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Paul O. Williams

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Paul O. Williams

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Full Name: Paul O. Williams
Born: January 27, 1935
Chatham, New Jersey, USA
Died: June 2, 2009
Occupation: Author, Poet, Professor
Nationality: American


Paul O. Williams was an American science fiction writer and haiku poet. Williams was professor emeritus of English at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.

His most notable science fiction works are a series of novels, the Pelbar Cycle, set in North America about a thousand years after a "time of fire", in which the world was nearly totally depopulated. The novels track a gradual reconnection of the human cultures which developed. Much of the action takes place in the communities of the Pelbar, along the Upper Mississippi River -- in the general vicinity of Elsah. Several cultures, including the matriarchal Pelbar, join together in the Heart River Federation. Others, especially the tyrannical Tantal and slave-raiding Tusco, fall apart after suffering defeats. The predominant characters are change agents: Tor, Jestak, Stel and his wife Ahroe Westrun. All are Pelbar except for Tor who is Shumai. Williams won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction in 1983.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Non Series Works


 The Pelbar Cycle

 1. (1981)
 2. (1981)
 3. (1981)
 4. (1982)
 5. (1983)
 6. (1983)
 7. (1985)


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