Here's the latest instalment of my regular column on writing science fiction and fantasy from Freelance, the newsletter of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild
“Space opera” is an odd-looking term: after all, as the marketers for the movie Alien might have (but fortunately didn’t) put it, in space, no one can hear a tenor scream a high C.
Early SF fan Wilson “Bob” Tucker coined the phrase, writing in his fanzine in 1941: “In these hectic days of phrase-coining, we offer one. Westerns are called ‘horse operas,’ the morning housewife tear-jerkers are called ‘soap operas.’ For the hacky, grinding, stinking, outworn space-ship yarn, or world-saving for that matter, we offer ...
I'm really looking forward to being a featured author at Word on the Street in Saskatoon
on September 21. I'll be part of a panel (along with Arthur Slade
, Sean Cummings
, and Jefferson Smith
) called Other Worlds on the Prairies, focusing on writing science fiction and fantasy, which will be (appropriately enough) in the "Brave New World" tent at 2:30. We'll be talking and taking questions for an hour, then we'll be signing books.
The image is the poster WOTS is putting up in high schools. Cool, huh?
Hope to see you there!
My daughter Alice (newly fledged teenager) is a big fan of Wattpad, and has begun posting her own writing there (alicehasreadit
is her account, and trust me, the kid's got promise). I've poked around at it and thought it might be an interesting place to try to snare a few new readers, so by way of giving it a go, I've created an account (EdwardWillett
) and have begun serializing Andy Nebula: interstellar Rock Star
If you need incentive, check out this recent review on Amazon from Hard Sci-Fi Guy:
"I was expecting this book to be a tongue in cheek novel about a bunch of weird aliens ...
On May 6 I was the speaker at the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild’s Write After Lunch series, and entitled my talk “TARDIS: Time and Relative Dimensions in Stories.” This is more or less the text I spoke from, although as you'll see if you watch the archived video below and follow along, I didn't exactly deliver it word for word...
In the long-running British science fiction program Doctor Who, The Doctor, a centuries-old Time Lord, travels in the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space). Powered by a collapsing star, it is bigger on the inside than on the outside, and can journey anywhere in time and space, from the beginning of the universe to its end, to any ...
Here's my latest "Space-Time Continuum" column from Freelance, the newsletter of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild
Back at Weyburn Junior High I was once taken to task by a teacher for not remembering the name of the author of a book I liked. “If you don’t remember the author’s name,” he told me, “you’re just reading for escape.”
A few decades on, I recognize the glaring flaw in that statement: namely, what does remembering the author’s name have to do with the value of the book? Would War and Peace be any less a ...
I'm working toward self-publishing Star Song (as I mentioned in this week's book giveaway starting post), and today I spent some time playing with cover ideas. I've got two choices thus far, so I'm soliciting opinions. Which of the two covers below do you like best...and why?
Here's the one-paragraph description of the novel:
Kriss Lemarc is alone on a remote planet where he doesn't belong. The guardian who raised him in a backwoods village has been murdered. His parents died when he was a baby. His only link to them is a strange musical instrument that pulls his innermost feelings to the surface and pours them into the minds of his listeners. Kriss plans to take that instrument off-world and trace ...
The winner of Week 4 of my great book giveaway was Melinda, who commented on my Edward Willett Facebook page
. Now it's on to Week 5!
Rules are the same: leave a comment below, or reply to one of my Facebook posts, or retweet one of my daily Tweets on the subject, and if your name is chosen next Saturday, you can choose any one of my published books from this list
and I'll send you a copy (provided I have one to spare, which I almost certainly do) free of charge. Just note that I'll also add your email address to my newsletter mailing list. (Don't worry, ...
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 ...