Walter Jon Williams

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Walter Jon Williams
Walter Jon Williams.jpg
Walter Jon Williams in 2006.
Born(1953-10-15) October 15, 1953 (age 60)
Duluth, Minnesota
EducationBA
Alma materUniversity of New Mexico
GenresScience Fiction
Notable award(s)Nebula Award

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Walter Jon Williams
Walter Jon Williams.jpg
Walter Jon Williams in 2006.
Born(1953-10-15) October 15, 1953 (age 60)
Duluth, Minnesota
EducationBA
Alma materUniversity of New Mexico
GenresScience Fiction
Notable award(s)Nebula Award

www.walterjonwilliams.net

Walter Jon Williams (born October 15, 1953) is an American writer, primarily of science fiction.

Career[edit]

As Jon Williams, he designed the game Heart of Oak (1982) and Privateers and Gentlemen (1983) for Fantasy Games Unlimited.[1]: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.[1]: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.

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Notable short fiction[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 

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