Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star was my first published science fiction (as opposed to fantasy) novel. It appeared in print from Montreal’s Roussan Publishers in 1999, and received some very good reviews, most notably in Quill & Quire; it was also named to the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s prestigious Our Choice list.
This prompted me to write a sequel, Andy Nebula: Double Trouble; but before that could even be seriously considered for publication by Roussan, the company went out of business. I have all the remaining stock of the original print book (email me if you’d like to buy a copy)…but I’ve hated to not have the book widely available.
There is also an audiobook version, published by Iambik Audiobooks and narrated by Justin S. Barrett.
Nominated for the 2001 Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award
Named to the Our Choice list by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
About the book:
After a lifetime of sleeping in alleys and flop houses, Kit’s musical talent is discovered, and he is remade into Andy Nebula.
Well-fed, content with a warm bed and contract, Andy begins to wonder why every previous “Sensation Single” star was a flash-in-the-pan. Little does he know that the answer lies with the off-world Hydras and their taste for music and flash, a drug forbidden to humans. And that he is their next fix.
Praise from Quill & Quire…
“The action in Andy Nebula moves along at a cracking pace and the characters are well-drawn…Andy Nebula is fast and furious enough to keep even reluctant readers turning the pages, and young teen fans of fantasy and science fiction will not be disappointed.” – John Wilson, Quill & Quire
“… gritty and clever…Willett tells a fast-moving tale that has plenty of colour. He wastes few words and presents some good characterizations…All in all, a worthy addition to a young reader’s shelf of SF books.” - A. L. Sirois, SF Site
…NCF Guide to Canadian Science Fiction and Fandom…
“It’s the combination of the familiar with the speculative that lifts Andy Nebula above the crowd…From page one we know we are in another time and place thanks to Willett’s deft and never-faltering use of a convincing invented slang…. There’s a whole lot of story packed into the 166 pages of this trade paperback…Get one copy for yourself, and another for a young person.” – Donna Farley
…the Regina Sun…
“Willett writes in a humourous and flamboyant style not unlike an old-style detective novel…The novel is fast and exciting with lots of action. It also involves broader themes like differentiating between the authentic and the contrived, values and measuring success, drug addiction and tolerance between species…The writing is trim and humourous but far from vacuous. This book is fun to read. Kids will like it, too.” – Jocolyn Caton, The Regina Sun
…Jelena, a young reader in Manitoba…
“Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star is a very good science fiction book.”
…and Jonathan, another young Manitoba reader!
“The book is like Star Wars plus drug dealers plus rock stars all joined into one book. If you like to read about that stuff then you will love this book…This is a cool book so check it out!
And check out the sequel…