Robert Runté

Robert Runté - Editor

Lethbridge, AB, Canada

Senior Editor at EssentialEdits.ca, specializing in SF&F fiction; & thesis/dissertation coaching in education, social sciences.

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Overview

Canadian science fiction and fantasy editor and academic. I have worked with fantasy authors such as Dave Duncan and Den Valdron, science fiction writers like Leslie Gadallah and Joe Mahoney, and young adult authors like Timothy Gywn. For non-fiction, I have worked with educators like Colin Scheyen and journalists like Nate Hendley.

As a PhD sociologist/educator I also coach writing strategies for theses and dissertations, academic writing in education, social science, and business.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Fiction
Fantasy
Humor & Comedy
Science Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • PhD
  • MEd
  • BA

Awards

  • Aurora Award (3)
  • Editor Guest When Words Collide Festival 2016
  • Fan Guest of Honour, WorldCon, 1994

Work experience

Senior Editor

Self-employed
March, 2012 – Present (about 7 years)

freelance development (content) and copy editor specializing in speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, Canadian fiction, commercial fiction, etc

Senior Editor

Five Rivers Publishing
January, 2009 – May, 2018 (over 9 years)

Acquisitions, development, and copy editing

Associate Professor

University of Lethbridge
July, 1991 – July, 2013 (about 22 years)

Faculty of Education: taught and researched in Student Evaluation and Sociology of Education; supervised student teachers (primarily English and Social Studies majors), and graduate students (including theses supervision); published journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries; presented conference papers, workshops and keynote addresses.

Portfolio (34 selected works)

Beyond Media Literacy: New Paradigms in Media Education

Colin Scheyen

This handbook is for anyone interested in breaking away from the antiquated models of media literacy that are promoted in school curriculums everywhere. It attempts to flip the script by explaining that young people may have more to teach us about media literacy than we do them. Young people are hungry to explore, understand, and repurpose media to make it relevant to their lives and their und... read more

This handbook is for anyone interested in breaking away from the antiquated models of media literacy that are promoted in school curriculums everywhere. It attempts to flip the script by explaining that young people may have more to teach us about media literacy than we do them. Young people are hungry to explore, understand, and repurpose media to make it relevant to their lives and their und... read more

The Legend of Sarah

Leslie Gadallah

The Runner and the Wizard

Dave Duncan

Young Ivor dreams of being a swordsman like his nine older brothers, but until he can grow a beard he's limited to being a runner, carrying messages for their lord, Thane Carrak. That's usually boring, but this time Carrak has sent him on a long journey to summon the mysterious Rorie of Ytter. Rorie is reputed to be a wizard—or an outlaw, or maybe a saint—but the truth is far stranger, and Ivo... read more

Young Ivor dreams of being a swordsman like his nine older brothers, but until he can grow a beard he's limited to being a runner, carrying messages for their lord, Thane Carrak. That's usually boring, but this time Carrak has sent him on a long journey to summon the mysterious Rorie of Ytter. Rorie is reputed to be a wizard—or an outlaw, or maybe a saint—but the truth is far stranger, and Ivo... read more

The Runner and the Kelpie

Dave Duncan

When the wyrd-woman warned Ivor he was going to meet a monster, he didn’t believe her. He thought he had worse things to worry about. He was wrong about both.

When the wyrd-woman warned Ivor he was going to meet a monster, he didn’t believe her. He thought he had worse things to worry about. He was wrong about both.

The Adventures of Ivor

Dave Duncan

At sixteen, Ivor of Bracken is too young to be a swordsman like his nine older brothers, but he has strong legs and a fine memory, so he can serve his lord as a runner, carrying messages. That sounds safe enough, except that this is Dark Age Scotland. Dangerous outlaws and sinister old gods still roam the glens. Fortunately Ivor is a survivor―but sometimes only just! Dave Duncan is the award-w... read more

At sixteen, Ivor of Bracken is too young to be a swordsman like his nine older brothers, but he has strong legs and a fine memory, so he can serve his lord as a runner, carrying messages. That sounds safe enough, except that this is Dark Age Scotland. Dangerous outlaws and sinister old gods still roam the glens. Fortunately Ivor is a survivor―but sometimes only just! Dave Duncan is the award-w... read more

Hawk

Marie Powell

My Life as a Troll

Susan Bohnet

North by 2000+

H. A. Hargreaves

Indigo Time

Sally McBride

Marrula Tamara, once Empress of Worlds, has been exiled for treachery to a planet called Strand. She has one great treasure: the engineered horse Raj’azul. In his blood lies the secret of her immortality…and the seed of her downfall.As her fellow exiles form a primitive society, centuries pass while Marrula schemes revenge. She needs three things: Raj’azul’s blood, the time-twisting mind of he... read more

Marrula Tamara, once Empress of Worlds, has been exiled for treachery to a planet called Strand. She has one great treasure: the engineered horse Raj’azul. In his blood lies the secret of her immortality…and the seed of her downfall.As her fellow exiles form a primitive society, centuries pass while Marrula schemes revenge. She needs three things: Raj’azul’s blood, the time-twisting mind of he... read more

The Tattooed Witch

Susan J. McGregor, Susan J. MacGregor, Susan MacGregor

The Fountain

Suzy Vadori

Careful what you wish for. It just might come true. Ava Marshall, driven by a desire to learn more about her mother's past, moved across the country to attend St. Augustus. But her mom's secrets will have to wait, because she finds herself instantly hated for her family's connection to her new school and is forced to fight alone against a classmate who is setting Ava up to be expelled. Fleeing... read more

Careful what you wish for. It just might come true. Ava Marshall, driven by a desire to learn more about her mother's past, moved across the country to attend St. Augustus. But her mom's secrets will have to wait, because she finds herself instantly hated for her family's connection to her new school and is forced to fight alone against a classmate who is setting Ava up to be expelled. Fleeing... read more

Avians

Timothy Gwyn

Orphans. Runaways. Thieves. The Avians don’t ask questions about a girl’s past. Or her age. They need glider pilots, and the smaller the better.Raisa is fourteen. Born to a line of powerful silk merchants, her rebellion against an arranged marriage is doomed. The Avians are her only alternative.Mel is the young servant blamed for Raisa’s disappearance. She meets an Avian recruiter and seizes t... read more

Orphans. Runaways. Thieves. The Avians don’t ask questions about a girl’s past. Or her age. They need glider pilots, and the smaller the better.Raisa is fourteen. Born to a line of powerful silk merchants, her rebellion against an arranged marriage is doomed. The Avians are her only alternative.Mel is the young servant blamed for Raisa’s disappearance. She meets an Avian recruiter and seizes t... read more

A Time and a Place

Joe Mahoney

Barnabus' nephew is behaving oddly. Calling upon Doctor Humphrey for assistance has not been particularly helpful because the good doctor's diagnosis of demonic possession is clearly preposterous. Even the demon currently ensconced on the front-room couch agrees it's preposterous. But then, how else to explain the portal to another world through which his nephew and Humphrey have just now disa... read more

Barnabus' nephew is behaving oddly. Calling upon Doctor Humphrey for assistance has not been particularly helpful because the good doctor's diagnosis of demonic possession is clearly preposterous. Even the demon currently ensconced on the front-room couch agrees it's preposterous. But then, how else to explain the portal to another world through which his nephew and Humphrey have just now disa... read more

Eocene Station

Dave Duncan

Shortlisted for the 2017 Endeavour AwardK. N. 'Cannon' Ball and his superstar wife, Tempest, are running for their lives. Cannon has exposed a fraud so huge even heads of government are implicated and determined to keep Cannon from ever testifying. Nowhere is safe, so they step out of time to a research station fifty million years in the past. The dinosaurs died out eons ago and there aren't a... read more

Shortlisted for the 2017 Endeavour AwardK. N. 'Cannon' Ball and his superstar wife, Tempest, are running for their lives. Cannon has exposed a fraud so huge even heads of government are implicated and determined to keep Cannon from ever testifying. Nowhere is safe, so they step out of time to a research station fifty million years in the past. The dinosaurs died out eons ago and there aren't a... read more

Pillar of Darkness

Dave Duncan

Two hundred miles wide and higher than the moon, Sungoback has stood over central Africa for thirty years, a pillar of light by night and of darkness by day. Science cannot explain it; it destroys technology. What secret lies at its centre: aliens, eternal life, distant past, or far future? Most who venture inside Sungoback are never seen again. Why would anybody dare?They all have their reaso... read more

Two hundred miles wide and higher than the moon, Sungoback has stood over central Africa for thirty years, a pillar of light by night and of darkness by day. Science cannot explain it; it destroys technology. What secret lies at its centre: aliens, eternal life, distant past, or far future? Most who venture inside Sungoback are never seen again. Why would anybody dare?They all have their reaso... read more

The Death of Nnanji (The Seventh Sword Book 4)

Dave Duncan

For fifteen years, the truce has held. Swordsmen of the Tryst of Casr have kept the peace and extended the rule of law over half the world, but now sorcerers have started killing swordsmen again, and swordsmen traitors are aiding them. Shonsu—who was Wallie Smith before he became a swordsman of the seventh rank and liege lord of the Tryst—must once more gird on the seventh sword of Chioxin, an... read more

For fifteen years, the truce has held. Swordsmen of the Tryst of Casr have kept the peace and extended the rule of law over half the world, but now sorcerers have started killing swordsmen again, and swordsmen traitors are aiding them. Shonsu—who was Wallie Smith before he became a swordsman of the seventh rank and liege lord of the Tryst—must once more gird on the seventh sword of Chioxin, an... read more

Amazing Grace: Book Three of The Grace Lord Series

S.E. Sasaki

TESLA-CHARGED ACTION, UNEXPECTED PLOT TWISTS, A MACHIAVELLIAN VILLAIN, AND A HEROINE THAT KICKS BUTT!Newcomers arrive on the Nelson Mandela Medical Space Station continuously: ship crews, new medical staff, casualties within cryopods, and occasionally, the unexpected or unwelcome. When a new ship called the Inferno docks at the station, offloading six patients in cryopods, it at first garners ... read more

TESLA-CHARGED ACTION, UNEXPECTED PLOT TWISTS, A MACHIAVELLIAN VILLAIN, AND A HEROINE THAT KICKS BUTT!Newcomers arrive on the Nelson Mandela Medical Space Station continuously: ship crews, new medical staff, casualties within cryopods, and occasionally, the unexpected or unwelcome. When a new ship called the Inferno docks at the station, offloading six patients in cryopods, it at first garners ... read more

Bud by the Grace of God: Book Two of the Grace Lord Series

S.E. Sasaki

COULD YOU LOVE AN ANDROID WILLING TO SACRIFICE ITS EXISTENCE FOR YOU?Bud is an android with an AI's intelligence and the physical appearance of a Greek god. He would do anything for Dr. Grace Lord, the new surgeon on the Nelson Mandela Medical Space Station. He knows that it is forbidden to love a human, but 'he' is struggling with newfound emotions that were previously nonexistent. Androids a... read more

COULD YOU LOVE AN ANDROID WILLING TO SACRIFICE ITS EXISTENCE FOR YOU?Bud is an android with an AI's intelligence and the physical appearance of a Greek god. He would do anything for Dr. Grace Lord, the new surgeon on the Nelson Mandela Medical Space Station. He knows that it is forbidden to love a human, but 'he' is struggling with newfound emotions that were previously nonexistent. Androids a... read more

A Thousand Roads

John Robin

Azzadul, the god-king, the Lord of Light revered by many. When the darkness corrupted him, he became the Dark Lord, feared the world over. His magic, once a gateway to immortality for his people, delved instead into horrors as he sought ever deeper levels of mastery. Children were stolen from their beds, coveted for his blood-rites. When he vanished, it all ended, and the people of the world t... read more

Azzadul, the god-king, the Lord of Light revered by many. When the darkness corrupted him, he became the Dark Lord, feared the world over. His magic, once a gateway to immortality for his people, delved instead into horrors as he sought ever deeper levels of mastery. Children were stolen from their beds, coveted for his blood-rites. When he vanished, it all ended, and the people of the world t... read more

The Mermaid's Tale

D.G. Valdron

In a city of majesty and brutality, of warring races and fragile alliances, a sacred mermaid has been brutally murdered. An abomination, a soulless Arukh is summoned to hunt the killer. As the world around the Arukh drifts into war and madness, her search for justice leads her on a journey to discover redemption, hope for the oppressed, and even beauty in the midst of chaos.The Mermaid's Tale ... read more

In a city of majesty and brutality, of warring races and fragile alliances, a sacred mermaid has been brutally murdered. An abomination, a soulless Arukh is summoned to hunt the killer. As the world around the Arukh drifts into war and madness, her search for justice leads her on a journey to discover redemption, hope for the oppressed, and even beauty in the midst of chaos.The Mermaid's Tale ... read more

Cat's Pawn: Empire of Kaz. Book 1

Leslie Gadallah

Leslie Gadallah’s fascinating alien political intrigue.The Kazi Empire is slowly, inexorably, expanding up the arm of the Galaxy. Only the Oriani see the danger, and only Ambassador Talan recognizes the need to include humans in the alliance to oppose the Kaz. Unfortunately, in the chess of interstellar diplomacy, humans make terrible pawns.

Leslie Gadallah’s fascinating alien political intrigue.The Kazi Empire is slowly, inexorably, expanding up the arm of the Galaxy. Only the Oriani see the danger, and only Ambassador Talan recognizes the need to include humans in the alliance to oppose the Kaz. Unfortunately, in the chess of interstellar diplomacy, humans make terrible pawns.

