William Van Winkle


With 21 years in the PC industry, I've worked through distribution, retailing, and (for the last 14 years) journalism at outlets such as CPU, Tom's Hardware, LAPTOP, and PC Magazine. Today, I still write for several of these publications as well as freelance and consult. Please feel free to contact me at williamvw *at* gmail.com.

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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,130. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Twelve-year-old Nyshell has more than her share of challenges, but that's why she received an implant. Normally, the installation of apps into implants is controlled by parents. But things happen that shouldn't. And when all a girl wants is to have one friend, even if that friend exists only inside her head, that desire may change the lives of millions...if it doesn't destroy her first.
Stay Cold - A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,630. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Tommy was prepared to become a bar mitzvah, a man, when life in the tiny town of Roundup came to a cataclysmic end. Now, the screaming voices and blasting winds have stopped. Creeping from his basement, Tommy finds the world he knows buried under a towering amount of snow. As the boy realizes what is lost and what is still waiting for him, he will discover whether he's ready to do what a man must.
General Invasion - A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 7,270. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Roswell, NM. 1947. Rugged and fearless, General Griesdieck stands ready when America recovers an invading UFO. General Griesdieck and President Truman attempt to determine their four-armed, beer-guzzling captive's motives, but it's soon clear that there's more (or less) to this interstellar visit than world domination. President Truman wants peaceful ties, but Billy the alien has other plans...
Architects of Tomorrow, Volume 2
Series: Architects of Tomorrow. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,740. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Web / general
For nearly 10 years, William Van Winkle has interviewed some of the most influential innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, and luminaries behind today's technologies. In “Architects of Tomorrow, Volume 2,” you'll get inside the minds of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Pandora's Tim Westergren, the father of virtual reality, the world's first cyborg, and many more. Prepare to be amazed!
The Followers - A Short Tale of the Civil War Undead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,780. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
In July 1863, Confederate General James Longstreet may hold the key to turning General Lee's potentially catastrophic strategy at Gettysburg into war-deciding victory. One man's horrible tragedy can place ranks of the undead at Longstreet's disposal and turn the fate of the Confederate cause...if he dares. This dark novelette will hold you mesmerized until the wrenching end.
The Sound of Autumn Night - A Short Story of Self-Sacrifice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Only a bedridden man, a woman, and a little girl are left alive, barricaded within a hospital. Murderous packs of apocalypse survivors roam the streets. As autumn blows through the ravaged hallways, there is little to do but try to ignore the hunger and settle down for a disturbing tale of true love.
Architects of Tomorrow, Volume 1
Series: Architects of Tomorrow. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,950. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Internet
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
From Snopes and Intel to PayPal and the Xbox. From the bleeding edge of trance music to the roots of modern gaming. "Architects of Tomorrow" guides you through a decade of must-read interviews with 25 of the greatest minds in modern technology as profiled in CPU magazine, all expanded and updated for 2011. If you want to know the real voices behind today's electronic world, begin here.
Strange Horizons Retrospective
Price: Free! Words: 45,910. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Internet
Robotic implants and augmented reality. Wearable computing and toxic PC manufacturing. For five years, writing across the dot-com boom and bust, William Van Winkle syndicated a column on cutting edge technologies and their intersection with people and society. Now, he's updated those columns, looking at past issues and insights through the eyes of an internationally read journalist.

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  • Oh Tannenbrain, Oh Tannenbrain: A FREE Living Dead Christmas Poem on Nov. 30, 2010

    Very fun! I could easily see my boys making this an annual reading event...once they're old enough for zombies. Many thanks for putting a bit of chill back in Yuletide, Rusty!
  • The Aftermath: A YA Zombie Story on Aug. 06, 2013

    A great little snapshot! As always, Rusty captures the voice and feel of his characters to a T. Sometimes we don't have to know how a zombie outbreak starts. What matters is how it changes the people it touches...