The Big Book of Me.

by wjw on July 27, 2019

I am pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of The Best of Walter Jon Williams, from Subterranean Press.  200,000 words of, well, me, with short fiction drawn from the forty years of my career, including stories that have never before been collected.

Also, signed.  By me.  By hand.  Which is a good deal less fun than choosing stories, believe me.

Illustrations will be by that famed artist, To Be Named Later.  (But trust me, it’s coming together.)

Stay tuned.  And if you think there are stories that should absolutely be in this volume, by all means put them in the comments.

UPDATE: In an earlier version of this post, I said I hoped the edition would be out for the holidays.  Turns out this will be the holidays of 2020.

Minx July 28, 2019 at 11:53 am

Side Effects does have a sci-fi conceit, but is largely… hm, Don DeLillo?

Do you remember how you came up with that story

wjw July 28, 2019 at 2:47 pm

Many years ago, but I think it was a period when a million little distractions were keeping me from focusing on what needed to be done.

Etaoin Shrdlu July 28, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Signed? Is this going to be dead-trees-only, or will there be an electronic edition? Do we need to get our reservations in on a limited hardcover?

“Prayers on the Wind” and “Solip:System”? But both are widely available already. I don’t know if “Ligdan and the Young Pretender” was ever collected outside of TWBW. I wouldn’t mind finally getting to see “The Stickpin” — can’t really do mail-order from here, so I haven’t gotten the definitive paperback edition of “Investments” yet 🙁 but that’s first on my list when I get off this rock. Maybe some of your naval fiction?

I don’t know if you want to do excerpts — always seems like a “you’ve gotten a taste, so now go buy more books!” cheat — but introducing people to Aiah (the burning woman through finding her husk) and Dagmar (her Indonesian adventure, but somehow cut down further) would be my choices if so. And of course the “Groom of the Pudding” scene.

-dsr- July 29, 2019 at 6:27 am

I know it’s a lot of work: is there any chance of individual introductions or other commentary on the stories?

PhilRM July 29, 2019 at 11:48 am

“Elegy for Angels and Dogs”. Because it’s so effing brilliant.

Travis Pierce July 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm

No recommendations but I think I know what is going on my Christmas list this year…

wjw July 29, 2019 at 2:09 pm

DSR— there will be comments on the stories.
PHIL– no “Elegy,” alas. It’s too long, unfortunately, technically a novel by SFWA’s definition.
TRAVIS– I got a better idea of some deadlines, so maybe Christmas of 2020.
ETAOIN– Subterranean has bought the rights for an electronic edition, but they don’t promise one. We’ll see.

Etaoin Shrdlu July 30, 2019 at 6:47 am

Travis, fortunately Q2 will be out this November, so we got that goin’ for us.

Scott Mari August 2, 2019 at 1:03 pm

Dinosaurs and Prayers on the Wind, two of my favorites. Any more on the Shar? Did they survive, send colonies out? What about the Gyalpo Rinpoche?

Chong Go August 3, 2019 at 6:06 am

Off topic, but is there any news on new books in the Praxis series?

wjw August 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm

I’m trying to finish the second book in the new Praxis series, but all this travel and teaching is making it hard.

Chong Go August 4, 2019 at 5:20 am

Well, if a beta reader would help you out, I’ll offer my services. 😉 Have fun in Ireland!

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