Edward Willett is an award-winning author of science fiction, fantasy and non-fiction for both children and adults.
Born in Silver City, New Mexico, Willett lived in Bayard, New Mexico and Lubbock and Tulia, Texas, before moving to Weyburn, Saskatchewan with his family when he was eight years old.
He studied journalism at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, then returned to Weyburn as a reporter/photographer for the weekly Weyburn Review, eventually becoming news editor. In 1988 he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, as communications officer for the Saskatchewan Science Centre, and in 1993 he became a fulltime freelance writer. He still resides in Regina.
Willett is now the author or co-author of more than 40 books, ranging from computer books and children’s non-fiction books to science fiction and fantasy for both adults and young adults.
His most recent science fiction novels are Marseguro and Terra Insegura, published by DAW Books. Marseguro won the 2009 Aurora Award for best English-language science fiction or fantasy book by a Canadian author. His previous novel with DAW was Lost in Translation.
His most recent non-fiction books are the children’s titles Disease-Hunting Scientist and The Bounty Mutiny for Enslow Publishers; and the local history book Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw for Red Deer Press, recently awarded a Municipal Heritage Award by the City of Regina in the education category.
Other recent titles include A Safe and Prosperous Future: 100 years of engineering and geoscience achievements in Saskatchewan, published by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) ; Janis Joplin: Take Another Little Piece of My Heart, Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky, Orson Scott Card: Architect of Alternate Worlds, and J.R. R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds for Enslow Publishers; and Genetics Demystified for McGraw-Hill.
Upcoming books include biographies of Johnny Cash and Andy Warhol for Enslow Publishers, a history of land surveying in Saskatchewan, an adult fantasy novel, Magebane, written under the pseudonym Lee Arthur Chane, and additional young adult fantasy and science fiction novels.
Willett also writes a weekly newspaper (and online) science column that has been running now for 20 years. His website and blog are at edwardwillett.com.
Willett is represented by literary agent Ethan Ellenberg.
Besides being a writer, Willett is a professional actor and singer who has performed in dozens of plays, musicals and operas in and around Saskatchewan, hosted local television programs, and emceed numerous public events.
He’s married to a telecommunications engineer and has one daughter.