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Listen to my new podcast–interviews with major SF/fantasy writers about the creative process

I’ve thought about doing for a long time, I’m now actually doing: I’ve started a podcast, The Worldshapers: Conversation With Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors About the Creative Process. In each hour-long episode, I explore how a particular author began writing science fiction or fantasy, and the go through their creative process, focusing on one …

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Read the first two chapters of Worldshaper!

It’s just six weeks until the release of Worldshaper, my ninth novel for DAW Books, on September 18 in trade paperback and ebook. What with When Words Collide coming up this weekend, and the World Science Fiction Convention after that, and DragonCon after that, and then SaskExpo after that, all of which I’ll be at …

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Five-star review for I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust

Jim Bennett, who reviews poetry for KBR (The Kindle Book Review) and is himself a poet, liked I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust rather a lot, giving it five out of five stars: “Willett writes speculative fiction, so these poems are unusual. They are also a lot of fun. Willett’s illustrator, Wendi Nordell, has added to …

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New short-story collection Paths to the Stars now available!

My new short-story collection, Paths to the Stars: Twenty-Two Fantastical Tales of Imagination, has just been released by Shadowpaw Press. The stories in it span my writing career–the oldest is one I wrote at age 19 (or possibly 18, I’m not sure) at Harding University; the newest just came out earlier this year.  They’re roughly …

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My interview on “The Writer’s Block” on L.A. Talk Radio

I had a great time on “The Writer’s Block” program on L.A. Talk Radio last week; as they describe it on their webpage, the conversation was “fun, educational, and occasionally, somewhat nonsensical.” You can listen to it here.

The Space-Time Continuum: How a small-town Saskatchewan boy launched science fiction’s Golden Age

My most recent Space-Time Continuum column for Freelance, the magazine of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild.  The Golden Age of science fiction, many say, began with the publication of A.E. van Vogt’s story “Black Destroyer” in Astounding in 1939. Isaac Asimov’s first story for Astounding appears in that same issue; the next contained the first story by Robert …

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Audiobook of I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust now available!

The audiobook of my collection of science fiction and fantasy poetry, I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust, which I narrated myself, is now available through Audible and iTunes. Of course, when you buy the audiobook, you don’t get the wonderful illustrations by my niece, Wendi Nordell (except for a small portion of the cover art), …

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Announcing the Edward Willett bookstore!

For a long time I’ve wanted to set up an online store where people can order books directly from me–autographed, of course (except for the ebooks, because I haven’t figured out how to do that, yet). After a not-inconsiderable amount of work, I’m pleased to announce that my very own personal bookstore, The Fantastic Worlds …

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Announcing Shadowpaw Press

Like many authors, I’ve got a few projects that I’d like to get out into the wide world for which I do not have a publisher handy, and so I am turning to my own publishing resources–something far easier to do today than ever before. Rather than simply self-publish, however, I’ve decided to go the …

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Successful poetry book launch, complete with music!

I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust officially launched on Saturday night, with a great event attending by thirty-five people or so, in the basement of The Artesian on 13th (a former church converted into a theatre). There’s been one great review of the book so far. Shelley A. Leedahl, herself a Saskatchewan poet, writes: “Prolific …

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I talk about worldbuilding!

On Tuesday of this week I gave a presentation at the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild office, part of its Write After Lunch series of authors’ talks, entitled “Worldshaping.” The topic was what is usually called “worldbuilding,” but since my upcoming eighth novel for DAW Books (for which I just received the page proofs) is called Worldshaper, …

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Praise from Saskatchewan Book Awards jurors for The Cityborn

Last night the 25th annual Saskatchewan Book Awards were presented at the Conexus Arts Centre. My science fiction novel The Cityborn was shortlisted for the City of Regina Book Award, for “the best book by a Regina author, judged on the quality of the writing.” This is, I believe, the eighth time I’ve been shortlisted, …

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