Walter Jon Williams

Biography

Walter Jon Williams is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind, Deep State, and This Is Not a Game.

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Books

Dinosaurs
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,040. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Category: Fiction
This Hugo Award-nominated novelette takes place in the distant future, when a highly-evolved humanity finds itself at war with the alien Shars. The product of eight million years of evolution, Ambassador Drill is sent to make peace... but does he retain enough of his humanity to recognize that of his enemies?
Surfacing (Novella)
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,430. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014. Category: Fiction
Nominated for Hugo and Nebula awards, “Surfacing” is the story of Anthony, an emotionally scarred researcher who finds it easier to talk to whales and to aliens than to members of his own species. Until a stranger named Philana enters his life, with a terrifying problem of her own that dares him to break through the surface of his world.
No Spot of Ground (Short Novel)
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,260. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014. Category: Fiction
After years of civil war, Edgar Allan Poe is nearing his breaking point. Poe has devoted himself to the Confederacy, but his dreams of honor and glory have been drowned in blood and slaughter. Anguished, tortured by memories of his dead wife and his dead hopes, he finds himself holding a key position, and must decide whether to sacrifice all he loves in service to a dying cause.
The Tang Dynasty Underwater Pyramid
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,980. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Category: Fiction
Nebula Award-winning author Walter Jon Williams serves up a glorious novelette-sized mashup of intrigue, cutting-edge biotech, Aymara Indian spies, a Chinese cruise ship, ninjas, Andean folk music, and a tetrahedal menace from beneath the sea. But the greatest threat to our heroes comes in the form of a water ballet company, whose director insists on Total Artistic Control.
The Rift
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 310,620. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
"The Rift would be a very good beach book, if you could put it down long enough to get into the water." —— The San Diego Union Tribune FRACTURE LINES PERMEATE THE CENTRAL UNITED STATES. Some comprise the New Madrid fault, the most dangerous earthquake zone in the world. Other fracture lines are social—— economic, religious, racial, and ethnic. What happens when they all crack at once?
The Green Leopard Plague and Other Stories
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 130,090. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Category: Fiction
Stories in this collection were nominated for three Nebula awards, a Hugo, and a Sidewise Award. Contents include "Daddy's World," "Pinocchio," "Lethe," "The Tang Dynasty Underwater Pyramid," and the title story. With extensive annotations by the author and an introduction by Charles Stross.
Implied Spaces
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,710. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2013. Category: Fiction
The mysterious swordsman Aristide wanders the multiverse with his talking cat Bitsy, both of them in search of the “implied spaces,” the accidents of architecture in an world that is itself artificial and created by a supreme intelligence. While exploring the pre-technological world of Midgarth, Aristide discovers a plot that threatens to shake the multiverse to its foundations , , ,
To Glory Arise
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 164,030. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
This is Walter Jon Williams’ first published work, one of the historical novels with which he began his career. The American Revolution is throwing up a new breed of hero, Yankee privateers who dare the might of the Royal Navy to slash at British commerce. Foremost among them are the three Markham brothers, Jehu, Josiah, and Malachi, who link their destiny to that of their young nation.
Daddy's World
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,490. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.14 from 7 reviews)
A classic work from Walter Jon Williams, “Daddy’s World” earned the Nebula Award for Novelette in 2001. Little Jamie lives with his family in an eerily perfect environment. But cracks begin to appear in Jamie’s world that reveal rifts within his family, and he begins to see the terrifying reality behind the walls of his life, and know that perfection has its price . . .
Cat Island (Privateers & Gentlemen)
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 126,860. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2012. Category: Fiction
The British are preparing to attack New Orleans. Sworn to defend Louisiana, Captain Favian Markham finds New Orleans a city of intrigue, where Creoles conspire against the Americans, streetfighters cloak their murders under the Code Duello, the pirate Jean Laffite defies the Navy, and where two sensuous Creole women, Eugenie and Campaspe, vie for his favor.
The Tern Schooner (Privateers & Gentlemen)
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 122,950. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2012. Category: Fiction
Heir to a privateering tradition, Gideon Markham brings his schooner into the Gulf of Mexico to wage unremitting war on the British who threaten America’s freedom. Gideon must face Jean Laffite’s pirates, a mutiny, an attack by Red Stick Creeks, and a British invasion . . . none of which are as alarming as Maria-Anna de Suarez, an attractive widow with her own way of fighting the war.
Ambassador of Progress
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 123,170. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2012. Category: Fiction
An interstellar catastrophe has left humanity scattered on dozens of primitive worlds. Fiona is charged with helping the inhabitants of Echidne rise from barbarism. But soon she finds herself in the middle of a war... the Brodaini, the world’s most ferocious warriors, have risen in revolt against their overlords. Fiona is a neutral. But Echidne is proving a perilous place for neutrals...
ARISTOÏ (en Français)
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 138,620. Language: French. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction
Gabriel fait partie des Aristoï, l’élite dominante d’une culture interstellaire sophistiquée, dont le règne est plus absolu encore que celui des despotes de la Vieille Terre. Lorsqu’un des Aristoï est assassiné, Gabriel découvre que les fondations mêmes de sa civilisation sont ébranlées et que sa propre puissance repose peut-être sur le plus grand mensonge de l’histoire.
The Macedonian (Privateers & Gentlemen)
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,750. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Captain Favian Markham, USN, is a man surrounded by secrets. Secrets that will be revealed when he is court-martialed for losing his ship. Secrets held by his mistress Caroline. And the greatest secret of the War of 1812, a secret which will be revealed once Favian breaks the enemy blockade in The Macedonian, a frigate stolen from his own government . . .
Brig of War
