Just a few months after his 97th birthday, Jack Williamson -- fittingly dubbed the Dean of Science Fiction -- showed that he was still going strong by releasing a brand-new novel. The Stonehenge Gate is a planet-hopping romp through space that follows four inquisitive professors who discover an ancient portal in the Sahara Desert that leads them not only to a network of distant worlds but also to some mind-blowing insights about humankind's place in the cosmos.
Will Stone is an English literature professor at Eastern New Mexico University. Every week, he and his three buddies gather for a potluck dinner and a few hands of poker. When Derek Ironcraft, a physics and astronomy instructor who spends his summers interning at NASA, shares with his friends his "latest enigma" -- a ground penetration radar scan of the Sahara that shows a huge circle of stones buried a few meters underground -- they decide to spend Christmas break digging in the African sand. What they uncover will turn the scientific community upside down -- if only they get back!
Williamson, born in 1908, has written numerous seminal works like "With Folded Hands" (1947), Darker than You Think (1948), Seetee Ship (1951), and the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novella "The Ultimate Earth" (2000). The Stonehenge Gate is reminiscent of his pulp science fiction beginnings: While the characterization isn't exactly substantial, the action and adventure are virtually nonstop throughout, and the pacing is so fast and furious that readers will find it hard to put down this book until the very last page. Paul Goat Allen