Edward Willett


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 »

Audiobook of I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust now available!

The audiobook of my collection of science fiction and fantasy poetry, I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust, which I narrated myself, is now available through Audible and iTunes. Of course, when you buy the audiobook, you don't get the wonderful illustrations by my niece, Wendi Nordell (except for a small portion of the cover art), so I recommend getting both. The print book is available through my bookstore, as well as through Indigo and from the publisher, Your Nickel's Worth Press. Here's one of the poems, "Saint Billy": [audio mp3="https://edwardwillett.com/wp-content/uploads//2018/06/Saint-Billy-without-preamble.mp3"][/audio]  

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:39, June 23rd, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books, Poetry, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

I talk about worldbuilding!

On Tuesday of this week I gave a presentation at the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild office, part of its Write After Lunch series of authors' talks, entitled "Worldshaping." The topic was what is usually called "worldbuilding," but since my upcoming eighth novel for DAW Books (for which I just received the page proofs) is called Worldshaper, I thought I'd do a little marketing as well as lecturing. The presentation went over very well, and was broadcast on Facebook live while I was doing it and archived once I was done. I also took the liberty of putting it on YouTube...enjoy! 

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:14, June 8th, 2018 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

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 »