science fiction, fantasy, short stories
Though best known for his epic series, Tad Williams is also an accomplished practitioner of the short form. Rite: Short Work gives ample evidence of this, as it contains a knockout novella later expanded to novel-length (”Child of an Ancient City”), riffs on the great fantasist Michael Moorcock (”The Author at the End of Time,” “Go Ask Elric”), along with excursions into some of his most popular creations and beyond.
At over 125,000 words, Rite is essential for every Tad Williams fan and fantasy aficianado. Each tale features a full-page black-and-while illustration by Mark A. Nelson.
- Why I Write What I Write (an essay)
- Monsieur Vergalant's Canard
- Follows-the-Wind: A Tale from the Book of Regret
- Not With a Whimper, Either
- Child of an Ancient City
- Fish Between Friends
- Z Is For...
- Some Thoughts Re: Dark Destructor
- The Scent of Trumpets, the Voices of Smoke
- The Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of
- The Author at the End of Time
- Go Ask Elric
- The Writer's Child
- Three Duets for Virgin and Nosehorn
- The Happiest Dead Boy in the World
Tad Williams (US, born 1957) has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to – singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer firm. He is cofounder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well. Tad and his family live in London and the San Francisco Bay Area.