Not All Fairy Tales Have Happy Endings: The Rise and Fall of Sierra On-Line

A new book about Sierra On-Line has been released by Ken Williams titled, “Not All Fairy Tales Have Happy Endings: The Rise and Fall of Sierra On-Line.” Upon first glance, it looks to be a very informative overview of the inspirations and experiences of Ken and Roberta Williams at Sierra.

According to the press release, “Sierra On-Line was one of the very first computer game companies, and at one time dominated the industry. The author, Ken Williams, founded Sierra On-Line with his wife Roberta, who went on to create many of the company’s best-selling games. Sierra grew from just Ken and Roberta to over one thousand employees and a fan base that still exists today, despite the fact that the company was torn apart by criminal activities, scandal and corruption resulting in jail sentences and the collapse of Sierra. This is the behind-the-scenes story of the rise and fall, as it could only be told by the ultimate insider.”

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The book is available now from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle formats, and from Lulu in Paperback, as well as PDF and Epub formats.

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About the Author

Brian Wiser

Brian is an A.P.P.L.E. Board member and Managing Editor of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine. He is a long-time Apple consultant, historian and archivist. Brian designed, edited, and co-produced several books including: "Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software", "Synergistic Software: The Early Games", "Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution", "What's Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition", and "The WOZPAK: Special Edition" – an important Apple II historical book with Steve Wozniak's restored original, technical handwritten notes as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends. Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game "Structris." Brian was an extra in Joss Whedon’s movie “Serenity,” leading him to being a producer/director for the documentary film “Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity.” He brought some of the Firefly cast aboard his Browncoat Cruise and recruited several of the Firefly cast to appear in a film for charity. Brian speaks about his adventures at conventions around the country.