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The Space-Time Continuum: Women of Futures Past

My latest column for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild's newsletter, Freelance. Whenever I lead a workshop about writing science fiction, I say it’s important to read widely and deeply in the field: that science fiction is like a long ongoing argumentative conversation, and jumping into it without being aware of what has already been said will irritate people at best and derail the conversation at worst. Admittedly, it’s far harder to be keep up with the field now than when I was a kid. Back then, a dedicated fan could reasonably hope to read everything of note published every year. Today, there is far more science fiction and fantasy around, and the audience ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:21, June 23rd, 2016 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Poetry month poetry: I Will Ride Off the Horizon

Today's poem, from the lines provided on Friday by Poet Laureate Gerald Hill. Asteroid mining doesn't get enough poetry written about it, if you ask me. All the other poems: I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust; Virtuality; This is the Way the World Ends; The Last Thing Your Lips Touched; Facing the Silence; The Telling; Saint Billy; I Remember His Eyes; His Body Knows; Emily Alison Atkinson Finds God; There’s Nothing Artificial About Love; He Really Should Have Written; Saving My Brother's Life; Dammit, I'm a Doctor, Not an EntreeSlime is Thicker than Blood; The Maharajah of Mossbank; The Gathering of Stones; The Only Child; The Labyrinth of RegretThe Tale of Old Bill from the Ship Cactus Hills. The ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:33, April 18th, 2016 under Blog, Poetry, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Poetry month poetry: The Telling

Another science fiction poem inspired by first lines provided by Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Gerald Hill each weekday to members of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. All the other poems: I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust; Virtuality; This is the Way the World Ends; The Last Thing Your Lips Touched; Facing the Silence; Saint Billy; I Remember His Eyes; His Body Knows; Emily Alison Atkinson Finds God; I Will Ride Off the Horizon; There’s Nothing Artificial About Love; He Really Should Have Written; Saving My Brother's Life; Dammit, I'm a Doctor, Not an EntreeSlime is Thicker than Blood; The Maharajah of Mossbank; The Gathering of Stones; The Only Child; The Labyrinth of RegretThe Tale of Old Bill from the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:52, April 12th, 2016 under Blog, Poetry, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Two recent audio interviews

  While I was Guest of Honour at Can-Con in Ottawa in late October, I had two great audio interviews, one with Kevin Johns of Write-Along Radio, and one with Derek Newman-Stille of the great Speculating Canada website.  And here are handy links to each! Here's the one from Write-Along Radio...                       And there's the one with Derek Newman-Stille, in which, in his words) we talk "about writing ideas of heroism, revolution, government power, resistance, individualism, and writing space operas."  

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:22, February 11th, 2016 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: Where do you get your ideas?

This is my latest column on writing science fiction and fantasy for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild newsletter Freelance... 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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:52, February 6th, 2016 under Blog, Writing and Editing | 1 Comment »

The Space-Time Continuum: The Aurora Awards

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:47, December 7th, 2015 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns | Comment now »

Speculating Canada reviews Falcon’s Egg

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:05, October 30th, 2015 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Read the first chapter of Falcon’s Egg

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 KnowFalcon’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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 19:21, September 25th, 2015 under Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: The world of fanzines

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:46, September 15th, 2015 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Falcon’s Egg available to reviewers through NetGalley

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. ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:31, August 5th, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »