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Edward Willett

Edward Willett is an award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy for readers of all ages.

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Edward Willett is the award-winning author of more than sixty books of fantasy, science fiction, and non-fiction for adults, young adults and children. Willett won the Aurora Award (honoring the best in Canadian science fiction and fantasy) for Best Long-Form Work in English in 2009 for Marseguro (DAW Books); the sequel, Terra Insegura, was also short-listed, and he has been short-listed twice since then for two books in his five-book Shards of Excalibur young adult fantasy series (published by Regina's Coteau Books). His young adult fantasy Spirit Singer (Earthling Press) won the City of Regina Book Award at the 2002 Saskatchewan Book Awards, and he's been short-listed for Saskatchewan Book Awards half a dozen times. As E.C. Blake, Willett is the author of the fantasy trilogy The Mask of Aygrima (Masks, Shadows, and Faces) from DAW Books, and as Lee Arthur Chane he pinned the stand-alone fantasy novel Magebane. His most recent title is the stand-along science fiction novel The Cityborn. September 2018 will see the release of Worldshaper, his ninth novel for DAW Books, which starts a new science fiction/fantasy series. Other novels include the two-book Peregrine Rising adult science fiction series (Bundoran Press), and the young adult fantasy Flames of Nevyana (Rebelight). Due out this year: I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust (Your Nickels' Worth Press), a collection of science-fiction and fantasy poems illustrated by Alberta artist Wendi Nordell, and a short-story collection, Paths to the Stars. Willett's non-fiction books run the gamut from science books for children (e.g., What is the Milky Way? [Rosen Publishing]), young adults (e.g., Disease-Hunting Scientists [Enslow Publishers]) and adults (e.g., Genetics Demystified [McGraw-Hill]) to children's biographies (of people as diverse as Angela Merkel, the Ayatollah Khomeini, Jimi Hendrix, Andy Warhol, and J.R.R. Tolkien) to histories of the mutiny on the Bounty, the Iran-Iraq War, and Saskatchewan institutions such as the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Land Surveyor's Association, the Saskatchewan Mining Association, and Government House. Willett holds a B.A. in journalism from Harding University in Searcy, AR, and began his career as a reporter/photographer/columnist, and eventually news editor, of the weekly Weyburn Review. He moved to Regina in 1988 as communications officer for the then-fledgling Saskatchewan Science Centre. In 1993 he became a fulltime freelance writer. He continues to live in Regina with his wife, Margaret Anne Hodges, P.Eng., a past president of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, their teenaged daughter, Alice, and their black Siberian cat, Shadowpaw. You can find him online at www.edwardwillett.com.

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Devil's Architect

Published Jun 28, 2020 · 3,535 words (13 minutes) · 41 views

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Two words: “programmable afterlife." Need I say more? (Apparently I do: here are 3,500 words inspired by that phrase.)

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Original

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The Rescue

Published Jun 28, 2020 · 4,868 words (18 minutes) · 59 views

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This is another early story, my second (after "The Minstrel") to be published in JAM Magazine. All of my early stories were aimed at teen readers, because I was barely out of that age group myself!

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Rocky coastline at Iceland

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Memory Jam

Published Jun 28, 2020 · 2,179 words (8 minutes) · 57 views

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Granny Noggin's kitchen is the best place in the world to be. You'd like to stay there forever...

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Preserved Pickled Eggs

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Follow a Song

Published Jun 28, 2020 · 4,407 words (17 minutes) · 54 views

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A very early story, written when I was a 19-year-old student at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. It won (or at least placed in—I can’t quite remember anymore) the annual creative writing contest. I was nineteen.

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Sins of the Father

Published Jun 28, 2020 · 5,651 words (21 minutes) · 51 views

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Robert J. Sawyer, in a science-fiction writing class I took at the Banff Centre, had us write, in five minutes, the opening to a story one morning. Those few lines became this short story, which in turn became Marseguro, my second novel for DAW Books, winner of Canada's top science-fiction award, the Aurora, for Best Long-Form Work in English in 2009.

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A natural hole towards the sky, from the sea.

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The Path of Souls

Published Mar 19, 2020 · 2,514 words (10 minutes) · 39 views

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For several years, Globe Theatre, here in Regina, ran an event called Lanterns on the Lake, during which people paraded around Wascana Lake, in the heart of the city, carrying paper lanterns of every colour, size, and shape. The visual effect was ethereal and otherworldly...and inspired this story, published in Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast, edited by Colleen Anderson and Steve Vernon.

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Lights script

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The Minstrel

Published Feb 24, 2019 · 2,539 words (10 minutes) · 361 views

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This story's central image, of a youngster gazing longingly at the silver spires of starships, aching to ride them into space, is a metaphor for the way I reacted to science fiction as a young reader.

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Here Comes the Night Time
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Waterlilies

Published Oct 27, 2018 · 4,956 words (19 minutes) · 171 views

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An artist gets more than he bargained for when he uses nanotechnology to create his artwork. After all, why does "grey goo" have to be grey?

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A Little Space Music

Published Mar 13, 2018 · 6,027 words (22 minutes) · 485 views

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This story, which was published in the Spring 2012 issue of On Spec, you have to blame on my friend Robert Ursan, brilliant composer, amazing accompanist, musical-theatre director par excellence, and very funny man. He occasionally refers to The Sound of Music as The Sound of Mucus. And for some reason I thought, “The Squill are alive with the sound of mucus”...and this story was born.

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Gardens by the Bay

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Strange Harvest

Published Mar 12, 2018 · 2,582 words (10 minutes) · 494 views

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This story was inspired by my years as a weekly newspaper reporter/editor. Every spring, people would bring in funny-looking vegetables: tomatoes with noses, that kind of thing. We’d photograph them and run them as a photo feature which, one year, I titled “Strange Harvest”—a headline I liked so much, I wrote this story.

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