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The Space-Time Continuum: Frankenstein, the first science fiction novel

This is my Space-Time Continuum column for the latest issue of Freelance, the magazine of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. It's a modified version of a column I wrote ages ago as one of my newspaper science columns. It seemed appropriate to bring that old column back to life...bwah-ha-ha! As I write this, it’s about three weeks until Hallowe’en, a time when people’s thoughts turn to monsters. While in this modern age there are a great many more monsters to choose from than there used to be, there’s no doubt that one of the most popular (which is an odd thing for a monster to be, perhaps, but still) is the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:10, October 21st, 2016 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

My "Space-Time Continuum" column for the August/September 2016 issue of Freelance, the newsletter of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. When I was growing up, in pre-Google days, my go-to book for anything I had a question about was the 1958 edition of Collier’s Encyclopedia, which my parents had bought before I was born. One thing I couldn’t learn much about in Collier’s or any other encyclopedia, however, was science fiction. I had to rely on bits and pieces gleaned from the introductions to books and stories, and the occasional magazine article. All that changed in 1979 with the publication of a massive reference work called The Encyclopedia of ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:38, September 5th, 2016 under Blog, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

First description of The Cityborn

I was asked today to write a brief description of The Cityborn for DAW Books. Here's what I came up with: it's your first peek at my next science fiction novel, my eighth (!) novel for DAW, coming out in about a year's time. The metal City towers at the center of the mountain-ringed Heartland, squatting like a four-legged beast above the deep chasm of the Canyon. Within it dwells a stratified society ruled with an iron fist by the Officers and Crew. In the City, social standing is everything, signalled by the Tier on which one lives, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:23, July 13th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

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 »