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The Space-Time Continuum: Why do we write?

This is my latest "Space-Time Continuum" column for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild's news magazine Freelance. Have you ever asked yourself why you write? Or asked your writer friends why they write? I have. In fact, I literallyasked myself that question in one episode of my ongoing podcast, The Worldshapers (www.theworldshapers.com), featuring conversations with science fiction and fantasy authors about the creative process. Back in September, I had my pseudonym E.C. Blake step in as guest host (he has a southern accent, otherwise we sound remarkably similar), and ask me the same questions I ask of my other guests. We ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:30, January 12th, 2019 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Right to Know part of the Bundoran Buddies Sci-Fi StoryBundle

My space opera Right to Know is part of a new science fiction StoryBundle featuring authors and friends of Ottawa's Bundoran Press (which published Right to Know and the sequel, Falcon's Egg). If you're unfamiliar with StoryBundle, here's how it works: you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you're feeling generous), you'll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format: Valor's Choice by Tanya HuffTemplate by Matthew HughesThe Cyanide Process by Jennifer RahnRight to Know by Edward Willett (that's me!) If you pay at least the bonus price ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:17, January 12th, 2019 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Great review of Paths to the Stars in Resource Links

This great review by Leslie Vermeer of Paths to the Stars just appeared in Resource Links ("Connecting Classrooms, Libraries, and Canadian Learning Resources"): "Many students get their start as serious readers of science fiction and fantasy (SFF) in junior high or early senior high. Often they read the classics in the genre without ever realizing that SFF authors are alive and pro-ducing right here in Canada. Paths to the Stars offers readers a sly and good-humoured introduction to the work of Saskatchewan-based, award-winning writer Edward Willett, best known for his novels Marseguro and Terra Insegura. The twenty-two short stories in this collection, compiled from two ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:14, January 7th, 2019 under Books, Shadowpaw Press, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: Pros talk about rewriting prose

Cover of the July-September 2018 issue of Freelance. Here's my latest "Space-Time Continuum" column from the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild's newsletter Freelance... When I talk about writing (which I do, rather a lot), I’ll often say something like, “the most important part of writing is rewriting.” And I believe that’s true...but what rewriting means to an individual author varies. I’ve recently started a podcast, The Worldshapers, in which I chat with science fiction and fantasy authors about their creative process. One of my questions is always about revision: what do they do when they get to the end of the first draft?...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:29, October 10th, 2018 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Two more great reviews for Paths to the Stars

Paths to the Stars, my collection of short stories, continues to get good reviews! Writing at The Future Fire, Lisa Timpf says: "Willett’s short story collection has much to offer. Between the pages of Paths to the Stars, readers will find both inner and outer journeys. Some of the characters find what they are hoping for, and are pleased by it. Others get what they thought they were looking for, but realize it’s not at all what they expected. We get to experience alien cultures and strange worlds, and witness strange happenings in our own world. For a speculative fiction collection, that hits ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:55, September 22nd, 2018 under Blog, Books, Shadowpaw Press, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Five-star review for Paths to the Stars

Paths to the Stars, Published by Shadowpaw PressBuy an autographed copy directly from me!Shadowpaw Press | Amazon.comAmazon.ca | Chapters/Indigo | Barnes & Noble Just came across a great five-star review on Goodreads of Paths of the Stars, penned (pixelled?) by Toby Welch. Some excerpts: "In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve read Willett’s work before. I’ve enjoyed every novel of his that I’ve consumed and hoped that his latest work would reach the same high bar. It didn’t - it hurdled right over that bar and left it hanging..." "It’s a requirement of mine for science fiction works to push the boundaries ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 0:01, September 19th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Publishers Weekly calls Worldshaper a “rollicking” contemporary fantasy in STARRED review

Worldshaper, my ninth novel for DAW Books. Publishers Weekly, the bible of the publishing industry, has given my upcoming novel Worldshaper, Book 1 in my new Worldshapers series for DAW Books, its highest accolade, a STARRED review. Highlights: "This rollicking secondary-world contemporary fantasy opens with a bang...(the characters) grapple with the ethics of changing the world, the question of what makes people 'real' when the worldshapers can change everything about them with nothing more than a thought, and the need to save the universe. Willett...meticulously includes small details that make the constantly changing scenery feel solid and real...This novel sets up a ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:16, August 19th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

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 to talk up the book before the release, it's time to post the first two chapters! You can read them here. And here's the general information one more time: Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada | Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Penguin Random House From an Aurora Award-winning ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:18, August 5th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

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 fifty-fifty young adult and adult stories. Where can you get it? Well, you can buy it in all popular ebook formats or get an autographed directly from me through my new online shop. You can also buy it at any of these links: Shadowpaw Press| Amazon.com| Amazon.ca| Chapters/Indigo| Barnes & Noble Here's the official ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:09, July 10th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Shadowpaw Press, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

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 A. Heinlein, and the next the first by Theodore Sturgeon. But A.E. van Vogt’s story started it all—and van Vogt was a Saskatchewan boy. Although Alfred Elton van Vogt was born April 26, 1912, on a farm in the Russian Mennonite community of Edenburg, near the border town of Gretna, MB, his ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:20, July 2nd, 2018 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns | Comment now »