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New Aurora Award Storybundle includes my novel Marseguro

A new Storybundle has just gone live featuring winners of (and finalists for) Canada's Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction and fantasy. It's curated by Douglas Smith, so I'm going to let him explain it in the guest post below... The Aurora Award Bundle #2 Curated by Douglas Smith How would you like to own, at an incredible bargain, ten books that readers like yourself have already voted to be the best examples of speculative fiction published in Canada? Well, here's your chance. I'm once again curating an ebook bundle for StoryBundle.com that contains more winners and finalists for Canada's premier speculative fiction award, the Aurora Award. The Auroras are awarded annually by the Canadian Science ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:20, July 5th, 2017 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

A Canadian satellite proves small is beautiful

[podcast]http://edwardwillett.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/canx-2.mp3[/podcast] Space satellites, typically, are big, expensive beasts, which is one reason we all cringe when one fails to achieve orbit, as happened on February 24 with NASA’s $280 million Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO). Complex satellites like the OCO, which was intended to monitor atmospheric carbon dioxide, are of course absolutely necessary for some tasks. But satellites don’t have to be big and expensive to do useful work, a fact proved beyond a doubt by a much, much cheaper and smaller satellite marking the one-year anniversary of its successful launch next month. Best of all, it’s Canadian. Called the Canadian Advanced Nanospace eXperiment 2 (CanX-2), it masses only 3.5 kilograms (compared to 447 kilograms for the OCO, which was pretty typical), and is ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:19, March 10th, 2009 under Science Columns | Comment now »

Photo of the (Yester)Day: Canada Day at the Lieutenant-Governor’s Garden Party, Government House, Regina

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Posted by Edward Willett at 4:44, July 3rd, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

Photo of the (Yester)Day: Canada Day at the Lieutenant-Governor’s Garden Party, Government House, Regina

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Posted by Edward Willett at 22:44, July 2nd, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

O, Canada…

...you're in trouble now. As of yesterday afternoon, I'm officially a Canadian citizen. And that means (ominous musical chords) I can vote!Bwa-ha-ha! At last I can exercise my evil plan to subvert Canada to my hard-line middle-of-the-road position, one vote at a time!

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:32, October 30th, 2007 under Blog | 4 Comments »

Aurora Award finalists announced

The finalists for this years Aurora Awards, Canada's national awards for science fiction and fantasy, have been announced:Best Long-Form Work in EnglishMeilleur livre en anglaisRegeneration : Species Imperative 3, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW Books)Children of Chaos, Dave Duncan (Tor Books)Smoke and Ashes, Tanya Huff (DAW Books)Sun of Suns : Book One of Virga, Karl Schroeder (Tor Books)Blindsight, Peter Watts (Tor Books)Righteous Anger : Part Two of the Okal Rel Saga, Lynda Williams (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)Meilleur livre en françaisBest Long-Form Work in FrenchSamuel de la chasse-galerie, Michel J. Lévesque (Médiaspaul)Les îles du Zodiaque 3. Le maître des bourrasques, Laurent McAllister (Médiaspaul)...

Posted by Edward Willett at 3:59, September 8th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

A Facebook group dedicated to Canadian SF Fantasy…

...has been set up by a href="http://www.sfcanada.ca/"SF Canada/a member a href="http://raftersscriptorium.blogspot.com/"Donna Farley/a. You can a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2504522110"find it here/a.br /br /Its purpose:br /br /emTo promote SF and fantasy by Canadian authors. To put readers and people in the Canadian SF writing and publishing community in touch. And maybe to find out if Sasquatch is online yet....Authors, editors, publishers, artists, academics, teachers, journalists, readers and anyone else with an interest in Canadian SF (even if you aren't Canadian yourself) is welcome to join.br //embr /Of course, you have to become a member of Facebook first.

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:22, July 11th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

A Facebook group dedicated to Canadian SF & Fantasy…

...has been set up by SF Canada member Donna Farley. You can find it here.Its purpose:To promote SF and fantasy by Canadian authors. To put readers and people in the Canadian SF writing and publishing community in touch. And maybe to find out if Sasquatch is online yet....Authors, editors, publishers, artists, academics, teachers, journalists, readers and anyone else with an interest in Canadian SF (even if you aren't Canadian yourself) is welcome to join.Of course, you have to become a member of Facebook first.

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:22, July 11th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

Photos of the (Canada) Day: Regina Fireworks!

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Posted by Edward Willett at 18:01, July 2nd, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

Canada refuses to be part of invasion of Mars

You know, I'm probably more philosophically inclined toward the Conservatives than the Liberals, and I've been on board with many of the policy decisions the Stephen Harper government has implemented, and at least willing to give them the benefit of the doubt regarding others, but...Are you people nuts? What are you thinking?I'm with David Shiga of the New Scientist Space Blog, who was born and raised in Canada:...I'm utterly baffled by this decision. Nothing else that the CSA could do in the next 10 years would generate anywhere near the amount of excitement in the Canadian public than building a Mars rover.When considering the fact that it would have merely ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:30, December 15th, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »