Friday, December 31, 2004
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A few days ago, I wrote a Christmas story. I had originally intended to use it as a Christmas card, but to be honest, I've never yet managed to send out group Christmas cards to anyone. And since it is the season of giving, I've decided instead to post the story to be viewed for free. If you appreciate the gesture, please consider using the button...to make a donation to hurricane relief in the Caribbean, which is still very much needed.
Friday, December 10, 2004
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Joe is also producing another project that Sawyer is writing with Michael Lennick, a pilot for a potential series of original SF dramas called Emanations. "The pilot episode is called 'Birth'...we've just approved the outline and they are currently writing the first draft," Joe says.
He also reports that he recently recorded an SF pilot directed by Tom Anniko, a comedy called Steve the First which has been picked up for several episodes. They'll be recorded and aired shortly. Joe says there are several other SF dramas in development, although not all of them will make it to production.
Check Joe's Web site for updates.
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
"We are very pleased with the market reception for White Skin, following its successful premiere at the Toronto Film Festival," says Executive Producer John Hamilton, co-president of Seville Entertainment, which produced and distributed the film and is now selling it abroad. "The film continues to gather strong critical praise around the world, which is driving sales internationally."
"We are particularly excited about the re-make potential of the film," adds Seville Co-President David Reckziegel. "There is a huge demand for films in the Horror and paranormal genre. All the major U.S. studios and several independents are considering the film for an English re-make."
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Monday, November 29, 2004
Thursday, November 25, 2004
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is the largest and most international prize of its kind. It involves libraries from all corners of the globe, and is open to books written in any language. An initiative of Dublin City Council, the award is a partnership between Dublin City Council, the Municipal Government of Dublin City, and IMPAC, a productivity improvement company which operates in more than 50 countries. The award is administered by Dublin City Public Libraries.
The Longlist for the 2005 Award was announced in Dublin's City Hall on Monday by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Michael Conaghan. In all, 147 titles have been nominated by 185 library systems from 129 cities in 51 countries.
Nalo is one of nine Canadians on the Longlist. The Salt Roads was nominated by the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS), Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and by Hartford Public Library in the U.S.
The shortlist will be announced March 8 and the winner will be announce June 15.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004
The Red Maple Award offers Grade 7 and 8 Ontario students who have read a minimum number of nominated titles the opportunity to vote for the nominated title they feel should win. Students are encouraged to view the information about authors and the books on a special web site created for registrants. The site includes e-mail access to most of the authors and a bulletin board through which students may share their thoughts on the books. Voting for most registrants is also electronic.
Friday, October 22, 2004
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Others shortlisted in the same category--several of which have fantasy elements--are Mary Harelkin Bishop for Tunnels of Treachery (Coteau Books), Beth Goobie for Flux (Orca Books), Rebecca Grambo and Dianna Bonder for Digging Canadian Dinosaurs (Whitecap Books), Judith Silverthorne for Dinosaur Breakfast (Coteau Books) and Arthur Slade for Ghost Hotel (Coteau Books).
In all, 52 Saskatchewan authors and eight provincial publishers have been shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Awards in 13 categories; a total of 92 titles were submitted, a record number. The awards, which include a cheque for $2,000, will be handed out at a gala dinner on November 27.
Monday, October 18, 2004
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
An article by Ahmed about non-verbal communication, originally published in Strange Horizons, has been accepted (after a major re-write) for publication in Visions, an Australian magazine. The article will be published in the February issue.
Friday, October 08, 2004
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
The Sorcerer's Letterbox has also been short-listed for the 2005 Golden Eagle Award, nominated by school students in Southern Alberta.
Monday, September 27, 2004
Thursday, September 23, 2004
You can read the publisher's announcement and reader reviews of The Jaguar Knights here.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Friday, September 17, 2004
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Cory Doctorow has delivered the final manuscript of his next novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, to his editor at Tor. The book comes out in February.
Says Cory (on his blog Boing-Boing), "Someone Comes to Town is longest thing I've ever written -- longer than Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Eastern Standard Tribe put together. It's a kind of Little, Big-meets-Crypotonomicon story, a contemporary fantasy about free, unlicensed wireless networking, set in Toronto's bohemian Kensington Market."
Cory will eventually be posting the full text of the new novel under a Creative Commons license, along with some supplementary artwork to go with the Dave McKean cover. "McKean provided five digital paintings to Irene Gallo, Tor's brilliant, award-winning art director, and he's kindly granted me permission to use them all on the book's website when I ship it," Cory says.
Sunday, September 12, 2004
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Deborah Jackson's novel Ice Tomb, published by Invisible College Press, is out now; a book launch will be held October 23 at Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa.
Ice Tomb is described as "techno-thriller wrapped up in a mystery that can only be unraveled in the very depths of the planet and the outer reaches of the moon." The book's launch will be held in the middle of the museum's space exhibit--an appropriate setting since half of the story takes place on the moon.
Ice Tomb is distributed by Ingram and is available on Amazon.com, as well as Barnes & Noble, Borders, Chapters, and other chain bookstores. The ISBN is 1-931468-19-2.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Best Long-Form Work in English
Meilleur livre en anglais
* Hidden in Sight, Julie E. Czerneda
* Burndive, Karin Lowachee
* Humans, Robert J. Sawyer
* A Telling of Stars, Caitlin Sweet
* Scream Queen, Edo van Belkom
* Blind Lake, Robert Charles Wilson
Meilleur livre en français
Best Long-Form Work in French
* Phaos, Alain Bergeron
* La Cage de Londres, Jean-Pierre Guillet
* Le Stratège de Léda, Michèle Laframboise
* La Chevauchée des hippocampes, Robert Tessier
Best Short-Form Work in English
Meilleure nouvelle en anglais
* "Stars," Carolyn Clink
* "The Siren Stone," Derwin Mak
* "Come All Ye Faithful," Robert J. Sawyer
* "Scream Angel,"Doug Smith
* "Porter's Progress," Isaac Szpindel
Meilleure nouvelle en français
Best Short-Form Work in French
* "La Nuit," Sylvie Bérard
* "Volvox," Marie-Josée L'Hérault
* "Du clonage considéré comme un des beaux-arts," Mario Tessier
* "La Course de Kathryn," Élisabeth Vonarburg
Best Work in English (Other)
Meilleur ouvrage en anglais (Autre)
* Julie E. Czerneda for editing Space, Inc.
* From the Files of Matthews Gentech, Bruce Ballon
* May Queen, Heather Dale (Amphisbaena Music, 2003)
* Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine
* Robert J. Sawyer, Writer-in-Residence (Merril Collection)
* The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night, Sandra Kasturi, ed.
Meilleur ouvrage en français (Autre)
Best Work in French (Other)
* Solaris, Joël Champetier, réd.
* Sur le Seuil, Réalisation: Éric Tessier; Scénario: Patrick Senécal et Éric Tessier (Go Films)
* James Beveridge
* Lar deSouza
* Stephanie Ann Johanson
* Michèle Laframboise
* Jean-Pierre Normand
* Martin Springett
* Ronn Sutton
* Mel Vavaroustos
Fan Achievement (Publication)
Accomplissement fanique (Publication)
* Made in Canada Newsletter, Don Bassie, ed.
