William John Watkins

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William John Watkins (born 1942)[1] is a science fiction writer and poet.[2] He was a member of the faculty of Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, from which he has now retired.[3] His middle-name is commonly written as "Jon."

In the 1970s and 1980s he was known for novels, but in the last decade he has primarily been a short story writer and poet. In 2002 he won the Rhysling Award for short poem for We Die as Angels.[4]


  • Ecodeath (1972) (with Gene Snyder)
  • The God Machine (1973)
  • Clickwhistle (1973)
  • The Litany of Sh'reev (1976) (with Gene Snyder)
  • What Rough Beast (1980)
  • The Centrifugal Rickshaw Dancer (1985) (Legrange League)
  • Going to See the End of the Sky (1986) (Legrange League)
  • The Last Deathship off Antares (1989)
  • Cosmic Thunder (1996)


  1. ^ Authorwars, Bibliography: William John Watkins (accessed 24 Nov. 2012)
  2. ^ The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, pg 1302.
  3. ^ William John Watkins, Author Bio and Work (accessed 24 Nov. 2012)
  4. ^ Locus Magazine, Rhysling Awards by Year(accessed 24 Nov. 2012)

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