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 ...
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 ...