Ebook Store


Here is a complete-as-possible list of my works available in e-formats.  I’ll be uploading new books and stories all the time, so if you can’t find something you want, check back in a few weeks or months and see if it’s become available.

I’m sorry that not every format is represented.   I do not control the electronic rights to all my work— in some cases, publishers paid me good money for those rights, and if they choose to limit the formats in which my books are available, there’s nothing I can do about it.  (You, however, have every right to complain to the publisher.)

For those books that I control and uploaded myself, I’ve tried at the very least to make them available for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and on Smashwords, the latter of which makes them available in a wide variety of formats, including the Sony Reader, .pdf, and HTML.

I’ve had a hard time finding my own works on iBooks.  Just so you won’t have to go through the all the annoying fiddly procedures I do, here’s a link to everything I have on iBooks.

And here’s my link on Google.

(Actually I’d prefer if you downloaded from Smashwords rather than the iBook and Google stores, because I get a bigger cut of the proceeds.  It’s the exact same file in any case.  But whatever works for you, my friends.)



NEW!!! THE BEST OF WALTER JON WILLIAMS 200,000 words of short fiction, including all the award nominees that would fit! A beautiful hardback from Subterranean Press, illustrated by Lee Moyer.
Hardback and Ebook

Barnes & Noble, Amazon

Ebook only:

Kobo, Apple Books, Direct from Publisher

Quillifer! (NEW!!!)

An epic fantasy about a cheeky young hero trying to make his mark on the world while dodging bandits, battles, and angry husbands.


The first volume of a new fantasy series, Quillifer features a young hero who plans to make his mark on the world--- if only he can avoid pirates, bandits, angry husbands, and one very beautiful, very vengeful, and very jealous goddess.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google, iBooks, and Kobo


It’s the traditional job of a knight to fight dragons and rescue princesses, but Quillifer is hardly a traditional knight, and he brings to the job an array of unorthodox skills that dazzles his swarm of rivals, seduces their wives, and threatens the stability of the realm.

But there’s a greater menace to Quillifer than deadly political intrigue, for once again he finds himself hunted by the cruel, beautiful, and vengeful goddess Orlanda.

Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Google, or Barnes & Noble


Quillifer has risen high at court. The butcher’s son is now a lord, and is the confidential agent of the state, the caretaker of the kingdom’s secrets, and the secret lover of the young and brilliant Queen Floria.

He finds himself surrounded by perils. The nobles are at odds with one another, but united in despising Quillifer. Someone has brought deadly poison into court, and Quillifer fears the Queen may be the intended victim. Another assassination plot is aimed at Quillifer himself, and an enemy nation has landed troops intending to topple Floria by force. Quillifer must solve every mystery, meet every danger, and discover every secret in order to guard himself and his love, Floria, from the dangers that beset them.

Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Google, or Barnes & Noble

The Second Book of the Praxis

(New!!!)  Continued from the First Book of the Praxis (Dread Empire’s Fall), this second trilogy continues the adventures of the star-crossed lovers Martinez and Sula as they face war and revolution.  

NEW!!! The first book of the new series finds Martinez and Sula caught up in a war that nobody wanted, no one planned, no one expected, and no one knows how to stop.

Barnes & Noble,
Amazon, Google Play, Kobo, Apple Books,

NEW!!! The Accidental War is heating up, and star-crossed lovers Martinez and Sula must overcome their thorny history in order to face the dangers of an overwhelming attack.

Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Google Play, Kobo, Apple Books,

NEW!!! Just as the enemy attacks, a shocking act of violence tears Martinez and Sula apart. Yet their partnership is vital to the Fleet's success--- will the Restoration survive?

Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Google Play, Kobo, Apple Books,

The First Book of the Praxis

(Dread Empire’s Fall)

An epic space opera, war and revolution as seen through the eyes of a pair of star-crossed lovers.


First book of Dread Empire’s Fall [kindle] [nook] [iBook] [Kobo] [Google]

Outside North America:
Amazon.co.uk, iBooks, Kobo, and Google


Second book of Dread Empire’s Fall [kindle] [nook] [iBook] [Kobo] [Google]

Outside North America:
Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and Google


Third book of Dread Empire's Fall [kindle]nook] [iBooks] [Kobo] [Google]

Outside North America:
Google BooksAmazon, iBooks, and Kobo


My Dread Empire's Fall series continues, as Martinez and Severin investigate skulduggery on a newly-setted planet, and try to turn off a neutron star.

[kindle] [nook] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks] [Kobo]

NEW!!!Exiled to Earth and expecting a vacation, Caroline Sula discovers that a deadly conspiracy has followed her all the way from the Empire's capital.

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(Baen exclusive, contains Ambassador of Progress, Angel Station, Aristoi, Aristoi (French edition), Days of Atonement, Knight moves)  [Baen]


If I'm remembered at all in 100 years, it'll probably be for this. A visionary work of hard fantasy, in which geomancy and technology together create a city the size of the world.

[kindle] [nook] [Smashwords] [Baen]  [iBooks][Google] [Kobo],


(Baen exclusive: contains Metropolitan and City on Fire) [Baen]


Dense, layered, intricate far-future thriller, set in a civilization utterly transformed by dangerous technology

[kindle] [nook] [Smashwords] [Baen], [iBooks], Kobo, Google,


(French edition:
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An angry, ferocious odyssey through a Balkanized America. By far and away my most popular novel. This is the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition, including new content just for this edition.

[kindle] [nook] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks][Google][Kobo]


(Baen exclusive, contains Hardwired, Solip:System, Voice of the Whirlwind) [Baen]

CITY ON FIRE (Metropolitan 2)

The second in the Metropolitan sequence. Constantine and Aiah get serious about their revolution.

 [Amazon] [Barnes & Noble] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


Not only the world's only Hard-Boiled Gothic Western Science Fiction Police Procedural, DoA is also my love letter to the state of New Mexico.

[kindle] [nook] [smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


"Sword and Singularity." Far-future adventure, featuring more wacked-out speculation per square centimeter than anything you'll find at Brand X.

[Kindle] [Nook [Smashwords] [Kobo] [iBooks]


Originally as by "Walter J Williams" A huge tale of a catastrophic earthquake in the central US and the rifts it opens in America's social fabric.

 [Kobo] [iBooks] [Amazon] [Nook] [Smashwords]


Set in the far future, this was the first of my books to achieve any public notice, being nominated for a Philip K Dick Award.

[kindle] [nook] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


Anthropological SF, my first published science fiction novel. Without prejudicing you against this novel in any way, I'd like to point out that, as a writer, I got better.

[Barnes & Noble] [Amazon] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


Novella, sequel to Hardwired

[kindle] [nook] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]

Punk-ass space fiction, information-dense, featuring Ubu and Maria, teenage runaways who discover an alien civilization.

[kindle] [nook] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


Hard-edged SF noir thriller, consistently one of my best sellers.

[Kindle] [Nook] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


A bleeding-edge series of thrillers, set the day after tomorrow, featuring game designer Dagmar Shaw, exploring the shifting line between computer-mediated fiction and computer-mediated reality.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, iBooks, Smashwords, Baen

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, iBooks, Smashwords, Baen.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, iBooks, Smashwords, Baen.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, iBooks, Smashwords, Baen.


PG Wodehouse meets Jane Austen— in Space!  These comedies-of-manners are unlike anything else I’ve written.  Actually they’re about the same things as a lot of my other books (class, money, crime) but in this case they’re funny.


(Maijstral 1) [kindle] [nook] [smashwords] [Baen} ) [iBooks]


(Maijstral 2) [kindle] [nook] [smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


(Maijstral 3) [kindle] [nook] [smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


DRAKE MAIJSTRAL BUNDLE (contains Crown Jewels, House of Shards, Rock of Ages) [Baen]

Star Wars


[kindle] [nook] [iBooks]


(Novella) [kindle] [nook] [iBooks]

Historical Novels

(originally published as by “Jon Williams”)  I began my career writing these sea-adventure tales taking place in the American Revolution and War of 1812. If you’re fond of CS Forester or Patrick O’Brian, you might want to give these a try.


Published by Dell as THE PRIVATEER.

My first published novel. While it has its virtues, it's still a journeyman work, and I feel obliged to point out that I got better.

