“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.)
Tesseracts Twenty-One: Nevertheless, an anthology of optimistic Canadian speculative fiction that I co-edited with the inimitable Rhonda Parrish, is forthcoming in fall 2018. You can read more about how we came up with the subtitle and check out the full table of contents here. I’m also proud to have contributed “The Smut Story” as a reprint in Prairie Starport: Stories in Celebration of Candas Jane Dorsey, which was compiled by Rhonda Parrish in well-deserved recognition of Candas’s broad-ranging writing, mentorship, and influence on Canadian SF. Slightly less recently, I contributed a piece to The Word Hoard for its Scum and Villainy issue, an odd little hybrid personal/critical essay on genre-snobbery, SF genre-policing, Sad and Rabid Puppies, and my (almost entirely imaginary) relationship with my personal Canadian-SF nemesis. That one’s called Our Villains, Ourselves: On SF, Villainy, and… Margaret Atwood?, and you can read it in its entirety here if you’re so inclined.
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.
Watch here for additional events as details become available, including occasional workshops and talks addressing the craft of writing, appearances at literary festivals and SF conventions, and additional readings and signings.
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...
You can book your Writer-in-Residence consultation (free to all Albertans from now until the end of May 2018) by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tim Bowling at email@example.com with the...
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...