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Lawrence Watt Evans (Nathan Archer, Lawrence Watt-Evans)

Lawrence Watt-Evans is one of the pseudonyms of American science fiction and fantasy author Lawrence Watt Evans (another pseudonym, used primarily for science fiction, is Nathan Archer).


  • He attended Princeton University but left without a degree. By the rules of Princeton, he could not re-apply for a year, during which he began to seriously try to sell his writing, but sold nothing significant until The Lure of the Basilisk in 1979 (published 1980), whereupon he began writing full-time.


  • He sold The Lure of the Basilisk in 1979 (published 1980). Despite having sold a short story and several articles under his real name, he initially submitted his first novel under a pseudonym; it was the editor of that novel, Lester del Rey, who first demanded he use his real name and then added the hyphen to create the name Lawrence Watt-Evans. Evans had insisted on including his middle name to avoid confusion with a contemporary non-fiction writer also named Lawrence Evans, and del Rey had then added the hyphen "to make it more distinctive".

    Watt-Evans was president of the Horror Writers Association from 1994 to 1996, and has also served as Eastern Regional Director and treasurer of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. From 1995 to 1997, he was half of a partnership known as Malicious Press (with screenwriter Terry Rossio), which published Deathrealm magazine, edited by Stephen Mark Rainey and he was the managing editor of the webzine Helix SF for its entire run of ten quarterly issues.

    In April 2005, Watt-Evans announced that the first draft of his latest Ethshar novel, The Spriggan Mirror, would be made available online as a serial, using a modified version of the Street Performer Protocol. The draft has since been finished and was previously available in its entirety on one of Watt-Evans' websites. However, a revised version has now been published commercially in both electronic and paper editions, so the free version has been removed. He has since completed several online serials, all using that same method: The Vondish Ambassador in 2007, Realms of Light started November 2008 (his only non-Ethshar serial, a sequel to Nightside City), The Final Calling started in June 2010 (later published as The Unwelcome Warlock). In April–July 2012 he did a fifth serial, The Sorcerer's Widow.

    In June 2013 Watt-Evans began a Kickstarter for his unpublished science fiction novel Vika's Avenger, a story unrelated to his previous works, and in July he started a sixth Ethshar Serial, Ishta's Companion.


  • The Fall of the Sorcerers
  • The Annals of the Chosen
  • The Nightmare People
  • The Rebirth of Wonder


  • Sci. Fiction and Fantasy Writers of American

  • Horror Writers Association (president 1994-96).
    1994 - 1996



Comic book collecting

cat named Chanel


  • mother: Doletha (Soorn) Watt Evans
  • father: Gordon Goodwin
  • Daughter: Kyrith Amanda
    Kyrith Evans (who now goes by Kiri) was born on December 12, 1983.

    She's a graduate of Drake University, with a degree in printmaking from the School of Fine Arts.
  • Son: Julian Samuel Goodwin
    Julian Evans was born on June 27, 1986. Julian plays chess fairly seriously, and participated in the 2004 National High School Tournament, but finished in the middle of the pack in the under-1500 division. He tied for fourth place in the 2005 Atlantic Open in the under-1400 division.

    He was captain of his high school's quiz team, and a member of Team Maryland in the 2004 Panasonic Academic Challenge. He has also been active on Harvey Mudd's quiz team.
  • Wife: Julie - manager
    manager at the Bureau of Engraving & Printing in Washington
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Born July 26, 1954
(age 61)
  • 1972 - 1977
    Princeton University
  • 1979
  • 1982 - 2006
    Eastern Regional Director and treasurer, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
  • 1994 - 1996
    president, Horror Writers Association


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