Sunday, December 31, 2006

Matt Hughes's Majestrum reviewed in the Seattle Times

Matt Hughes's novel Majestrum has received a nice review in the Seattle Times. Matt says he believes this is the first time he's ever been reviewed in a mainline (i.e., non-genre related) U.S. publication.

Karl Schroeder on CBC's The Hour

CBC Television's The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulous, which airs at 11 p.m. local time coast-to-coast in Canada, is doing a three-part series on the future to kick off the new year, asking what a baby born on New Year's Day, 2007, can expect the world to be like when they're 18, 30, 50, and 65. The three segments will air Tuesday, January 2; Wednesday, January 3; and Thursday, January 4.

Each segment features a different theme, and a different person making the predictions. One segment is on the future of transportation, and SF writer Robert J. Sawyer is interviewed; another is on the future of warfare and SF writer Karl Schroeder is interviewed; the third is on the future of humanity, and George Dvorsky of the Toronto Transhumanist Association is interviewed. But which segment will air on which night hasn't yet been determined.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Leslie Carmichael story recommended on Spec the Halls

Leslie Carmichael's story, "Liranel's Gift" (which was the original catalyst for her novel Lyranel's Song), is among the Recent Recommended Fiction on Spec the Halls.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Phyllis Gotlieb Guest of Honour at Ad Astra

Phyllis Gotlieb will be Guest of Honour at the Toronto science fiction convention Ad Astra in March. Her new book Birthstones, coming out from Robert J. Sawyer Books in March, will receive its official launch at the con.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Interview with Holly Phillips online

An online interview with Holly Phillips is now online at the CBC Words At Large

Thursday, December 07, 2006

New M.D. Benoit novel Synergy due out in March

A new novel by M.D. Benoit, Synergy, will be coming out in March 2007 from Zumaya Otherworlds.

As well, Dom's Meter Made, the second in the Jack Meter Case Files, has received another great review, from reader and author Cheryl Swanson.

Ursula Pflug story up at Strange Horizons

Ursula Pflug has a story online at Strange Horizons, with an illustration by Timothy Lantz.

Ahmed A. Khan Spec The Halls contest story now online

Ahmed A. Khan's sotry "The Predator, The Prey and The Catalyst", published in the anthology Catty New Year has been entered in the Spec The Halls holiday story contest and is now available online.

Ahmed's story "Elevator Episodes" has been published in the Running the Line anthology.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Suzanne Church sells short story to Cicada

Suzanne Church has sold short story "Storm Child" to Cicada.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Nina Munteanu novelette just released

Nina Munteanu's novelette, "The Cypol", a sensual SF thriller published by eXtasy Books (ISBN: 1-55410-743-1) was just released (November, 2006) and can be purchased here.

Nina has also just signed on with Dragon Moon Press, a Canadian publisher, who will publish her SF eco-techno thriller Darwin's Paradox in 2007/2008.

Nina frequently reviews SF books and movies in Strange Horizons and Gotta Write Network.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Leslie Lupien story in new Neo-Opsis

Leslie Lupien sold his short story "The Posthomo" to Neo-Opsis: it appear in the just-released Issue 10.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Joe Mahoney blogging about the written word for CBC

Joe Mahoney is now co-penning the Words@Large blog for CBC. Says Joe, "I'm writing it with Kimberly Walsh, who's based in Halifax. Our mandate is to write about the written word in all its myriad facets. Kimberly has a more literary bent; myself, I'll be tackling the written word as it relates to radio production, in particular radio drama, but rest assured I'll also be placing a strong emphasis on the world of speculative fiction."

Monday, November 13, 2006

Karl Schroeder joins blogging team

Karl Schroeder has joined the blogging team at, as part of their new Canadian site.

WorldChanging receives more than half a million readers per month. The site focuses on real-world solutions to the sorts of problems that the media and much of the public believe are intractible. Says Karl, "My interests are extremely wide-ranging, so my postings will be as well. I'll be doing more short fiction pieces like the story 'Community' that I had on the main site a month ago; but I'll also be talking about everything from technology convergence to maritime law. My first posting is up already, and is about the human security movement in international affairs."

Friday, November 10, 2006

Review of Matthew Hughes's Majestrum online

Rick Kleffel has posted a review of Matthew Hughes's Majestrum at the Agony Column.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Holly Phillips fantasy novel sells to Del Rey

Sunburst Award winner Holly Phillips reports that Jim Minz, an editor at Del Rey, has acquired her fantasy novel Engine's Child, with a tentative publication date of Spring 2008.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Review of Edward Willett's Lost in Translation online

There's a new review of the paperback edition of Edward Willett's SF novel Lost in Translation online at the McNally Robinson Booksellers site.

CM Magazine's review of Simon Rose's latest now online

CM Magazine's review of The Emerald Curse, Simon Rose's fourth novel for young readers, is now online .

New website for Leslie Carmichael

Parts of it are still under construction, but Leslie Carmichael now has a website.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Holly Phillips sells story to Asimov's

Holly Phillips has sold her literary SF story "Three Days of Rain" to Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.

New website for Janine Cross

Janine Cross, author of the Dragon Temple Saga, has a new website.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Michèle Laframboise launching new comic book Thursday

Michèle Laframboise is launching her new comic book, Séances de signatures (Signing sessions) at the 7e Rendez-vous International de la BD de Gatineau, at the Civilisation Museum, this Thursday, October 19. Séances de signatures "explores the absurd world of the non-star writers as they strive for public acceptance in the shadow of a happy few hyper-mediatized authors."

Richard Bartrop art in Space and Time Magazine

Richard Bartrop's art will be illustrating Mary San Giacomo's story "The Eleventh Hour Syndrome" in issue #100 of Space and Time Magazine.

Eileen Kernaghan's The Sarsen Witch to be reprinted by Juno Books

Eileen Kernaghan has signed a contract with Juno Books, an imprint of Wildside Press, to reprint her 1989 Stonehenge novel, The Sarsen Witch, as a paranormal romance.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Interview with Matthew Hughes online

An interview with Matthew Hughes to promote his new novel, Majestrum, due out later this month, is now online at

Monday, October 02, 2006

Brett Alexander Savory interview online

Eclectica has posted an interview with Brett Alexander Savory about his latest and upcoming books.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Holly Phillips wins Sunburst Award

Holly Phillips has won the 2006 Sunburst Award for her collection of short stories In the Palace of Repose (Prime Books).

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, 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, "The stories of In the Palace of Repose spring to life from the page. As the characters uncover artefacts of an unimagined past, relive a long-forgotten murder, cope with a memory that suddenly wipes itself clean or struggle to adapt to startling new worlds, Holly Phillips's masterful writing, depth of characterization and complete control of her craft make this book a joy to read."

The other shortlisted works for the 2006 award were Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, Cory Doctorow (Tor Books); Gravity Wells: Speculative Fiction Stories, James Alan Gardner (HarperCollins Canada); The Wave Theory of Angels, Alison MacLeod (Penguin Canada); and Spin, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor Books).

Jurors for the 2006 Sunburst Award were Larissa Lai, Janet McNaughton, Uppinder Mehan, Derryl Murphy and Élisabeth Vonarburg. The 2007 Award jurors will be Steven Erikson, James Alan Gardner, Tom Henighan, Emily Pohl-Weary and Caitlin Sweet.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Thomas C. A. Royle sells poem to Hungur

Thomas C.A. Royle recently sold a poem titled "A Tour Of A Restaurant For Vampires" to Hungur, a print magazine dedicated to vampire literature. "A Tour Of A Restaurant For Vampires" is slated to appear in the November 2006 issue.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Claude Lalumière sells to Distant Horizons anthology

Claude Lalumière's story "Sexes in the City" will appear in the queer SF anthology Distant Horizons, edited by Greg Herren, due out from the US-based Haworth Press in 2007.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Jean-Louis Trudel story in Greek newspaper supplement

Jean-Louis Trudel's story "Les jardiniers du monde" was reprinted in Ennea 312, the July 12 issue of the weekly supplement to the Greek newspaper Eleftherotypia. The original version of this story was published in an Acadian magazine in 1997. It has since been republished in Solaris (2000), in the French anthology Utopiae 2002 (2002), and in Jean-Louis's Canadian collection Jonctions impossibles (2003).

Ursula Pflug story wins first prize in Dark Tales flash fiction competition

Ursula Pflug's story "A Shower of Fireflies" won first prize in Dark Tales's now-defunct monthly flash subsidiary. A new story, "Fires," has been sold to a ghost anthology from Toronto's Tightrope Press, edited by Myna Wallin and Halli Villegas. It will be launching at The Boat in Kensington Market in October. Another new story, "Isolde, Shea, and the Donkey Brea" has been sold to Strange Horizons.

