William E. Mason

I live in Monument, Colorado with my wife Ulla on 10 acres of trees and red sandstone outcroppings at an elevation of 7,400 feet above sea level. We have two sons and six grandchildren.
I was born in 1943 while my father was at Yale University obtaining his Doctorate in Anthropology, hence my upbringing and the basis of the anthropological themes in my writing.
My family subsequently moved to Hawaii where I lived until attending Verde  ...See more >


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"Mason doles out the story’s mind-stretching revelations, on an Olaf Stapledon–like scale, and pathos with fair skill, keeping the narrative’s key features carefully hidden or flat-out confounding."

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AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers: Colorado Gold Finalist 2001, 2007 (Science Fiction), 2007: Primordium Book One: Reformation

Pikes Peak Writers Conference: Paul Gillette 2nd Place 2007 (Science Fiction), 2007: Primordium Book One: Reformation

Hometown Monument, Colorado

Favorite author Arthur C. Clarke

Favorite book Childhood's End

Day job Retired Architect/Author

Favorite line from a book "If they are out there, where are they?"

Favorite word Anthropomorphic

Unexpected skill or talent I'm a generalist.

Passion in life Being smart enough to ask the right questions, knowing full well that the answers are beyond my comprehension.


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
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Page count: 310pp

In Mason’s sequel to Primordium Book One: Reformation (2015), a scientist travels back and forth through time, caught in a conflict between cosmic entities to control a genetic strain that seeded mankind.

Except for some time-travel seesawing to the 71st century, this story is set in 2005, 20 years after an important incident in northern Kenya. During that event, an organic spaceship called the Shepherd clashed with an amnesiac, damaged version of itself over the possession of Gilomir, a powerful alien genome sequence. It was stored in ancient primates as an act of desperation, and as a result, it provided the evolutionary spark and intelligence that created the human race. Now the Shepherd has returned to Earth (or, more precisely, another Shepherd, due to time travel) because “players”—ruthless, self-recycling agents of the Zug, the dark side of Gilomir­—are at large there. One has taken the form of a beautiful woman and the other, a hulking Neanderthal; both are trying to control the genome and ensure that the human race devolves back into primal apes. Protagonist Truman Justis, meanwhile, is the half-Kenyan son of one of the previous book’s casualties. His remarkable resume as a fighter, geneticist, and Zen disciple makes him the likeliest hero to save humanity, if he’ll embrace his destiny. Along the way, the small cast of characters appears as different versions of themselves in alternate and/or parallel world-lines. This book has a more action-driven aesthetic than the earlier installment’s science-as-poetry lyricism, although the Gilomir, as a concept, is starting to resemble the Force of Star Wars fame. Overall, it’s a time-hopping game of capture-the-Gilomir, with the same violent events often re-running from a different point of view. As one character says, “time loops are confusing,” but science-fiction readers who enjoy having their minds stretched like a pack of Silly Bands may enjoy the many deliberate pummelings of déjà vu.

A complicated sci-fi sequel featuring many puzzling time loops.

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In Mason’s debut sci-fi novel, a tormented anthropologist looking for the origins of mankind meets a not-quite-human girl who reminds him of a lost love.

This work impressively shuttles backward and forward through the cosmos, speculating on humanity’s remote past and destined future, while largely remaining bound to the same setting: a few arid square miles in northern Kenya in 1985. That’s where John Lohner, a Harvard paleoanthropologist on an excavation site, tries to forget about the tragedies in his life—specifically, his mother’s suicide, his own suicide attempt, and the death of his fiancee, Diane, in a traffic accident. The fact that Lohner hears voices in his head doesn’t make things any easier. When he and his African assistant, Kamau, find an unnaturally pale, hairless, and nude girl, Mia, in a field, he’s shocked to find that she reminds him of Diane. Readers, however, already know that Mia, perceived by natives as a “witch,” is actually a synthetic humanoid—a sort of ephemeral scout created by a mysterious, spaceborne entity called the Shepherd, which travels through time and space by using black holes. Four million years ago, the Shepherd clashed with a marauding artificial intelligence called A4-Ni over the custody of Gilomir, a precious, sentient genome sequence. The two wounded combatants tumbled to primordial Earth, where Gilomir sowed the seeds for intelligent Homo sapiens. Now the Shepherd and A4-Ni, with inhuman patience, near a showdown, in which Lohner unwittingly plays an important part. In lesser hands, this obtuse material could have gone completely off the rails. However, Mason doles out the story’s mind-stretching revelations, on an Olaf Stapledon–like scale, and pathos with fair skill, keeping the narrative’s key features carefully hidden or flat-out confounding. In his flights of imagination, he sometimes spins sheer prose-poetry out of genetic-science terminology, practically singing of haploids, nucleotides, chromosomes, and amino acids (“A4-Ni stored her methodology in a genetic lockbox she constructed in his Y chromosome”). A sequel, Primordium Book Two: Renaissance, has already been published.

