Mark London Williams
Mark London Williams is an American
United States
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, playwright
A playwright, also called a dramatist, is a person who writes plays.The term is not a variant spelling of "playwrite", but something quite distinct: the word wright is an archaic English term for a craftsman or builder...

, journalist
A journalist collects and distributes news and other information. A journalist's work is referred to as journalism.A reporter is a type of journalist who researchs, writes, and reports on information to be presented in mass media, including print media , electronic media , and digital media A...

, and creator of the young adult
Young adult literature
Young-adult fiction or young adult literature , also juvenile fiction, is fiction written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents and young adults, roughly ages 14 to 21. The Young Adult Library Services of the American Library Association defines a young adult as "someone between the...

 time travel
Time travel
Time travel is the concept of moving between different points in time in a manner analogous to moving between different points in space. Time travel could hypothetically involve moving backward in time to a moment earlier than the starting point, or forward to the future of that point without the...

Book series
A book series is a sequence of books having certain characteristics in common that are formally identified together as a group. Book series can be organized in different ways, such as written by the same author, or marketed as a group by their publisher....

 Danger Boy
Danger Boy
Danger Boy, created and written by Mark London Williams, is a young adult time travel series. Beginning 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...



As a journalist, Williams has written for Variety
Variety (magazine)
Variety is an American weekly entertainment-trade magazine founded in New York City, New York, in 1905 by Sime Silverman. With the rise of the importance of the motion-picture industry, Daily Variety, a daily edition based in Los Angeles, California, was founded by Silverman in 1933. In 1998, the...

, Los Angeles Times online
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881. It was the second-largest metropolitan newspaper in circulation in the United States in 2008 and the fourth most widely distributed newspaper in the country....

, Los Angeles Business Journal
Los Angeles Business Journal
The Los Angeles Business Journal, established c. 1979, is a weekly newspaper in Los Angeles, California, which covers general business news. According to the journal's website, it has over 12,000 online subscribers, and a weekly print circulation of 30,000...

, Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures is a magazine focusing on the film industry and the art of film. The editor-in-chief is Howard Burns. The magazine, which celebrated its fifteenth anniversary in 2005, is published by the Maitland Primrose Group...

and others. He was formerly an executive editor for Digital Coast Reporter. Currently, Williams is a columnist
A columnist is a journalist who writes for publication in a series, creating an article that usually offers commentary and opinions. Columns appear in newspapers, magazines and other publications, including blogs....

 for the Hollywood trade paper Below the Line covering film industry
Film industry
The film industry consists of the technological and commercial institutions of filmmaking: i.e. film production companies, film studios, cinematography, film production, screenwriting, pre-production, post production, film festivals, distribution; and actors, film directors and other film crew...

Politics is a process by which groups of people make collective decisions. The term is generally applied to the art or science of running governmental or state affairs, including behavior within civil governments, but also applies to institutions, fields, and special interest groups such as the...

 and entertainment
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Williams has also written short fiction and comic books. He worked as a video game script doctor
Script doctor
A script doctor, also called script consultant, is a highly-skilled screenwriter, hired by a film or television production, to rewrite or polish specific aspects of an existing screenplay, including structure, characterization, dialogue, pacing, theme, and other elements...

, and has had several plays
Play (theatre)
A play is a form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of scripted dialogue between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading. There are rare dramatists, notably George Bernard Shaw, who have had little preference whether their plays were performed...

 produced in Los Angeles
Los Ángeles
Los Ángeles is the capital of the province of Biobío, in the commune of the same name, in Region VIII , in the center-south of Chile. It is located between the Laja and Biobío rivers. The population is 123,445 inhabitants...

, San Francisco, and London
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He currently co-writes (with Rick Klaw
Rick Klaw
Richard Ira "Rick" Klaw , is an American editor, essayist, and bookseller.-Biography:Rick Klaw is the paternal grandson of Irving Klaw, the photographer and film maker most noted for his bondage photos of Bettie Page. In 1979, the family relocated to Houston, Texas...

) the bi-weekly graphic novel
Graphic novel
A graphic novel is a narrative work in which the story is conveyed to the reader using sequential art in either an experimental design or in a traditional comics format...

 column "Nexus Graphica" for SF Site.

He lives in Los Angeles
Los Ángeles
Los Ángeles is the capital of the province of Biobío, in the commune of the same name, in Region VIII , in the center-south of Chile. It is located between the Laja and Biobío rivers. The population is 123,445 inhabitants...


Danger Boy

Starting in 2019, the series follows the time spanning adventures of twelve year old Eli Sands, the eponymous protagonist
A protagonist is the main character of a literary, theatrical, cinematic, or musical narrative, around whom the events of the narrative's plot revolve and with whom the audience is intended to most identify...

, and his companions: Clyne, a good-natured dinosaur
Dinosaurs are a diverse group of animals of the clade and superorder Dinosauria. They were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates for over 160 million years, from the late Triassic period until the end of the Cretaceous , when the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event led to the extinction of...

 from another planet who gathers information for a school assignment, and Thea, last librarian in Alexandria
Library of Alexandria
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. In 2001
2001 in literature
The year 2001 in literature involved some significant events and new books.-Events:* The film version of J. R. R. Tolkien's classic book, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, is released to movie theaters...

, the first two books were initially published as trade paperbacks (Book I simultaneously in hardcover
A hardcover, hardback or hardbound is a book bound with rigid protective covers...

) by Tricycle Press with covers by J.H. Williams III, Mick Gray, and Jeromy Cox. Starting in 2004
2004 in literature
The year 2004 in literature involved some significant events and new books.-Events:* Canada Reads selects Guy Vanderhaeghe's The Last Crossing to be read across the nation....

