Mark London Williams
Mark London Williams (born June 19, 1959) is an American author, playwright, journalist, and creator of the young adult time-travel series Danger Boy. Starting in 2019, the series follows the time-spanning adventures of twelve-year-old Eli Sands, the eponymous protagonist, and his companions: Clyne, a good-natured dinosaur from another planet who gathers information for a school assignment, and Thea, the last librarian in Alexandria. In 2001, the first two books were initially published as trade paperbacks by Tricycle Press. Starting in 2004, Candlewick Press re-issued the first two books and produced successive new volumes with covers by Michael Koelsch. The first Danger Boy adventure Ancient Fire was nominated for The Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction: Hal Clement Award for Young Adults.
As a journalist, Williams has written for Variety, Los Angeles Times online, Los Angeles Business Journal, Moving Pictures Magazine, and others. He was formerly an executive editor for Digital Coast Reporter. Currently, Williams is a columnist for the Hollywood trade paper Below the Line, covering film industry politics and entertainment.
Williams has also written short fiction and comic books. He worked as a video game script doctor, and has had several plays produced in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London.
Mark London Williams comments on his contribution to Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out: “As for how I came to write the book: Because a lot of the Danger Boy books deal with not only time travel, but specifically, the militarization of the government, of science, and the pervasiveness of shadow governments and "black ops," Candlewick thought I'd be a fit for the chapter on the Cold War! Hence, my contribution about the Cuban Missile Crisis and the invention of the White House Situation Room.
“Some of the ‘research’ about the period simply involved reaching into the memory banks, since I was alive then (though much younger than my readers, during that particular edge-of-apocalypse period). I have toured the White House, once, when I was fourteen the summer of Watergate! and visiting Washington, D.C. I'm still waiting to go back. As for favorite presidents, I'm still waiting to have one in my lifetime (though in terms of recent history, I like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, since he used his office to help rather than hurt the many). We need her, or him, immediately, however, if we're to pull through some of the stuff that's coming. That's why I write "backwards" time travel stories we already know we made it through the history that's behind us. The history that's coming well, that gets a bit trickier!”
Mark London Williams lives in Los Angeles.
Books by Mark London Williams:
City of Ruins, the fourth Danger Boy adventure (Candlewick Press)
Fortune's Fool, the fifth Danger Boy adventure, forthcoming