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William F. Wu (born March 13, 1951, in Kansas City, Missouri) is a Chinese-American science fiction, fantasy, and crime author. He had his first professional fiction publication, a short story, in 1977. Previous to that, he had letters published on comic books and articles in comics fanzines. Since then, Wu his traditionally published books include 13 novels, one scholarly work, and a collection of short stories. His more than seventy published works of short fiction have been nominated for the Hugo Award twice individually and once as a member of the Wild Cards group of anthology writers; his work has been nominated for the Nebula Award twice and once for the World Fantasy Award. His short story "Goin' Down to Anglotown" was a finalist for the Sidewise Award and Canada's Aurora Award. He is also the author of "Hong on the Range," a novel that incorporates his award-nominated short story "Hong's Bluff," and "MasterPlay," in 1987, about computer wargamers. The latter is based on his 1979 novelette "On the Shadow of a Phosphor Sheen." He has written novels using the Three Laws of Robotics invented by Isaac Asimov, including two entries in the Robot City series and the entire Robots in Time series. The two series in Asimov's universe were written to Young Adult standards, though they are not labeled as such. The latter was the first series licensed from Asimov's estate after his death.

Wu and his longtime friend Rob Chilson had ten collaborations published in Analog magazine in the 1980s and '90s. He also collaborated with longtime friend Ted Reynolds, in two stories published in the 1970s and one in the 1,000th issue of Analog magazine, in 2015. He is one of the writers in the Wild Cards anthology series edited by George R.R. Martin and has an ongoing series of stories in the War World anthologies edited by John F. Carr.

He has been gradually bringing out much of his backlog, including "Hong on the Range" and "A Temple of Forgotten Spirits," which collects ten stories first published in "Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine" about hitchhiker Jack Hong, who meets figures from Chinese and Chinese-American folklore and history. These have been brought out as ebooks, POD paperbacks, and audiobooks.

Wu is also the author of The Yellow Peril (1982), a revised version of his doctoral dissertation in American Culture from the University of Michigan on American fiction's evolving depiction of Chinese and Chinese-Americans.[1] Wu has stated that he dislikes the terms "Sino-American" and "Oriental", preferring terms such as Asian, Asian-American, Chinese, and Chinese-American. As a fiction writer, he has always given his stories Asian characters, usually as protagonists and sometimes as supporting characters. Some of his fiction involves ethnic and racial topics and some involves universal issues.

Because "William" and "Wu" are such commonplace names, some of William F. Wu's achievements have inevitably been misattributed to another William Wu, or vice versa. William F. Wu has made a hobby of locating, contacting and meeting other people named William Wu (with or without the same middle initial). Photographs of Wu posing with his various namesakes have occasionally been published in Locus and other fan publications.



  1. ^ Wu, William F. (1982). The Yellow Peril: Chinese-Americans in American Fiction, 1850-1940. Hamden, CT: Archon Books.

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