Monday, September 27, 2004

Book launch for Matt Hughes's new novel November 13

Matt Hughes's new Archonate novel, Black Brillion, will officially be launched with a reading and signing at White Dwarf Books, Vancouver's oldest SF bookstore, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 13. The address is 3715 West Tenth Avenue (at Alma).

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Eileen Kernaghan reading and book launch October 2

Eileen Kernaghan will be reading from her new novel The Alchemist's Daughter (Thistledown) at a book launch at White Dwarf Books in Vancouver on October 2 at 3 p.m. As well, this Sunday, September 26, Eileen will be in the YO Canada (young adult) tent at the Vancouver Word on the Street, from 1:40 to 2 p.m.

Dave Duncan book launch and reading October 7

Dave Duncan will be reading from his new novel The Jaguar Knights at a book launch on Thursday, October 7, at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park Library in Calgary. Refreshments will be courtesy of HarperCollins Canada and books will be made available by Sentry Box bookstore.

You can read the publisher's announcement and reader reviews of The Jaguar Knights here.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Film based on Joël Champetier novel wins award at TIFF

La Peau Blanche, directed by Daniel Roby and based on a novel by Joël Champetier, received the Citytv Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The film won "for its audacious genre bending as well as its mix of race politics, romance and horror." The award carries a cash prize of $15,000.

Friday, September 17, 2004

First review of Matt Hughes's new novel online

Challenging Destiny has posted the first review of Matt Hughes's new novel Black Brillion.

Review of Simon Rose's latest online

Here's a recent (and very positive) review of Simon Rose's latest young adult fantasy, The Sorceror's Letterbox.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Cory Doctorow's new novel out in February

The Dave McKean cover art for
Cory Doctorow's upcoming
Someone Comes to Town,
Someone Leaves Town.

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.

In the meantime, there's an excerpt or two online already.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Sherry D. Ramsey story reprinted in Simulacrum

Sherry D. Ramsey's story "Signs & Portents" has been reprinted in the current issue of Simulacrum from SpecFicWorld. The story orginally appeared in Oceans of the Mind.

Ahmed A. Khan story online at Story Station

Ahmed A. Khan's story "The Comic Thief" is now online at Story Station.

Hugh Spencer stories upcoming in Interzone, On Spec, and on NPR

Hugh Spencer's story "Problem Project" was recently acquired by Interzone magazine and his story "Pornzilla" will be appearing in an upcoming issue of On Spec. His story "Robot Reality Check," originally published in Noesis magazine in 2000, will soon be dramatized by Shoestring Radio Theatre in San Francisco for the Satellite Network of National Public Radio. Shoestring Radio Theatre is the same group who performed Hugh's comedic mini-series on the history of science fiction: "Amazing Struggles, Astonishing Failures and Disappointing Success" in the summer of 2003. Hugh has also just finished a creative consulting assignment with the BBC and the US Discovery Channel for a new SF television series.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Deborah Jackson novel Ice Tomb launches October 23

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, as well as Barnes & Noble, Borders, Chapters, and other chain bookstores. The ISBN is 1-931468-19-2.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Several SF Canada members among Aurora finalists

The finalists for this year's Aurora Awards have been announced, and include several SF Canada members. Here's the complete list:

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)

Artistic Achievement
Accomplissement artistique

* 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

Nalo Hopkinson wins Gaylactic Spectrum Award

Nalo Hopkinson's novel The Salt Roads (Warner) has won the 2003 Gaylactic Spectrum Award for the best science fiction, fantasy or horror novel originally released in North America during 2003 with significant positive gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender content.

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

Jean-Louis Trudel sells time-travel tale to Solaris

Jean-Louis Trudel has sold a time-travel short story called "Les outils de l'ombre" to Solaris for a forthcoming issue.

Rave review for Island Dreams in Asimov's

A rave review for the Claude Lalumière-edited anthology Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic (Vehicule Press) in the October/November issue of Asimov's. Paul Di Filippo writes:

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

Cory Doctorow wins 2004 Sunburst Award

Cory Doctorow has won the 2004 Sunburst Award for his short-story collection A Place So Foreign and 8 More (Four Walls Eight Windows Press).

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.

Steven Mills stories in Dreams & Visions, sub-Terrain

Steven Mills's story "Jubilee" can be read in Dreams & Visions #33 (Summer 2004) and will be forthcoming in the reprint anthology SkySongs II from Steve Stanton's Skysong Press. In addition, Steven's non-SF story "The Postmodern Man" is in the current issue of sub-Terrain (#39; Spring 2004).

Ahmed A. Khan's first book, Ghelenden, launches

Ahmed A. Khan's first book, Ghelenden, was launched today as an e-book by Whortleberry Press, to be followed in the near future by a print edition. The press's Web site is offering a free story from the book online.

Mark Shainblum sells "Twain" story to Would That It Were

Mark Shainblum has sold his story "The Break Inspector" to the online SF magazine Would That It Were.

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."

Sandra Kasturi reading this Friday

Sandra Kasturi will be reading with Myna Wallin this Friday, September 3, at 8 p.m. at the Renaissance Cafe, 1938 Danforth Ave., in Toronto. The reading is hosted by Valentino Assenza and there will also be an open stage. There is a $3 cover charge.

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.

Matt Hughes novel SF Book Club featured alternate

Matt Hughes's new novel Black Brillion will be a Science Fiction Book Club featured alternate in the December mail-out (three months later in Canada).

Michèle Laframboise story to appear in Italian mag

A short story by Michèle Laframboise will appear in translation in the Italian magazine Carmilla (issue #7) in November. In Italian, the story's title is "Il tappeto." It's Michèle's first story to appear in another language, and her first fantasy story.