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Paths to the Stars: Twenty-Two Fantastical Tales of Imagination

Published by Shadowpaw Press

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From Edward Willett, Aurora Award-winning author of Marseguro, The Cityborn, and Worldshaper (DAW Books), among many others, comes twenty-two tales of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, drawn from a long career of telling fantastic tales.

A young musician dreams of playing his songs among the stars…A Broadway performer on the lam is forced to direct aliens in The Sound of Music…Strange vegetables with dangerous properties crop up in small-town Saskatchewan…A man with a dark secret gets his comeuppance on a windy night on the prairie…An elderly caretaker on the Moon preserves the memory of the millions who died on Earth’s darkest day…A woman and a bat-like alien must overcome their own prejudices to prevent an interstellar war…

From the far future and the farthest reaches of space to the Canadian prairie, from our world to worlds that have never existed to world’s that might some day, rich realms of imagination and the fascinating characters and creatures that populate them await within these stories, some previously published, some seeing print for the first time.

Time to go exploring…

“I was happily surprised by Paths to the Stars. I don’t normally read short stories and was very wary of trying this book. However, I’m glad I gave it a chance. I loved how pretty much every story in Paths to the Stars was intriguing, quick, and rarely boring. I loved how the plot moved so elegantly fast and how the characters were so different from those in a regular story…The author’s writing is absolutely beautiful…The words just flowed off the page. It was an absolute delight to read. Overall, Paths to the Stars is an elegant, beautiful collection of short stories. I recommend it for anyone ages 12+.” – Jesus Freak (student reviewer), LitPick

“I enjoyed this collection, and if I had to give a one-word description, I’d say “reminiscent.” Reminiscent of what? Well, back when I was reading my first SF, I enjoyed the novels, like Heinlein, Asimov, and so on, but my first love was a good short story collection, each story being written by a different author…almost all seminal stories of science fiction and fantasy, and much that came after was a pale shadow. I say that Ed Willett’s little collection of 22 stories is not an imitation, nor are these stories old-fashioned—well, some are a bit old-fashioned in style, but that’s homage, I think, to, the stories Ed liked while he was learning to be a writer. But they remind me—not the least in variety—of those great collections of long ago.” – Steve Fahnestalk, Amazing Stories

“From exploding fruits and vegetables to a shrine on the moon, dedicated to the memory of a devastated Earth, these stories will not disappoint. If you’re a fantasy and science fiction fan like I am, you’re sure to enjoy this rollercoaster of stories every bit as much as I did. I can sum my thoughts up in two words: ‘READ THEM!'” – Lorne McMillan, Author of Isaac’s Blood

“These stories take completely fantastical concepts and pack them into a neatly accessible format which makes them enormously entertaining. Willett’s sense of humor in many of the stories is perfectly offset with his use of mystery and drama in others. There is a short story in this collection for every reader. I was never a sci-fi fan before, but I certainly am now!…Also, musical theatre worshipping aliens.” – A reviewer on

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