Author William LedbetterWilliam Ledbetter is a writer with more than fifty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jim Baen's Universe, Writers of the Future, Escape Pod, Daily SF, the SFWA blog, and Ad Astra. He's been a space and technology geek since childhood and spent most of his non-writing career in the aerospace and defense industry. He administers the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest for Baen Books and the National Space Society, is a member of SFWA, the National Space Society of North Texas, a Launch Pad Astronomy workshop graduate, is the Science Track coordinator for the Fencon convention and is a consulting editor at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. He lives near Dallas with his wife and three spoiled cats.


  • My story "The One and the Many" is now available to read at Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores.
  • I sold my story "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" to Daily Science Fiction. Not sure when it will be available.
  • My short story "Tethers" is now available to read for free at
  • I sold my story "In a Wide Sky, Hidden" to Fantasy & Science Fiction. Not sure when it will be available.
  • My Writers of the Future winning novelette  "The Rings of Mars" is now available in audio format at the StarShipSofa podcast.
  • My novelette "The Long Fall Up" is now available in the May/June issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction at most bookstores and in Kindle format from either Amazon or the F&SF website.

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