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William Sleator (1945–2011)

Author of House of Stairs

33+ Works 5,868 Members 198 Reviews 18 Favorited

About the Author

William Sleator was born on February 13, 1945 in Harve de Grace, Maryland. In 1967, he received a BA in English from Harvard University. He mainly wrote science fiction novels for young adults. His first novel, Blackbriar, was published in 1972. He wrote more than 30 books including House of show more Stairs, Interstellar Pig, The Green Futures of Tycho, Strange Attractors, The Spirit House, The Boy Who Couldn't Die, and The Phantom Limb. His picture book, The Angry Moon, won a Caldecott Award in 1971. He died on August 3, 2011 at the age of 66. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by William Sleator

House of Stairs (1974) 937 copies
Interstellar Pig (1984) 718 copies
Singularity (1985) 416 copies
The Boy Who Reversed Himself (1986) 304 copies
Marco's Millions (2001) 299 copies
The Boy Who Couldn't Die (2004) 298 copies
Among the Dolls (1975) 270 copies
The Boxes (1998) 266 copies
Into the Dream (1979) 246 copies
The Green Futures of Tycho (1981) 186 copies
The Last Universe (2005) 174 copies
The Duplicate (1988) 153 copies
Oddballs (1993) 147 copies
Parasite Pig (2002) 144 copies
Blackbriar (1972) 134 copies
The Beasties (1997) 130 copies
Rewind (1999) 130 copies
Others See Us (1993) 129 copies
Hell Phone (2006) 128 copies
Test (2008) 121 copies
Fingers (1983) 94 copies
Strange Attractors (1989) 89 copies
The Spirit House (1991) 77 copies
The Night the Heads Came (1996) 65 copies
The Angry Moon (1970) 60 copies
Dangerous Wishes (1995) 46 copies
Run (1973) 34 copies
Boltzmon! (1999) 27 copies
The Phantom Limb (2011) 22 copies
That's Silly (1981) 6 copies

Associated Works

Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence (1994) — Contributor — 805 copies
Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Contributor — 768 copies
Beware!: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories (2002) — Contributor — 226 copies
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity (2009) — Contributor — 218 copies
The Big Book For Our Planet (1993) — Contributor — 135 copies
Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Artwork (2006) — Contributor — 110 copies
Brave New Love (2012) — Contributor — 84 copies
On The Edge: Stories At The Brink (2000) — Contributor — 61 copies
Soul Searching: Thirteen Stories about Faith and Belief (2002) — Contributor — 22 copies


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Common Knowledge



80s children's science fiction in Name that Book (November 2016)
Children's Mystery Book - 20th century in Name that Book (July 2013)
Young Adult boy and girl who read each others' minds in Name that Book (November 2010)
YA SF kids in a social experiment in Name that Book (June 2010)
YA Sci-Fi "The Cube"-like Book? in Name that Book (October 2009)
YA Held Hostage in Endless Stairs in Name that Book (May 2009)
Young Adult Novel in Name that Book (December 2008)
Trapped on endless staircase in Name that Book (August 2008)
book about teens and mind control in Name that Book (July 2008)


I was not sure what to expect, but the title caught my eye.

It turned out to be a boring summer vacation that became a real adventure for Barney.

Stuck in the Captain’s House, which is far from the village, and no one close to Barney’s age (16) it is looking pretty dull. Then three young people show up that have rented the small cinderblock cottage close by. Young, tan, good looking, without much background, they give something of interest for Barney.

There is also a role playing game the threesome are addicted to, that also attracts Barney’s interest — Interstellar Pig. A strange game that seems based on the world of Space and the planets. Barney is dying to play a round of the game with the three.

Zena, Manny and Joe are looking for something that is key to Interstellar Pig and think it is in the Captain’s House or very close by. They come to the conclusion that Barney knows where the item is and decide to give Barney entry to the game.

Sci-fi and fantasy are part of the mix, while the two segments jockey to get what they want. Who will be the winner?
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ChazziFrazz | 21 other reviews | Feb 27, 2024 |
Max finds himself in possession of a time travel device which is being eagerly sought by both the scientist who invented it and his alter ego from a different time line.
Gmomaj | 3 other reviews | Nov 22, 2023 |
I just had a horrible flashback to highschool. This was a class read my English teacher made us read. I can not believe all these years later I still remember this horrific book. Some memories are better left covered over with a dark blackness never to be revealed. This is one of them but unfortunately, I wasn't so lucky.
It was horrible then and I don't care what anyone says I'm not about to 'give it a try' now. Some books don't deserve a second chance. This one doesn't deserve a first chance. There are better ways to spend your time than this. You could, for example, scrub the shower or pet an angry porcupine. The most this book deserves is a moment of silence for the book that was murdered on its behalf.… (more)
MsTera | 21 other reviews | Oct 10, 2023 |
This book has stuck with me into adulthood. I read it at some point in middle school and I eventually think about it since it explores dimensions beyond 3d. Definitely is a great book for a middleschooler to read.
Cephas730 | 2 other reviews | Jun 16, 2023 |



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