Hazards of Travel

by wjw on September 22, 2018

IMG_5081So here’s a new one!  Observe that suds are pouring out of my hotel toilet and covering the floor.  There was also a strong disinfectant smell.

It was also happening in a neighboring room.  The hotel custodian confessed himself baffled, and helped me evacuate to a room higher in the building.  At midnight.

There was a ferocious rain storm going on at the time, though I’m not quite sure what that would have to do with it.  I thought maybe someone on an upper floor had poured a quart of disinfectant into his toilet and flushed it, but I’m just guessing here.

New hazards of the road.

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Where Am I?

by wjw on September 21, 2018


Tell me where I took this photo, and you win a free, signed copy of The Accidental War.

Y’all have 48 hours, and then I put up a new contest.

Good luck!


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!

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 […]

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Fraught. (And Schizophrenic)

August 30, 2018

My 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 […]

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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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