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 146,800. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Favian Markham is a rising young American officer in during the War of 1812. As commander of the small, slow brig Experiment, he must break the British blockade and take his outgunned vessel on a daring raid. On his desperate journey he faces duels, rivalries, ambitious politicians, yardarm-to-yardarm combat, and the deadly beauty of a foreign courtesan.
City on Fire (Metropolitan 2)
By Walter Jon Williams
Series: Metropolitan, Metropolitan 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 185,700. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction
Nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula Award, City on Fire returns to the world-city of Metropolitan, dominated by plasm, the magical substance capable of both creation and destruction. With her help, Aiah’s lover Constantine has established himself in the metropolis of Caraqui---Aiah must fight not only for her revolution and for her place in the world, but for Constantine’s very soul.
Investments (Dread Empire's Fall)
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,300. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2012. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.33 from 3 reviews)
This short novel takes place in the universe of Walter Jon Williams’ Dread Empire’s Fall series. Three years after the Naxid war, Lord Gareth Martinez has accepted a meaningless post as Inspector General of Chee, a newly-settled world. Intending nothing more than a pleasant vacation with his family, he must battle a literal cosmic menace that threatens to wipe out all life on the planet.
Metropolitan
By Walter Jon Williams
Series: Metropolitan, Metropolitan 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,300. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2012. Category: Fiction
NEBULA AWARD NOMINEE. Walter Jon Williams’ classic science fantasy Metropolitan is once again available for a new generation. Aiah has fought her way from poverty and discovered a limitless source of plasm, the mysterious substance that powers the world-city. Her discovery soon involves her with Constantine, the charismatic, seductive revolutionary who plans to overturn the world order.
Aristoi
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 130,140. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Gabriel is one of the Aristoi, the elite class that hold dominion over a glittering interstellar culture, their rule more absolute than that of any Old Earth tyrant. When another of the Aristoi is murdered, Gabriel finds that the foundations of his civilization are tottering, and that his own power may have its roots in the greatest lie in all history.
Solip:System
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,440. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2012. Category: Fiction
They call it Black Mind. Using this covert technology, Reno has written his own consciousness over that of Albrecht Roon, one of Earth’s greatest enemies. He’s living in a labyrinth of paranoia, surrounded by bodyguards and treacherous rivals. And then he discovers that Black Mind is not a complete success--- Roon still lives inside him, and Roon is mad.
Knight Moves
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,460. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
A Philip K Dick Award-nominated novel. Eight hundred years ago Doran Falkner gave humanity the stars, and he now lives with his regrets on a depopulated Earth among tumbledown ruins and ancient dreams brought to life by modern technology. Word now comes that alien life has been discovered, life so strange and impossible that the revelation of its secrets could change everything . . .
Angel Station
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 140,150. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
They’re outlaws now. Created to serve a function now obsolete, Ubu and Maria have lived their entire lives skating along the edge of extinction. Now they and their ship Runaway are in flight from the law. What they find in the depths of space is a secret so startling that Ubu and Maria will need every last reserve of guile, cunning, and intelligence just to survive . . .
Voice of the Whirlwind
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,210. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Steward is a Beta— a clone. In his memories, he’s an elite commando for an orbital policorp— but because his Alpha never did a brain-scan update, Steward’s memories are fifteen years out of date . . . and in those fifteen years, everything has changed. Not only that, but the Alpha has been murdered.
Prayers on the Wind
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,210. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
All humanity is at peace under the Treasured King, the physical incarnation of the library that contains all wisdom. But now the peace is threatened by the alien Sang, and humanity’s response is fatally divided— and worse, the Treasured King seems to be going mad. This novelette was nominated for a Nebula Award on its first appearance.
Hardwired
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 122,150. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Category: Fiction
Earth lies prostrate beneath the lash of the Orbital powers, and Earth’s Balkanized nations have no choice but to let the Orbitals plunder their remaining wealth. But now, if the criminal underworld and the guerilla underground can join forces, there is a chance to shift the balance of power. . .
Days of Atonement
By Walter Jon Williams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 148,970. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Loren Hawn is a traditional Western peace officer walking the streets of 21st Century New Mexico, and seemingly unaware that times have changed. And when a dying man named Randal falls out of a bullet-riddled car and dies in Loren’s arm, Loren finds he isn’t the only man living in the wrong time--- because he remembers pulling Randal’s dead body out of a wrecked car twenty years before.
Rock of Ages (Maijstral 3)
By Walter Jon Williams
Series: Maijstral, Maijstral 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,330. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2011. Category: Fiction
Renowned burglar Drake deserves a vacation on Earth. But valuable items keep disappearing, and it’s clear that Maijstral is being preyed upon by another expert burglar. Maijstral would very much like to solve this mystery, but unfortunately people keep challenging him to duels and he’s become enmeshed in conspiracies laid by two very attractive, very dangerous ladies.
House of Shards (Maijstral 2)
By Walter Jon Williams
Series: Maijstral, Maijstral 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,460. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Silverside Station caters to the rich, the famous, and the celebrated— but is it big enough for top thieves Drake Maijstral and Geoff Fu George, both of whom have set their sights on the Eltdown Shard, a fabulous jewel that captures the light of a dying sun, a jewel that dangles around the comely throat of the Duchess Roberta, a beautiful and dashing heiress who clearly has plans of her own.
The Crown Jewels (Maijstral I)
By Walter Jon Williams
Series: Maijstral, Maijstral 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,820. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Peleng is a planet ripe for the plucking, and Drake Maijstral is an Allowed Burglar rated in the Top Ten. A simple case of robbery turns into an intergalactic crisis when Maijstral steals something so rare, so valuable, so utterly desirable, everyone wants it— well-armed Imperial spies, gun-toting militias, and homicidal maniac with a very large sword.

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