SF/F Author Tad Williams to host “Read for Pixels” Google Campaign

Noted best-selling science fiction and fantasy author Tad Williams (“Otherland”, “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn“) is scheduled to host a live Q&A session on Google Hangouts on September 4th, 6 PM (Pacific Standard Time). Williams will be reading from his latest manuscript, The Witchwood Crown, the highly-anticipated first volume of “The Last King of Osten Ard”, a sequel series to his classic “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” series, coming Spring 2017 from DAW Books.

The event is intended to raise awareness of violence against women. The permalink to the event is here. For more about the Read for Pixels campaign and their work with authors, click here.

John Scalzi and Tad Williams at Kepler’s Bookstore

Speculative fiction authors John Scalzi and Tad Williams sat down at Kepler’s Books in the Bay Area to discuss writing, touring, military science fiction, and John Scalzi’s ukulele. The event was recorded by author Deborah Beale.

Tad Williams, John Scalzi to appear in Bay Area book event

Science fiction and fantasy author Tad Williams will appear at Kepler’s Bookstore in Menlo Park, California, (1010 El Camino Real) on Monday, August 24th at 7:30 PM. The event is called “John Scalzi in conversation with Tad Williams”, and Williams will be chatting with fellow author John Scalzi. This is a ticketed event.

tad-williams-with-coffee-mug-pointing-at-qantaqa Tad Williams is perhaps best known as the author of five shelf-bending speculative fiction series: “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” (1988-1993), “Otherland” (1996-2001), “Shadowmarch” (2004-2010), “Bobby Dollar” (2012-present), and “The Ordinary Farm Adventures” (2009-present, co-written with wife Deborah Beale).Williams has also written a number of shorter works, including several novellas and the standalone novels Tailchaser’s Song (1985), Caliban’s Hour (1994), and The War of the Flowers (2003).

Williams’ latest confirmed project is “The Last King of Osten Ard”; the first book in this highly-anticipated new series, The Witchwood Crown, is set to be released in March 2017.

John ScalziScience fiction author John Scalzi is best known for his “Old Man’s War” series, three novels of which — Old Man’s War, The Last Colony, and Zoe’s Tale — have been nominated for the prestigious Hugo Award.

John Scalzi served as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America from 2010 to 2013. Scalzi is also known for serving as a creative consultant for the hit TV series Stargate Universe, among other projects.

More information on the Kepler Books event is available here.

The Witchwood Crown set for release in March 2017

Hot off the presses is an announcement from Tad Williams and Deborah Beale concerning The Witchwood Crown, Book One of “The Last King of Osten Ard”:

Tad Williams’ books have sold tens of millions worldwide.  His considerable output of epic fantasy and epic science-fiction series, fantastical stories of all kinds, urban fantasy novels, comics, scripts, etc., have strongly influenced a generation of writers.  Tad always has several secret projects on the go.  2016 will see the debut of a number of them; March 2017 brings ‘The Witchwood Crown’, the first volume in the long-awaited return to the world of the ‘Memory, Sorrow & Thorn’ novels.

While the news that the publication date has been pushed all the way back to March 2017 is quite disappointing, we at OstenArd.com can assure Tad’s readers that the delay has nothing to do with the writing of the novel, as the manuscript is largely complete (we have seen it), and has to do instead with publication delays at DAW Books/Penguin Books.

Despite the disappointing news about the novel, new projects are already in the works, and will be unveiled soon.

Tad Williams’ “The Witchwood Crown” Delayed

The Witchwood Crown, first volume of the highly-anticipated sequel to Tad Williams’ “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” has been delayed, and unfortunately does not appear in DAW Books’ Spring 2016 catalog.

Deborah Beale, wife and business partner of Tad Williams, has released this statement:

“Book one of Tad Williams’ ‘The Last King of Osten Ard’ isn’t in in the DAW spring schedule owing to pressures arising from the integration of Penguin/Random House.  We will know more about that after Tad’s September meeting with his publishers.

“Beyond this, we have been focussed on a number of projects related to ’The Last King’.  The road to volume one, ‘The Witchwood Crown’, will be dotted with many Easter eggs, some of which will be announced after that September meeting.  This is a trilogy that is expanding from the front end of things!”

The Witchwood Crown is the first volume of “The Last King of Osten Ard“. This sequel to Williams’ classic 1980s fantasy trilogy/tetralogy was set to be released in Spring 2016, though no definite date had yet been set. The announcement of “a number of projects related to “The Last King of Osten Ard” is intriguing. Williams has written of several possibilities on his official message board over the years.

More news will come from Tad Williams or Deborah Beale when it is available; hopefully in September. Meanwhile, Hodder Books in the UK has released The Dragonbone Chair on audiobook, via Audible.com/Amazon.co.uk, the first time MS&T has been available as an audiobook for the general public. A review of the reading from this site is forthcoming.