Archive for June, 2010

The winner!

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Captain Zoom here. 

The big moment has arrived.

And I’m pleased to announce the winner of the contest to win the entire Autumn Rain trilogy is . . . .

AJAX!  Yes, Ajax has won all three books.  Which means he and I can now line our litter box with every single page of the trilogy while we languidly purr and …

What’s that?



Well, you’re not going to believe this, but Dave has churlishly informed me that BOTH of his household cats are ineligible.

However, non-household cats are fair game.

And Mirik Smit of the Netherlands has a cat.  Perhaps this is why he has won the entire Autumn Rain trilogy.  Perhaps not.  Cats are mysterious that way.  At any rate, congratulations are due to Mirik.

As for the rest of you losers, I mean, contestants, don’t despair.  You can still always, yanno, buy the books.

Shoplifting is also an option, though you heard ’nuffin from me.

Vancouver BC MACHINERY OF LIGHT party Sunday night 6.27

Friday, June 25th, 2010

For those of you in Vancouver BC, I’ll be having an end-of-tour party for THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT Sunday night at La Terrazza restaurant in Yaletown! If you’re in the area, send me an email at and I’ll put you on the guest list.

Meanwhile, the cats will announce contest winners announced on MONDAY. Stay tuned.

Portland/Seattle appearances: tonight and tomorrow !

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I’ll be reading from THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT at Powell’s in Portland tonight (Beaverton location) and the UBookstore in Seattle tomorrow (Thursday). Both appearances kick off at 7 p.m.; also, the good folks over at SeattleGeekly have just posted an interview I’ve done in support of my northwest tour!

Meanwhile, the contest is now over, and the winner will be announced as soon as my cats get around to finishing up more important things, like checking out those interesting birds on the balcony and consuming all the turkey they can get their paws on. Stay tuned.

Contest to win entire Autumn Rain trilogy ends tonight at midnight!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

A reminder that the contest to win the Autumn Rain trilogy ends tonight at midnight. . . we’ll say Pacific time, since I’m on the west coast right now.

Rumors that my cats are handling the entries /selecting the winner are of course totally unfounded.

Email to get in on the last-minute action.. ..

Reading/signing in San Francisco tomorrow, 6.19

Friday, June 18th, 2010

I’ll be reading from THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT at the one and only Borderlands Books tomorrow at 3 p.m., so looking forward to seeing you there!

Return to LASFS this evening 6.17

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

I’ll be returning to the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society tonight. They’ve got me listed on their website as an “author and controversial speaker“; I can’t imagine why. It should be good fun, though; they are of course the oldest running science fiction club, and much history has gone down there.  My talk will kick off at about 8:30.

In the meantime, wow, the weather in this town is NICE.

Win the entire Autumn Rain trilogy!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Partially to celebrate THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT going into a second printing, partially because my cats are rejoicing over their sudden new influx of spinach n’ turkey, I have taken leave of my senses and am giving away the entire fricking trilogy! Interested parties should send an email to You have until end of day Tuesday the 22nd to throw your proverbial hat in the ring, so go crazy!!

The Autumn Rain Trilogy by David J. Williams (The Mirrored Heavens, The Burning Skies, The Machinery of Light)

Toronto, BakkaPhoenix and the Giant Squid

Monday, June 14th, 2010

It was particularly surreal to be reading from Autumn Rain trilogy finale THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT in Toronto this past weekend; not only is BakkaPhoenix one hell of a bookstore (and its owner, Chris Szego rocks—thanks for helping me find my way back to my hotel Chris!), but Toronto played more than a small role in my getting published in the first place. Having worked on the Homeworld video games together (though never concurrently), Peter Watts and I made sure to have a drink or three whenever I was in Toronto for my day-job (which related to neither video games nor science fiction but did involve a great deal of air travel and more than one lamb-burger at C’est What). I still remember him telling me about this crrrrrrrrrazy idea he had for a novel involving the nature of consciousness, alien contact and space vampires….of course, that became the stunning BLINDSIGHT, which really ought to have won the Hugo back in 2006, in much the same way that his short story “The Island” ought to clean up the Hugo’s novella category this year (along with the Locus and everything else).

But not only is Peter a brilliant writer, he’s a total masochist, which is why he agreed to take a look at an early draft of MIRRORED HEAVENS some years back, and pointed out many invaluable things, not least of which was that it needed a #$# ending. Good point, I said, and set to work to write one as soon as my hangover had worn off.  To have him in attendance at Saturday’s reading was an honor that frankly rates as one of the highlights of my career thus far; to see him free and having beaten the bullshit rap that consumed so much of his 2010 means that maybe, just maybe, there’s some justice in this world.  The only bars this man should be behind are the ones that serve Toronto’s finest brews. May he be the toast of the town at Aussiecon this August.

Reading tomorrow in Toronto, Bakka-Phoenix, 6.12, 3 p.m.

Friday, June 11th, 2010

I’ll be reading from THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT in Toronto tomorrow at the legendary BakkaPhoenix bookstore at 3 p.m. This will involve a 6 a.m. flight out of Washington National, for I have chosen the way of PAIN. Catch me in my uber-caffeinated phase tomorrow afternoon!

THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT enters 2nd printing!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Just got back from readings in New England (more on that later) and while on the train got the word from my editor that two weeks to the day after release, THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT has gone into a second printing. More details to follow when I have ‘em.