Monday, April 28, 2008

What is Sean Williams reading?

The latest contributor to Writers Read: Sean Williams, a New York Times-bestselling author of speculative fiction.

One book he tagged:
While working on a novel, I always try to read something that will influence my writing just the right way. That doesn't necessarily mean a book in the same genre; more often it's the style and tone I'm looking for, like finding the right up-beat tempo to keep the weights pumping at the gym (not that I spend much time doing that). Because I've just started something intimate and fantastical for younger readers, the book I'm reading at the moment is Sylvia Engdahl's Enchantress from the Stars, a 1970 novel I somehow managed to miss during my childhood that an editor friend handed as inspiration. I can see why Firebird re-released it. Its devices are all completely visible, but it remains engaging. [read on]
Sean Williams is the author of over sixty published short stories and twenty-two novels, including the Books of the Cataclysm and The Resurrected Man.

He has been nominated at least thirty times for the major Australian awards (Ditmar, Aurealis, and McNamara) and has won ten times. He was recently nominated for the Ditmar, the Aurealis and the prestigious Philip K Dick Award for Saturn Returns.

As well as his original work, Williams has written several novels in the Star Wars universe.

Visit Sean Williams' website and his LiveJournal.

Writers Read: Sean Williams.

--Marshal Zeringue