Welcome to the home of The Worldshapers, a new podcast featuring interviews with with science fiction and fantasy authors about their creative processes, hosted by Aurora Award-winning science fiction author Edward Willett.
All writers, when they set pen to paper or post pixel to page, are shaping a world: their own private world, created from their own thoughts and imagination, joys and sorrows, hopes and heartbreaks, triumphs and fears. It may mimic the real world, or it may be as different from the real world as, say, the world of Middle Earth is from the world of Blade Runner, but it is still a shaped world–a sub-creation, to use J.R.R. Tolkien’s formulation. It is not a real world, it does not have the depth or complexity of a real world, it is but an illusion…and yet, these fictional worlds, these illusions, though shaped by humans, not gods, can sometimes touch our minds and expand our spirits in ways nothing else can.
It is a kind of miracle, and very writer performs it in his or her own way. In The Worldshapers, Edward Willett, himself an award-winning writer of science fiction and fantasy, delves into the creative process with science fiction and fantasy writers of every kind, seeking to better understand this magical, mystical skill…the skill of worldshaping.
Edward Willett is the award-winning author of more than sixty books of fantasy, science fiction, and non-fiction for all ages. A former newspaper reporter, editor, and radio and television host, he’s interviewed dozens of fascinating people over the years, from authors to actors to artists to musicians to scientists to politicians, including celebrities running the gamut from Weird Al Yankovic to Atom Egoyan.
Ed won Canada’s top science-fiction award, the Aurora Award, for Best Long-Form in English in 2009 for Marseguro (DAW Books). The sequel, Terra Insegura, was shortlisted for the same award, as have been two instalments in his five-book young-adult fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur (Coteau Books). Other work includes the Masks of Aygrima fantasy trilogy for DAW Books (written as E.C. Blake), Magebane (written as Lee Arthur Chane, also for DAW Books), The Cityborn, a stand-alone science fiction novel (DAW, again), I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust, an illustrated collection of science fiction and fantasy poetry (Your Nickel’s Worth Press), and Paths to the Stars, a collection of short stories (Shadowpaw Press).
Ed’s newest novel for DAW Books is Worldshaper, from which the podcast takes its name: it launches a new series, called Worldshapers, and features a young woman travelling from world to world, each Shaped by a creative individual to be whatever they want it to be, while pursued by an Adversary who wishes to bring all the Shaped worlds crashing down in ruin.
Ed lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, with his wife, Margaret Anne Hodges, P.Eng., their teenaged daughter, Alice, and their black Siberian cat, Shadowpaw.
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