* Zine-Zag, Direction: Salvador Dallaire
Fan Achievement (Organizational)
Accomplissement fanique (Organisation)
* Roy Miles
* Martin Miller
* Marah Searle-Kovacevic
* Joan Sherman
* Brian Upward
Fan Achievement (Other)
Accomplissement fanique (autre)
* Peter de Jager
* Eric Layman
* Gord Rose
* Larry Stewart
* Urban Tapestry
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
The Salt Roads beat out a long list of finalists: Elf Child by David M Pierce (Southern Tier), Faked to Death by Dean James (Kensington), From the Ashes by Meghan Brunner (1stbooks), Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling (Bantam), Humans and Hybrids by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor), Icehole by Kiera Dellacroix (Fortitude Press), Lords of Rainbow by Vera Nazarian (Wildside), Lust by Geoff Ryman (St. Martin's), The Magister by Sally Miller Gearhart (Spinsters Ink), Manners and Means by Julia Talbot (Torquere Press), Moonsword by Diana Hignutt (AmErica House), The Other Side Of Love by Carole Lenzy Daniel (1stbooks), Perfect Hope by S Hardy Brondos (Wayward), Perfect Trust by S Hardy Brondos (Wayward), The Red Line of Yarmald by Diana Rivers (Bella), The Sorcerer's Web by T P Macer (Wayward), Spin State by Chris Moriarty (Bantam Dell), Storyteller by Amy Thomson (Ace), The Substance of God by Perry Brass (Belhue), Trickster by Steven Harper (Roc), Tritcheon Hash by Sue Lange (Metropolis Ink), Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo (Grove), Turning The Storm by Naomi Kritzer (Bantam), Vampire Thrall by Michael Schiefelbein (Alyson) and The Wrong Trail Knife by Jane Fletcher (Fortitude Press).
Thursday, September 02, 2004
With Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic...editor Claude Lalumiere has assembled one of the best original anthologies of the year. Pleasingly heavy on cyberpunk visions of the future, yet with a fair smattering of slipstream and fantasy, this book strikes a beautiful balance among fabulist modes. Yves Menard hits notes of Ballardian excellence in 'In Yerusalom,' his tale of an alien city plonked down in the middle of North America, while Glenn Grant roars on overdrive through his future police procedural, 'Burning Day.' Melissa Yuan-Innes delivers a Bradburyian shocker in 'Mrs. Marigold's House' and Mark Shainblum does military SF intelligently and gracefully in 'Endogamy Blues.' The other eight countributors are no dull mooseheads either. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a prized and juried award that is presented annually. It is based on excellence of writing, and awarded to a Canadian writer who has published a speculative fiction novel or book-length collection any time during the previous calendar year. Named after the novel by Phyllis Gotlieb, one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian speculative fiction, the award consists of a cash award of $1,000 and a hand-crafted medallion, which incorporates a "Sunburst" logo, designed by Marcel Gagné.
The Sunburst jury said, "A Place So Foreign and 8 More opens with Cory Doctorow's signature piece, "Craphound," which perfectly showcases the qualities that so impressed us: an energetic narrative drive; an infectious love of storytelling; intriguingly imagined outcast characters; unusual ideas explored with verve and intelligence; a charming wit; a desire to take chances rather than to retread safe ground; and a generous amount of chutzpah. This collection of nine stories is an excellent example of science fiction pushing forward and evolving, while casting a critically pertinent eye towards the past, the present, and the future."
Cory currently lives in London, England, where he works for the civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is the author of two novels, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Eastern Standard Tribe.
The other short-listed works for the 2004 Sunburst Award were The Bone House by Luanne Armstrong (New Star Books), Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (McClelland & Stewart), Initiation by Virginia Frances Schwartz (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), and Blind Lake by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor Books).
There will be an award ceremony on September 23, 2004, at 7 p.m. in the Merrill Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, at the Lillian H Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street. The event is open to the public and free of charge. All five nominees will be honoured.
Jurors for the 2004 Sunburst Award were Caterina Edwards, Claude Lalumière, Yves Meynard, Lyle Weis, and Michelle Sagara West. They selected five short-listed works as representing the finest of Canadian fantastic literature published during the 2003 calendar year. However, this year's jury requested that the following additional books be listed because they felt very strongly that they merit special attention:
Struck by Geoffrey Bromhead (Anvil), The Mermaid of Paris by Cary Fagan (Key Porter), The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson (Warner), A Telling of Stars by Caitlin Sweet (Viking), and The Assassins of Tamurin by S. D. Tower (HarperCollins).
The 2005 Award jurors will be Deirdre Baker, Nancy Baker, Aritha van Herk, Nicholas Ruddick, and Rodger Turner. For additional information about the Sunburst Award, the nominees and jurors, as well as previous awards, eligibility and the selection process, please visit the Web site.
The story (under a different title) was originally written for the 2001 International Mark Twain Writing Competition, where it was a finalist. That contest was sponsored by the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library and the Mark Twain Foundation in honour of the discovery of a previously unpublished Twain manuscript, "A Murder, a Mystery and a Marriage." Several months prior to the story's publication in The Atlantic Monthly, the first two chapters were published on the Internet and writers were challenged to write their own, 5000-word conclusions. "I believe they had over 700 entries in the end," Mark says.
Mark points out that Would That It Were is ideal (and indeed, perhaps the only) market for this story, because specializes in science fiction set in the 19th century, and it's an online magazine. The latter is extremely important in this case, since Mark does not have the rights to Twain's original first two chapters, still protected by copyright because the story was unpublished between 1876 and 2001. "An online magazine can easily link to the existing story still posted on the Buffalo and Erie County Library's website," Mark notes. "A print publication would be liable for fairly hefty reprint fees."
On Sunday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Victory Cafe, 581 Markham St. in Toronto, four poetry chapbooks are being launched, including Clara Blackwood's Visitations, which Sandra edited. The other chapbooks to be launched are Brick and Bone by Alex Boyd, Shapeshifter by David Clink, and Midnight Grocery by Dani Couture. The launch will feature short readings by Blackwood, Boyd, Clink, Couture and Myna Wallin, and live music.
Monday, August 30, 2004
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Both Joël and the director, Daniel Roby, will be on hand on September 17 and probably the next morning, as well.
Monday, August 23, 2004
Sunday, August 22, 2004
An essay by Jean-Louis on the Singularity (quoting Cory Doctorow on the "rapture of the geeks") should appear in a French-language SF mag "eventually."
Saturday, August 21, 2004
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Tuesday, August 17, 2004
That makes five languages Ahmed's stories have been translated into: Urdu, Greek, Finnish, Danish and Lithuanian.
Monday, August 16, 2004
Friday, August 13, 2004
Honorable-mention stories from Island Dreams were Dora Knez's "The Dead Park," Martin Last's "Carnac," Elise Moser's "Human Rites" and Shane Simmons's "Carrion Luggage." Stories from Witpunk that received honorable mentions were Elise Moser's "The Seven-Day Itch" and "Kapuzine and the Wolf: A Hortatory Tale" by Laurent McAllister (a.k.a. Yves Meynard and Jean-Louis Trudel).
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Le film La Peau blanche fera partie de la sélection des films présentés au Toronto International Film Festival. Le festival est du 9 au 18 Septembre.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
Elisabeth also reports that a novella of hers will be published in a special fiction issue of Solaris for its 30th anniversary this fall.
Thursday, July 29, 2004
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Monday, July 19, 2004
Nalo will be reading Sunday, July 25, at 4:30 p.m. Joining her on the podium will be Bernadette Dyer, who will read from her latest work Waltzes I Have Not Forgotten.
Sunday, July 18, 2004
Friday, July 16, 2004
Mary will also have three poems, "Christina," "Keepers," and "Jig" in upcoming issues of the Bram Stoker Award-winning online magazine, ChiZine.
Eileen Kernaghan's third young adult fantasy, The Alchemist's Daughter, will be published by Thistledown Press in September. The setting is Elzabethan England a year before the Armada. Sidonie Quince, the alchemist's daguther, is caught up in a web of Renaissance magic, dire portents and dangerous secrets.
Thursday, July 15, 2004
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Here's the cover art for Simon Rose's new novel, The Sorcerer's Letterbox.
And, from Simon's Web site, here's the cover blurb: "In a hidden drawer in the base of an old wooden box, Jack discovers a letter from a boy calling himself Edward. Penning a reply, Jack is astonished to be corresponding through time with the boy king Edward V, one of the famous Princes in the Tower, murdered by King Richard III. Travelling back in time, Jack attempts to rescue Edward V and his brother from their fate, but is soon fighting for his life in the terrifying London of 1483."
