History Creator / WalterJonWilliams

16th Nov '17 2:28:15 PM Ana_Filth
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* ''The Green Leopard and Other Stories'' (collection, 2010)

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* ''The Green Leopard Plague and Other Stories'' (collection, 2010)
6th Nov '17 9:43:42 AM dlchen145
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Walter Jon Williams is an American ScienceFiction writer, generally known for ''not'' having a signature-style. He has written everything from {{Cyberpunk}} (and PostCyberpunk) to Comedy of Manners; from SpaceOpera to PoliceProcedural. All available evidence suggests that Williams does not like being pigeonholed. (His fondness for games has caused some to try to pigeonhole him as a gamer, but a survey of his work will reveal that this is an incomplete description at best.)

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Walter Jon Williams (born 1953) is an American ScienceFiction writer, generally known for ''not'' having a signature-style. He has written everything from {{Cyberpunk}} (and PostCyberpunk) to Comedy of Manners; from SpaceOpera to PoliceProcedural. All available evidence suggests that Williams does not like being pigeonholed. (His fondness for games has caused some to try to pigeonhole him as a gamer, but a survey of his work will reveal that this is an incomplete description at best.)
13th May '17 10:08:30 PM Xtifr
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* ''Literature/DreadEmpiresFall'' (trilogy)

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* ''Literature/DreadEmpiresFall'' (trilogy)
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!! Selected other works:
* ''Knight Moves'' (1984)
* The ''Hardwired'' series
** ''Hardwired'' (1986)
** ''Solip:System'' (1989)
** ''Voice of the Whirlwind'' (1987)
* ''Facets'' (collection, 1990)
* ''Days of Atonement'' (1991)
* ''Metropolitan'' series
** ''Metropolitan'' (1995)
** ''City on Fire'' (1997)
* ''The Rift'' (1999)
* ''The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way'' (''Franchise/StarWars'' novel, 2002)
* ''Implied Spaces'' (2008)
* The ''Dagmar Shaw'' series
** ''This Is Not a Game'' (2009)
** ''Deep State'' (2011)
** ''The Fourth Wall'' (2012)
* ''The Green Leopard and Other Stories'' (collection, 2010)
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* AlternateRealityGame: The protagonist of ''This Is Not A Game'' is a professional ARG writer; the book begins with her being trapped in Indonesia during rioting and enlisting the help of the people who play her [=ARG=]s to get her out.
* ArcWords: In ''This Is Not A Game'', the frequent [[TitleDrop Title Drops]] are this.

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* AlternateRealityGame: The protagonist of ''This Is Not A a Game'' is a professional ARG writer; the book begins with her being trapped in Indonesia during rioting and enlisting the help of the people who play her [=ARG=]s to get her out.
* ArcWords: In ''This Is Not A a Game'', the frequent [[TitleDrop Title Drops]] are this.
13th May '17 9:46:27 PM Xtifr
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29th Nov '16 3:07:09 PM Xtifr
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* CoolSword: In ''Implied Spaces'', the protagonist's sword, Tecmessa, has the ability to send his enemies to a sealed pocket universe.
9th Oct '16 1:23:25 AM Xtifr
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Among his better known works are the early {{Cyberpunk}} novel, ''Literature/{{Hardwired}}'', the PostCyberpunk novel ''{{Literature/Aristoi}}'', the humorous Drake Maijstral series (''The Crown Jewels'', ''House of Shards'' and ''Rock of Ages''), the epic ''Literature/DreadEmpiresFall'' series (''The Praxis'', ''The Sundering'', and ''The Conventions of War''), and the Dagmar Shaw thrillers (''This is Not a Game'', ''Deep State'', and ''The Fourth Wall''). He has also written a novel in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse, ''The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way'', and the straight-up historical ''Privateers and Gentlemen'' series. He was also a frequent contributor to Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/WildCards'' series.

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Among his better known works are the early {{Cyberpunk}} novel, ''Literature/{{Hardwired}}'', the PostCyberpunk novel ''{{Literature/Aristoi}}'', the humorous Drake Maijstral Literature/DrakeMaijstral series (''The Crown Jewels'', ''House of Shards'' and ''Rock of Ages''), the epic ''Literature/DreadEmpiresFall'' series (''The Praxis'', ''The Sundering'', and ''The Conventions of War''), and the Dagmar Shaw thrillers (''This is Not a Game'', ''Deep State'', and ''The Fourth Wall''). He has also written a novel in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse, ''The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way'', and the straight-up historical ''Privateers and Gentlemen'' series. He was also a frequent contributor to Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/WildCards'' series.



* ''Literature/DrakeMaijstral'' (trilogy)



* BenevolentAlienInvasion: Played with in the ''Drake Maijstral'' books, where the aliens did not really disturb Earth very much bar imposing their own formal culture and ideas of monarchy upon it. Humanity still didn't take this very well and kicked them off-planet before the beginning of the first novel, becoming the first and only race to accomplish this. The protagonist Drake Maijstral is the descendant of those who opposed the revolt, and honestly doesn't much care either way.



