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Williams Continues Headline-hogging Excesses
Fresh from his appearance at the National Young Writers’ Festival, Sean Williams has announced that as of 1-October-2000 he had no less than nine new books in the pipeline.

The nine books in question are:

  • Evergence: A Dark Imbalance US (called Evergence 3: The Dark Imbalance in its HarperCollins Australia edition) is due from Ace in March 2001.
  • The new series co-written with Shane Dix has yet to be scheduled, but Ace has committed to three titles: Crown of Thorns, Orphans of Earth and Nature of Gravity. Details for other territories will be announced when they are available.
  • Sean's solo fantasy series, supported by the Australia Council Literature Fund, is also yet to be scheduled, but again three titles are expected: The Stone Mage & the Sea, The Sky Warden & the Sun and The Weavers in the Web. HarperCollins Australia will be publishing them locally, first in trade paperback and then in mass-market paperback. Publication in the UK and US is still being negotiated.
  • FPR Books in the UK (which reissued Metal Fatigue in a stunning hardcover in 1999) has bought two full-length collections of short stories, tentatively titled Ghosts of the Fall and A View Before Dying.
Sean has completed writing on the first book of each new series, leaving four books to write over the coming couple of years. He also intends to spend that time researching his next solo SF novel, Widow of Opportunity, also supported by the Australia Council.

Further, Sean has a number of planned republications in the works, including a number of other titles from FPR Books—the Evergence series and The Resurrected Man in hardcover—foreign language editions of the Evergence series in Russia and the Czech Republic, and a translation of Metal Fatigue into Polish.


Williams Still a Spring Chicken
Sean Williams will be appearing as a guest and speaking at the third annual National Young Writers' Festival, being held this year in Newcastle NSW, from October 5th to 9th.

The 2000 Festival, running under the banner "This is Not Art", incorporates the National Student Media Conference and features "over 100 panels, workshops, performances and readings".

Sean's festival programme is as follows:
  • Friday 5.00 "Staying Published"
  • Sunday 2.00 "Doin' It For the Kids"
  • Sunday 5.00 "Data Driving - Science Fiction & Info Overload"
According to organisers "The festival is about seeing how many people we can stuff into the category of 'Writer'—like clowns in a mini." Other festival guests include Kirsty Brooks, Andres Vaccari and John Birmingham.


Williams Sells Fantasy Trilogy to HarperCollins Australia
Sean Williams has sold a trilogy of young adult fantasy novels—The Stone Mage and the Sea, The Sky Warden and the Sun, and an as yet untitled third book—to HarperCollins Australia following an auction conducted by agent Richard Curtis. The first book The Stone Mage and the Sea is completed and will be published by HarperCollins Australia in trade paperback in 2001. The trilogy is being written with the assistance of a grant from the Australia Council, as reported here in October 1999.

Adelaide Convention First in Years
ConVex is the first fan-run sf convention to be held in Adelaide for some years—since HongCon in 1992, the organisers believe.

According to Juliette Woods, one of ConVex's principal organisers along with partner Damien Warman, the small, one-day convention organised on behalf of the long-running science fiction discussion group Critical Mass hopes to attract both long-time fans and newcomers. The emphasis will be on written sf, and particularly Australian work.

The convention will consist of talks by notable Adelaide fans including John Foyster, Jeff Harris and Roman Orszanski, as well as panel discussions including "Is this the Golden Age of Oz SF?", "Good Written SF of the 1990s", and "Science and Science Fiction—Is There Any Connection?". Metropolis and Things To Come will be screened on Thursday 28th in association with the Adelaide University Film Society. Guest of honour Sean Williams is an Adelaide local.

The Convention will take place at the SA Writers' Centre, Level 2, 187 Rundle Street on Saturday September 30th, 2000 from 10:00-17:00. Entry is $10.

The convention's website was down at the time of writing, but it should be available after about the 17th of September. For more information, the organisers suggest contacting them via email or phoning on (08) 8267 5374.


Williams and Dix Sell New Trilogy
Sean Williams and Shane Dix have sold a new science fiction trilogy to Ginjer Buchanan at Ace via agent Richard Curtis for a mid-five figure advance. The first volume of the yet-to-be-written Orphans Trilogy, Crown of Thorns, is scheduled for a late 2001 publication with Orphans of Earth, and Nature of Gravity to follow.

New Novel Completed
Sean Williams has completed new young adult fantasy novel The Stone Mage and the Sea. The novel has been written with the assistance of the Australia Council and is yet to be sold to a publisher. You can read an advance chapter from the book online.

Williams Story in US Edition of Dreaming Down-Under
Jack Dann and Janeen Webb have sold US reprint rights to their World Fantasy Award winning anthology Dreaming Down-Under to Tor Books for a late 2000/early 2001. Dreaming Down-Under features Sean's story "Entre les Beaux Morts en Vie" ("Among the Beautiful Living Dead").

1999 Aurealis Awards Announced
The 1999 Aurealis Awards were presented on Monday 6 March 2000, in a ceremony held at the South Australian Writers' Centre and Sean Williams and Simon Brown was amongst the winners. "Atrax" won the 1999 Best Horror Short Story Award. Information on the 2000 Aurealis Awards is also available.

Overseas Rights Sold
Sean has sold overseas rights to several short stories. Polish SF magazine Nowa Fantastyka has bought reprint rights to "The Soap Bubble" for publication in Polish translation in either their February or March 2000 issue. French horror magazine Tenebre will reprint "Twist of the Knife" in November 1999. Tenebre has also commissioned an article about Stephen King's Carrie, which will appear in a forthcoming Stephen King issue of the magazine. Finally, "White Christmas" has been reprinted in the United States in the Scholastic anthology Altered Voices (a reprint of Lucy Sussex's 1994 Omnibus YA anthology The Lottery.

The Prodigal Sun Released
Sean's latest novel, The Prodigal Sun (a collaboration with Shane Dix) was published by Ace Books (USA) in November 1999, and will be published by HarperCollins Australia in March 2000. The Prodigal Sun can be ordered from amazon.com.

Australia Council Awards Major Grant
The Australia Council has awarded Sean a grant of $A50,000 to assist with the writing of four new novels: an adult science fiction novel, Widow of Opportunity (based on the novella "The Perfect Gun"), and a trilogy of young adult fantasy novels including The Stone Mage and the Sea, The Sky Warden and the Sun, and an as yet untitled third book. Publishers are to be finalised.

The Resurrected Man Wins the Ditmar Award
Sean's 1998 SF novel The Resurrected Man won the 1999 Ditmar Award for Best Novel. The Awards were presented at AussieCon 3 with Sean in attendance. Full Ditmar results can be found here.

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