, Candlewick Press
Candlewick Press
Candlewick Press, established in 1991 and located in Somerville, Massachusetts, is the American division of the British publisher Walker Books Ltd....

 re-issued the partially re-written first two books and produced the successive new volumes in uniform hardback editions all with covers by Michael Koelsch. The first two books of the Candlewick editions were re-issued as trade paperbacks with the hardback covers. The first Danger Boy adventure Ancient Fire was nominated for The Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction
Golden Duck Awards
The Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction have been given annually since 1992.-Categories:The categories are:* Picture Book* K- 5th Grade Reader* Middle Grades * Young Adult...

: Hal Clement Award for Young Adults.

Partial bibliography

Danger Boy series
  • Ancient Fire
    • Tricycle editions
      • (2001) Hardcover (ISBN 1-58246-033-7)
      • (2001) Paperback (ISBN 1-58246-032-9)
    • Candlewick editions
      • (2004) Hardcover (ISBN 0-7636-2152-8)
      • (2006
        2006 in literature
        The year 2006 in literature involved some significant events and new books.-Literature:*Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half of a Yellow Sun*Chris Adrian - The Children's Hospital *Martin Amis - House of Meetings...

        ) Paperback (ISBN 0-76363-092-6)
  • Dragon Sword (Dino Sword)
    • Tricycle edition (as Dino Sword)
      • (2001) Paperback (ISBN 1-58246-035-3)
    • Candlewick editions
      • (2004) Hardcover (ISBN 0-7636-5153-6)
      • (2007
        2007 in literature
        The year 2007 in literature involves some significant new books.-Events:*November 19 - First Kindle e-book reader released.*December 11 - Terry Pratchett informs fans on-line that he has been diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease.-Literature:...

        ) Paperback (ISBN 0-76363-290-2)
  • Trail of Bones Candlewick, 2005
    2005 in literature
    The year 2005 in literature involved some significant events and new books.-Events:*February 25 - Canada Reads selects Rockbound by Frank Parker Day as the novel to be read across the nation....

     Hardcover (ISBN 0-7636-2154-4)
    • (2007) Paperback (ISBN 0-76363-410-7)
  • City of Ruins Candlewick, 2007 Hardcover (ISBN 0-7636-2871-9)
    • (2008
      2008 in literature
      The year 2008 in literature involved some significant events and new books.-Events:*January 1 - In the 2008 New Year Honours, Hanif Kureishi , Jenny Uglow , Peter Vansittart and Debjani Chatterjee are all rewarded for "services to literature".*June 15 - Gore Vidal, asked in a New York Times...

      ) Paperback
  • Fortune's Fool (forthcoming)

Comic Book Work
  • "Zoo" art by John LeCour (Omnibus: Modern Perversity, Blackbird Comics 1991
    1991 in comics
    -January:* Checkmate is canceled by DC Comics with issue #33.* El Diablo vol. 2 is canceled by DC with issue #16.* Count Duckula is canceled by the Marvel Comics imprint Star Comics with issue #15....

  • "Stockman" credited as "Douglas Williams" art by Brian Stelfreeze
    Brian Stelfreeze
    Brian Stelfreeze is an American comic book artist. Stelfreeze, an accomplished painter, penciller, inker and colorist, has worked for nearly every major American comic book publisher and is one of the original members of Atlanta's Gaijin Studios, a prominent breeding ground for some of comics' most...

     (Fast Forward #2 Family, Piranha Press
    Piranha Press
    Piranha Press, an imprint of DC Comics from 1989 to 1994, was a response by DC to the growing interest in alternative comics. The imprint was edited by Mark Nevelow, who instead of developing comics with the established names in the alternative comics field, chose to introduce several unknown...

    1992 in comics
    -Year overall:* Image Comics explodes onto the scene, releasing eight ongoing and limited series, starting with Youngblood in April; followed by Spawn in May; Savage Dragon in July; and Brigade, Shadowhawk, and WildC.A.T.S. in August....

  • "Bigfoot Vs. Donkey Kong" art by Phil Hester
    Phil Hester (comics)
    Phil Hester is an American comic book artist, penciller and writer.-Biography:This Eisner Award-nominated artist was born in eastern Iowa, where he went on to study at the University of Iowa...

     with Marc Erickson and Fredd Gorham (The Big Bigfoot Book (ISBN 1-885418-07-8), Mojo Press
    Mojo Press
    Mojo Press is a now-defunct small press which primarily published science fiction, horror, and western books and graphic novels between 1994-1999.-History:...

    1996 in comics
    -Year overall:* Malcolm Jones III commits suicide at circa age 37.* Boody Rogers, creator of Sparky Watts, dies at c. age 92-January:* January 19: Bernard Baily, co-creator of The Spectre and Hourman, dies at age 79.* January 28:...


Other Works
  • Curious George
    Curious George
    Curious George is the protagonist of a series of popular children's books by the same name, written by Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey. The books feature a curious brown monkey named George, who is brought from his home in Africa by "The Man with The Yellow Hat" to live with him in a big city.When...

     Tadpole Trouble
    Houghton Mifflin
    Houghton Mifflin
    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an educational and trade publisher in the United States. Headquartered in Boston's Back Bay, it publishes textbooks, instructional technology materials, assessments, reference works, and fiction and non-fiction for both young readers and adults.-History:The company was...

    , 2007 (credited as adapter of the television episode based on characters created by H.A. and Margret Rey
    Margret Rey
    Margret Elizabeth Rey , born Margarete Elisabeth Waldstein, was , the co-author and illustrator of children's books, the most famous of which are the Curious George series....

    ) (ISBN 0-6187-7712-1)
  • "Escape Map" (Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, Candlewick, 2009) (ISBN 0-7636-2067-x)

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