Walton (Bud) Simons
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Walton (Bud) Simons

Walton “Bud” Simons was born in Austin, Texas, attended local schools, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio-TV-Film. His life changed forever when, at a very young age, he got his hands on Famous Monsters of Filmland #13. The magazine, edited by the legendary Forrest J. Ackerman, opened his eyes to a world he’d hardly imagined while attending Catholic school. He devoured any issue of FM he could get his hands on and was soon reading Richard Matheson, Robert Heinlein, and especially Ray Bradbury.

He initially had no interest in writing, but after attending a Turkey City writers’ conference Bud decided to see if he had any talent and began tried his hand at creating his own stories. He earned a few publishing credits, including stories for DC Comics in World’s Finest and House of Mystery. When George R.R. Martin and his fellow New Mexico writers began searching for potential authors for Wild Cards they invited Lew Shiner, who in turn recommended Bud. He wrote his first Wild Cards story “If Looks Could Kill,” for Aces High, and the rest, as they say, is alternate history.

Bud currently resides in his native Austin with his wife, Gilda, and more cats than you can count.

 

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Wild Cards: the Austin Connection

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