Michèle's next YA novel, Les Mémoires de l'Arc, has also been annonced.
Friday, July 02, 2004
The winner in that category was Dragon*Con; The British Science Fiction Association was also a runner-up.
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Next has a definite SFnal angle: it's a look at where the culture is headed, through technology, trends, and Big Ideas. It will track emergent technology and culture not for their own sakes, but to explore their effect on our psyche and on our ommunity, recognizing that the "next big thing" might not be a thing at all, but an idea, trend, or revolution. Through Next, listeners will meet the scientists, artists, and designers shaping and commenting on our future.
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
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Empreinte d'un fantastique discret, la nouvelle "Les branches cassées du hasard" de Jean-Louis Trudel est parue dans l'anthologie Des nouvelles du hasard réunis par Monique Bertoli pour les Éditions du Vermillon à Ottawa. Sa nouvelle de science-fiction "The Falafel Is Better in Ottawa" (Le falafel est meilleur à Ottawa), d'abord parue dans l'anthologie Ark of Ice, réunie par Lesley Choyce en 1992), a été publiée le 21 avril en traduction grecque (par P. Koustas et H. Karakouda) dans 9, un supplément hebdomaire au grand quotidien athénien Eleftherotypia. Cet hiver, il a vendu une nouvelle inédite au webzine ZéroHorizon de l'Institut des nouveaux médias du Banff Centre, "L'écho d'une musique abolie," parue dans le numéro 14. La nouvelle, traduite en anglais par Timothy Barnard et l'auteur, est également sortie dans le numéro 14 de HorizonZero sous le titre "Gathering the Echoes." Une anthologie de nouvelles pour jeunes publiée par Soulières éditeur sortira cet été à Montréal et inclura deux histoires policières déjà parues dans le magazine Les Débrouillards, "Le métal incorruptible" et "La mort au programme." Du côté des traductions, quatre nouvelles signées par Jean-Claude Dunyach et traduites en anglais par Jean-Louis Trudel (l'une d'elle parue auparavant dans Interzone) ont été au nombre des textes inclus dans le recueil The Night Orchid publié ce printemps par Black Coat Press et préfacé par David Brin. Le 15 mai, Trudel a lu une communication portant sur l'influence de Jules Verne sur la science-fiction canadienne d'expression française, lors de la réunion annuelle de la North American Jules Verne Society qui se tenait a la Bibliothèque du Congrès à Washington. Le 11 juin, il a lu une communication intitulée "De l'ère post-atomique au déclassement de l'humain: Imaginer le désastre total dans la science-fiction canadienne d'expression française" lors d'un colloque international de langues, littératures et civilisations des pays francophones, tenu à Milan en Italie.
Monday, June 21, 2004
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Celu Amberstone's story "Refugees" is in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy, a new anthology from Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver. So Long Been Dreaming, edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan, features original new stories by African, Asian, South Asian, and Aboriginal authors, as well as North American and British writers of colour.
Friday, June 11, 2004
Thursday, June 10, 2004
Here's the cover art for Matt Hughes's new novel Black Brillion, due out from Tor in November.
In other news, Matt has a story, "Relics of the Thim," in the August issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He will also have stories in the September issues of three major fiction magazines: Asimov's Science Fiction, Fantasy & Science Fiction and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.
Monday, May 31, 2004
The other finalists are The Bone House by Luanne Armstrong (New Star Books, 2002), Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (McClelland & Stewart, 2003), Initiation by Virginia Frances Schwartz (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2003) and Blind Lake by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor, 2003).
The award itself consists of a cash prize of $1000 and a hand-crafted stainless-steel medallion of the Sunburst, from a design by Marcel Gagné, and will be presented to the winner in September 2004.
The jurors for the 2004 award were Caterina Edwards, Claude Lalumière, Yves Meynard, Michelle Sagara West and Lyle Weis.
Friday, May 28, 2004
The 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award winner will be chosen from one of the three finalists and will receive the Benjamin Franklin Award during a ceremony on Wednesday evening, June 2, 2004 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown.
Thursday, May 27, 2004
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Saturday, May 08, 2004
Ed has just received copies of his latest non-fiction book, J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds, published by Enslow Publishers. This is a children's biography of the author of The Lord of the Rings, written for Enslow's Authors Teens Love series.
Monday, May 03, 2004
Robyn's friend and mentor Robert J. Sawyer has prepared this obituary.
Joe also reports that "the most recent incarnation of my CBC science fiction radio show Faster Than Light, hosted by Robert J. Sawyer, got a positive review from CBC Radio management recently. But we won't be on the schedule this summer; we're going to tweak it just a little bit more before the series becomes a reality, hopefully in the fall or January."
Friday, April 30, 2004
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Tuesday, April 20, 2004
The Golden Eagle Book Award is a relatively new literary award given annually to an Alberta writer whose book is selected by children in Grades 4 through 7 from schools in the southern Alberta communities of Claresholm, Nanton, Stavely, Granum, Fort Macleod, Pincher Creek and Lundbreck. The other nominees were also SF or fantasy: Shadows of Disaster by Cathy Beveridge (a time travel story) and Turning Time by Linda Smith (a fantasy).
"They had me and the other two finalists up for two days of school readings before the winner was announced at a gala," reports Nicole. "A wonderful experience!"
Monday, April 19, 2004
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Particular Angle of Night, edited by Sandra Kasturi.
Eileen also reports that it appears that her Elizabethan novel The Alchemist's Daughter will be out by early September.
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Friday, April 09, 2004
You can find links, interviews and advance reviews here.
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Other nominees in the novel category are Between Darkness and Light by Lisanne Norman, Cerulean Sins: An Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Novel by Laurell K. Hamilton, The Iron Star by Brock Hoagland and Long Hot Summoning by Tanya Huff.
Saturday, April 03, 2004
Other finalists in the Alternative Forms category are The Goreletter (email newsletter) by Michael Arnzen; Ghosts of Albion (webcast script) by Christopher Golden and Amber Benson (BBC Online; and Horror World (webzine) edited by Nanci Kalanta and Ron Dickie (Nanci Kalanta and Ron Dickie).
Friday, April 02, 2004
Among the stories in the collection are "Unravelling the Thread," which was voted Best Story of 1998 by the readers of Interzone and selected to be in the 1999 Year's Best Science Fiction anthology, and "Watch Me When I Sleep," which was included in the 2002 Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthology. The collection includes a new foreword by David Brin and a cover by Gilles Francescano.
Thursday, April 01, 2004
The books are available in eBook form from publisher Writers Exchange or retailer Fictionwise, and in paper from Bowker's Booksurge.
Monday, March 29, 2004
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The ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards were established six years ago to bring increased attention to the literary achievements of independent presses and their authors. There are Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in each category, plus Editor's Choice Prizes for fiction and nonfiction. The awards will be presented at BookExpo America in Chicago on June 4.
Other finalists in the science fiction category are Arcalian Apocalypse by Michael Anthony Cariola (1stBooks), The Hand in the Mirror by M. Bradley Davis (1stBooks), Younger by Judith Sulzberger (Apple Trees Productions), The Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock (Bethany House), and Ring by Koji Suzuki (Vertical Inc.).
Reviews for Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic are online at Challenging Destiny and BiblioTravel. In Locus Magazine, Rich Horton called Island Dreams "one of the best original anthologies I've seen in 2003."
Sunday, March 21, 2004
Claude's 'zine Lost Pages just posted its latest update, dated March 21.
Finally, Claude wrote the introduction for the just-released Spanish edition of Paul Di Filippo's collection Lost Pages (P�ginas Perdidas, Grupo Editorial AJEC). The introduction will appear in English in a forthcomnig issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction.
Thursday, March 18, 2004
UPDATE: Cory's latest novel, Eastern Standard Tribe, is reviewed here by the Onion A.V. Club. Entertainment Weekly also reviewed it, giving it a B-. Cory is offering free downloads of Eastern Standard Tribe from his website.
