William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winning author with two novels and more than seventy speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in four languages, in markets such as Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Escape Pod, 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 is a member of SFWA, the National Space Society of North Texas, and a Launch Pad Astronomy workshop graduate. He lives near Dallas with his wife, a needy dog and four spoiled cats.
"Level Five" and "Level Six" the first two novels in his Killday Series are available from Audible Originals.
William is represented by David Hale Smith, with the InkWell Management Literary Agency.
Fifteen years after warring artificial
intelligences nearly destroyed Earth, a young woman finds an artifact
from that struggle, upsetting a delicate balance of power and dragging
her into the middle of a new fight for humanity's survival.
With a significant portion of the planet covered in heat-absorbing black dust, Earth's biosphere teeters on the edge of collapse. One AI faction is attempting to fix the damage, with huge machines trundling across the countryside sucking up dust and planting grass, while another faction cares only about elevating itself to a higher plane of intelligence and will destroy anyone who gets in the way.
As the only humans still not controlled by AIs race to build huge orbital habitats so some humans will survive should temperatures continue to rise, a more secretive organization grows in the shadows and idolizes the man who triggered the nano-replicator attacks that nearly destroyed the world. They, too, believe the only way to stop the AIs is to annihilate everything.
In Nebula Award winner William Ledbetter’s Level Six, one woman has the power to save humanity - if she can survive long enough to use it.
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Book 2 of the Killday series.