Author William Ledbetter

William Ledbetter is a 2016 Nebula Award winner with more than fifty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Jim Baen's Universe, 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, and is the Science Track coordinator for the Fencon convention. He lives near Dallas with his wife, a needy dog and two spoiled cats.

William is represented by David Hale Smith, with the InkWell Management Literary Agency.


  • I sold my near-future science fiction thriller novel "Level Five" to Audible Originals. It should be out in July.
  • I sold my flash story "What I Am" to Asimov's (Nov./Dec. 2018)
  • I sold my novelette "Bridging" to the Homo Stellaris anthology by Baen Books
  • My short story "Broken Wings" will be in Fantasy & Science Fiction. (July/August 2018)
  • My flash fiction story "Vigilance" is out in the current Analog Science Fiction and Fact. (May/June 2018)
  • I edited the "Jim Baen Memorial Award: The First Decade" anthology for Baen Books. It is available for sale everywhere, but here is the link for Amazon.

Cons, Appearances & Events

  • International Space Development Conference, Los Angles, CA, May 24-27, 2018
  • DFWcon as a speaker, Hurst, TX June 9-10, 2018
  • SoonerCon 26 as a panelist, Oklahoma City, OK,  June 22–24, 2018
  • ArmadilloCon 40, as a panelist & workshop instructor, Austin, TX,  August 3-5, 2018
  • WorldCon 76, San Jose, CA, August 16-20, 2018
  • Fencon XV as a panelist, Dallas, TX, Sept. 21-23, 2018
  • Art & Words as a show participant, Fort Worth, TX, Sept. 29, 2018
  • Comicpalooza as a panelist, Houston, TX 2019, May 10-12, 2019
  • Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop symposium Wichita, KS, Nov. 10-13, 2019