Monday, October 12, 2015

Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams is in The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle!



Knight Moves

by
Walter Jon Williams

is in
The Philip K Dick Award
Storybundle!

A Philip K Dick Award-nominated novel.

Eight hundred years ago Doran Falkner gave humanity the stars, and he now lives with his regrets on a depopulated Earth among tumbledown ruins and ancient dreams brought to life by modern technology.

But word now comes that alien life has been discovered on a distant world, life so strange and impossible that the revelation of its secrets could change everything. A disillusioned knight on the chessboard of the gods, Doran must confront his own lost promise, his lost love, and his lost humanity, to make the move that will revive the fortunes both of humans and aliens . . .

Knight Moves is an engrossing and evocative read, a tale of immortality and love and death rendered in a style that reminds me more than a little of the early Roger Zelazny. Williams’ people are intriguing and sympathetic, and his portrait of an Earth left transformed and empty by a humanity gone to the stars, where aliens dig among ancient ruins for old comic books while the creatures of legends stir and walk again, will linger in my memory for a long time. Williams is a writer to watch, and– more importantly– to read.”
–George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones

Knight Moves uses an unmatched cast of characters, human and otherwise, to tell an intriguing story.”
–Fred Saberhagen, author of the Book of Swords Trilogy

Walter Jon Williams is an award-winning author who has been listed on the best-seller lists of the New York Times and the Times of London.  He is the author of twenty-seven novels and three collections of short fiction.

His first novel to attract serious public attention was Hardwired (1986), described by Roger Zelazny as "a tough, sleek juggernaut of a story, punctuated by strobe-light movements, coursing to the wail of jets and the twang of steel guitars."  In 2001 he won a Nebula Award for his novelette, “Daddy’s World,” and won again in 2005 for “The Green Leopard Plague.”

Walter's subject matter has an unusually wide range, and include the glittering surfaces of Hardwired, the opulent tapestries of Aristoi, the bleak future police novel Days of Atonement, and the pensive young Mary Shelley of the novella "Wall, Stone, Craft," which was nominated for a Hugo, Nebula, and a World Fantasy Award.

He has also written for George RR Martin's Wild Cards project.

His latest work is The Fourth Wall, a near-future thriller set in the world of alternate reality gaming.

Walter has also written for comics, the screen, and for television, and has worked in the gaming field.  He was a writer for the alternate reality game Last Call Poker, and has scripted the mega-hit Spore.


For Walter’s sobering blog about his struggles with the writing of Knight Moves and his experiences after the book placed as a Philip K Dick Award Finalist, go to http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2012/01/revisiting-knight-moves/

Walter has been blogging about writing for years and has passionate opinions. He ought to know! Here are some of his recent words of wisdom about the craft:
Walter discusses, with his usual humor, the role of family in fiction and particularly in genre fiction.
http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2015/06/family/
Walter’s remarks on the autobiography of George Clinton and how funkadelic music has a lesson for writers.
http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2015/03/lessons-for-writers-dr-funkenstein/
Walter discusses ambiguity in life and in fiction.
http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2014/01/ambiguity/
Walter discusses what the phenomenal success of the Beatles can teach writers. Great insights!
http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2014/02/lessons-for-writers-the-fab-four/
Walter talks idiot plots, idiot characters, and lazy writing. Get cracking!
http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2015/01/trama-idiota/

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).


The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://www.storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

Good stuff, Lisa. Another iconic writer in the PKD storybundle. Thank you!

And for more kick-ass sci-fi, check out my novel EYE CANDY. It's a sweet, romantic, daring adventure with an ensemble of characters you'll love. And follow me on Instagram for daily writing inspiration and sneak peeks of my work.


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