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

The Crown Jewels (Maijstral I)
Series: Maijstral, Maijstral 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,820. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00)
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.
House of Shards (Maijstral 2)
Series: Maijstral, Maijstral 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,460. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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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.
Rock of Ages (Maijstral 3)
Series: Maijstral, Maijstral 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,330. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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.
Days of Atonement
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 148,970. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
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.
Hardwired (Complete Novel)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 122,150. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
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. . .
Prayers on the Wind
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,210. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00)
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.
Voice of the Whirlwind
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,210. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(5.00)
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.
Angel Station
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 140,150. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
(5.00)
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 . . .
Knight Moves
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,460. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(5.00)
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 . . .
Solip:System
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,440. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
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.
Aristoi
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 130,140. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
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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.
Metropolitan
Series: Metropolitan, Metropolitan 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,300. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
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.
Investments (Dread Empire's Fall)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,300. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.33)
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.
City on Fire (Metropolitan 2)
Series: Metropolitan, Metropolitan 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 185,700. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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.
Brig of War
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 146,790. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
(5.00)
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.
The Macedonian (Privateers & Gentlemen)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,750. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Historical » Regency
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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 . . .
ARISTOÏ (en Français)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 138,620. Language: French. Published: August 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
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.
Ambassador of Progress
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 123,170. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
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...
The Tern Schooner (Privateers & Gentlemen)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 122,950. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
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.
Cat Island (Privateers & Gentlemen)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 126,860. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Historical » USA
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.
Daddy's World
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,490. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
(4.14)
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 . . .
To Glory Arise
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 164,030. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
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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.
Implied Spaces
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,710. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
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 , , ,
The Green Leopard Plague and Other Stories
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 130,090. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
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.
The Rift
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 310,610. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
"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 Tang Dynasty Underwater Pyramid
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,980. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
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.
No Spot of Ground (Short Novel)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,260. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
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.
Surfacing (Novella)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,430. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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.
Dinosaurs
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,040. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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?
Wolf Time (Voice of the Whirlwind)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,920. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Set in the blazing future of Voice of the Whirlwind, “Wolf Time” continues the story of the mercenary Reese, who finds herself in the employ of a shadowy corporation intent on killing its own rogue employees. Not only is Reese assigned the task of attacking an asteroid outpost whose defenders know perfectly well she’s coming, but she discovers that her greatest danger may come from her own side.
Video Star (Voice of the Whirlwind)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,480. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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Ric has survived a gang war, but now he's broke. He needs a new source of funds, and the hospital which stole his money is chock-full of a new neurohormone that’s worth a fortune. All Ric needs is to manipulate a street gang into doing the work for him. A novelette from Walter Jon Williams, the master of hard-boiled speculative fiction.
Hardwired, Episode One
Price: Free! Words: 24,590. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
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Earth lies prostrate beneath the lash of the Orbital powers. But now, if the criminal underworld and the guerilla underground can join forces, there is a chance to shift the balance of power— in a war fought on the ground by hardwired commandos, in the air by high-flying deltajocks, and by genius hackers in the neural interface.
Wall, Stone, Craft (short novel)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,790. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Historical » Regency
An alternative-history classic nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards! Young Mary Godwin has run away with the married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, but a chance encounter places them in the path of Lord Byron, the Hero of Waterloo.
Hardwired, Episode Two
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,090. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Part II of the classic novel by award-winning author Walter Jon Williams. Sarah, blacklisted and hunted, hides from pursuers in the flooded city, while Cowboy confronts the privateers on their own turf. Michael has a mission that can bring them together, but can they evade the unknown enemies who dog their every step?
Hardwired, Episode Three
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,390. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In Episode Three, Cowboy and Sarah have learned the name of their enemy, and now must make a dangerous journey across a fractured, balkanized America to reach a place of safety. Episode Three also contains an essay by Walter Jon Williams on the surprising origins of the term “panzerboy.” (Belgian butter smugglers, anyone?)
The Last Ride of German Freddie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,940. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
NIETZSCHE AT THE O.K. CORRAL! The Clantons and the Earps are heading for a deadly showdown, and into the town of Tombstone rides German Freddie, a gunslinger with a deadly reputation and a penchant for philosophical speculation. Freddie’s committed to a life that is mad, dangerous, and free, and the Earps had better not get in his way.
Hardwired, Episode Four
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,320. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Now that they know their enemy’s identity, Cowboy and Sarah begin their counterattack against Tempel. Their own weakness forces them into an alliance with Tempel’s former CEO, the psychotic sexual predator Roon. It’s a situation ripe for violence, treachery, and betrayal, especially after Tempel attacks Sarah through her greatest weakness, her love for her brother Daud . . .
Hardwired, Episode Five
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,690. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Cowboy readies his strike on Tempel, but he's being haunted by an electronic ghost named Reno. Tempel conspires with Sarah to betray him--- and in exchange will give Sarah everything she always wanted.
Hardwired, Episode Six
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,870. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Cowboy, Sarah, and the rebel forces are bunkered in the Mojave desert, readying the strike that will either win the war or bring their own cause down in flames. But neither realizes that their cause has already been betrayed . . .

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