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Complete Shards of Excalibur series now available as audiobooks!

Cover art for the audiobook version of Door Into Faerie, Book 5 of The Shards of Excalibur series. With the release of Door into Faerie this week, my complete five-book Shards of Excalibur young adult fantasy series, published in print by Coteau Books, is now available in audiobook format: Song of the SwordTwist of the BladeLake in the CloudsCave Beneath the SeaDoor into Faerie The Shards of Excalibur series tells the story of Ariane Forsythe and Wally Knight, two Regina teens who are sent on a quest for the scattered shards of King Arthur's legendary sword ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:47, November 10th, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: The Aurora Awards

Here's my Space-Time Continuum column from the December-January issue of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild's newsletter Freelance... Literary awards are nice to get. They may or may not help book sales, and they may or may not come with a cash prize, but at the very least, they’re a form of validation for authors. (As Sally Fields put it when she won an Academy Award, “They like me, they really like me!”) Canada's most prestigious literary science fiction awards are the Auroras, presented annually by the non-profit Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA), which also sponsors the French-language Prix Aurora Boréal. They were first given out in 1980 (when there ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:47, December 7th, 2015 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns | Comment now »

Twist of the Blade nominated for Aurora Award!

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association has announced the ballot for the 2015 Aurora Awards, recognizing the best in Canadian science fiction and fantasy, and I'm pleased and proud to announce that Twist of the Blade is on the ballot in the Best Young Adult Novel Category. Others nominated in that category: Lockstep by Karl Schroeder, Tor Books; Rain by Amanda Sun, Harlequin TEEN; Out of This World by Charles de Lint, Razorbill Canada; The Voices in Between by Charlene Challenger, Tightrope Books; Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf by Sherry Peters, Dwarvenamazon; and Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong, Doubleday Canada. The Aurora awards will be present during SFContario 6 / Canvention 35 on the weekend of November 20-22 There are more than the usual five nominees because of ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:31, May 23rd, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

My Aurora-eligible short story “A Little Space Music”

The deadline for nominations for the Aurora Awards, for the best Canadian speculative fiction, is just two weeks away (April 15)...so naturally I'm only now getting around to making my only Aurora eligible work of the year available online for potential nominators to read. Still, 'tis better to have posted the story and not be nominated than never to have posted the story at all, so without further ado, my humorous SF story "A Little Space Music," which appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of On Spec magazine (the cover art for which, posted at left, is by P. John Burden.) Should you wish to nominate it for an Aurora ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:14, April 2nd, 2013 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Nominations open for Aurora Awards for best Canadian science fiction and fantasy: Magebane eligible!

Nominations are now open for the Prix Aurora Awards, presented annually by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) for the best in, you guessed it, Canadian science fiction and fantasy. I was fortunate enough to win an Aurora in Montreal in 2009 for Marseguro (that's me holding the award, flanked by Betsy Wollheim, left, and Sheila Gilbert, right, publishers and editors of DAW Books), and Terra Insegura was a finalist in 2010. This year, Magebane by (ahem) Lee Arthur Chane is eligible. If you liked it, I'd be honored if you'd nominate it (and vote for it, too, of course, if ti comes to that!) But whether ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:16, January 17th, 2012 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: Sturgeon’s Law doesn’t always apply

My latest column for Freelance, the magazine of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. *** [caption id="attachment_10283" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Theodore Sturgeon"][/caption] Ever heard of Sturgeon’s Law? It does not, as you might think at first glance, regulate the caviar industry in Russia; rather, it is a general description of the world around us. Formulated by the late science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon, it is usually paraphrased as, “Of course 90 percent of science fiction is crap. Ninety percent of everything is crap!” This poses a challenge to anyone who wishes to seek out the best of anything, whether movies, music...or science fiction. And if you’re just thinking of taking the plunge into the speculative fiction ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:51, February 22nd, 2011 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns | Comment now »

Song of the Sword on McNally Robinson list of Aurora-eligible titles that “excited the staff”

Too busy working on revisions for Twist of the Blade, Book 2 of the Shards of Excalibur series, to write a long post this morning, so this little self-serving item will have to do. As the title says, Song of the Sword shows up on a list of titles that "excited the staff" at McNally Robinson Booksellers and are eligible for this year's Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction or fantasy novel in English. It's a good list to be on: Eligible works that excited our staff in 2010 include: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong, Tesseracts 14 edited by John Robert Colombo ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:45, January 18th, 2011 under Blog | Comment now »

The winners of the 2010 Prix Aurora Awards

The 2010 Prix Aurora Awards for the best Canadian science fiction and fantasy of 2009 were handed out tonight at KeyCon in Winnipeg. My Terra Insegura was nominated for best novel in English, but didn't win (although all the nominees did receive very nice stainless steel mini-Aurora pins, which were much appreciated!). Instead, the best novel in English award went to Robert J. Sawyer's Wake (and well-deserved it is). Here are this year's nominees and winners. I've arranged the list with the winners at the top of each category, starred and bolded: BEST NOVEL IN ENGLISH : *WAKE, Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada THE AMULET OF AMON-RA, by Leslie Carmichael, CBAY Books DRUIDS, by Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy STEEL WHISPERS, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:14, May 23rd, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »

Terra Insegura is an Aurora Award finalist!

Just heard this morning that Terra Insegura, my sequel to last year's Aurora Award-winning science fiction novel Marseguro, is a finalist for this year's Aurora Award for best science fiction or fantasy novel in English. Sounds like they had a record number of nominations, too, so that makes it even sweeter. The other finalists are Wake, by Robert J. Sawyer, Steel Whispers by Hayden Trenholm, Druids by Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston, and The Amulet of Amon-Ra by Leslie Carmichael. I know every one of these authors. It should be a great evening at KeyCon in Winnipeg in May when the winners are announced. Voting will ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:11, February 18th, 2010 under Blog, Columns | 2 Comments »

A reminder about Aurora Award nominations

The deadline for nominating works for a Prix Aurora Award is fast approaching. Today is the day when mail-in ballots must be postmarked by, and the deadline for online nominations is February 15. The Aurora Awards, for the best Canadian works of science fiction and fantasy, are nominated and voted on by fans. Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident can nominate up to three works or individuals in a range of categories in both English and French. The five works with the most nominations go on the final ballot and are voted on by members of CanVention, the annual national SF convention. It costs nothing to ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:21, February 5th, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »