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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 couple of new book reviews…

While the most recently released book is always the one that generates the most reviews (although reviews for Masks have slowed tremendously since it first came out), older books can still spark reviews at unexpected intervals, and recently a couple of reviews popped up for some of my older books. Outworlder Reviews picked up The Helix War...and liked it! "Marseguro is an excellent Science Fiction/ Fantasy story. The characters are well defined with emotion, purpose. ambition. and revenge. The action is relentless and violent. Mr. Willett has crafted an incredible world on Marseguro and this reader highly recommends other Outworlders to visit it.  Book Two, Terra Insegura, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:19, March 22nd, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Some reviews of The Helix War

The Helix War is a first for me, being an omnibus of two previously published books, Marseguro and Terra Insegura. I wasn't quite sure what to expect in the way of reviews, except I figured there wouldn't be quite as many of them. And, so far, that's certainly been the case. But there have been a couple. Here's one from Two Dudes in an Attic: A verdict? The Helix War was fun. I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my bus seat. It won’t appeal to certain demographics, but would probably be a good SF gateway drug. Readers looking for Hard SF, right wing MilSF, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:41, June 10th, 2012 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Saturday Special from the Vaults: Sins of the Father

OK, this is an interesting one. As I have often recounted, Marseguro, which won the 2009 Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction novel in English, began with a single opening line penned as a morning exercise in the Writing With Style program at the Banff Centre, in a science fiction-writing class taught by Robert J. Sawyer (at 9:15 a.m. on September 20, 2005, to be precise--I love computers). That opening was: Emily streaked through the phosphorescent sea, her wake a comet-tail of pale green light, her close-cropped turquoise hair surrounded by a glowing pink aurora. The water racing through her gill-slits smelled of blood. As the week progressed, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:57, January 28th, 2012 under Blog, The Vaults | Comment now »

Nominations open for Aurora Awards for best Canadian science fiction and fantasy: Magebane eligible!

Nominations are now open for the Prix Aurora Awards, presented annually by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) for the best in, you guessed it, Canadian science fiction and fantasy. I was fortunate enough to win an Aurora in Montreal in 2009 for Marseguro (that's me holding the award, flanked by Betsy Wollheim, left, and Sheila Gilbert, right, publishers and editors of DAW Books), and Terra Insegura was a finalist in 2010. This year, Magebane by (ahem) Lee Arthur Chane is eligible. If you liked it, I'd be honored if you'd nominate it (and vote for it, too, of course, if ti comes to that!) But whether ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:16, January 17th, 2012 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Cover art: The Helix War

I was in San Diego last week for the World Fantasy Convention, and had a great chat with my editor at DAW, Sheila Gilbert, during which she revealed the cover art for The Helix War, the omnibus of Marseguro and Terra Insegura coming out April 3. And now I share it with you! The art work is a detail of the Terra Insegura cover by Hugo Award-winning artist Stephan Martiniere. The back cover reads: WORLDS AT WAR— Marseguro, a water world far distant from Earth, is home to a small colony of both unmodifi ed humans and the Selkies, a water-dwelling race created by geneticist Victor Hansen from modifi ed ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:40, November 2nd, 2011 under Books | Comment now »

Coming in April: The Helix War

I had a phone call recently from my editor at DAW Books, Sheila Gilbert, letting me know that DAW wants to bring out an omnibus edition of Marseguro and Terra Insegura in April 2012. We batted around titles and settled on The Helix War. It's still a ways until April, but lo and behold, I discovered the book is already listed at Amazon. Go forth and pre-order! You know you want to.

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:57, August 2nd, 2011 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Marseguro reviewed by a talking moose…

...and it's not Bullwinkle! Actually, thetalkingmoose is the LiveJournal handle of the proprietor of a blog called The Moose Pit, and this morning I ran across his/her/its review of Marseguro. An excerpt: Marseguro...stood out for me because it presents a compelling presentation as to why the human race will never truly become unified behind one government. Even a powerful governing organization such as The Body Purified, which possesses the means and the ruthless willpower to mercilessly slaughter both those who they feel must be destroyed to appease God and those who oppose it, must constantly use and replenish those resources to enforce its will. That doesn't even take into account internal ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:40, April 9th, 2011 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

What’s in a name?

It's not exactly a secret, since I've been telling everyone everywhere for some time, but my next book from DAW, the fantasy novel Magebane, will not be appearing under the name Edward Willett, but under a pseudonym, Lee Arthur Chane. This is a first for me, though it's pretty common; some writers have several pen names. There are many reasons for them, but in my case it's because Edward Willett started his career as a space opera/science fiction writer, and notwithstanding the Aurora Award for Marseguro and the nomination for Terra Insegura, didn't make as much of a splash as either he or his publisher would have ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:50, January 11th, 2011 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

The Ninety-Nine Rule

Ever hear of the Ninety-Nine Rule? Formulated by Tom Cargill of Bell Labs, it goes like this: "The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time." Humorously, that adds up to 180 percent of the development time, but even if you correct the math, you end up with something that's absolutely, undeniably true about pretty much any creative endeavor you wish to examine: it's the last 10 percent that eats up 90 percent of the time. It's ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:08, January 6th, 2011 under Blog | Comment now »