Walter Jon Williams

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Walter Jon Williams
Walter Jon Williams.jpg
Williams in 2006
Born(1953-10-15) October 15, 1953 (age 61)
Duluth, Minnesota
OccupationWriter
NationalityAmerican
EducationBA
Alma materUniversity of New Mexico
Period1981–present
GenreScience fiction
Nautical fiction (as Jon Williams)
Notable awardsNebula Award
Website
walterjonwilliams.net
 
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Walter Jon Williams
Walter Jon Williams.jpg
Williams in 2006
Born(1953-10-15) October 15, 1953 (age 61)
Duluth, Minnesota
OccupationWriter
NationalityAmerican
EducationBA
Alma materUniversity of New Mexico
Period1981–present
GenreScience fiction
Nautical fiction (as Jon Williams)
Notable awardsNebula Award
Website
walterjonwilliams.net

Walter Jon Williams (born October 15, 1953) is an American writer, primarily of science fiction. Previously he wrote nautical adventure fiction under the name Jon Williams, a series of historical novels set during the age of sail, Privateers and Gentlemen (1981–1984).[1]

Career[edit]

As Jon Williams, he designed the game Heart of Oak (1982) and Privateers and Gentlemen (1983) for Fantasy Games Unlimited.[2]:74 A Cyberpunk RPG sourcebook called Hardwired (1989) was licensed by R. Talsorian Games, based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Williams.[2]:209

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 was born in Duluth, Minnesota and attended the University of New Mexico, where he received his BA degree in 1975. He currently lives in Valencia County, south of Albuquerque in New Mexico.

Williams played roleplaying games (in a group with other sf authors including George R. R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass, which led to him becoming a contributor to their Wild Cards series) 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.

Publications[edit]

Novels[edit]

Short fiction collections[edit]

Notable short fiction[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Nautical Fiction List" (T–Z). An Annotated Bibliography of Novels based in part on the work of John Kohnen (part 9). California Maritime Academy (csum.edu). Retrieved 2014-08-02.
  2. ^ a b Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 

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