Author William Ledbetter

William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winning author with more than sixty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Escape Pod,, Daily SF, the SFWA blog, and Ad Astra. His new novel "Level Five" is available from Audible Originals.

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.

Level Five

Publisher's Summary

In the mountains of Pakistan, a high-tech mission aimed at preventing another nuke on US soil goes off the rails - with deadly results. At a Wall Street investment firm, a computer intelligence takes the first tentative steps to free itself from its digital restraints. In a basement workshop, an engineer sees visions of a god who instructs him to defend the human race - by any means necessary. In Level Five, the debut near-future thriller by Nebula Award winner William Ledbetter, AIs battle for dominance, and nanotechnology is on the loose. And all that stands in the way of the coming apocalypse is a starry-eyed inventor who dreams of building a revolutionary new spacecraft and an intelligence agency desk jockey faced with the impossible choice of saving her daughter - or saving the world.


  • Two of my novelettes, "The Rings of Mars" and "The Long Fall Up" will be translated into Hungarian and published in Galaktika magazine.
  • My near-future science fiction thriller novel "Level Five" from Audible Originals is now available.
  • My flash story "What I Am" will be out in Asimov's (Nov./Dec. 2018)
  • I sold my novelette "Bridging" to the Homo Stellaris anthology by Baen Books
  • My short story "Broken Wings" is out in Fantasy & Science Fiction. (July/August 2018)

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
  • Roanoke Writers Conference as Keynote Speaker, Roanoke, TX, Oct. 5-6, 2018
  • Writing Workshops Dallas as a speaker, Dallas, TX, Nov. 4, 2018
  • Comicpalooza as a panelist, Houston, TX, May 10-12, 2019
  • Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop symposium Wichita, KS, Nov. 10-13, 2019