Cat's Gambit (The Empire of Kaz Book 2)

Leslie Gadallah

Book 2 of The Empire of Kaz, Leslie Gadallah’s fascinating alien political intrigue.Orian has been overrun by the Kaz, who are bent on exterminating the Oriani. A few Oriani have escaped and struggle to eke out an existence on alien worlds. Ayyah thinks she has found a way to get them back home where they can thrive. She recruits a couple of human pirates and a few Lleveci warriors to aid her ... read more

Book 2 of The Empire of Kaz, Leslie Gadallah’s fascinating alien political intrigue.Orian has been overrun by the Kaz, who are bent on exterminating the Oriani. A few Oriani have escaped and struggle to eke out an existence on alien worlds. Ayyah thinks she has found a way to get them back home where they can thrive. She recruits a couple of human pirates and a few Lleveci warriors to aid her ... read more

Cat's Game (The Empire of Kaz Book 3)

Leslie Gadallah

There is a storm coming.The Kazi Empire may have been beaten back temporarily, but is inexorably returning to the offensive. Ehreh leads a small group of Oriani scientists developing a new weapon to defeat the Kazi once and for all—if only he can get anyone to listen. How is an elderly academic supposed to navigate the politics, rivalries, and special interests that dominate the Strategic Conf... read more

There is a storm coming.The Kazi Empire may have been beaten back temporarily, but is inexorably returning to the offensive. Ehreh leads a small group of Oriani scientists developing a new weapon to defeat the Kazi once and for all—if only he can get anyone to listen. How is an elderly academic supposed to navigate the politics, rivalries, and special interests that dominate the Strategic Conf... read more

A Poisoned Prayer

Michael Skeet

En garde! Paris, in the 1680s. Dashing swordsmen compete for the favours of licentious women, and magic—God's Blessing—is strong enough that prayers really are answered.Into the City of Light comes Lise de Trouvaille, a young noblewoman of modest means and no apparent Blessing, searching for an advantageous marriage. But the first eligible man she meets—during a werewolf attack, no less—is exa... read more

En garde! Paris, in the 1680s. Dashing swordsmen compete for the favours of licentious women, and magic—God's Blessing—is strong enough that prayers really are answered.Into the City of Light comes Lise de Trouvaille, a young noblewoman of modest means and no apparent Blessing, searching for an advantageous marriage. But the first eligible man she meets—during a werewolf attack, no less—is exa... read more

Shakespeare for Readers' Theatre: Shakespeare's Greatest Villains: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, the Moor of Venice, Richard III, King Lear

John Poulsen

Shakespeare for Readers’ Theatre, Volume 2 contains four scripts with some of the greatest villains from the world’s best playwright. This book abridges into Readers’ Theatre format the plays Othello, Richard III, King Lear, and Merry Wives of Windsor, with memorable lines the likes of Richard III who states straight up “I am determined to prove a villain.” Volume 2 holds 20 minute and 45 minu... read more

Shakespeare for Readers’ Theatre, Volume 2 contains four scripts with some of the greatest villains from the world’s best playwright. This book abridges into Readers’ Theatre format the plays Othello, Richard III, King Lear, and Merry Wives of Windsor, with memorable lines the likes of Richard III who states straight up “I am determined to prove a villain.” Volume 2 holds 20 minute and 45 minu... read more

One Velvet Glove: A Tale of The King's Blades

Dave Duncan

The Tales of the King’s Blades continues….So what happens next? Sir Rhys, Sir Sharp, and Sir Trusty—three of the world’s greatest swordsmen―are released from the Royal Guard in their twenties with no pension, no job, and no money. Rhys’s father is the great Blade hero, Sir Spender, who finds himself in the same predicament. Spender knows of a fabulous treasure that was lost more than thirty ye... read more

The Tales of the King’s Blades continues….So what happens next? Sir Rhys, Sir Sharp, and Sir Trusty—three of the world’s greatest swordsmen―are released from the Royal Guard in their twenties with no pension, no job, and no money. Rhys’s father is the great Blade hero, Sir Spender, who finds himself in the same predicament. Spender knows of a fabulous treasure that was lost more than thirty ye... read more

Timefall

Alison Lohans

Being a single mom at 15 is tough! Biking along the creek, all Katie wants is a few moments peace away from her teething baby, her bratty brother, her nagging mom, and her callous classmates. Finding a quiet spot to reflect on the unfairness of it all, she sits on a rock—and falls out of the world.Being the very last apprentice in a centuries-unbroken line is unthinkable! Mourning the death of... read more

Being a single mom at 15 is tough! Biking along the creek, all Katie wants is a few moments peace away from her teething baby, her bratty brother, her nagging mom, and her callous classmates. Finding a quiet spot to reflect on the unfairness of it all, she sits on a rock—and falls out of the world.Being the very last apprentice in a centuries-unbroken line is unthinkable! Mourning the death of... read more

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