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Robert Paul "Tad" Williams (born 14 March 1957 in San Jose, California) is an American writer. He is the author of several fantasy and science fiction novels, including standalone novels Tailchaser's Song, The War of the Flowers, Caliban's Hour, and Child of an Ancient City, as well as longer multi-volume series, including the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series, the Otherland series, the Shadowmarch series, and the Bobby Dollar series. He has also written a number of short stories published in anthologies.
In July 2006, Williams wrote a new six issue comic mini-series called The Next through DC Comics. He also wrote Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis for DC Comics starting with issue #50, a project which began in March 2007 and ended with issue #57.
Tad Williams is also currently working on a series of young-adult books co-written with his wife Deborah Beale called Ordinary Farm. The first volume, The Dragons of Ordinary Farm was published in June 2009 and a second book, The Secrets of Ordinary Farm was published June 2011. Three more volumes are planned.
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn 
- The Dragonbone Chair (Hardcover 1988, Paperback 1989)
- Stone of Farewell (Hardcover 1990, Paperback 1991)
- To Green Angel Tower (Hardcover 1993)
- Book 3 was split into 2 parts for paperback publication (1994):
- Novelette - The Burning Man (Legends) 1998
- Graphic Novel- The Burning man
- City of Golden Shadow (Hardcover 1996, Paperback 1998)
- River of Blue Fire (Hardcover 1998, Paperback 1999)
- Mountain of Black Glass (Hardcover 1999, Paperback 2000)
- Sea of Silver Light (Hardcover 2001, Paperback 2002)
- Novelette - The Happiest Dead Boy in the World (Legends II) 2004
- Novelette - The Boy Detective of Oz (Oz Reimagined) 2013
- Shadowmarch (Hardcover 2004, Trade Paperback 2005, Mass-Market Paperback 2006)
- Shadowplay (Hardcover 2007, Trade Paperback 2008, Mass-Market Paperback 2009)
- Shadowrise (Hardcover 2010, Trade Paperback 2010, Mass-Market Paperback 2011).
- Shadowheart (Hardcover 2010, Trade Paperback 2011, Mass-Market Paperback 2012).
Similar to the Otherland series that was initially intended to be a trilogy but became a tetralogy instead, Book 3 became so lengthy that it was not possible to be published in one volume.
Ordinary Farm series 
Young adult series, written with Deborah Beale (his wife)
- The Dragons of Ordinary Farm (Hardcover, June 2009)
- The Secrets of Ordinary Farm (Ebook, August 2011)
The Bobby Dollar Books 
Noir fantasy thrillers
- The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Hardcover pub date-09/04/12)
- Happy Hour in Hell (forthcoming)
- Sleeping Late on Judgment Day (forthcoming)
Standalone novels 
- Tailchaser's Song (Hardcover 1985, Paperback 1986)
- Child of an Ancient City (Paperback 1992, written with Nina Kiriki Hoffman)
- Caliban's Hour (Hardcover 1994)
- The War of the Flowers (Hardcover 2003, Paperback 2004)
- Rite: Short Work (Hardcover, 2006) Subterranean Press. Published in January 2007.
- Rite: Short Work (Trade Paperback, May 2008) Subterranean Press/Far Territories. Reprint of the limited hc edition without the non-fiction pieces. The reprint only contains the short stories.
- A Stark and Wormy Knight (Ebook, 2011) Beale-Williams Enterprise. And ebook original that contains new pieces of short fiction. Edited by Deborah Beale and sold exclusively by Amazon.com.
- "A Stark and Wormy Knight" (Harcover 2012) Subterranean Press
Comic Books 
- Tad Williams' Mirrorworld 2 issues. Series was cancelled after two issues because the publisher went out of business.
- The Next 6 issue mini-series published by DC Comics. Published between July and December 2006.
- Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis published by DC Comics. Williams replaced writer Kurt Busiek with issue #50 in March 2007. His run lasted till issue #57 when the comic was cancelled.
- The Helmet of Fate; Ibis the Invincible, 2007 one-shot for DC.
Further reading 
- "Tad Williams: Things Go Away, Things Come Back (interview)". Locus 63 (1): 6, 56–57. July 2009. ISSN 0047-4959.
- Tad Williams' US website
- Interview (several) with Tad Williams at SFFWorld.com
- Tad Williams at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Interview: Tad Williams - The Next by Rajan Khanna, July 2006.
- Book Reviews at FantasyLiterature.com
- Interview with Fantasy Author Tad Williams at FlamesRising.com (April '08)
- Interview with Michael A. Ventrella, October '09
- Interview at TheOneRing.net, March 2010