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.)

Manuscript Consultations

2016-2017 CAA-AB Writer in Residence

I’m proud to say that Tim Bowling and I are the Canadian Authors’ Association (Alberta Branch) Writers in Residence for 2016-2017. Our services include manuscript consultations, general consultations about writing and publishing, and more. For more information on how to set up a meeting with either of us, see the CAA-AB Writers’ in Residence page.

Upcoming Events

Reading with Tim Bowling and Matt Cahill (Nov 13, 2016)

Edmontonians, come join us at Audrey’s on November 13 for a warm and upending fall reading with three great authors. Come by to hear Matt Cahill twist time with his novel The Society of Experience, while Tim Bowling introduces you to his forthcoming novel The Heavy Bear and Greg Bechtel pushes the boundaries with his newest collection. (See the facebook event here for more details.)

CAA-AB Writers’ Circle (Nov 18, 2016)

Join with fellow writers in receiving and sharing supportive feedback on each other’s work. This month’s event will include the usual Writers’ Circle (6:30-7:30 p.m.), as well as a chance to work on your NaNoWriMo novel—or any other material you like—in the company of other dedicated writers (7:30-9:30 p.m.). It’s entirely free, and whether you want to come for part or all of the event is entirely up to you. (See the facebook event here for more details.)

And More….

Watch here for additional events as details become available, including future Canadian Authors’ Association events, appearances at various literary conferences, festivals, and SF conventions, and additional readings and signings.

News & Tidbits

Awards and Shortlists

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.

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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