This is my latest column on writing science fiction and fantasy for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild
One of the challenges of writing a regular column (as I know from long experience, since I wrote a weekly newspaper column for many years) is coming up with ideas. Oddly enough, that’s also one of the perceived challenges of writing fiction: coming up with ideas.
What better idea for a column on writing, then, then writing a column on where ideas come from?
Also, “Where do you get your ideas” is a question writers get asked all the time.
I can’t answer for other authors, but I can look at ...
Here's my Space-Time Continuum column from the December-January issue of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild
's newsletter Freelance...
Literary awards are nice to get. They may or may not help book sales, and they may or may not come with a cash prize, but at the very least, they’re a form of validation for authors. (As Sally Fields put it when she won an Academy Award, “They like me, they really like me!”)
Canada's most prestigious literary science fiction awards are the Auroras, presented annually by the non-profit Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA)
, which also sponsors the French-language Prix Aurora Boréal. They were first given out in 1980 (when there ...
Just in time for the Bundoran Press
launch party tonight at Can-Con 2015
, Derek Newman-Stilles of Speculating Canada
reviews Falcon's Egg
"In “Falcon’s Egg” Edward Willett takes on the notion of heroism itself, exploring the casualties of war and the results of battle on the psychology of the protagonist who has endured the traumas of war....Willett creates a coming of age narrative that is not limited to a youth. He portrays Lorn as a man, like most others, who is perpetually going through coming of ages, understanding himself in new ways as his viewpoints change with experience. Lorn experiences an awakening to his own ignorance and ...
We're just a little over a month away from the official launch of Falcon's Egg at Can-Con 2015
in Ottawa, October 30-November 1, at which I'll be Author Guest of Honour, and in honour of that august fact, here's Chapter 1 for your reading pleasure.
The sequel to Right to Know
, Falcon’s Egg
is a fast-paced action adventure. Discovering a plot to reassert Imperial control over the recently rediscovered Peregrine, Lorn Kymbal tracks the conspirators into the deepest and most dangerous reaches of the planet and beyond. Kymbal, a veteran of the war of liberation that almost costs his life, fights killer robots and his own inner demons as he ...
Here's my latest column from Freelance, the magazine of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild
Long before I ever subscribed, or even read, a copy of a professional science fiction magazine, I was reading—and even drawing illustrations for—science fiction fanzines.
In those pre-Internet days, fanzines filled the place today taken by Tumblr and Instagram and myriad other social media sites, allowing fans of science fiction in general, or particular genres (or sub-genres, or sub-sub-genres) of science fiction, to connect with the likewise-interested...likewise-interested who could be very hard to come across in, say, your average small-town (and sometimes small-minded) high school.
I began by reading Star Trek fanzines (probably because I’d read about them in ...
Falcon's Egg, my upcoming science fiction novel from Bundoran Press
, is now available to reviewers through NetGalley. That's the gorgeous Dan O'Driscoll cover at left, and here's the description:
The sequel to Right to Know, Falcon's Egg is a fast-paced action adventure. Discovering a plot to reassert Imperial control over the recently rediscovered Peregrine, Lorn Kymbal tracks the conspirators into the deepest and most dangerous reaches of the planet and beyond. Kymbal, a veteran of the war of liberation that almost costs his life, fights killer robots and his own inner demons as he tries to win freedom for himself and his planet.
Come on, killer robots AND inner demons. ...
The release of Falcon's Egg, sequel to Right to Know, from Bundoran Press draws nigh--we might have copies at When Words Collide, as I understand it, with a formal launch to occur at Can-Con
in Ottawa this fall.
A sure sign of impending release: cover art! This gorgeous cover (it has an exploding starship, how could I not like it?) is by talented Calgary artist Dan J. O'Driscoll
, who also did the cover for Right to Know.
As for the book, here's how it's described:
The sequel to Right to Know, Falcon's Egg is a fast-paced action adventure. Discovering a plot to reassert Imperial control over the recently rediscovered Peregrine, ...
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
When Robert Frost wrote his famous poem “The Road Not Taken,” he clearly didn’t have in mind the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, which postulates there is a very large—perhaps infinite—number of parallel universes, in which anything that could have happened in our past, but did not, in fact did.
Still, even shorn of its quantum-mechanical underpinnings, the idea of the choices we make today altering our future was hardly original with Frost. The story of Adam and Eve, to name one obvious example, is all about having a choice, and ...
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From left to right, Sheila Gilbert, me, and Betsy Wollheim.[/caption]
I'm jumping the gun a little bit here, since Freelance hasn't come out yet, but here's my upcoming "Space-Time Continuum" column for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild
magazine--an interview with my editor and publisher, Sheila Gilbert, nominated once again this year for a Hugo Award for Best Editor, Long Form.
As a teenager looking for science fiction and fantasy, I was drawn to the distinctive yellow spines of paperbacks published by DAW Books—a name I found amusing because DAW are the initials of my brother, Dwight Arthur Willett.
In fact, those initials belonged to Donald A. Wollheim, ...
The nominees for this year's Hugo Awards
have been announced, and I'm thrilled to see that my editor at DAW Books
, Sheila Gilbert, is once again nominee for Best Editor, Long Form. This is Sheila's third time on the ballot, and here's hoping this is the year she goes home with the rocketship.
That said, I've decided I'd throw in my tuppence-worth of thought on the Big Hugo Controversy of 2015. Many pixels have been spilt and much bandwidth sacrificed to discussions all over the Web, but it's entirely possible you, gentle reader, are among the few who know nothing of this. Let's see if I can sum it up ...