William Browning Spencer will be appearing at ArmadilloCon 2021! William Browning Spencer is a writer of novels and short stories, primarily in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His novel Résumé with Monsters won the International Horror Critics award for best novel, and his novel, Zod Wallop, received over 30 positive reviews, with The New York Times Book Review’s full-page review beginning, “Imagine dropping acid with Dr. Seuss.”
He has produced three short story collections: The Return of Count Electric & Other Stories, The Ocean and All Its Devices, and The Unorthodox Dr. Draper and Other Stories. His stories have been reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Eleventh and Sixteenth, edited by Gardner Dozois, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Eighth and Twenty-First, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (eighth) and Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (twenty-first), Year’s Best Horror edited by Ellen Datlow, The Year’s Best SF edited by David G. Hartwell, and other best-of anthologies.
He moved to Austin in 1990 and has remained here except for a brief stint in 2006 when he found himself in a small town in Missouri married to a minister, a situation that baffled his friends, Spencer being a lifelong atheist who believes that faith in oblivion is the only egalitarian religion. People will not be disappointed if nothing awaits them. Imagine, he suggests, that you are expecting to shake Jesus’ hand in the afterlife, and, instead, you are greeted by 72 virgins. You might be (understandably) upset. But if there is nothing on the other side of life…well, Spencer argues, you would not be let down.