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Dr. Robert Runté is Senior Editor with EssentialEdits.ca, a retired professor (University of Lethbridge), and former Senior Editor for Five Rivers Publishing. As an academic, editor, reviewer, and organizer, Robert has been actively promoting Canadian SF for over forty years. He was a founding Director of NonCon, Context89, and SF Canada; and has served on the Boards of the Edmonton Science Fiction and Comic Arts Society, On Spec Magazine, Tesseract Books, and The Writers Guild of Alberta. In addition to dozens of conference papers, journal articles, book chapters, and a half dozen entries in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada , Robert has edited over 150 issues of various SF newsletters.

In 1989, his Guide to Canadian Science Fiction won an Aurora Award; he won a second Aurora in 1990 for his general promotion of Canadian SF. In 1994 he was honored as Fan Guest at the 52nd WorldCon, and in 1996 he co-edited (with Yves Meyard) the Tesseracts5 SF anthology. More recently, he was the scholar Keynote Speaker at the Academic Conference on Canadian SF&F, June, 2013, which was subsequently awarded a 2014 Aurora Award, and published in The Canadian Fantastic in Focus: New Perspectives, Allan Weiss, ed. (see below) and was honoured to be the Editor Guest at When Words Collide / Canvention 36 (Caglary, Aug. 2016).

Tess5 Cover     Textbook cover
Books co-edited by Dr. Runté

In terms of non-fiction, he has co-edited (with Gerald Taylor), a popular first year textbook, Thinking About Teaching: An Introduction and produced a number of educational websites in the "Tigana learns about..." series. He currently edits theses, memoir and nonfiction at EssentialEdits.ca

Encyclo. CanLit   cover Out World   Rhetoric cover  Handbook Arts   North By 2000+   Legend of Sarah   Curious If True   Writing Better Fiction   The Canadian Fantastic in Focus     Writing After Retirement      
Books with Chapters by Dr. Runté

His SF related book chapters include the Introduction/Afterword to H. A. Hargreaves' North By 2000+; "Gadallah and Canadian Space Opera" in The Legend of Sarah; the forward to Curious if True: The Fantastic in Literature; and "Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading" in The Canadian Fantastic in Focus: New Perspectives.

As the former Senior Editor with Five Rivers, he edited both fiction and non-fiction:

The Ethical Swordsman   120Pillar of Darkness   TimeFall cover   A Time and A Place   One Velvet Glove Avians   The Mermaid's Tale   Poisoned Prayer by Michael Skeet   Eocene Station   Shakespeare for Readers Theatre, Vol.2   Hawk Cat's Pawn   Cat's Gambit   Cat's Game   Eye of Strife Ivor Omnibus   Beyond Media Literacy   Troll cover  North by 2000+  IndigoTime  Tattooed Witch  Legend Sarah   Runner1 cover   Runner 2 cover   Runner 3 cover   Mik Murdoch 1   Shakespeare Vol.1  crystal meth   Organic Gardner 
Some titles from Five Rivers edited by Dr. Runté; two of these (in both cases, the author's first novel) have gone on to be short-listed Aurora Award.

Most freelance developmental editing is necessarily confidential, but some acknowledged examples are the freelance copy editing of Dave Duncan's The Death of Nnanji, the long awaited fourth book of the Seventh Sword series (from E-Reads, April 2012); The Fountain by Suzy Vadori, a YA fantasy novel from Evil Alter Ego Press, 2016; Bud for the Grace of God and Amazing Grace by S. E. Sasaki, the second and third books in an ongoing series about a medical space station, from Oddoc Press; Joe Mahoney's short story collection, Other Times and Places and John Robbins dark fantasy A Thousand Roads

Death of Nnanji          

Dr. Runté is a member of Editors Canada, SF Canada, and Calgary Association of Freelance Editors.

Editors Association of Canada        

Dr. Runté was interviewed on the importance of editing on Mike Plested's Get Published podcast. The Totally Tesseracts column includes an interview on Dr. Runté's fiction; and here is a One minute video excerpt of Dr. Runté teaching and researching at UofL. This thirty-minute audio of his Guest of Honour Speech at When Words Collide Festival (Calgary, 2016) talks about English teachers, fan fiction, and the future of publishing.

And here is a two-minute video where he talks about editing Joe Mahoney's A Time and A Place at the book launch.

In terms of his own fiction, Robert has published over two dozen short stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies, three of his stories were reprinted in "best of" collections, and his "Age of Miracles" was shortlisted for the 2017 Aurora for Best Short Fiction. He has also just finished the second draft of his novel, and will be the first to concede that editing a novel is a lot easier than writing one. (see the Writer, the Editor, and Human Nature to read about his experience being on the author end of thorough editing.)

Portrait of Dr. Runté
Photo: Rod Leland

Full academic CV. Read samples of RobertŐs research on on ResearchGate.

Additional staff at SFeditor.ca include Halli Lilburn, Kathryn Shalley, and Adria Laycraft. See EssentialEdits.ca/about.htm for their biographies


Updated: April, 2020.