“The collection is addictive, forcing its readers to see worlds beneath the world.”
Andrew MacDonald, Event
“For short fiction collections, check out [. . .] Greg Bechtel’s emotionally rich experiments with genre in Boundary Problems.”
Sofia Samatar, Strange Horizons
“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.)
Queer sex magick, robot revolutionaries, and redemption-seeking magic carpet cabbies are just a few things you’ll find in this anthology of optimistic Canadian speculative fiction that I co-edited with the inimitable Rhonda Parrish. And it’s now available for purchase in both electronic and print formats! To whet your appetite, check out Bright Spots in the Darkest Timeline, a series of blog posts on where our contributors find hope in dark times, and this interview we did with the wonderful folks at The Skiffy and Fanty Show.
This year, I’m honoured to be serving as one of the 2019 jurors for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. I can’t comment on specific books while deliberating, but more generally speaking: Wow. SO much amazing Canadian SpecFic in just one year. This is gonna be tough.
When asked to write something about SF-focussed for Avenue Edmonton, I came up with this short essay on my experience of Edmonton as an SF City and this review essay discussing of three amazing Edmonton-centric SF novels by Candas Jane Dorsey, Sean Stewart, and Minister Faust. I’m also proud to have contributed “The Smut Story” as a reprint in Prairie Starport: Stories in Celebration of Candas Jane Dorsey.
In 2015, Boundary Problems was named an Alberta Book of the Year (trade fiction) by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. It was also a finalist for the ReLit Award, the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize and the William L Crawford Award.