“[C]heck out Zen Cho’s fresh and delightful Spirits Abroad, Matthew Johnson’s thought-provoking Irregular Verbs, and Greg Bechtel’s emotionally rich experiments with genre in Boundary Problems.”
Sofia Samatar, Strange Horizons “2014 in Review”
“[A]n articulate debut from a well-developed (and hopefully prolific) new voice in Canadian fiction.”
David Burgess MacGregor, The Winnipeg Review
“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
“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
“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.)
Fall 2015 lead to a few new publications, including a short essay on The University Bubble in Avenue Edmonton, and a mini-meta-story called Notes Toward Nine Stories of the Future in New Trail Magazine‘s The Future of Everything issue. I particularly love the illustration for the New Trail story, an original piece by Gianni De Conno.
In September 2015, Boundary Problems was named an Alberta Book of the Year (trade fiction) by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. For more details, check out this Edmonton Journal article on the results here and a full list of all the winners here.
Boundary Problems was also a finalist for the ReLit Award, the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize and the William L Crawford Award. You can read more about each of these, respectively, here, here, and here. It was an honour to be shortlisted alongside such tremendous writers as Rudy Wiebe, Tim Bowling, Zen Cho, and Stephanie Feldman among many others.
Allen Featherstone and I met at the Pure Speculation Festival in Edmonton, and when he asked if I would be a guest on his new podcast, I had no idea what to expect but I was curious enough to find out. We ended up having a wonderful and rambling conversation at the Empress Alehouse in August 2015, which is now available here.
Watch here for additional events as details become available, including appearances at various literary festivals and SF conventions, plus additional readings and signings.
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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