Reviews & Mentions

“The collection is addictive, forcing its readers to see worlds beneath the world.”
Andrew MacDonald, Event

“[A]n articulate debut from a well-developed (and hopefully prolific) new voice in Canadian fiction.”
David Burgess MacGregor, The Winnipeg Review

“Bechtel displays a refreshing willingness to experiment with aspects of narratology, lending his collection a surface unfamiliarity that resembles the literary equivalent of quantum mechanics.”
Steven W. Beattie, The National Post

“A vanishingly thin – and therefore easily crossed – line exists between dream and reality, magic and science, insanity and sanity in Greg Bechtel’s debut story collection…. The 10 stories crackle with intelligence and energetic dialogue.”
Carla Gillis, Quill & Quire

“The title of this collection nicely expresses an essential component in the tales: a transgressively Equipoisal approach to the fractal convolutions of twenty-first century Fantastika.”
John Clute, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

“Bechtel’s collection explores that permeable place between speculative fiction and realist fiction, not shying away from either, but interweaving them – because reality IS speculative, and good speculative fiction should evoke questions and speculations about reality.”
Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada

(Links to additional reviews and media coverage here.)

Manuscript Consultations

2017-2018 CAA-AB Writer in Residence

I’ve had a wonderful time serving in my second year as one of two Writers in Residence for the Canadian Authors’ Association (Alberta Branch). It’s been a pleasure working with Albertan writers at all levels, and the diversity of the work I’ve been privileged to see has been glorious. Sadly, all things must end, and I am no longer accepting new consultation appointments, as all of my remaining appointments are now fully booked. For anyone seeking feedback, I would highly recommend checking out the comprehensive WGA list of Alberta Writers in Residence. And to all the writers I’ve met or worked with, thank you! It’s been a wonderful year.

Upcoming Events

Exporting Alberta Awards Gala (link)
(Jun 2, 9:30AM-3:30PM – St. John’s Institute, 11024 82 Ave, Edmonton)
($30 for CAA-AB members; $60 for non-members)

This year’s awards ceremony includes a celebratory luncheon and awards ceremony, in addition to three 1.5 hour workshops from exceptional local authors. The workshops will be led by Jessica Kluthe, Candas Jane Dorsey, and Scott Messenger.

Jessica Kluthe – The Art of It All: Crafting Family Stories

Candas Jane Dorsey – Topic TBA

Scott Messenger – What editors want from freelancers: A wish list from the time-deprived, multi-tasking, stressed-out people who, whether they seem like it or not, need a helping hand

Infrequent Annotations

2017-2018 CAA-AB WiR Consultations: What to Expect

Once again, I am proud to be working alongside Tim Bowling as Writer in Residence for the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Author’s Association for 2017-2018. It’s a tremendous opportunity...

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Submission Guidelines for CAA-AB WiR Consults

You can book your Writer-in-Residence consultation (free to all Albertans from now until the end of May 2018) by emailing me at or Tim Bowling at with the...

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Pure Speculation Festival (Nov 14-16) – Event Details

And finally, back for the hometown convention. This one’s always lots of fun, and I’m looking forward to spending a bit more time at the con this year than I...

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