William Sanders (writer)

William Sanders (writer)

William Sanders (born April 28, 1942) is an American science fiction writer, primarily of short fiction, and is the senior editor of the online science fiction magazine Helix SF.

Sanders has written several novels, including "Journey to Fusang" (1988), "The Wild Blue and the Gray" (1991) and "The Ballad of Billy Badass & the Rose of Turkestan" (1999). The first two are alternate histories with a humorous bent while the last is a more serious work of science fiction.

He has also written a number of mystery novels, including a series featuring Western writer Taggert Roper beginning with "The Next Victim" (St. Martin's Press 1993), as well as novels marketed by the publisher as Action/Adventure, beginning with "Hardball" (Berkley Jove 1992).

Sanders, a former powwow dancer, is best known for his use of Native American (although he prefers the term American Indian, see Native American name controversy) themes and his dry, often cynical sense of humor. His most-anthologized and perhaps best known work is "The Undiscovered", an alternate history in which Shakespeare is transported to Virginia and writes "Hamlet" for the Cherokee tribe. The story won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History in 1997. Sanders won a second Sidewise Award for his story "Empire" in 2002. Sanders has said that he considers his best story to be " [http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0501/Drybones.shtml Dry Bones] ."

A stickler for detail and accuracy, Sanders has studied history, which led to the publication in 2003 of "Conquest: Hernando de Soto and the Indians, 1539-1543", a book begun some two decades earlier and researched by travelling extensively in the southeastern quarter of the US, by motorcycle and small boat and on foot, retracing Soto's probable routes.

As a non-fiction writer, he has written numerous articles on the martial arts and outdoor sports, as well as books on bicycle racing, kayaking, and backpacking.

Since 2006, Sanders has taken on the role of editor and publisher with the launch of the online quarterly magazine "Helix SF".

Sanders and his wife live in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.


*"The Bicycle Racing Book" (1979) non-fiction
*"Guide to Inflatable Canoes and Kayaks" (1979) non-fiction
*"Backcountry Bikepacking" (1982) non-fiction
*"Kayak Touring" (1984) non-fiction
*"Journey to Fusang" (1988)
*"Pockets of Resistance" (1990) written under Will Sundown pseudonym
*"The Hellbound Train" (1990) written under Will Sundown pseudonym
*"The Wild Blue and the Gray" (1991)
*"Steel Wings" (1991)
*"Hardball" (1992) Hardball series
*"Aryan Legion" (1992) Hardball series
*"Skorpion" (1992) Hardball series
*"The Next Victim" (1993) Taggart Roper series
*"A Death on 66" (1994) Taggart Roper series
*"Blood Autumn" (1995) Taggart Roper series
*"The Ballad of Bill Badass and the Rose of Turkestan" (1999)
*"Smoke" (2000)
*"The Bernadette Operation" (2000)
*"J." (2001)
*"Are We Having Fun Yet? American Indian Fantasy Stories" (2002) short story collection
*"Conquest: Hernando de Soto and the Indians, 1539-1543" (2003) non-fiction
*"Is It Now Yet?" (2005) short story collection
*"East of the Sun and West of Fort Smith" (2008) short story collection

ee also

* [http://www.sff.net/people/sanders/index.htp William Sanders Official site]
* [http://www.helixsf.com Helix SF site]

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