Ursula also notes that many of her Peterborough Examiner reviews have been reprinted in the New York Review of Science Fiction. The most recent of these are her reviews of a
A Girl Like Sugar by Emily-Pohl-Weary (July) and A Game Of Perfection by Elisabeth Vonarburg (May).

Friday, August 25, 2006

Simon Rose launching The Emerald Curse in Calgary August 26 and 27

Simon Rose will be at Chapters in Calgary's Chinook Centre this weekend to launch The Emerald Curse, his fourth novel for young readers. He'll be there on Saturday, August 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, August 27, from noon to 4 p.m. Simon notes, "I have 20 more book signings at Chapters and Coles in Calgary between now and Christmas and these will be advertised each week in the Around Town section of the Calgary Herald."

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Claude Lalumière sells story to GrendelSong

Claude Lalumière's story "Lost Girls" has been bought for the fourth issue of Paul Jessup's new bi-annual fantasy magazine GrendelSong, due to be published in March, 2008.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Photos from ConVersion now online

Photos of SF Canada members who attended Calgary's ConVersion science fiction convention over the weekend are now online.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Interview with Edward Willett in Challenging Destiny

Canadian science fiction magazine Challenging Destiny conducted an interview with Edward Willett for its Issue 23. The interview is online here.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Holly Phillips up for two World Fantasy Awards

Holly Phillips's collection In the Palace of Repose (Prime Books) has made the final ballot for the World Fantasy Awards in the category of best single-author collection category, and her story "The Other Grace" (from the collection) is a finalist in the short story category.

Other nominees in the best collection category are Joe Hill, 20th Century Ghosts (PS Publishing), Caitlín R. Kiernan, To Charles Fort, With Love (Subterranean Press), Kelly Link, Magic for Beginners (Small Beer Press), and Bruce Holland Rogers, The Keyhole Opera (Wheatland Press).

The other nominees in the short story category are Peter S. Beagle, "Two Hearts" (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2005), Joe Hill, "Best New Horror" (Postscripts 3, Spring 2005), Caitlín R. Kiernan, "La Peau Verte" (To Charles Fort, With Love, Subterranean Press), and George Saunders, "CommComm" (The New Yorker, 08/01, 2005).

The awards will be presented at the 2006 World Fantasy Convention, which runs November 2 to 5 in Austin, TX.

This year's judges are Steve Lockley, Barbara Roden, Victoria Strauss, Jeff VanderMeer, and Andrew Wheeler.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Steven Mills novella in Interzone

Steven Mills's novella "Blue Glass Pebbles" can be seen in Interzone 205 (July/August 2006). Best SF calls it the "strongest story in the issue...with strong characterisation, and a no-easy-answers ending."

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Edward Willett biography of Orson Scott Card released

Edward Willett's children's biography of Orson Scott Card, Orson Scott Card: Architect of Alternate Worlds, has just been released by Enslow Publishers.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Thomas C.A. Royle sells two poems

Thomas C.A. Royle recently just sold a poem titled "Canoeing On Io" to The Sword Review. "Canoeing On Io" is slated to appear in the September 2006 issue. Thomas also recently sold a poem to The Fifth Di... titled "Curious Aliens," also slated to appear in September.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Interview with Leslie Carmichael online

A short interview with Leslie Carmichael is now online at

Claude Lalumière story sells to Electric Velocipede

Claude Lalumière's story "Hochelaga and Sons" has sold to Electric Velocipede and is scheduled to appear in a 2007 issue.

Ahmed A. Khan short-short in The Opinion Guy

The first issue of The Opinion Guy Speculative Fiction magazine, now out in PDF format, includes Ahmed A. Khan's short-short story "Harry, Harry, Quite Contrary."

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Edward Willett sells second novel to DAW

Edward Willett has sold a second novel to DAW Books for publication in 2007. The as-yet untitled book will be a stand-alone SF novel, not a sequel to Lost in Translation, which DAW is bringing out in mass-market paperback this October. (A Lost in Translation sequel remains a possibility for the future.)

