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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Paul O. Williams  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry Science_Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1935, in Chatham, New Jersey

Died: 2009 in Elsah, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Williams lived in Elsah.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paul O. Williams was a science fiction writer and haiku poet. He was professor emeritus of English at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, he earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Williams was a former president of the Haiku Society of America and vice president of the Tanka Society of America. In 1989 he won the Museum of Haiku Literature Award.

In 1983 he won the John W. Campbell Award for best new Science Fiction author of the year.


Speaking Engagements

Selected Titles At Your Library

An ambush of shadows /
ISBN: 0803298528. OCLC Number: 57750177

University of Nebraska Press,. .

The breaking of Northwall /
ISBN: 080329851X. OCLC Number: 56599697

University of Nebraska Press,. .

The dome in the forest /
ISBN: 0803298501. OCLC Number: 8021735

Ballantine Books,. .

Eleven hundred years had passed since The Time of Fire, and civilization was slowly returning to what had been the Mississippi valley. The male-dominated plains nomads had begun to settle peacefully around the citadel of Northwall, where they freely married with townsfolk. A new culture was evolving. But all was not well. Pelbarigan's conservative families longed for the old times: when their city led and Northwall followed; when plainsmen and citadelfolk were enemies...when women ordered and men obeyed. But the conservatives were powerless to act until the coming of a strange young woman who told of her people, their odd ways--and their awesome pre-Fire weapons...

The ends of the circle /
ISBN: 0803298498. OCLC Number: 56617329

University of Nebraska Press,. .

The fall of the shell /
ISBN: 080329848X. OCLC Number: 57754098

University of Nebraska Press,. .

The gifts of the Gorboduc vandal /
ISBN: 0345355970. OCLC Number: 19610149

Ballantine Books,. .

The song of the axe /
ISBN: 0803298463. OCLC Number: 10982539

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Spring--and civilization--were bringing new life to the valley of the Heart River. But the Old Ways of Urstadge's nomads were dying. So Tor, last of the great Shumai Axemen, took his nephew Tristal on a last run to teach the boy the Way of the Axeman. But Tristal would have to survive deadly encounters, endure a seductive captivity, and even suffer enslavement before he learned that there was more to the Axeman's skill than just sound arm and a handy opponent.

The sword of forbearance /
ISBN: 0803298471. OCLC Number: 61881072

University of Nebraska Press,. .