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Williams, Walter Jon

Works: 141 works in 476 publications in 14 languages and 12,019 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Science fiction  Star Wars fiction  Fantasy fiction  Short stories  Thrillers (Fiction)  Alternative histories (Fiction)  Action and adventure fiction  Cyberpunk fiction  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Creator, Editor
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Walter Jon Williams
Destiny's way by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following the fall of Coruscant to the Yuuzhan Vong, the New Republic is torn apart by internal strife as a dangerous new faction opposed to the ways of the Force unveils a weapon that could destroy their enemies and make them vulnerable to the dark side
This is not a game by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and German and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

College friends united by their love of online games make their passion a successful business, until a currency crash and government coup strand one of them in a foreign country and their alternate reality games suddenly blur the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds, threatening real fortunes and real lives
Lowball by George R. R Martin( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When residents of Jokertown begin going missing, an inexperienced lieutenant hoping to prove himself teams up with a motley group of unlikely Jokers to identify and stop the culprits
Aristoi by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the far distant future, humanity has created a glittering interstellar empire, where need and sickness are unknown. All is made possible by advanced technology - bioengineering and nano-machines, virtual reality and the harnessing of the force of gravity."--BOOK JACKET. "But not everyone can handle all this high tech. Not every person is capable of mastering the arts of programming on the fly in the virtual world, or manipulating the microscopic matter of biotech and nanotech. For most people, the idea of being in more than two places at once is more than a little disorienting."--BOOK JACKET. "So a special kind of human has evolved - men and women who can handle both the virtual world and the realized world. Who can do two and more things at once, who are smarter and more creative than average. They are the Aristoi, the Best, and as in Plato's vision, they have the care of the Demos, the people, foremost in their minds. The Aristoi control technology and all its fruits. They terraform planets, and when they are done, they choose the people who can emigrate to the new world. They are the absolute rulers of their spheres of creation, but they are benevolent rulers."--BOOK JACKET. "What can trouble Paradise? The answer is an Aristos gone mad. An Aristos so committed to a genetic theory that he makes a whole world in secret, cut off from the Hyperlogos that records all knowledge and all actions, in order to test his theories. And who will kill to keep his secret safe."--Jacket
The rift by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

12 editions published between 1952 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An earthquake hits Mississippi, destroying St. Louis. The novel follows various protagonists as they cope with the disaster, among them a black engineer, a racist sheriff and a preacher who predicted it
Voice of the whirlwind by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

26 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in 8 languages and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Williams's novel Hardwired was a well-written but standard entry in the cyberpunk sweepstakes launched by William Gibson's Neuromancer. This follow-up, however, is much more interesting and successful. Etienne Steward is the clone ("Steward Beta'') of a hero of the Artifact Wars, in which multinational corporations fielded armies to plunder alien ruins. He's been given Steward Alpha's memories minus the last years of the hero's life: the war and its aftermath. Now Steward Beta begins an investigation, tracking down Alpha's wife, friends, enemies and fellow vets to fill in the picture and learn why Alpha was murdered. In particular, Beta probes the war, its horrors, its betrayals and The Powers, the aliens who ended it. Resonances of Vietnam-era moral concerns make this deft updating of the post-World War II genre of psychological thrillers about amnesiacs one of the best of its kind
The fourth wall by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sean is a washed-up child actor reduced to the lowest dregs of reality television to keep himself afloat. His life was a downward spiral of alcoholism, regret, and failure ... until he met Dagmar Shaw. The world of Dagmar Shaw, however, is rarely straightforward. People tend to die around her, and now she wants Sean for something. A movie, she says, but who's to say what her real game is?"--Page 4 of cover
Implied spaces by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and French and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristide is a scholar of the implied spaces, seeking meaning amid the accidents of architecture in a universe where reality itself has been sculpted and designed by superhuman machine intelligence. While exploring the pre-technological world Midgarth, one of four dozen pocket universes created within a series of vast, orbital matrioshka computer arrays, Aristide uncovers a fiendish plot threatening to set off a nightmare scenario, and must find a way to save the multiverse from subversion, sabotage, and certain destruction
Metropolitan by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The setting is an Earth where the monetary standard is "plasm," an energy which can be transmitted by wireless. It can help one to be more clever, it can heal, it can move objects. The novel deals with an attempt to acquire lots of this energy to stage a revolution
Days of atonement by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atocha, N.M. is having trouble coping with the 21st century and the death of a man who died twenty years ago
City on fire by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the fantasy City of Caraqui, civil war breaks out for possession of the plasm, as the city's life force is called. By the author of Metropolitan
Angel station by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ubu and Maria are forced to flee to the farthest reaches of space where they discover a secret and risk everything on one last gamble to win the universe or be destroyed
Hardwired by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