* FantasyCounterpartCulture: In the ''Drake Maijstral'' series, the Khosali, one-time conquerors of Earth, are modeled on the British Empire. Very proper, very strict, very formal, very prudish (in their alien way)--very Victorian.
* FeudalFuture: In the ''Drake Maijstral'' series, the Earth was conquered many centuries ago by the relatively benevolent Khosali Empire (loosely based on the Victorians). The Khosali, who wanted to integrate conquered races as quickly as possible, soon began ennobling humans who were willing to work with them peacefully. By the time Earth managed to win its independence back, they were so used to feudalism (which, after all, was a human tradition even before the Khosali came) that they kept it, although many want to get rid of it.
* FutureImperfect: In ''The Crown Jewels'', Drake Majistral watches a movie in which the two main characters are UsefulNotes/JesseJames and Music/ElvisPresley.
-->Majistral liked Westerns better than other forms of genre entertainment. He wondered why Creator/{{Shakespeare}} hadn't written any.



* GentlemanThief: The ''Drake Maijstral'' series is entirely based on this trope. Drake is an "allowed burglar", which is actually a legal profession in the far future galactic empire. You may legally ply burglary as your trade if ''and only if'' you are a ''gentleman'' thief. You must always behave as a gentleman (or woman). Violence is forbidden. When you steal something, it doesn't become yours for 24 hours, and if you do get caught during that time, you must surrender politely or risk losing your license. And the thing you stole must stay under your control or that of a subordinate for the full 24 hours--no hiding it in a drainpipe and hoping nobody finds it. You are also expected to steal ''classy'' things. Which is not to say that you ''can't'' steal cash from a bank vault. But if that's ''all'' you steal, you may be in trouble. Allowed burglars are literally judged on style.



* MotherMakesYouKing: In ''Literature/TheCrownJewels'', we learn that this is how the current Khosali Emperor, Nnis CVI, got his crown. The eldest does not automatically inherit--the current Emperor chooses his heir from the children of his harem. Nnis, though a son of the emperor, had absolutely no interest in his father's throne. His goal in life was to publish scholarly papers on insect genitalia. Unfortunately for him, while he was off on a remote planet studying crawling things, the designated heir died, and Nnis' mother managed to get Nnis chosen as the new heir. Nnis went rushing back to try to start a counterconspiracy aimed at getting himself removed, but before he arrived at the capital, the Emperor died, and he was stuck.
6th Oct '16 11:24:44 PM Xtifr
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* MotherMakesYouKing: In ''Literature/TheCrownJewels'', we learn that this is how the current Khosali Emperor, Nnis CVI, got his crown. The eldest does not automatically inherit--the current Emperor chooses his heir from the children of his harem. Nnis, though a son of the emperor, had absolutely no interest in his father's throne. His goal in life was to publish scholarly papers on insect genitalia. Unfortunately for him, while he was off on a remote planet studying crawling things, the designated heir died, and Nnis' mother managed to get Nnis chosen as the new heir. Nnis went rushing back to try to start a counterconspiracy aimed at getting himself removed, but before he arrived at the capital, the Emperor died, and he was stuck.
3rd Oct '16 3:30:48 PM Xtifr
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* FeudalFuture: In the ''Drake Maijstral'' series, the Earth was conquered many centuries ago by the relatively benevolent Khosali Empire (loosely based on the Victorians). The Khosali, who wanted to integrate conquered races as quickly as possible, soon began ennobling humans who were willing to work with them peacefully. By the time Earth managed to win its independence back, they were so used to feudalism (which, after all, was a human tradition even before the Khosali came) that they kept it, although many want to get rid of it.
2nd Oct '16 11:26:37 PM Xtifr
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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: In the ''Drake Maijstral'' series, the Khosali, one-time conquerors of Earth, are modeled on the British Empire. Very proper, very strict, very formal, very prudish (in their alien way)--very Victorian.
1st Oct '16 11:32:00 AM Xtifr
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Among his better known works are the early {{Cyberpunk}} novel, ''Literature/{{Hardwired}}'', the PostCyberpunk novel ''{{Literature/Aristoi}}'', the humorous Drake Maijstral series (''The Crown Jewels'', ''House of Shards'' and ''Rock of Ages''), the epic ''Literature/DreadEmpiresFall'' series (''The Praxis'', ''The Sundering'', and ''The Conventions of War''), and, most recently, the Dagmar Shaw thrillers (''This is Not a Game'', ''Deep State'', and ''The Fourth Wall''). He has also written a novel in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse, ''The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way'', and the straight-up historical ''Privateers and Gentlemen'' series. He was also a frequent contributor to Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/WildCards'' series.

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Among his better known works are the early {{Cyberpunk}} novel, ''Literature/{{Hardwired}}'', the PostCyberpunk novel ''{{Literature/Aristoi}}'', the humorous Drake Maijstral series (''The Crown Jewels'', ''House of Shards'' and ''Rock of Ages''), the epic ''Literature/DreadEmpiresFall'' series (''The Praxis'', ''The Sundering'', and ''The Conventions of War''), and, most recently, and the Dagmar Shaw thrillers (''This is Not a Game'', ''Deep State'', and ''The Fourth Wall''). He has also written a novel in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse, ''The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way'', and the straight-up historical ''Privateers and Gentlemen'' series. He was also a frequent contributor to Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/WildCards'' series.
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