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The Space-Time Continuum: Aliens in Science Fiction

Having just posted my column from the February/March 2017 issue of Freelance, the magazine of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild (see previous post), it behooves me to be more timely and post the most recent column, from the April/May issue. And here it is! I remember being confused, as a kid, the first time I encountered the term “illegal aliens.” “Alien,” to me, had only one meaning: intelligent creatures from other planets. How could they be illegal? I wondered. Not being from this planet, were they really subject to its laws? Yes, I was a weird kid. Aliens are one of the great tropes of science fiction, as the length of the article in the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:15, May 21st, 2017 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

My Aurora-eligible short story “A Little Space Music”

The deadline for nominations for the Aurora Awards, for the best Canadian speculative fiction, is just two weeks away (April 15)...so naturally I'm only now getting around to making my only Aurora eligible work of the year available online for potential nominators to read. Still, 'tis better to have posted the story and not be nominated than never to have posted the story at all, so without further ado, my humorous SF story "A Little Space Music," which appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of On Spec magazine (the cover art for which, posted at left, is by P. John Burden.) Should you wish to nominate it for an Aurora ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:14, April 2nd, 2013 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Nice review of “A Little Space Music”

Speculating Canada, a relatively new blog focusing on Canadian science fiction, fantasy and horror, has a nice review of "A Little Space Music," my humorous "amateur theatre in outer space" short story just published in OnSpec. It begins: In “A Little Space Music”, Edward Willett demonstrates his creative wit and humour. He plays on an issue that is familiar to any of us who have done amateur theatre… the issue of making a cast out of actors with varying skills. But, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:58, July 15th, 2012 under Blog | Comment now »

Saturday Special from the Vaults: Picking the Bones

This is an unpublished and, as far as I know, never-submitted short-short I rediscovered in my files. I think I may have written it at Banff during the Writing With Style workshop on writing science fiction with Robert J. Sawyer, the same workshop out of which came Marseguro. The landing pod settled in the middle of the alien battlefield in an expanding cloud of copper-colored dust, its antigrav moaning away to nothing and its liftjets sighing into silence. Vultor Caruso watched the pod’s descent through binoculars from the ancient camouflaged pillbox buried in the nearest hill, his lips set in a thin, tight sneer. “Damn claim-jumpers,” he muttered; after years ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:14, January 14th, 2012 under Blog, Columns | Comment now »

Belated Saturday Special from the Vaults: Landscape with Alien

This week's (two-days-late-because-of-Christmas) Saturday special from the vaults is an unpublished short story that won an award in the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild's short fiction competition sometime in the 1990s...I think. If I'm remembering right. It never found a publisher, but I used to read it at school and library readings from time to time, though I haven't for quite a well: I have newer, better stuff. Still, it's not a bad little story. (I sound like Linus looking at Charlie Brown's pathetic little Christmas tree...must be the influence of the season.) I hope you enjoy it. Kareen Aldona added a white highlight to the orange flank of a boulder, considered a ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:32, December 26th, 2011 under Blog | Comment now »

Paging all those "Face on Mars" believers…

...there's a new formation for you to sink your conspiritorially minded teeth into: a "doorway" in an unusually shaped mountain on the Red Planet. (That's it at left.)(Via Futurismic.)

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:00, January 7th, 2008 under Blog | 1 Comment »

Paging all those "Face on Mars" believers…

...there's a new formation for you to sink your conspiritorially minded teeth into: a "doorway" in an unusually shaped mountain on the Red Planet. (That's it at left.)(Via Futurismic.)

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:00, January 7th, 2008 under Blog | 1 Comment »

Aliens…

...or lit-up Coke bottles on a kite?Whatever, people are reporting mysterious lights in the skies over Arkansas.(For the record, I went to university in Arkansas...but, alas, never saw any mysterious lights. And I'm the sort of guy who'd really love to see something like that. People like me never see these things.)

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:58, January 20th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

The Viking probes 30 years ago may have found life on Mars..

...and then promptly killed it.

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:13, January 8th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

Planetary defense for dummies?

Did you know there's a book called An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion?I didn't!I hope it doesn't involve Will Smith as a fighter pilot and a computer virus that somehow infects completely alien computer systems... (Via Instapundit.)

Posted by Edward Willett at 19:46, January 4th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »