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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, and I won the City of Regina Book Award in 2002 for Spirit Singer; in fact, on the display board at the door last night they had photos of some past winners, myself among them (look closely at the photo I'm indicating in the photo accompanying this post!). My competition this year include Anne Campbell's ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:18, April 29th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Illustrated collection of science fiction/fantasy poetry released!

I Tumble through the Diamond Dust, my new collection of fantastical (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) poems, illustrated by Alberta artist Wendi Nordell (my talented niece), is now available in both print and ebook formats! Buy it from Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Kobo, or the Apple store in ebook format, or in print through Chapters/Indigo or the publisher, Your Nickel's Worth Press. Here's the description: Within these pages lie twenty-one poems… and twenty-one worlds: worlds in the farthest reaches of space, worlds steeped in myth and legend, worlds that never were, and worlds that yet could be. Written by award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Edward Willet, and beautifully illustrated by Alberta ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:58, April 28th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Complete cover for my poetry collection I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust

Here's the complete cover of my upcoming poetry collection, I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust, illustrated by Alberta artist Wendi Nordell (who happens to be my niece). The back copy reads: Within these pages lie twenty-one poems…and twenty-one worlds: worlds in the farthest reaches of space, worlds steeped in myth and legend, worlds that never were, and worlds that yet could be. Written by award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Edward Willett, and beautifully illustrated by Alberta artist Wendi Nordell, each poem was inspired by—and contains—two lines of published poetry from Saskatchewan poets, sent out every weekday by former Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Gerald Hill as a Poetry Month challenge to members of the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:58, April 5th, 2018 under Books, Poetry, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Great new review of Door Into Faerie

On her blog, Saskatoon author Shelley A. Leedahl reviews Door into Faerie: "...I read it without reading its predecessors, and also, admittedly, with a bit of a bias against the fantasy genre. Magic shmagic. I've oft said that what I really value in literature is contemporary realism: stories I can connect with via details from the here and now, geography and language I can relate to because I recognize it, I speak it. The old "holding a mirror to the world" thing. Well surprise, surprise: I loved this YA fantasy. Willett wields his well-honed writing chops from page one, and my interest was maintained until the final word...I can't imagine teens ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:00, March 29th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover Art Reveal: Worldshaper

Here's the fabulous cover art for Worldshaper, my ninth novel for DAW Books, coming out September 18 in hardcover and ebook. It's the start of a new series called Worldshapers. The artwork is by Juliana Kolesova, who happens to also be from Canada--she works out of Toronto. Here's the description: From an Aurora Award-winning author comes the first book in a new portal fantasy series in which one woman’s powers open the way to a labyrinth of new dimensions. For Shawna Keys, the world is almost perfect. She’s just opened a pottery studio in a beautiful city. She’s in love with a ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:57, March 28th, 2018 under Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: Steam-Engine Time

Here's my latest column from Freelance, the magazine of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. All forms of art, from the visual to the theatrical, from motion pictures to literature, tend to go through movements. One reason for this is simply copycatting, something that is most clearly seen in the motion picture industry: somebody makes a movie about, say, competitive cross-stitching, and it’s such a hit that suddenly there are a dozen more films about the cut-throat world of fabric-related competition. Another reason is conversation: artists within the same genre naturally react to, protest, and comment on the work of others within their genre. But sometimes, and especially in science fiction, it’s because it’s ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:05, March 28th, 2018 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover reveal: Paths to the Stars, my short-story collection

I'm getting very close to releasing my short-story collection, Paths to the Stars. It brings together almost all of my published, and a few of my unpublished, short stories, going all the way back to the beginnings of my writing career, up through "Textente Tela Veneris," just released in the Planetary: Venus anthology from Superversive Press (see the previous note). Since I'm independently publishing this through "Shadowpaw Press" (ahem), I'm doing my own cover art. I found a great image on Shutterstock created by Tithi Luadthong. I my still tweak the fonts, but this is pretty close to what you can expect on the finished book. Can't wait to share these stories!

Posted by Edward Willett at 19:02, February 26th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

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 Cityborn shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Award

I'm pleased to announce that my science fiction novel The Cityborn (DAW Books) is a finalist for the $2,000 City of Regina Book Award in this year's Saskatchewan Book Awards (you can find the complete list of nominees at the link.) The shortlist was announced at the Regina Public Library (and concurrently in Saskatoon) on February 16. I've been nominated for the Regina Book Awards three times previously, for Spirit Singer (which won in 2002), Magebane, and Masks. Others nominated in the City of Regina Book Award category are: Islands of Grass by Trevor Herriot (photographs by Branimir Gjetvaj) (Coteau Books) The Fabric of Day by Anne Campbell (Thistledown Press) ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:12, February 16th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: What do writers owe their readers?

Here's my latest column from Freelance, the magazine of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, still doesn’t have a release date, six years after the release of A Dance with Dragons. (And there’s a final book, A Dream of Spring, to come after The Winds of Winter.) Readers of the series are understandably antsy. Some have been downright rude about it, prompting Neil Gaiman to famously tell a reader that “George R.R. Martin is not working for you.” (Well, he put it that way the second time he said it: his original formulation was…pithier.) But ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:40, January 20th, 2018 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | 1 Comment »