30 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cowboy est un ancien pilote de chasse aux yeux sensibles aux infra-rouges, Sara a un cyber-cobra logé dans sa gorge, Réno est décédé mais toujours vivant dans l'interface, et grâce à ces pouvoirs, tous peuvent combattre les orbitaux. Réunit les deux romans et les deux nouvelles du cycle "Câblé"
Deep state by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dagmar Shaw, a designer of alternate-reality games, begins to question her own motives when she is asked to be the Puppetmaster to a group of soldiers engaged in an all-too-real war
The praxis by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2019 in English and French and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For millennia, the Shaa have subjugated the universe, forcing the myriad sentient races to bow to their joyless tyranny. But the Shaa will soon be no more. The dread empire is in its rapidly fading twilight, and with its impending fall comes the promise of a new galactic order ... and bloody chaos. A young Terran naval officer marked by his lowly birth, Lt. Gareth Martinez is the first to recognize the insidious plot of the Naxid -- the powerful, warlike insectoid society that was enslaved before all others -- to replace the masters' despotic rule with their own. Barely escaping a swarming surprise attack, Martinez and Caroline Sula, a pilot whose beautiful face conceals a deadly secret, are now the last hope for freedom for every being who ever languished in Shaa chains -- as the interstellar battle begins against a merciless foe whose only perfect truth is annihilation"--Page 2 of cover
The sundering by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and German and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dread Empire of the Shaa is no more, following the death of the last oppressor. But freedom remains elusive for the myriad sentient races enslaved for ten centuries, as an even greater terror arises. The Naxids- a powerful insectoid species themselves subjugated until the recent Shaa demise- plan to fill the vacuum with their own bloody domination, and have already won a shattering victory with superior force and unimaginable cruelty. But two heroes survived the carnage at Magaria: Lord Gareth Martinez and the fiery, mysterious gun pilot Lady Caroline Sula, whose courageous exploits are becoming legend in the new history of galactic civil war. Yet their cunning, skill, and bravery may be no match for the overwhelming enemy descending upon the loyalist stronghold of Zanshaa, as the horrific battle looms that will determine the structure of the universe-and who shall live to inhabit it-for millennia to come
Facets by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of science fiction short stories including stories on communication between humans and other species, wars between alien races, and prophecies of the future
Conventions of war by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and German and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two desperate human warriors, separated by light-years, Lord Gareth Martinez and guerrilla fighter Caroline Sula, pursue separate paths in their battle against the ruthless insectoid Naxid, who set out to dominate the universe in the wake of the chaos that resulted from the fall of the tyrannical Shaa, in the epic finale of the trilogy that began with The Praxis and The Sundering
Aces high by George R. R Martin( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After the alien virus struck humanity in the wake of World War II, a handful of the survivors found they possessed superhuman powers. The Wild Cards shared-world volumes tell their story. Here in book two, we trace these heroes and villains through the tumultuous 1980s, in stories from SF and fantasy giants such as George R.R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Pat Cadigan, Lewis Shiner, Walter Jon Williams, and others"--
Quillifer by Walter Jon Williams( Book )

4 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Quillifer is young, serially in love, studying law, and living each day keenly aware that his beloved homeport of Ethlebight risks closure due to silting of the harbor. His concerns for the future become much more immediate when he returns from a summery assignation to find his city attacked by Aekoi pirates, leading to brigands in the streets and his family and friends in chains. First, he has to survive the night. Then, he has to leave his home behind and venture forth into the wider world of Duisland, where he can find friends and allies to help avenge his losses and restore Ethlebight to glory. His determination will rock kingdoms, shatter the political structure of Duisland, and change the country forever"--
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Destiny's way
This is not a gameThe riftVoice of the whirlwindThe fourth wallImplied spacesMetropolitanCity on fireHardwired
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Jon Williams, Walter 1953-

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Williams, Walter John 1953-

Williams, Walter Jon 1953-

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ויליאמס, ג'ון 1953-

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