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Lynda Williams has three publications coming out in the next year. Courtesan Prince, prequel to Throne Price, published by Edge, will appear in the fall
of 2004. This is Novel #1 in the 10-part series. Novellas Kath and Mekan'stan, additional stories set in the Okal Rel Universe, are forthcoming from Windstorm Creative in April.
Lynda is hosting a writing contest for stories set within the Okal Rel Universe. Prizes will include publication in an anthology. Details are available here.
Monday, March 15, 2004
Friday, March 12, 2004
The anthology is called Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three. Sales of the book will raise money for the defense of the "West Memphis Three," young men tried and found guilty of a murder through what many people see as a disturbing pattern of public hysterics, official misconduct, and completely illogical judicial conclusions, not because of evidence, but because they wore black, listened to heavy metal music, and liked horror fiction. This site has been created to raise awareness of the case. Two films about the case are also coming out later this year--a feature film, West Memphis Three, and Devil's Knot, based on Mara Leveritt's book.
Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three will be made up of 13 works of fiction and eight works of non-fiction, plus one set of lyrics, some black-and-white photos, and several black-and-white illustrations. Contributors are (in alphabetical order): Peg Aloi, Clive Barker, Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky, Gary A. Braunbeck, Poppy Z. Brite & Caitlin R. Kiernan, Stephen Dedman, Adam Greene & David Niall Wilson, James Hetfield, Brian Hodge, Gerard Houarner, Philip Jenkins, Mara Leveritt, Bentley Little, Simon Logan, Michael Marano, Elizabeth Massie, James Morrow, Scott Nicholson, Mike Oliveri, Grove Pashley, John Pelan, Adam Roberts, Burk Sauls, Peter Straub, and Paul G. Tremblay.
The Nebula Awards will be awarded the weekend of April 15-18 in Seattle.
Ahmed's stories will also appear in Spin (Finland) and The Dramaturges of Yann (Greece), thanks to Douglas Smith's Foreign Language Market List.
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Tuesday, March 09, 2004
Monday, March 08, 2004
You can read about the process of bringing La Peau blanche to the screen here. The film will open Friday, April 9; a trade paperback reissue of the novel, with the movie poster as the cover, is due out this month.
Mark Anthony Brennan's story "Return of the Native" is scheduled to appear in the upcoming issue of Andromeda Spaceways In-flight Magazine. The soon-to-be-released Monsters Ink anthology will feature his story "Freezer Burn." His work will also be appearing in Here & Now, Shadowland and Once Upon a World sometime in 2004.
E. L. Chen has a short story ("White Rabbit Triptych") in the current issue of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet as well as a short comic ("The New Girl") in Say...aren't you dead? She recently sold another comic (as well as cover artwork) to Say...why aren't we crying? and her short story "The Moment of Truth" will likely appear in the spring issue of OnSpec.
Candas Jane Dorsey was elected president, Susan Mayse vice-president and Annette Mocek secretary-treasurer of SF Canada at the annual general meeting held December 29 in Toronto.
Dave Duncan's latest novel, Impossible Odds: A Chronicle of the King's Blades, was published in November by Eos.
Matt Hughes's "very mild" horror short story, "Mean Mr. Mustard," is the cover story for the winter edition of Storyteller, the leading Canadian quarterly magazine of genre fiction. In addition, Matt has made his first sale to Gardner Dozois at Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, a time travel story called "The Hat Thing," and sold a third Henghis Hapthorn story, "Relics of the Thim," to Gordon Van Gelder at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Tor will release his novel Black Brillion in November.
On the suspense side, Matt sold a novella, "Muscle," to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. It's about three socialite women who inadvertently find themselves hiring out as enforcers among the country club set.
The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night (Red Deer Press/The Bakka Collection, 2003), a speculative poetry anthology edited by Sandra Kasturi and featuring several SF Canada members among its contributors, was listed among November and December's "New and Notable Books" by Locus Online. It has also received several recommendations for the Stoker Award ballot.
