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“Great space opera of the extra-pulpy variety”

That's how Michael H. Payne sums up Marseguro and Terra Insegura. About the latter, he specifically has this to say: This one has a few more "snags" than the first book--some places where the plot machinery creaked a bit and where the characters acted to further the story rather than in a way anyone in their situation actually would--but these two books are still great space opera of the extra-pulpy variety. I'll certainly be looking for Willett's next. Not a complete rave, but he obviously enjoyed it. I hope he twigs to the fact that "Willett's next" will actually be "Lee Arthur Chane's first"... Oh, and for the record, I consider "great space opera of the extra-pulpy variety" to be a ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:42, June 15th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

Lensmen: the movie

This is cool news: J. Michael Straczynski, creator of the late, lamented Babylon 5, has written a script for a movie adaptation of the Lensmen series by E.E. "Doc" Smith. I devoured these classic space operas as a kid. The scale of, well, everything was enormous: ships the size of moons (long before the Death Star--Star Wars is small potatoes compared to Lensmen series, although there are a lot of similarities). Psychic abilities magnified by mysterious Lenses created by an incredibly advanced race to help in the battle against an equally advanced but EEEVIL race...men in space armor battling it out in hand-to-hand combat in ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 0:08, June 30th, 2009 under Blog | 3 Comments »

Goodreads giveaway for my SF novel Right to Know…

...just went live. There are five copies up for grabs from Bundoran Press. Go forth and enter! And just to remind you about the book: "An inspiring tale of redemption and courage, set in an all-too-plausible future in space. Well done!" - Julie Czerneda, author of The Clan Chronicles Cover art by Dan O'Driscoll. A fast-paced space opera about first contact - with a difference. When Art Stoddard, civilian information officer of the generation ship Mayflower II, is kidnapped by a secret military organization determined to overthrow the power of Captain and crew, he becomes embroiled in a conflict that tests everything he thought he knew. Now, he ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:22, August 29th, 2013 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: Space Opera

Here's the latest instalment of my regular column on writing science fiction and fantasy from Freelance, the newsletter of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild... “Space opera” is an odd-looking term: after all, as the marketers for the movie Alien might have (but fortunately didn’t) put it, in space, no one can hear a tenor scream a high C. Early SF fan Wilson “Bob” Tucker coined the phrase, writing in his fanzine in 1941: “In these hectic days of phrase-coining, we offer one. Westerns are called ‘horse operas,’ the morning housewife tear-jerkers are called ‘soap operas.’ For the hacky, grinding, stinking, outworn space-ship yarn, or world-saving for that matter, we offer ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:34, September 14th, 2014 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | 2 Comments »

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 »