[Amazon] [Barnes & Noble] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


Published by Dell as THE RAIDER. [Amazon] [Barnes and Noble] [Smashwords] [Baen] [Smashwords] [iBooks],[Kobo], and [Google Play]


   [Amazon] [Barnes & Noble] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


Published by Dell as THE YANKEE. [Amazon] [Barnes & Noble] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


  [Amazon] [Barnes & Noble] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


(Baen exclusive, all five historical novels in one package!)  [Baen]



[kindle] [nook] [Smashwords] [kobo], [iBooks]

NEW!!! THE BEST OF WALTER JON WILLIAMS 200,000 words of short fiction, including all the award nominees that would fit! A beautiful hardback from Subterranean Press, illustrated by Lee Moyer.
Hardback and Ebook

Barnes & Noble, Amazon

Ebook only:

Kobo, Apple Books, Direct from Publisher


THE BOOLEAN GATE (Novella) Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla are friends--- and deadly opponents in a fight over the fate of the world.

Apple, Amazon, Smashwords, Google, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Baen


(Nebula winner FREE AT) [Smashwords.] [Amazon]  [Barnes & Noble] [Baen] [iBooks]


To end a future war, a diplomat must recall his own lost humanity. Nominated for a Hugo Award.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Baen, Smashwords [iBooks]


My Dread Empire's Fall series continues, as Martinez and Severin investigate skulduggery on a newly-setted planet, and try to turn off a neutron star.

[kindle] [nook] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


Gonzo history, in which Friedrich Nietzsche field-tests his theories of the superman at the O.K. Corral.

Kobo Amazon Nook Smashwords Baen iBooks


A short novel featuring the Civil War adventures of Brigadier General Edgar Allan Poe, CSA.

Kindle Nook Kobo Smashwords iBooks


[Kindle] [Nook] [Smashwords] [Baen]


(novella, sequel to Hardwired) [kindle] [nook] [Smashwords] [Baen] [iBooks]


(Baen exclusive, contains Daddy's World, Investments, and Prayers on the Wind) [Baen]


(Novella) [kindle] [nook] [iBooks]


Love, obsession, life, death, immortality, and a nigh-hopeless quest to unravel one of nature’s more imponderable mysteries. What more do you want?

Hugo and Nebula nominee.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Baen, Smashwords [iBooks]


Hijinx aboard a cruise ship, featuring spies, ninjas, Andean folk music and a tetrahedral menace from beneath the sea.

Kindle Nook Kobo
Smashwords iBooks


Set in the same future as Voice of the Whirlwind. A hardboiled street kid tries to fight his way out of a trap, with unexpected results.

Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, Amazon Baen iBooks


Set in the same future as Voice of the Whirlwind,, the story features the hard-as-nails mercenary Reese as she maneuvers between a dangerous mission and a treacherous employer.

Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Smashwords,Baen iBooks


Nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. Mary Shelley encounters an alternate Byron, and creates an alternate new paradigm for science fiction.

Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Baen iBooks
Brendon August 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

OMG! Please, please, please … Metropolitan and City on Fire ebooks? In .epub format (or, really, anything that I can get on my iPad)?

I’d happily give you a number of my hard-earned US Dollars in exchange for that.

wjw August 30, 2011 at 3:45 am

Metropolitan and City on Fire will be made available as soon as I clear the rights. Please stay tuned.

Scotoma August 30, 2011 at 5:41 am

It’s really unfortunate that the Kindle versions of your Night Shade Books are only available from Amazon in North America, I hate dealing with another vendor due to lack of credit card and I never do business by using the likes of paypal. Likewise true for dealing with fictionwise.

Glenn August 30, 2011 at 11:30 am

I notice that Rock of Ages has the [nook] label, but it’s not a link. I’m guessing that’s not deliberate.

wjw August 31, 2011 at 12:42 am

Right on all counts, Glenn! Fixed now . . .

wjw August 31, 2011 at 6:36 am

Scotoma, if you don’t have a credit card, and you won’t work with Paypal, then I don’t know how I can help you.

Scotoma August 31, 2011 at 6:51 am

IMHO, making your fiction available on the biggest platform, worldwide, which I think is Amazon at the moment. I like your books, I’m happy to see you bringing your old books to Amazon and I’m happy to buy them. But I’m also a lazy, and won’t try to get a credit card just to buy stuff on sites like Baen or Fictionwise. It’s not like I run out of books to buy on Amazon. And I doubt I’m the only one whose thinking like that.

Still, I’m happy for what I get and I have to say the Maijstral books were an utter delight to read.

Ralf The Dog August 31, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Scotoma, Authors don’t always get to choose what format a book is published in. There are factors we as readers don’t always know. The other option? Mr. Williams does not want to publish on Amazon because they are evil and destroying the publishing market. Either way, we can’t have everything in every format. Just hand a friend some cash and get them to purchase it in your name.

