Bill has been a professor, teacher, corporate executive and college dean. He is one of the founders of Mayfair Games, a board and role-play gaming company, and designed award-winning board games and role-playing modules. He more recently produced and designed several computer games. As a book packager, a person who prepares series of books from concept to production for major publishers, his company Bill Fawcett & Associates has packaged more than 250 books for every major publisher. Bill began his own novel writing with a juvenile series, Swordquest, for Ace SF in the early ’80s and has written several since. The Fleet science fiction series he edited and contributed to with David Drake has become a classic of military science fiction. He has collaborated on several mystery novels as Quinn Fawcett, including the Authorized Mycroft Holmes and Madame Vernet mysteries. His recent works include Making Contact: A UFO Contact Handbook, and a series of books about great mistakes in history: It Seemed Like a Good Idea, You Did What? and How to Lose a Battle. As an anthologist Bill has edited or co-edited more than fifty anthologies.