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David J. Williams

Biography of David J. Williams

05-13-2009: interviews David J. Williams, author of the military science fiction novels MIRRORED HEAVENS and the just-released BURNING SKIES

MilSciFi:  "Welcome. Tell me about your books."

Williams: "The Autumn Rain trilogy is the story of the world's most dangerous terrorists--a group that makes Al-Qaeda look like a bunch of rank amateurs.  Following Autumn Rain's destruction of the Phoenix Space Elevator, a hunt develops across the Earth-Moon system to find the Rain before they can strike at even bigger targets.   BURNING SKIES is the story of the Rain's attempt to penetrate the fortress of the U.S. president.  I should note that although it's the second book in the trilogy, it's designed so that someone who hasn't read MIRRORED HEAVENS can still use that as the entry-point into the Autumn Rain universe . . ."

MilSciFi:  "What was your favorite part, the concept that just really gets you going?" 

Williams: "My heroine, Claire Haskell has had her memory #$# with by her handlers--and a lot of what's going on in the books centers on her search for her real identity/past  . . .  whether it's wondering whether her romantic liaison with fellow agent Jason Marlowe really happened (he's got the same memory-implant problem), or waking up to the dawning realization that the enemy may already be inside her head."

MilSciFi:  "Do you have any future plans for stories set in the same universe?"

Williams: "The last book in the trilogy is due out next year. I have no further plans to revisit the Autumn Rain universe after that (and there may not be much left of it by then anyway).   Still, in this business, one never says never . . ."

Milscifi:  If you had a chance to write one story/novel just because you wanted to, and didn't have to worry about if it would sell or not, what would it be about?"

Williams: "You're looking at 'em!"

MilSciFi:  "What is your favorite story/novel you have ever written and why?"

Williams: "My favorite's going to be the third book, THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT, or I'll have failed in the task I've set myself.  Too many trilogies/series fade after the first book; I've designed this so that the second's ten times crazier than the first, and the third is ten times crazier than the second.  Anything less, and I'm wasting your time."

MilSciFi:  "What advice would you give the aspiring military science fiction writer?"

Williams: "Same as I'd give to any aspiring writer:  never quit, sacrifice everything, work your ass off, and eventually you'll find out how much you really want it."

MilSciFi:  "Who is your single-most influence in science fiction and what impact have they had on your own work?"

Williams: "No one influence, and a lot of what's influenced me isn't just science fiction.  In no particular order:  Judas Priest, Judge Dredd, John LeCarre, V for Vendetta, Frank Herbert, William Gibson, the Lo-Fi Allstars, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Anton Wilson, Edward Gibbon, Thucydides, and anything starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1980s."

MilSciFi:  "Do you have a website where our readers can go to fine more information about your work?"

Williams: "Of course:; tons of future data there about the military hardware and geopolitics of the world of the early 22nd century."

MilSciFi:  "Give us some details on your upcoming author appearances."

Williams: "You got it--just check out:"

MilSciFi:  "Thank you."

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