Mr. WJW, I look forward to Aristoi. If you need to borrow any devices of mass destruction to motivate the publishers, talk to me privately using a non traceable method.

Jefferson Green September 3, 2011 at 3:40 am

THERE’S A DAGMAR 3!!! Thank you thank you. I actually put down Dancing with Dragons in the middle and started re-reading TINAG because I just needed something that got to an end within my life time. (Please don’t tell George, I really do like the series but he’s gotten almost as bad as P.C. Hodgell)

Jorge October 26, 2011 at 2:35 am

IMHO, making your fiction available on the biggest platform, worldwide, which I think is Amazon at the moment. I like your books, I’m happy to see you bringing your old books to Amazon and I’m happy to buy them. But I’m also a lazy, and won’t try to get a credit card just to buy stuff on sites like Baen or Fictionwise. It’s not like I run out of books to buy on Amazon. And I doubt I’m the only one whose thinking like that.

tony72 November 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Glad to see your books becoming available as ebooks. Hardwired is one of my favourite novels. I’m hoping Angel Station gets a release soon, I read that almost twenty years ago, and a long time before I read Hardwired, although I didn’t mentally connect it to the same author until quite recently.

TechSlave December 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Glad to see so many electronic editions available – I actually came here to check and make sure they were authorized editions on the Barnes and Noble site before buying (some authors have had bad experiences with rip-offs). From a Taoseno reader, thanks for making great stories!

Mat February 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

Any chance of seeing “Investments” from the “Between Worlds” anthology?

wjw February 13, 2012 at 7:05 am

“Investments” should be up some time this year, but I can’t give you a firm date yet.

Michael E. Walston February 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Will we possibly see a sequel to Metropolitan and City on Fire at some point? I was sort of under the impression you had put that series on hold because there was no demand from your publisher–but doggone it, consider this a (polite) demand from a reader!

wjw February 22, 2012 at 1:47 am

Michael, I’m going to make Metropolitan and CoF available as ebooks, and then if sales justify it I’ll either publish the sequel myself or find a publisher for it.

I haven’t given up on the series yet, not by a long shot.

jec March 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

wondering if AMBASSADOR OF PROGRESS will come out as a ebook I have wore out 2 copies already over the years.

wjw March 16, 2012 at 5:11 am

Everything will be an ebook eventually, jec. I’m throwing up my most popular books first, then working my way down the list.

Henry Farrell March 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Have you considered doing a Kickstarter for a M/CoF sequel? I’d be prepared both to contribute and to publicize insofar as I can …

wjw March 17, 2012 at 5:47 am

It’s under consideration. It even lets me make a living while writing, which is something I sort of need.

Alan April 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

IMPLIED SPACES is also available from Baen ebooks. Just like Smashwords, one purchase gets you every format you might need, including “Read online”, “email to Kindle”, EPUB. (And no DRM)

TD May 16, 2012 at 12:45 am

Polite second demand for Metropolitan and COF #3. We have to have it at some point. It’s worth waiting for.

Dean September 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

How come the Dread Empire’s Fall novels are not available on Kindle from Amazon UK, but are in the US? Investments is available in the UK though?!

wjw September 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Dean>> I don’t know. Apparently Harper UK hasn’t made them available.

I’ll check and see if I can get the rights reverted.

Dean September 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

Here’s hoping then, thanks!

Guy September 10, 2012 at 2:20 am

Please I need the rest of Privateers and Gentlemen! Where is Cat Island?

wjw September 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Guy, Bubonicon and Worldcon kinda slowed things down, but Cat Island should be available within six weeks at the latest. (Some other works first, but that’s just how the scanning jobs turned out.)

Dean September 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I’ve just realised that Implied Spaces and The Green Leopard Plague and Other Stories are not available for Kindle in the UK either! This is putting a real crimp in my collection 😉

Bart October 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Mr. Willaims, is “The Rift” planned for an ebook deployment in the near future?

thank you for all your great writing!

wjw October 12, 2012 at 3:32 am

“The Rift” should be up within a few months, I suspect early in the New Year. That one’s a beast, and will be saved for last.

Josh January 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Would love to see more novels in the Dread Empire universe, I know plenty of fans would be interested in supporting them through a Kickstarter project or something similar!

Espen April 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Just finished Hardwired audiobook from Audible. What an experience – the narrative and the format seem made for each other.

