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Free Novel Saturday: Star Song, Chapters 12 & 13

Every Saturday I post a chapter or two of my young adult science fiction novel Star Song. Coming in in the middle? The whole thing starts here with Chapter 1 and an explanation. Enjoy! Star Song By Edward Willett Chapter 12 Rain poured down with shocking suddenness before Kriss reached the inn, soaking through his clothes in seconds and chilling him to the bone. But he was grateful for the dark cloak it drew across the city; even in the glare from the frequent bursts of lightning, the falling sheets of water ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:27, February 2nd, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Free Novel Saturday: Star Song, Chapter 11

Every Saturday I post a chapter or two of my young adult science fiction novel Star Song. Coming in in the middle? The whole thing starts here with Chapter 1 and an explanation. Enjoy! Star Song By Edward Willett Chapter 11 Kriss expected Andru to protest or at least ask questions when he asked for the night off, but his employer, preoccupied, granted the request without even looking up from his computer terminal. Though he wasn’t hungry, Kriss forced himself to eat a mid-day meal. Fortunately the inn was busy, so he didn’t ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:47, January 26th, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

My introduction to science fiction for non-SF audiences

I’ve occasionally been called on to talk to various groups—teachers, librarians, others—about science fiction. It’s an interesting challenge, since you can’t be sure that your audience knows the first thing about the topic. I start, of course, by establishing my bona fides: talking about my own writing and publications. Then I go on to say something like this... First, I need to deal with the question, “Why do you write that stuff?” It sometimes seems that, like Rodney Dangerfield, SF "can't get no respect." Though the situation is better than it once was, there has been a well-documented tendency over the years for "serious," "literary" writers, editors and critics to look down on science ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:26, January 9th, 2013 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Saturday Special from the Vaults (a bit late): Chapter 1 of The Chosen

This week's Saturday-special-I'm-actually-posting-on-Monday is the first chapter of the YA science fiction novel (dystopian before dystopian YA SF was cool!) I just epublished last week: The Chosen. The original version of this book was only the second novel I wrote out of university, but I rewrote it sometime in the last few years. It never found a home with a publisher, but now it has one as an ebook! If you like this sample, you can order the complete book through Smashwords or buy it in the Kindle store. (It should soon show up in other ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:39, March 26th, 2012 under Blog, Books | Comment now »