Ahmed A. Khan recently sold short stories "The Maker Myth" to Kenoma e-zine and "The End" to Anotherealm (where it's scheduled to appear in March). Meanwhile, he's keeping himself busy with his Web site of short SF reviews.
Eileen Kernaghan has sold her third YA fantasy novel, The Alchemist's Daughter, to Thistledown Press; it will be out later this year.
Joe Mahoney's speculative fiction radio show Faster Than Light is proceeding to the next stage with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. "We're going to make yet another pilot (this will be number three)," Joe says, "but that's okay because this time it's more about establishing content and structure than auditioning. And it looks like we'll be given the time and money to do it up right."
Steven Mills's article "Story Resuscitation" appeared in the Spring/Summer issue of WordWorks.
Nina Munteanu sold a reprint of her short story "Angel's Promises" to Gateway-SF for its print issue #8 (Website Issue #9), scheduled for spring of 2004 (she thinks).
Sherry D. Ramsey's "On The Road With Fiamong's Rule" will be reprinted in the anthology Dark Highways, due out in 2004 from Cyber-Pulp.
Mark A. Rayner has sold his first novel, The Amadeus Net, to Emperor's New Clothes Press. It will come out "sometime early in 2005."
Spider Robinson has been asked by the Heinlein Trust to collaborate on a novel with Robert A. Heinlein. Called "Robert A. Heinlein's Variable Star by Spider Robinson," it will be based on a lengthy detailed outline Heinlein drew up in 1955--"Eerily," Spider notes, "the very year I first discovered his work, at age 6"--which was just discovered among his papers by the official Heinlein archivist, Bill Patterson. The book is being marketed by Spider's (and Heinlein's) agent, Eleanor Wood, using a proposal by Spider, Heinlein's original outline and handwritten index-card notes, and a 10,000-word sample Spider has already written. Spider isn't the novel's only Canadian connection: the novel opens in Surrey, B.C.
Says Spider, "No words can describe the flood of emotions I've experienced since I got the news--but joy unspeakable is definitely uppermost in the mix. Followed closely by mortal terror. My primary hope in this project is to avoid being torn limb from limb by the Ghost of The Beast. Pray for me, folks. And share my joy."
An interview with Spider will be featured in the February, 2004, issue of Locus Magazine.
Simon Rose's novel The Alchemist's Portrait received a very positive review in the Canadian Review of Materials.
Jean-Louis Trudel sold two short stories to the Italian magazine Carmilla. One is "Des anges sont tombés" (Where Angels Fall), which Jean-Louis says is "probably my most published (more than seven times) translated (more than three times) and pirated (twice) story," and the other is an original, "Soldats des bois, de la mer et du ciel" (Soldiers of the Woods, the Sea and the Sky).
Jean-Louis's short story "Le second carnet de Villard" (Villard's Second Notebook), first published in imagine... and reprinted in a French best-of anthology, will be reprinted in a "Franco-Ontarian anthology-cum-writers' repertory" sometime this year.
Élisabeth Vonarburg sold reprint rights for her story "Readers of the Lost Art" to a "fiction/theory volume" from MIT Press entitled reskin. Élisabeth notes, "I'll be rubbing shoulders with modern feminist SF luminaries like Raphael Carter, Nalo Hopkinson, Jewelle Gomez and L. Timmel Duchamp."
Edward Willett has sold his first adult SF novel, Lost in Translation, to Five Star. No publication date has yet been set. Lost in Translation is based on this short story of the same name, which appeared in the premiere issue of TransVersions in 1994.
On the non-SF side, Ed's children's non-fiction book Ebola Virus (Enslow, 2003) has been chosen as one of the 2004 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council. His non-fiction children's books The Iran-Iraq War (War and Conflict in the Middle East) and Ayatollah Khomeini (Biographies of Arab World Leaders) are both now out from Rosen Publishing Group, and he's still looking forward to the spring release of J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds from Enslow Publishers. In progress is a children's biography of bestselling SF and fantasy author Orson Scott Card, also for Enslow.