I must have more – which exist and will you please offer audioboks here?

wjw April 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Your question inspired a search on my part— I know where I sold audio rights, but it’s not like they bother to inform the author when the books become available.

Voice of the Whirlwind is available on CD and via Audible, and Audible also has Deep State and the Fourth Wall— and I’ve sold the rights to This Is Not a Game as well, though this doesn’t seem to be available yet. (Are they working in reverse order, or what? Makes no sense.)

Craig May 6, 2013 at 11:59 am

I’m not one to get gushy as a rule but just finished Dread Empires Fall and absolutely loved it. Easily the best series if its kind I’ve ever read.
Only problem I have…… are there no more coming?
Sula’s “Drive On” was like a kick in the ribs !!

Jane May 26, 2013 at 1:39 am


I just found this site while searching for The Rift as an ebook. Any chance it will be available soon? Thanks. Jane

wjw May 27, 2013 at 10:55 pm

The Rift should be available in the next month or two. But it’s a big project to get off the ground.

wjw June 18, 2013 at 2:40 am

Craig, whether there are more Praxis books depends on the publisher, and so far they’ve been noncommittal. No idea why, since they’ve all been through multiple printings.

Brian Renninger July 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Any chance of a ebook of the Facets collection?

wjw July 12, 2013 at 4:51 am

The stories will be available individually, for sure. I’m thinking of putting together some theme collections, like putting the Dead Romantics stories in one place—- or, given how long they are, in two volumes.

Kyle August 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I absolutely loved the Dread Empire’s Fall trilogy but I had no idea there was another short novel until now. I just bought it and will likely read it this weekend…once I finish studying for this law exam of course!

pandysage October 30, 2013 at 11:52 am

I’ve just reread my tattered copies of metropolitan and CoF. Seeing the discussion around a sequel has given me a huge buzz. I’ll start my lobbying for continuing the series by buying everything you have in ebook format that I haven’t bought already! In hope everyone else does the same 🙂

Mark Downing March 3, 2014 at 11:56 am


How about a sequel to ARISTOI? I just read it and was very impressed. Also intrigued by the mystery Voice: deus ex machina or something significant?

When you’ve finished that, maybe a prequel to IMPLIED SPACES, which I am just enjoying.

Thanks for the great work,

Mark Downing

Ĝan Ŭesli Starling April 28, 2014 at 3:34 am

This is great. I not long ago got Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind as MP3 audiobooks. And long ago I got a signed copy of Solip:System. And of course I’ve read no few of the others. But I discover there are some I have not. And that they can be had for my Nook. So I know what I’ll be doing when next I’m at B&N. Glad I stumbed over the link on that review of the Jack Vance fan fiction book.

I had bought translation rights into Esperanto for Hardwired once. Got four chapters into it but then my life got complicated and the contract time limit ran out. One day I hope to renew and finish it up. May have to win the lottery, though. But if I should, expect that call. Thanks for writing so many fine works.

wjw April 28, 2014 at 5:50 am

I had wondered what had become of my Esperanto translation!

Best of luck with finding some free time, and in the meantime, I’m happy you’ve found something to read!

Finn Brophy January 14, 2015 at 12:15 am

Any news on if and when the Dread Empires Fall series might be available on ebook (preferably Kindle for me) in UK/Ireland?

wjw January 14, 2015 at 4:46 am

Soonish. I’ve got the UK rights back, so all I have to do is prepare the ebooks and get them out.

Oh, right. And get rid of the DRM, somehow . . .

Finn Brophy January 15, 2015 at 10:22 am

Brilliant! I have the hard copies, but I’m wedded to the kindle now for the convenience.

Dirk Bergstrom December 10, 2015 at 1:51 am

Any way to get the Praxis books DRM-free in the US? I’m guessing that Harper Collins still has the rights. A pox on the publishers and their Digital Rights Mania.

wjw December 10, 2015 at 2:02 am

Dick, I’m afraid Harper still has the North American rights. The versions I’m uploading outside the U.S. and Canada are DRM free, so if you could get an account in Britain or Australia or someplace, you could buy the DRM-free versions there.

But I don’t know how to do that, and in any case you didn’t hear it from me . . .

Stellan Lagerstrom April 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Suggestion: If you were to do the sequel of “City on Fire” as a Patreon project, I’d pay a dollar per chapter, and I think many others would, too…

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