Friday, July 15, 2005

Stories from Claude Lalumière-edited anthologies are Year's Best honourable mentions

Claude Lalumière reports several stories from the two Canadian-themed genre anthologies he edited received honourable mentions in Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Second Annual Collection: from Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic "Burning Day" by Glenn Grant and "Endogamy Blues" by Mark Shainblum were named, while honourable-mention stories from Open Space: New Canadian Fantastic Fiction were "Growing Up Sam" by Melissa Yuan-Innes, "Hold Back the Night" by Colleen Anderson and "More Painful than the Dreams of Other Boys" by Derryl Murphy.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Eileen Kernaghan novel a MYRCA nominee

Eileen Kernaghan's historical fantasy The Alchemist's Daughter is a nominee for the 2006 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award. Eileen is one of the keynote speakers at this summer's Canadian Book Camp at the Vancouver Public Library, August 15 to 19.

Peter Andrew Smith story in premiere issue of Farthing

Peter Andrew Smith's short story "The Fine Print" has been picked up for the premiere issue of Farthing, which will be launched at the World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, Scotland, in August. As well, Peter's short story "Late Because of the Rabbit" will appear in an upcoming issue of Escaping Elsewhere.

Friday, July 08, 2005

SF Canada members at Westercon

SF Canada members at Westercon 58 in Calgary. Back row, left to right: Mark Anthony Brennan, Diane Walton, Rhea Rose, Richard Bartrop, Edward Willett. Second row, left to right: Linda DeMeulemeester, Donna McMahon, Paula Johanson, Elizabeth Trenholm, James Beveridge. Kneeling, left to right: Karl Johanson, Derryl Murphy, Barb Galler-Smith, Hayden Trenholm, Stephanie Ann Johanson.

Simon Rose's third novel now available

Simon Rose's third novel for young readers, The Clone Conspiracy, published by Tradewind Books, is now available.

The story, in brief: "At the dawn of the twenty-first century, governments around the world banned human cloning. However, the genetic genie had already escaped from the bottle. When Luke's best friend Patrick vanishes and the police quickly close the case, Luke is determined to uncover the truth. Tantalizing clues lead Luke and Patrick's sister Emma to LennoxGen, where they stumble across a shocking international conspiracy."

Simon's second novel, The Sorcerer's Letterbox, has now sold more 13,000 copies in Canada and was one of the top 10 nominated books for this year's Silver Birch Award in Ontario. The novel was also a finalist in Alberta's Golden Eagle Awards and is short-listed for the Diamond Willow Award in Saskatchewan. His first novel, The Alchemist's Portrait, published in 2003, has also been nominated for awards in Canada and continues to gather great reviews.

Mark Anthony Brennan-edited anthology gets good review

There's a very positive review of The Best of SDO (edited by Mark Anthony Brennan) is in the July issue of Swords & Scribes. Some snippets...."I can say without reservation that the stories in this volume are topnotch......With the talented writers present in this book, I'm sure this will become a collector's edition someday."

Among the writers featured in the collection are Claude Lalumière and Joe Mahoney. It's available through Project Pulp and Genre Mall (and soon from Clarkesworld and Shocklines).

Michèle Laframboise wins two Aurora Awards

Michèle Laframboise won two Aurora Awards at the ceremony held at Westercon last week. Her novel Les Mémoires de l'Arc (Médiaspaul, 2004) was named Best Long-Form Work in French/Meilleur livre en français, and her short story "Ceux qui ne comptent pas" (Solaris 149) was named Best Short-Form Work in French/Meilleure nouvelle en français.

Complete results are at the Prix Aurora Awards home page.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Cory Doctorow, Karl Schroeder books SCI FI Essentials

Tor Books has teamed up with SCI FI Channel to bring readers SCI FI Essentials, books that will be cross-promoted on SCIFI.COM, SCI FI Magazine and the SCI FI Channel.

Each month, one Tor title will receive the SCI FI Essential stamp of approval, which will mark it as a title to be promoted with such special features as sample chapters and sneak peeks of upcoming books on SCIFI.COM, possible promotion on SCI FI's handheld AvantGo channel, a highlight in SCI FI Magazine's books section and on-air coverage of select titles.

First up: Cory Doctorow's Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, described as "a novel of wrenching oddity, heartfelt technological vision and human pity set on the streets of Toronto today."

In August, the SCI FI Essential book is Karl Schroeder's Lady of Mazes, set in the distant future and centering on Teven Coronal, a huge multiplicity of human civilizations inhabiting a ringworld.

September's selection is The Road to Dune by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

Claude Lalumière story in erotica anthology

Claude Lalumière's story "Secretly Wishing for Rain" has been selected to appear in Maxim Jakubowski's The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 5 (published by Carroll & Graf in North America and by Robinson in the UK). This is Claude's second consecutive appearance in this annual "year's best" series. "Secretly Wishing for Rain" is Claude's only non-fantasy published story, although readers familliar with some of his other stories will notice connections that refer to his "Lost Pages" series of fantasy stories.

Joe Mahoney-produced SF radio drama premieres Friday

"Birth," an original half-hour science-fiction radio drama written by Robert J. Sawyer and Michael Lennick, and produced by Joe Mahoney, premieres tomorrow night, Friday, July 8, 2005, at 10 p.m. (in all time zones) across Canada on CBC Radio One and simultaneously worldwide on the Internet.