Ed notes that the new book was born on September 20, 2005, during the Writing With Style workshop on writing speculative fiction taught by Robert J. Sawyer at the Banff School of Fine Arts, when he and fellow workshoppers were asked to write, as a classroom exercise, the opening lines of a story. The opening line Ed wrote became an unfinished short story which in turn became the basis of the synopsis that sold the new novel to DAW.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Deborah Jackson novel now available for pre-release purchase

Deborah Jackson's new middle grade/YA novel, Time Meddlers, is now available for pre-release purchase on and; the official release date is October 28.

Here's the cover blurb:

One of Canada’s top scientists has found the secret to time travel. But something has gone horribly wrong. . . .

On the first day of school, in a new city, Sarah Sachs experiences the shock of her life when she sees a car drive right through a strange boy. Did she really see it, or was it a figment of her imagination? Soon, however, the shock seems mild. She becomes swept up in Matt Barnes’s life as she helps him search for his father, a famous scientist who’s been missing since Matt’s birth. Their quest will lead them to uncover a powerful new technology and expose the frightening secret behind Dr. Barnes’s disappearance. It will throw them far from the modern city of Ottawa into the forest-matted land of the 1600’s, and deposit them right in the middle of a war between the Iroquois and the Algonquin nations. In the midst of this strange New World, it will take all their courage just to survive. Will the answer they seek be found in time?

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Simon Rose's fourth novel now available

The Emerald Curse, Simon Rose's fourth novel for young readers, is now available from Tradewind Books. Here's the description from Simon's website:
Charles Kelly was the world's greatest comic book artist, until he disappeared without a trace. Two years later, his grandson Sam discovers a mysterious pen in Kelly's attic studio. Sam is soon propelled into a bizarre dimension, where super villains are all powerful and disturbingly real, and finds himself in a deadly confrontation with an evil entity, imprisoned inside a mystical gemstone since the dawn of time.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Phyllis Gotlieb novel sold to Robert J. Sawyer Books

Phyllis Gotlieb has sold her latest novel, Birthstones, to Robert J. Sawyer Books. Sawyer writes on his blog:

I am honoured and thrilled to have just acquired the latest novel by Phyllis Gotlieb for my imprint.

In the 1960s, Phyllis was the only significant Canadian science fiction writer; in a profile of her in Maclean's, I was quoted as calling her "the grandmother of us all." Her most-recent book was Mindworlds, published by Tor; her first novel was Sunburst, after which the Canadian award for fantastic literature is named.

Phyllis's new novel is Birthstones, and it is a wonderful far-future, off-Earth, spaceships-and-aliens novel set in Gotlieb's famed Galactic Federation. We'll be releasing it in the spring of next year.

Janine Cross's Shadowed by Wings reviewed by Publisher's Weekly

Janine Cross's new book Shadowed by Wings, book two of the Dragon Temple Saga, has been reviewed by Publisher's Weekly, the review finishing with the memorable line, "Think X-rated Tolkien set in the Middle East."

Here's the cover art.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Eileen Kernaghan's The Alchemist's Daughter makes Our Choice list

Eileen Kernaghan's novel The Alchemist's Daughter made the YA novel list in the 2006 edition of OUR CHOICE: Annual Guide to Canada's Best New Children's Books. Notes Eileen, "There aren't a lot of fantasies on the list--contemporary realism remains the order of the day."

Claude Lalumière story chosen for Best New Erotica anthology

Claude Lalumière reports that Maxim Jakubowski will be reprinting his science fiction story "Different Flesh" in The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 6. This is Claude's third consecutive appearance in that "year's best" series. Both stories he published in 2005 have been selected for a "year's best" book (his story from Tesseracts 9 story was chosen for Year's Best Fantasy 6).

Friday, June 23, 2006

Tony Pi second in Writers of the Future contest

New SF Canada member Tony Pi's novelette "The Stone Cipher" won second place in the Writers of the Future Contest, First Quarter 2006. Tony is a linguist, and this is one of several stories he has written which feature linguistics.

The Writers of the Future Contest is an international writing competition for new science fiction and fantasy writers. Entries are judged anonymously. Winners are invited to an all-expense paid trip to a one-week writing workshop and a gala award ceremony.

The judges in the first quarter of 2006 were Robert Silverberg, Anne McCaffrey, Algis Budrys and Eric Kotani.

Tony's story will appear in the Writers of the Future anthology, volume XXIII, to be published in Fall, 2007.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

James F. Beveridge designs Andre Norton Award emblem

James F. Beveridge designed this emblem for the Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel of the Year, which will be used on the covers of the books that win the award, in the tradition of the Newbery and other distinguished literary awards. The gryphon is symbolic of Norton's Witch World series, while the starry background represents her young adult science fiction books such as Storm Over Warlock and Star Rangers.

