Sean Williams

The Adventures of AntarcticaSean Part Zero: Applying

posted on 14 Nov 2017 at 1:04 am
“Continuing” from Part Five: Aurora #2 I’ve just returned from GenreCon 2017 in Brisbane, where I gave a plenary address about applying for my Antarctica Fellowship. I’ve written and talked previously about the experience itse

Have Sword, Will Travel

posted on 4 Nov 2017 at 2:18 am
Out now! Have Sword, Will Travel, the first book in a new series with Garth Nix. Set in a world where girls can be knights as well as boys, a long-lost enchanted sword sweeps Eleanor and Odo off an adventure not entirely of their making. Spoiler aler

Writing the Impossible

posted on 24 Oct 2017 at 11:19 pm
[tl;dr: My novella “Impossible Music” has just been published, and it’s different from anything I’ve ever written before.] As anyone who’s confronted the void of a blank page will know: there’s nothing more awful than an open brie

Swords, Snow and Short Stories in SA (and beyond)

posted on 17 Oct 2017 at 5:17 am
I’ve been lax in listing my appearances here lately (lazy author slaps own wrist) so here are three forthcoming events in SA and two in Queensland, all scheduled before the end of the year – which is shockingly close. If you want to see m

The (ongoing) Adventures of AntarcticaSean Part Six: Aurora #2

posted on 19 Sep 2017 at 2:55 am
Continuing from Part Five: Aftermath. My Antarctica adventures didn’t end on coming home. There’s been a flurry of events, articles, and ongoing research that all started with Casey and will end up somehow in the book. Probably. I’m

The Adventures of AntarcticaSean Part Five: Aftermath

posted on 11 Mar 2017 at 10:26 pm
Continuing from Part Four: “Aurora #1” Wednesday After breakfast on the last full day of my adventure, I chat with Jess, a postgrad who has come here to study the mystery of the Casey spring-tails. They’re not supposed to be here (the s

The Adventures of AntarcticaSean Part Four: Aurora #1

posted on 8 Mar 2017 at 12:49 am
Continuing from Part Three: “Adventure” Monday At 5.30am, I hear Johan leave the hut to go to the toilet. There’s a procedure we must all follow: no one goes to the loo without telling someone else. I guess people have got into trouble

The Adventures of AntarcticaSean Part Three: Adventure

posted on 2 Mar 2017 at 10:27 pm
Continuing from Part Two: “Arrival” “Outside one is in touch with the sternest of nature–one might be a lone soul standing . . . on Mars.” Sir Douglas Mawson, April 9th, 1912   Thursday: Before I set out from Australia, I prepa

The Adventures of AntarcticaSean Part Two: Arrival

posted on at 2:42 am
Continuing from Part One: “Anticipation” Wednesday Flight FA070S is scheduled for 7am, check-in no later than 5.30am. The night before, I’m feeling tired after a long and fulfilling day, but it’s hard to sleep. Thankfully a text comes

The Adventures of AntarcticaSean Part One: Anticipation

posted on at 12:00 am
Intro Alan Dean Foster first put me on the path to Antarctica. His 1982 novelisation of The Thing captured my imagination with its vivid descriptions of the “worst desert on Earth”, and of course I wanted to go there. Immediately. Thirty-five yea