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Dr Liz Williams (born 1965) is a Britishmarker science fiction writer. The Ghost Sister, her first novel, was published in 2001. Both this novel and her next, Empire of Bones (2002) were nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. She is also the author of the Inspector Chen series.

She is the daughter of a stage magician and a Gothic novelist. She holds a PhD in Philosophy of Science from Cambridgemarker (for which her supervisor was Peter Lipton). She has had short stories published in Asimov's, Interzone, The Third Alternative and Visionary Tongue. From the mid-nineties until 2000, she lived and worked in Kazakhstanmarker. Her experiences there are reflected in her 2003 novel Nine Layers of Sky. This novel brings into the modern era the Bogatyr Ilya Muromets and Manas the hero of the Epic of Manas. Her novels have been published in the US and the UK, while her third novel The Poison Master (2003) has been translated into Dutch.



  • The Ghost Sister (June 2001) - Philip K. Dick Award nominee
  • Empire of Bones (March 2002) - Philip K. Dick Award nominee
  • The Poison Master (January 2003)
  • Nine Layers of Sky (August 2003)
  • Banner of Souls (September 2004) - Shortlisted for the 20th Arthur C. Clarke Award, Philip K. Dick Award nominee

Detective Inspector Chen

  • Snake Agent (September 2005)
  • The Demon and the City (August 2006)
  • Precious Dragon (June 2007)
  • The Shadow Pavilion (August 2009)
  • The Iron Khan (Forthcoming 2010)
  • Morningstar (Forthcoming 2011)


  • Darkland (February 2006)
  • Bloodmind (February 2007)


  • Winterstrike (September 2008)
  • Winterstrike sequel (Forthcoming)
  • Winterstrike conclusion Forthcoming


  • The Banquet of the Lords of Night and Other Stories (2004)

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