 12 Dudes Who Did.” “OK! Someone’s trying to make JC seem really hip,” I told myself. My eyes scanned the other covers in […]

Sci-fi lectureship set for Thursday

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Jack Williamson, who turns 97 in March, still works to pique sci-fi readers’ interests. While he usually does this through his writing, Williamson also is part of a lectureship series in its 29th year at Eastern New Mexico University. “I enjoy the lectureship,” Williamson said. “It gives me […]

Sci-fi legend lectures locally

By Tony Parra PORTALES — Space, the final frontier: An everyday cliche for Star Trek fans, a creative compartment in the mind of Jack Williamson. Space exploration will be in the minds of those participating in the Jack Williamson Lectureship luncheon, titled “Space Opera — Then and Now,” which takes place today in the ballroom […]