Sean Williams (author)

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Sean Williams
Williams at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Williams at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born (1967-05-23) 23 May 1967 (age 56)
Whyalla, Australia
GenreScience fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Crime

Sean Llewellyn Williams (born 23 May 1967) is an Australian author of science fiction who lives in Adelaide, South Australia. Several of his books have been New York Times best-sellers.

Early life and education[edit]

Williams was born in Whyalla, South Australia on 23 May 1967.[citation needed]

He studied sciences and music at Pulteney Grammar School and matriculated third in his year (1984), topping the state for Musical composition. That same year, he won the Young Composer's Award for a theme and three variations for string quartet with flute, oboe and trumpet soloists called "Release of Anger".[1]

He then went to Adelaide University and studied a Bachelor of Economics and wrote for the student newspaper On Dit. He completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Adelaide University in 2005 and was in 2010 a PhD candidate at the same institution.[1]

Writing career[edit]

He is the author of over eighty published short stories and thirty-nine novels, including Twinmaker and (with Garth Nix) the Troubletwisters series. He has co-written three books in the Star Wars: New Jedi Order series. His novelisation of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was the first novelisation of a computer game to debut at #1 on the "New York Times" bestseller list.[citation needed]

Other roles[edit]

Williams was Chair of the SA Writers' Centre from 2001 to 2003, and is one of only three lifetime members of that institution. Williams has also tutored for the Clarion South Workshop, was a previous winner of the Writers of the Future contest, and is now[when?] a judge for the same.[citation needed]


Williams is a multiple recipient of both the Ditmar and Aurealis Awards.[citation needed]


Evergence (with Shane Dix)[edit]

The Books of the Change[edit]

Orphans (with Shane Dix)[edit]

  • Echoes of Earth (2002) - Winner, Best Australian Novel, 2002 Ditmar Award
  • Orphans of Earth (2003)
  • Heirs of Earth (2004)

Star Wars: New Jedi Order (with Shane Dix)[edit]

Star Wars[edit]

The Books of the Cataclysm[edit]

Geodesica (with Shane Dix)[edit]

  • Ascent (2005) - Winner, Best Novel, 2005 Ditmar Award
  • Descent (2006)

The Broken Land[edit]

  • The Changeling (2008) - Shortlisted for Best Young Adult Novel, and Best Children's Novel, in the 2008 Aurealis Award.
  • The Dust Devils (2008) - Shortlisted for the Best Children's Novel, in the 2008 Aurealis Award.
  • The Scarecrow (2009)


  • Saturn Returns (2007) - Winner, Best Novel, 2008 Ditmar Award
  • Cenotaxis (2007) - book 1.5, novella
  • Earth Ascendant (2008)
  • The Grand Conjunction (2009)

The Fixers[edit]

  • Castle of the Zombies (2010)
  • Planet of the Cyborgs (2010)
  • Last of the Vampires (2010)
  • Invasion of the Weird (2010)

Troubletwisters series (with Garth Nix)[edit]

  • The Magic (2011) (aka Troubletwisters in Australia)
  • The Monster (2012)
  • The Mystery (2013) (aka Mystery of the Golden Card in Australia)
  • The Missing (2014) (aka Missing, Presumed Evil in Australia and the UK)

Twinmaker Series[edit]

  • Twinmaker: Jump (2013) (aka Twinmaker outside of Australia)
  • Twinmaker: Crash (2014) (aka Crashland outside of Australia)
  • Twinmaker: Fall (2015) (aka Hollowgirl outside of Australia)


  • The Unknown Soldier: Book One of the Cogal (1995) - (with Shane Dix) Re-imagined and rewritten as The Prodigal Sun[3]
  • Metal Fatigue (1996) - Winner, Best Science Fiction Novel, 1996 Aurealis Award
  • The Resurrected Man (1998) - Winner, Best Long Fiction, 1999 Ditmar Award
  • Spirit Animals Book 3: Blood Ties (2014) (with Garth Nix)
  • Impossible Music (2019)
  • Her Perilous Mansion (2021) - Shortlisted, 2021 Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature[4]


Notable short stories[edit]


  1. ^ a b Strahan, Jonathan, ed. (2010), Godlike Machines, Garden City, New York: Science Fiction Book Club, p. 265, ISBN 978-1-61664-759-9
  2. ^ "Sean Williams to Write "The Old Republic" Novel". Archived from the original on 11 October 2010.
  3. ^ "What is EVERGENCE? (DOC)". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011.
  4. ^ "NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2021 shortlists announced". Books+Publishing. 24 March 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2021.

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