The Acropolis Where the Parthenon Is

August 2, 2019

I’ll be leaving in a few hours for Ireland, where I’ll be spending ten days or so traveling around the country in a busload full of Rick Wilber’s friends (some of whom happen to be my friends as well).  After which I’ll be attending the Dublin Worldcon. I’m so beaten to splinters by the harrowing […]

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Before and After

August 1, 2019

So here’s the class photo from Taos Toolbox 2019, featuring special guest George R.R. Martin. And here we are after the accident.

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Mink on the Brink

July 30, 2019

So it was our last night in Iceland, and we were having a last Icelandic supper in the excellent Harbor Restaurant, right on the waterfront and a short (rainy) walk from our hotel.  Last chance for arctic char!  Last chance for reindeer!  So many decisions. . . The place was so slammed that it took […]

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The Big Book of Me.

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 […]

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In Search of a Sequel

July 22, 2019

So there was this science fiction convention being held at a spa hotel, which meant that in addition to seeing your favorite SF writers on panels, you could go to a sauna or a hot tub or a massage, or you could have your chakras aligned or your colon cleansed or whatever.  Instead of being […]

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Remember the Doom

July 21, 2019

A useful reminder: if you’re plotting your next novel with index cards, it’s always handy to have this one in reserve. Taos Toolbox 2019 is over, and the attendees are returning to the various corners of the globe whence they came.  I’d like to thank them for their talent and hard work, and wish them […]

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July 13, 2019

Here we see a lovely carpet of lupines.  They were imported from Alaska to Iceland because they are hardy plants that stabilize the soil, and the soil of Iceland has a tendency to get blown out to sea during storms. Of course I am of the generation that, when the subject comes to lupines, promptly […]

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Frozen Giants

July 9, 2019

This was once a giantess who had captured a ship, and was towing it to shore to devour the crew.  Unfortunately she lost track of time, the sun rose, and she was turned to stone. Seems kind of unfair that the ship and sailors were turned to stone as well. Also, Iceland must be hard […]

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Newly Arrived

July 4, 2019

Come just in time for the Glorious Fourth was a box of the uncorrected proofs of Quillifer the Knight, which will be available in bookstores the first week in November, the date having been moved, apparently, from the first week in October. All the better for the holidays! Here’s the flap copy: Rogue. Joker. Lover. Reluctant […]

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The Whale That Didn’t Get Away

June 30, 2019

Finally a whale lets me get close! This is the skeleton of a long-finned pilot whale, floating eerily with a number of other whale skeletons in the attic space of the Whale Museum in Húsavik.  Most if not all of the whale skeletons were from strandings, though Iceland still does catch whales, some to sell to […]

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