Reviews & Mentions

“[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.)

Writing Consultations

Alberta Writers, Send Us Your Work!

Along with Tim Bowling, I am one of the Canadian Authors’ Association, Alberta Branch (CAA-AB) Writers in Residence for 2016-2017. I’ve got up to 6 consultation appointments available per week, and it’s FREE. Whatever your level of expertise, whatever you’re working on, or whatever questions you may have, our job is to help you to accomplish your goals in writing. For more information on how to contact us or set up a meeting, see the CAA-AB Writers’ in Residence page. Or if you prefer, just email me at with any questions you may have.

Upcoming Events

WGA Gen Next & Z Edmonton Writers Meetup [FREE]
(Jan 19, 7PM – Devaney’s Irish Pub, 113 87 Ave, Edmonton, AB)

CAA-AB Writers’ Circle [FREE]
(Jan 20, 6:30-8 PM – St. John’s Institute, 11024 82 Ave, Edmonton, AB)

Jason Lee Norman on Self Promotion in the 21st Century [FREE]
(Jan 20, 8 PM – St. John’s Institute, 11024 82 Ave, Edmonton, AB)
(facebook event and details)

Adventures in Short Fiction with Jason Lee Norman
(Jan 21, 9:30AM-3:30PM – St. John’s Institute, 11024 82 Ave, Edmonton, AB)
($40 for CAA members, $70 for non-members)
(facebook event and details)

International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
(March 22-26, 2017 – Orlando, Florida)

And More….

Watch here for additional events and appearances as details become available.

Infrequent Annotations

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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World Fantasy Convention (Nov 6-9, 2014) – Event Details

And here we go! Time for the next one. This time, it’s a semi-international trip to Washington, D.C. for the World Fantasy Convention. In some senses this feels like the...

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UNB Reading Series (Oct 24, 2014) – Event Details

So this one should be particularly… interesting. A time-warp of sorts. See, I haven’t been back to Fredericton since August 2005, having moved away about a year and a half...

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