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An Orson Scott Card interview

The Glenn and Helen Show podcasts a long interview with Orson Scott Card, which naturally caught my eye...er, ear...since I recently wrote a biography of him.Card talks about his new book, Empire, which is about a new U.S. civil war, and about division in American politics.Warning: May raise your blood pressure if you are ideologically pure, either left (okay, probably especially left) or right. Me, I'm anything but pure (um, ideologically), so I enjoyed it, even the parts I disagreed with.

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:47, November 28th, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

SF Canada website updated

I've done a small update to the SF Canada website: the most interesting feature is a long interview with Nancy Kress, conducted by Celu Amberstone.Current news is posted regularly on the SF Canada news blog.SF Canada is the professional association of speculative fiction writers in Canada. I'm the administrative assistant and webmaster.

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:24, May 28th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

John Scalzi interviews Robert J. Sawyer…

...and you can read it here.

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:57, June 27th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

Me on Newsworld

Yesterday CBC Newsworld contacted me about doing a short segment on the science of soccer, in honour of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup now being played in Canada. (If you google "The Science of Soccer," the column I wrote in 2002 is the first hit.)I did the interview this morning on the lawn outside CBC Regina. I couldn't see the interviewer (Susan Pedlar) and she couldn't see me, but everything went fairly smoothly. At least, I don't think I said anything stupid. (I hope not. I really don't want soccer fans mad at me...) And I didn't drop the soccer ball I was holding, either, so that's a plus.I don't know when the segment ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:48, July 20th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

Hey, that’s me on Newsworld!

My interview on Newsworld regarding the science of soccer did indeed air today at 11:15 a.m. I captured it and YouTubed it for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:55, July 23rd, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

My Facebook interview, Part 1

This week I'm being interviewed on Facebook on the discussion board of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy group. If you're on Facebook, you can see the interview here. For those who aren't, though, I'm going to post it here as it goes along.My interviewer is Dr. Robert Runte.RR: Okay, let's get this interview started.In my review of Marseguro for Neo-Opsis Magazine, I said that "As the stakes continually rise, the protagonists have to constantly up their game to overcome yet greater obstacles and confront yet more profound ethical issues...As in Lost in Translation the characters have to confront their prejudices, overcome their justifiable hatreds, examine their loyalties and -- even more ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:01, February 5th, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

My Facebook interview, Part 2

Part 1 is here.The interviewer is Dr. Robert Runte.The Facebook version is here.RR: Oh, let us say rather that you are the embodiment of the modern day renaissance man!One of the things I liked about Marseguro was the complexity of the main, and even a few of the secondary, characters. (This is in sharp contrast with a lot of SF where the viewpoint character is essentially flawless Hero, or at best a Peter Parker flawless Hero-with-angst.) Your viewpoint characters are either slightly damaged individuals or ordinary people (well, aside from the whole gill thing) who have to try to rise to the occasion. And every time they succeed, you ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 3:18, February 6th, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

My Facebook interview, Part 3

Part 1 is here; Part 2 is here.The interviewer is Dr. Robert Runte.The Facebook version is here.RR: I'm always interested in a writer's process. Some writers write by just sitting down at the keyboard and letting things develop as they may; at the other end of the continuum are those that don't set pen to paper until they have a completed outline, a white board filled with timelines and thematic analysis, and a stack of index cards detailing each character, his/her growth, and their interaction with every other character. You've mentioned that Marseguro grew out of a scene you developed in a workshop, but that it was also the first ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 3:22, February 7th, 2008 under Blog | 2 Comments »

Jeff VanderMeer interviews me

A few days ago I discovered that Jeff VanderMeer (yes, the two-time World Fantasy Award winner: that Jeff VanderMeer) was running an interesting survey on his blog, Ecstatic Days, in which he had posted several examples of book cover art and then asked his readers several questions about, such as what kind of book they thought it was, who it was meant to appeal to, if they'd be willing to be seen reading it, that kind of thing.One of the images he chose was the cover of Marseguro, which didn't fare all that well with his readers (although I still like it), most of whom guessed it was military SF, which it isn't...exactly. Jeff ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:07, February 7th, 2008 under Blog | 3 Comments »

My Facebook interview, Part 4 (the conclusion)

Part 1 is here; Part 2 is here; Part 3 is here.The interviewer is Dr. Robert Runte.The Facebook version is here.RR: So the next obvious question is how do you ensure "characters who are as much like real people as you can?" Are they based on people you know? (and do they know they are those characters?) or are they composites of people you know? Or do you just draw them from your head but try hard to work out the details in a consistent way?Me: I've never knowingly based a character on a real person (although I do borrow people's last names without shame). In a ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 3:01, February 9th, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »