I Speak!

by wjw on September 15, 2018

I am interviewed by the highly informed David Barr Kirtley on The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy.  

Check it out!


Encouraging Word

by wjw on September 13, 2018

the-accidental-war120Reviews for The Accidental War are beginning to tumble in.

B&N SFF BLOG: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/a-countdown-to-disaster-in-the-masterful-space-opera-the-accidental-war/

 The Accidental War eventually breaks open into genuinely exciting action, but the book’s most dramatic moments are the most unlikely ones; a critical turning point takes place over the course of a committee meeting, without a (literal) shot fired. Though the first Praxis trilogy precedes it, readers who enjoyed Ann Leckie’s award-winning Ancillary Justice and its sequels will find similar pleasures here. Williams lays out the slow-burn decline of an empire with supreme confidence. It’s a masterful piece of space opera.”

 Tor.com: https://www.tor.com/2018/09/07/book-reviews-the-accidental-war-by-walter-jon-williams/

“Williams is consummate writer. His worldbuilding continues excellent, his characterization is solid and believable, and his attention to detail while juggling a complex story of intrigue and financial disaster is deeply, impressive. Well-paced, tense, and deeply compelling, The Accidental War is a very entertaining work. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next.”

[via Kayleigh]


Hella Week

by wjw on September 9, 2018

9781538095232_p0_v1_s550x406So Barnes & Noble finally got around to putting the Investments paperback on sale, and here’s your link.

Otherwise, it’s been a hella week.  The Accidental War dropped on Tuesday.  I sent Quillifer the Knight to the publisher at 1am Friday morning.  I opened a bottle of champagne afterwards, but discovered it had turned to sparkling vinegar.  I didn’t even know that was possible.

Thursday I gave a one-hour interview to the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast (which will be broadcast later).  Saturday I had a signing at a local bookstore, and sold more books than I thought I would.

I’ve also started physical therapy for an inflamed piriformis— that’s butt muscle to you— plus continued martial arts classes— otherwise known as piriformis-inflaming exercise.

So next week I’m going on vacation for ten or twelve days.  I won’t say where, except that I might just go fishing while I’m there.  Only it’s more likely I’ll just think about fishing, and then not do it.


Launch Day!

by wjw on September 4, 2018


Launch Day!

It’s no accident!

Two new books drop this week!

September 4 is the release date for The Accidental War, which continues the story of star-crossed lovers Martinez and Sula begun in The Praxis.  Seven years after the conclusion of the Naxid War, they find themselves caught up in a war that no one wanted, no one planned, no one expected, and no one knows how to stop.

Look for The Accidental War at your local bookstore, or find it at Barnes & NobleAmazonGoogle PlayKobo,and iBooks.

You can read The Accidental War without having read the earlier books in the series, but we do want you to read them, so the first three ebooks of the Praxis are now on sale, and will remain on sale for the rest of September.

The Praxis is on sale for $3.99 in North America, $2.99 elsewhere.  In North America, you can find it via  kindlenookiBookKobo, and Google.

Outside North America, look for The Praxis at
Amazon.co.ukiBooksKobo, and Google.

The Sundering is on sale for $4.99.  In North America,  the book is available via kindlenookiBookKobo, and Google.

Outside North America, find The Sundering at AmazonKobo, iBooks, and Google.

Conventions of War is on sale for $3.99.  (I know these prices don’t exactly make sense, but then I’m not a major international publisher.)  In North America, find Conventions of War via kindlenookiBooksKobo, and Google.

Outside North America, Conventions of War may be found at
GoogleAmazoniBooks, and Kobo.

But wait!  There’s more!

Investments, one of the books of the Praxis, has long been available as an ebook, but it’s never seen print— till now!  Because I love print, and I know some of you love print as well, and will want to have the entire series on your bookshelves the way God intended, I’ve made Investments available as a paperback via Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  (I don’t have a link for Barnes & Noble just yet, because, well, they’re Barnes & Noble.  Have patience, it’ll be available there in a day or two.)

UPDATE:  Here’s your Barnes & Noble link.

The book is 6×9 inches, with cream paper, and will make a fine addition to your bookshelf.

But there’s even more!  In the paperback I’ve included “The Stickpin,” a story featuring Caroline Sula that has also never seen print.  (It was available, for just a few months in 2005, as an Amazon short.)  in fact, the only way you can read this story now is to buy the paperback.  I won’t be making the story available in electronic form.

But fortunately the paperback is only $7.99.  It’s probably the least expensive collector’s item you’re going to find today.

So there you have it— one new novel, two new paperbacks, and three ebooks on sale.  It’s quite a day, no?

What are you waiting for?  You’ve got reading to do!


Fraught. (And Schizophrenic)

by wjw on August 30, 2018

IMG_4990My life at the moment is fraught, because I’m juggling two important tasks.  First, I’m gearing up for the launch of The Accidental War next week.  Second, I’m madly trying to finish Quillifer the Knight, which is also due next week.

I’ve got three scenes to go, but the problem with my scenes is that I never know if they’re going to be 3000-word scenes or 15,000-word scenes.  Since my books tend to end in a great big rush— plus maybe a few explosions— I think the scenes will be short, but I can never know.

I know I’m really pleased with the job of plotting I’ve done on this one.  Maybe the best ever.  The last few scenes are one huge reveal after another, and all were carefully foreshadowed earlier in the work.  But not so you’d notice, or so I hope.

It’ll be at least a year before Quillifer the Knight is released, so you’ll have to be content with all the rushing and explosions in The Accidental War.  (I’m blowing up my universe again, the way I do.)

So I won’t be posting a lot here till those three scenes are done.  Wish me luck.


La Reina

August 29, 2018

I have been lax in posting a tribute to Aretha Franklin, so here it is.  This is a Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Carole King, in which the Queen of Soul takes one of King’s most famous songs and shows what she can do with a piano, a mink coat, and her own astounding voice. […]

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I Am At Bubonicon

August 24, 2018

. . . or will be shortly, anyway. The weekend will be spent at the 50th annual Bubonicon held in Albuquerque.  In the time, I’ve missed maybe 6-8 of them, and attended all the rest. I’ll be doing a reading, participating in panel discussions, and giving a speech. But if you don’t come for me, […]

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It Begins

August 20, 2018

Another set of goodies arrived in the mail over the weekend, copies of The Accidental War fresh off the press. The official release date is September 4, but apparently the books actually exist, and in my experience books that actually exist do manage to find their way to stores.  So if you’re interested in the […]

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Top of the World

August 15, 2018

Now here’s an interesting phenomenon.  It’s raining on the left side of this photo.  On the right side, it’s clear. This is Taos Ski Valley, which is quite narrow.  This allows you to observe weather as it creeps along between the walls of the canyon.  There was one memorable day when I was sitting on […]

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What’s Happening?

August 14, 2018

My current reading is Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent, an amiable, eccentric pseudo-Victorian work.  Reading it is pleasurable, but I’m over 100 pages in and as yet have no idea what the novel is about, if anything.  Amiable eccentric Victorians amble through the work encountering one another, and there either is or isn’t a sea monster lurking […]

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