Walter Jon Williams is the bestselling author of more than thirty volumes of fiction in addition to works in film, television, comics and the gaming field. He began his career writing historical fiction, the sea-adventure series Privateers & Gentlemen. Williams later turned his skills to writing science fiction: cyberpunk (“Hardwired,” “Voice of the Whirlwind,” “Angel Station”); near-future thrillers (“This Is Not a Game,” “The Rift”); classic space opera (“Dread Empire’s Fall”); “new” space opera (“Aristoi”); post-cyberpunk epic fantasy new weird (“Metropolitan” and “City on Fire”) and the world’s only gothic western science fiction police procedural (“Days of Atonement”). Many of his books escape easy categorization. A prolific writer of short fiction, Williams contributed to George RR Martin’s Wild Cards project. He won Nebula Awards in 2005 and 2011. His writing also shows up in the gaming industry. Williams was the Guest of Honor at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, held in Helsinki.