William Zellmann

Biography

I was born on December 8, 1942 and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where I achieved nothing notable.

I joined the Navy to avoid the draft, and found that I quite enjoyed Navy life. I became a Personnelman, and for the next twenty years was largely successful in tricking the Navy into thinking that I wasn't really a lazy slob.

During this time, I met and married a wonderful woman. We had a beautiful daughter together. My wife passed away in 2008, and I had the incredible luck to meet another amazing woman. We married in December 2010.

After retiring from the Navy, I attended the University of Arkansas. I received a BSBA in Human Resources Management, to my utter surprise (and that of some of my professors!).

I seem to be attracted to low-paying government jobs, and upon graduation, I became employed by the State of Arkansas in the employment field. After another 20-year career, I retired from the state in 2011. Since then my life has been devoted to writing and convincing my new wife she didn't really marry a lazy bum.

As part of my never-ending quest to avoid working for a living, I have been writing for as long as I can remember. While in the Navy, I submitted several short pieces to gun and auto hobbyist magazines, and was amazed when I found that they actually sent me money! Not much, but still . . .

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Books

Exiled to the Stars
By William Zellmann
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 189,980. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 1 review)
A sweeping epic tale! Earth threw them away. 1500 assorted criminals, 3500 slum dwellers, and 130 crew aboard a huge colony ship. They have 5 years to find a habitable planet before their supplies run out. And if they do, what kind of a world can Earth’s rejects build? Will the criminals seize the ship? Can these misfits survive a crash landing, a plague, a hostile planet, and build a new world?
The Privateer 2: An Honest Living
By William Zellmann
Series: Colonies, Inc, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 127,640. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
Ex-pirate Cale Rankin, his new bride and partners are in the colonizing business. A group of farmers from Santiago seek a pastoral home. But even if they survive the dinosaur-mounted knights and the murderous savages there's still the renegade Santiagan general and his 300 crack troops! It's thirtieth-century weapons and tactics vs. crossbows and cavalry! Exciting space opera!
The Rim Rebels
By William Zellmann
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,760. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2012. Category: Fiction
Space Opera featuring terrorists bent on violent insurrection and conquest, a high-level secret agent with no scruples, a voyage halfway across man-settled space pursued by pirates all the way, and an Independent Trader crew who must cope with all of them and risk all their lives to save themselves and prevent a bloody civil war. Adventure on the rim of known space!
Man's Hope
By William Zellmann
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,920. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Category: Fiction
The near future: Frank Weatherly is a billionaire. David Tarrant is an ex-astronaut. Together, they plan to put man back on the road to space. Frank will sacrifice his fortune and even his good name. David will risk his life in a three-year mission to actually ride a comet to the asteroid belt and bring back an asteroid! If "hard" science fiction is your preference, check out this book!
The Privateer
By William Zellmann
Series: Colonies, Inc, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,710. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
He was a lawyer, then a slave, then a space pirate. Horrified by that life, he steals a ship to start over. But his ship is much more than a yacht, he has to change his and his ships' identities, and must: cope with a stowaway, accidently buy an orbital scrap yard, fall in love, fight pirates, and finally help his sanctuary in a war. And just what IS a "privateer", anyway? Great space opera!
The Emperor's Conspiracy
By William Zellmann
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,880. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2011. Category: Fiction
A space war novel for space opera lovers! The Empire is granting the Rim Sector its freedom. But a rogue admiral plans to seize the sector upon its release. Val Kedron is recruited to organize a force to oppose the Admiral. Val has no warships. His only resources are a still-dynamic rim society, a few tramp traders, and a bunch of asteroid mining boats. And some imaginative people, of course!
The No-Bullsh*t Career & Job Search Guide
By William Zellmann
Price: Free! Words: 10,600. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
This is a simple, plain-english, step by step guide to career planning and job search for the formerly-employed person who finds himself angered and bewildered by advice from fancy job search books that just doesn't seem to work. This guide was written by an author with more than twenty years' experience on the front lines of the job search field. No nonsense, no Bullsh*t, and it's FREE!
Death Ship Quest
By William Zellmann
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,340. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2011. Category: Fiction
Kas Preslin, a disgraced captain in the Fleet of the declining Empire, must take a refitted freighter on an undercover mission to recover an Empire Battle Cruiser, cure the plague that killed her crew, fight his way across the galaxy, battle hostile politicians, and return her to the Empire before another system government locates her and interstellar war destroys the empire and ravages the galaxy

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Smashwords book reviews by William Zellmann

  • Passengers to Sentience on Sep. 23, 2011
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    An interesting read, well presented. Imaginative concepts are woven very smoothly into the narrative.