An ambitious tale with compelling concepts but one that’s dauntingly dense—even for sci-fi readers raised on the temporal loops of Doctor Who.

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CHLOE THE CLONE
Suspense

Chloe The Clone is a suspense set in the year 2020. Part Romancing the Stone (romantic, comedic, with inept bad guys), part Paper Moon (feel good, sentimental, and quirky), Chloe The Clone nevertheless poses a serious story question: what does a man do when he comes to love the child who was cloned to give him a new heart? Clonal Transplants, Inc. screws up when a rogue tech illegally grows a ten year old, sentient, female clone named Chloe to provide 56 year old Sam Turner with a new heart. When the law governing clones changes, Chloe is handed off to an unsuspecting Turner, who is told the only way he will be able to save his life is to take Chloe to Mexico and have the heart transplant done there. Subsequently, Andropov learns the FBI is looking for Chloe on a tip that she is sentient. He regrets keeping her alive, and resolves to correct his mistake. On the way to Mexico, Chloe's sedative wears off, and Turner discovers that she is a fully functional charming ten year old girl. Turner makes it to Mexico, only to find that he must fight for his life and Chloe's. When unknown persons kidnap Chloe, Sam suffers a heart attack. Attended to by a corrupt transplant surgeon, Sam must decide whether or not to accept a perfectly matched heart from an unknown donor when he can't be certain the donor isn't Chloe.

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ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-77115-229-7
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PRIMORDIAL SHORT STORIES
Science Fiction

Kernels of imaginations that led to bigger things. CONTENTS: THE FUGITIVE/ THE MONITOR/ A TRIP TO PHOENIX/ TRIGGER/ THE EXPERIMENT/ THE OTHER SIDE OF NIGHT/ TO THE POINT WE SETTLE/ SHADOWS OF DISPAIR

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ISBN: B014GPTKFU (ASIN)
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PRIMORDIUM BOOK FOUR: RESURRECTION
Science Fiction

Primordium Book Four: Resurrection picks up where Primordium Book One: Reformation leaves off. The alien DNA of Gilomir has been made manifest in the hominid Humanus and deposited in a pre-historic world 6 million years in the past where he is presented with the challenge of restoring the balance between good and evil. But will Gilomir/Humanus prevail despite the enhancement of his genome, when he must confront the embodiment of evil in Zug on unequal terms? Gilomir/Humanus' tranquil upbringing by ancient australopithecines is shattered when he must confront a rapidly changing environment and sort out friend from foe in the context of a perverse warping of space and time. It is a universe Homo sapiens were never meant to experience much less understand.

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ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-77115-228-0
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PRIMORDIUM BOOK THREE: REQUIEM
Science Fiction

In Primordium Book Three: Requiem, the leader of the few remaining humans on Earth dies before building A4-Ni, a universal constructor to spread their genome throughout space. His daughter, Akilah Rasmussen, steps forward to realize his dream. But will she persevere after she discovers that the genome is predestined to be destroyed and the only reason A4-Ni must be constructed is to ensure the creation of an alien craft, the Shepherd? Following the teachings of Truman Justis of Book Two, future Maraia in the year 10,0005 try to keep their DNA pure while under assault by the evil player Cardassin. Aided by the synthetic human, Michael, and the primitive Jamil, Akilah struggles to realize her father's dream, but at a terrible cost.

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ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-77115-227-3
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PRIMORDIUM A Four Book Series
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