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Walter Jon Williams

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in Duluth, Minnesota, The United States


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Walter Jon Williams has published twenty novels and short fiction collections. Most are science fiction or fantasy -Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind, Aristoi, Metropolitan, City on Fire to name just a few - a few are historical adventures, and the most recent, The Rift, is a disaster novel in which "I just basically pound a part of the planet down to bedrock." And that's just the opening chapters. Walter holds a fourth-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, and also enjoys sailing and scuba diving. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Kathy Hedges. ...more

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Destiny's Way (Star Wars: T...

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Hardwired (Hardwired, #1)

3.91 avg rating — 4,501 ratings — published 1986 — 25 editions
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The Praxis (Dread Empire's ...

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This is Not a Game (Dagmar ...

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The Sundering (Dread Empire...

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The Rift

3.65 avg rating — 2,350 ratings — published 1999 — 10 editions
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Conventions of War (Dread E...

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Voice of the Whirlwind (Har...

3.90 avg rating — 1,581 ratings — published 1987 — 22 editions
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The Praxis The Sundering Conventions of War The Accidental War Fleet Elements
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“I'm not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I'm afraid of what real human beings to do other real human beings.”
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“if a person of authority talks only to those who agree with him he soon finds himself out of authority.

Walter Jon Williams, Destiny's Way

“I can't help but wonder how the old Empire would have handled the crisis. I hope you will forgive my partisan attitude but it seems to me that the Emperor would have mobilized his entire armament at the first threat and dealt with the Yuuzhan Vong in an efficient and expeditious manner through the use of overwhelming force. Certainly better than Borsk Fey'lya's policy if I understood it correctly as a policy of negotiating with the invaders at the same time as he was fighting them sending signals of weakness to a ruthless enemy who used negotiation only as a cover for further conquests."

"That's not what the Empire would have done Commander. What the Empire would have done was build a super-colossal Yuuzhan Vong-killing battle machine. They would have called it the Nova Colossus or the Galaxy Destructor or the Nostril of Palpatine or something equally grandiose. They would have spent billions of credits employed thousands of contractors and subcontractors and equipped it with the latest in death-dealing technology. And you know what would have happened It wouldn't have worked. They'd forget to bolt down a metal plate over an access hatch leading to the main reactors or some other mistake and a hotshot enemy pilot would have dropped a bomb down there and blow the whole thing up. Now that's what the Empire would have done."

Dorja Han”
Walter Jon Williams, Destiny's Way


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