Walter Jon Williams
|Walter Jon Williams|
Walter Jon Williams in 2006.
October 15, 1953 |
|Alma mater||University of New Mexico|
|Notable award(s)||Nebula Award|
Walter Jon Williams (born October 15, 1953) is an American writer, primarily of science fiction.
Several of Williams' novels have a distinct cyberpunk feel to them, notably Hardwired (also an homage to Roger Zelazny's novel Damnation Alley), Voice of the Whirlwind and Angel Station. However, he has explored a number of different styles and genres, including farce (e.g., the Majistral series), postcyberpunk space opera (Aristoi), military science fiction (Dread Empire's Fall series), alternative history (Wall, Stone, Craft), science fantasy (Metropolitan and City on Fire), disaster thriller (The Rift), a Star Wars novel (The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way) and historical adventure (Privateers and Gentlemen series), and police procedural (Days of Atonement), usually in a science fiction context. He has also contributed to some of the Wild Cards cooperative novels.
Williams played roleplaying games (in a group with other sf authors including George R. R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass) and has written both fiction and rulebooks for the games Privateers and Gentlemen from Fantasy Games Unlimited and Cyberpunk from R. Talsorian Games.
In 2006, Williams founded the Taos Toolbox, a two-week writer's workshop for fantasy and science fiction writers.
- Metropolitan series
- Privateers and Gentlemen series, as Jon Williams
- Other novels
- Ambassador of Progress (1984)
- Knight Moves (1985), Philip K. Dick Award nominee
- Angel Station (1989)
- Elegy for Angels and Dogs (1990)
- Days of Atonement (1991)
- Aristoi (1992), on preliminary list for Hugo Award for Best Novel; cover art nominated for Hugo Award for Best Original Artwork
- The Rift (1999), as by Walter J. Williams
- The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way (2002)
- Implied Spaces (2008)
Short fiction collections
- Facets (1990)
- Frankensteins and Foreign Devils (1998)
- The Green Leopard Plague and Other Stories (Trade Hardcover: Night Shade Books, 2010, ISBN 978-1-59780-177-5)
Notable short fiction
- "Dinosaurs" (1987), Hugo Award nominee
- "Witness" (1987), Nebula Award nominee
- "Surfacing" (1988), Hugo Award and Nebula Award nominee
- "Solip:System" (1989)
- "Prayers on the Wind" (1991), Nebula Award nominee
- "Wall, Stone, Craft" (1993), Hugo Award and Nebula Award nominee
- "Foreign Devils" in War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches (1996), Sidewise Award for Alternate History winner
- "Lethe" (1999), Nebula Award nominee
- "Daddy's World" (2000), Nebula Award winner
- "Argonautica" (2001), Nebula Award nominee
- "The Last Ride of German Freddie", in Worlds That Weren't (2002), Sidewise Award for Alternate History nominee
- "The Tang Dynasty Underwater Pyramid" (2004)
- "The Green Leopard Plague" (2004), Nebula Award winner, Hugo Award nominee
- Walter Jon Williams Home Page and personal blog
- Walter Jon Williams at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- The Tang Dynasty Underwater Pyramid
- The Green Leopard Plague
- Walter Jon Williams discussion at theforce.net Message Boards
- Angel Station - Former location of Walter Jon Williams' personal blog.
- Interview with Williams on Bibliophile Stalker
- Practice for Something Else: Walter Jon Williams, Interview by Jeremy L. C. Jones, Clarkesworld Magazine, 01/11
- Interview With a Writer: Science Fiction Writer Walter Jon Williams, Interview by Tom Chandler, Writer Underground blog, 04/11