Edward Willett


Short story in new anthology Planetary: Venus

I have a new short story out, in the anthology Planetary: Venus from Superversive Press. Here's a description of the anthology: Venus, the second planet from the sun, a world of sulfurous gas and tremendous temperatures where the landscape features—mountains and valleys—are all named for love goddesses. Venus herself is the goddess most known for allure and romance. Here are twenty stories featuring Venus, the planet, the goddess, or just plain love—both romantic and otherwise. Planetary Fiction explores the themes associated with these heavenly bodies as well as their astronomical, mythological, and in some cases even alchemical significance. My short story, "Texente Tela Veneris" (in English, "Venus's Weaver"), has an interesting back-story: ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:56, February 26th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Transit of Venus

I’m writing this on June 4, the eve of one of the rarest events in the solar system: the transit of Venus. In astronomical jargon, a “transit” is what happens when a smaller body passes in front of a larger one relative to an observer...in this case, us. The Sun, Venus and Earth actually line up every 584 days or so, but the orbits of Earth and Venus are tilted with respect to one another, which means that normally Venus passes above or below the Sun from our vantage point. Every few decades, though, things line up just right. Transits of Venus occur in a “pair of pairs” pattern that repeats every ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:26, June 6th, 2012 under Blog, Columns, Science Columns | Comment now »