Today, while writing the next installment of my regular SF/F-writing column "The Space-Time Continuum" for Freelance, the magazine of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, I realized I'd never posted the previous column online...and so here it is!
Over the years I’ve participated in a number of science fiction and fantasy writing workshops, to great effect: two of my published novels (Marseguro and Terra Insegura) and a published short story (“Waterlilies”) arose directly out of the Writing With Style workshops instructed by Robert J. Sawyer at the Banff Centre a few years ago.
Workshops have a long, honorable history in science fiction. As noted SF writer Bruce Sterling puts it, “People often ...
Masks, my fantasy novel written as E.C. Blake
, has gotten quite a bit of attention since it came out, whereas my science fiction novel Right to Know, published by Bundoran Press
, has been shamefully overlooked...which is why I was pleased when Hayden Trenholm, my publisher and editor at Bundoran, brought this review by Jon Guenther at SF Revu to my attention:
"While I think the book is an attempt to make some strong sociopolitical statements, it proved to be a wildly entertaining read...I found the characters realistic, the plot solid, and the book lacked a lot of exposition...If you ...
We had a great time at the Mythbusters live stage show in Regina tonight. We had good seats (fourth row) but best of all we had VIP passes for the meet-and-greet, private Q&A and photo-op with Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage afterward--as you can see from the photo. And best of best of all, we kept the fact we had VIP passes a secret from daughter Alice, who was as thrilled as I've ever seen her--thrilled speechless, in fact--when we revealed the passes at the end of the evening as the rest of the audience was filing out.
During the Q&A I asked the guys if they're science fiction readers, and turn ...
...just went live. There are five copies up for grabs from Bundoran Press
. Go forth and enter!
And just to remind you about the book:
"An inspiring tale of redemption and courage, set in an all-too-plausible future in space. Well done!" - Julie Czerneda
, author of The Clan Chronicles
Cover art by Dan O'Driscoll
A fast-paced space opera about first contact - with a difference. When Art Stoddard, civilian information officer of the generation ship Mayflower II, is kidnapped by a secret military organization determined to overthrow the power of Captain and crew, he becomes embroiled in a conflict that tests everything he thought he knew. Now, he ...
My column for the latest issue of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild
Although science fiction and fantasy often overlap in both bookshelves and readership, they aren’t actually the same genre.
Exactly where you draw the line between them, of course, is a matter of some debate. (Because, well, what isn’t?)
Just do a Google search on “difference between science fiction and fantasy” and see how many hits turn up. (As of this morning, using that exact search term, 88,400. And that’s just one way of phrasing the question.)
Bestselling author Orson Scott Card famously said that “fantasy has trees, science fiction has rivets.” But that’s less true than ...
can be viewed at this link
I thought it went pretty well. Although the best place to get the book at the moment, until it finds its way through the distribution channels, is directly from the publisher
Directed by Edward Willett. Animated by Edward Willett. Sound by Edward Willett. An Edward Willett production.
Just got home yesterday from a weekend at Calgary attending this year's edition of When Words Collide
, which describes itself (accurately) as "a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, children's books, and poetry," and wanted to post about it while it's still fresh, in the hopes that you--yes, you--will attend it next year, if you have an interest in writing. Or, for that matter, reading.
This was my second year to attend When Words Collide, which is only in its third year. It took place at the Carriage House Inn, a Calgary hotel which I was pleased to revisit, since it was ...
The release of my science fiction novel Right to Know (the first chapter of which you can read here
) is drawing near, and in honor of that fact, the publisher, Bundoran Press
will be holding a book launch for it at When Words Collide
in Calgary on the evening of Saturday, August 10. Also launching: Resolve, the third book in Neil Godbout's Broken Guardian series.
And apparently, as you can see from the photo from Bundoran, copies of the book have arrived from the printer. So it's a real thing!
The cover art, by the ...
Here's the gorgeous cover art for Tesseracts Seventeen, the venerable Canadian speculative fiction anthology which this year contains my short story "The Path of Souls," inspired by Globe Theatre's Lanterns on the Lake events of a few years ago.
Tesseracts Seventeen, edited by Colleen Anderson and Steve Vernon, has as its subtitle Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, the theme this year being writers from across the country. There are 29 pieces in all, with me holding down the Saskatchewan spot.
You'll have to wait for the book to come out to read my story, of course (or any of the others), but by way of a teaser, here's how it begins:
HELLO, TRAVELLER. ...