Bill Fawcett (writer)

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William Fawcett is an American editor, anthologist, game designer, book packager, author, and historian.

Fawcett is married to Jody Lynn Nye.

Career[edit]

Bill Fawcett was one of the players in early Dungeons & Dragons games being played in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas, using photocopied prototypes of the rules handed out by Gary Gygax.[1]:166 Darwin Bromley brought Fawcett on as a partner in Mayfair Games soon after the company was formed in 1980, and together they designed the game Empire Builder (1980).[1]:166 As a veteran role-playing gamer, Fawcett decided to get Mayfair into the RPG field, and the company kicked off its Role Aids game line with Beastmaker Mountain (1982).[1]:166 As a result of their connections with Mayfair, FASA was able to get a license to publish adventures (1982–1984) for Chaosium's Thieves' World role-playing game thanks to Fawcett's friendships with Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey.[1]:120, 167 Fawcett and Jordan Weisman designed the robot arena fighting game Combots (1983) for FASA.[1]:121

Fawcett produced the Crossroads books (1987–1988), a set of licensed gamebooks published by Tor.[1]:167 He edited the book The War Years 1: The Far Stars War (1990).[2] With David Drake, he co-edited Battlestation, Book One (1992), and Battlestation, Book Two: Vanguard (1993).[3] As a book packager, Fawcett arranged a deal between Wizards of the Coast and HarperCollins to publish novels set in Magic's multiverse of Dominia; the first of these was Arena (1994).[1]:278

His 2008 book, Oval Office Oddities, was described as "Chock-full of information—trivia, anecdotes, charts, illustrations, etc." focusing on the lives of American presidents and their wives.[4]

Works[edit]

Fawcett and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro write mystery novels together under the pen name Quinn Fawcett.[5] Fawcett was also a field historian for the Navy SEAL museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, and has co-authored work on the US Navy Seals in Vietnam.[5]

As writer[edit]

  • Cold Cash Warrior: Combat Command in the World of Robert Asprin's Cold Cash War (with Robert Asprin) (1989)[6]

Mistakes in History series[edit]

  • Trust Me, I Know What I'm Doing
  • 100 Mistakes That Changed History
  • Men At War
  • It Seemed Like A Good Idea
  • How To Lose A War At Sea
  • Doomed To Repeat
  • How To Lose WWII
  • How To Lose The Civil War
  • Hunters And Shooters
  • How To Lose A War
  • It Looked Good On Paper
  • Oval Office Oddities: An Irreverent Collection of Presidential Facts, Follies and Foibles[4]
  • You Said What?[7]
  • How To Lose A Battle
  • You Did What? Mad Plans and Great Historical Disasters (with Brian Thomsen) (2004)[8]

As editor[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Fawcett and fellow science fiction writer Jody Lynn Nye were married in 1987. They met at a science fiction convention in 1985. At that time, Fawcett owned a gaming company in Niles, Illinois, and Nye began to work as a freelance writer for the company.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  2. ^ Ings, Simon (Summer 1991). "'The Far Stars War' edited by Bill Fawcett (Book Review)". Foundation: 105. 
  3. ^ Westfahl, Gary (Summer 1994). "'Battlestation' edited by David Drake and Bill Fawcett (Book Review)". Foundation: 118. 
  4. ^ a b Budasi, Teresa (March 2, 2008). "In praise of bathroom reading". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 4, 2015.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b Teri Smith and Jean Marie Ward (1998). "Author interview: "Bill Fawcett: Admitting to Influence". Crescent Blues. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Asprin, Robert L(ynn) 1946-". Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series. January 1, 2005. Retrieved February 21, 2015.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  7. ^ Gillespie, Nick (December 14, 2007). "You Said What?". Reason.com. 
  8. ^ a b "Thomsen, Brian M.". Contemporary Authors. January 1, 2007. Retrieved February 22, 2015.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  9. ^ a b c "Kurtz, Katherine 1944- (Katherine Irene Kurtz)". Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series. January 1, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2015.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  10. ^ Green, Roland J. (July 5, 1992). "John Varley's Wacky Future Lunar Society". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 22, 2015.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  11. ^ Douchette, John-Henry (May 3, 1998). "Inside the Nacy SEALs War Stories by Sea, Air and Land". The Virginian-Pilot. Norfolk, VA. Retrieved December 7, 2014.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  12. ^ Flaherty, Dolores; Flaherty, Roger (July 26, 1998). "Lonely explorers of isolated lives". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ Shenfeld, Hilary (September 22, 1997). "Making Contact: Most Scientists Agree That Humans Will Discover Life on Other Planets Someday, but What If That Life Finds You First? A Wauconda Man's Book Tells You What to Do". Daily Herald. Arlington Heights, IL. Retrieved March 2, 2015.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  14. ^ "Flint, Eric 1947–". Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series. January 1, 2006. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Ward, James M. 1951- (James Michael Ward, Jim Ward)". Contemporary Authors. January 1, 2008. Retrieved February 5, 2015.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  16. ^ Kelly, Marguerite (November 30, 2007). "Time to Pull the Plug on Son's Gaming Habit". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 7, 2014.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  17. ^ Esser, Doug (July 9, 2006). "Take a hike, go on a date, explore space—Northwest style". The Columbian. Vancouver, WA. Retrieved December 7, 2014.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  18. ^ Scalf, Abby (July 24, 1998). "Wauconda native creates fantasy worlds for readers". Daily Herald. Retrieved March 2, 2015. (subscription required (help)). 

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