Collection UQFL414 - Sean Williams Papers

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Sean Williams Papers


  • 1974-2009 (Creation)

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44 boxes, 1 parcel.

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Sean Williams was born in Whyalla, South Australia in 1967. He is a prolific science fiction writer with an international reputation. Author of over sixty published short stories and eighteen novels, including the Books of the Change and 'The Resurrected Man', his work has been published around the world in numerous languages and on-line. His novel 'The Crooked Letter' was the first fantasy novel in the history of Australian speculative fiction to win both Ditmar and Aurealis Awards. Sean Williams and Simon Brown are both Australian science fiction writers, who from 1996 to 2003 collaborated to produce 'The Butler Codex' and a number of short stories. Williams lives in Adelaide, where he served as Chair of the SA Writers' Centre from 2001 to 2003.

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Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1974-2009
Collection alternatively titled as: Sean Williams Collection.

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Diaries (21 written between 1986 and 1999), notebooks, drafts of short stories (published and unpublished), correspondence, promotional material, reviews, articles, research material, reader's reports, music, files and drafts of novels (published and unpublished). Novel titles include: Metal Fatigue, The Resurrected man, Stone Mage and the Sea, Sky Warden and the Sun, Storm Weaver and the Sand, The Crooked Letter, The Blood Debt, Ascent, Descent, The Soap Bubble: A Space Opera, Midnight in the Cafe of the Black Madonna .

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Related material reflecting Sean Williams can be found at UQFL415 (Papers of Sean Williams and Simon Brown) and UQFL416 (Papers of Sean Williams and Shane Dix)

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62906221 ; 506388520

Libraries Australia ID

63025472 ; 45230383

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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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