The first Andre Norton Award was presented in May to Valiant by Holly Black (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing).

Cover art for Dave Duncan's The Alchemist's Apprentice

Here's the cover art for Dave Duncan's upcoming novel The Alchemist's Apprentice, due out from Ace in March, 2007.

Monday, June 19, 2006

A.M. Dellamonica nominated for Sidewise Award

A.M. (Alyx) Dellamonica's short story "The Illuminated Heretic" (Alternate Generals III, edited by Harry Turtledove, Baen) has been nominated for a 2005 Sidewise Award for excellence in alternate history.

Other nominees for the short form award are William Barton, "Harvest Moon" (Asimov's, September 2005), Kim Newman and Paul J. McAuley, "Prix Victor Hugo Script," Jason Stoddard, "Panacea" (SciFiction, September 14, 2005), and Lois Tilton, "Pericles the Tyrant" (Asimov's, October-November 2005).

The awards will be presented at LAConIV, the World Science Fiction Convention, in Anaheim, CA, in late August.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Dave Duncan's Children of Chaos now on sale

Dave Duncan reports that his latest novel, Children of Chaos, is on sale in the US and "possibly" in Canada, where "Some stores have it, others seem to be waiting for the official release date of June 26."

Dave will be interviewed by Solveig McLaren on Author's Exclusive at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on June 28. The program is on internet radio at (which claims 3 million hits a month).

Friday, June 16, 2006

Paperback cover art for Edward Willett's Lost in Translation

Here's the cover art, by Steve Stone, of the upcoming mass-market paperback version of Edward Willett's SF novel Lost in Translation, due out from DAW Books October 3.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Cory Doctorow, Holly Phillips on Sunburst Award shortlist

The shortlist for the 2006 Sunburst Award for the best Canadian "literature of the fantastic" includes two SF Canada members. Cory Doctorow is on the list with Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town (Tor) and Holly Phillips makes the list with In the Palace of Repose (Prime Books). The other shortlisted authors are Robert Charles Wilson for Spin (Tor), James Alan Gardner for Gravity Wells: Speculative Fiction Stories (HarperCollins Canada) and Alison McLeod for The Wave Theory of Angels (Penguin Canada).

The winner will be announced this fall.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Several SF Canada members finalists for Aurora Awards

Several SF Canada members are finalists for Aurora Awards, Canada's national SF awards.

They include, for Best Long-Form Work in French, Michèle Laframboise for Le Dragon de l'Alliance (Médiaspaul) and, in the same category, Élisabeth Vonarburg, a finalist for both Reine de Mémoire 1. La Maison d'Oubli and Reine de Mémoire 2. Le Dragon de Feu (both Alire).

In the Best Short-Form Work in English category, SF Canada nominees include Douglas Smith for "Going Harvey in the Big House" (Cicada, Jan/Feb 2005), Hayden Trenholm for "Like Monsters of the Deep" (On Spec #61 Summer/2005), and "Mayfly," by Derryl Murphy and Peter Watts (Tesseracts Nine, Edge).

Under Best Work in English (Other) SF Canada members who are finalists include Joe Mahoney, in his role as producer for Birth, a radio drama written by Michael Lennick and Robert J. Sawyer and aired on CBC Radio One on July 8, 2005, and again as series coordinating producer for Six Impossible Things, hosted and curated by Nalo Hopkinson and airing on CBC Radio One May 16-27, 2005, Karl Johanson as editor of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, and Diane Walton as managing editor of On Spec.

In the category of Best Work in French (Other), Jean Pettigrew is a finalist for her critiques in Solaris 153-156, Joël Champetier for editing Solaris, and Jean-Louis Trudel for his essay «Les enfants de Jules Verne au Canada: la génération étouffée», published in Solaris 156.

In the Artistic Achievement category, Elaine Chen is a finalist for Wasps at the Speed of Sound and Mockingbird) and Stephanie Ann Johanson is a finalist for her Cover for Neo-opsis 6, and illustrations for Neo-opsis 5, 6 & 7).

Finally, under Fan Achievement (Other), Don Bassie is a finalist for the Made in Canada website/site web.

The complete list of finalists is here.

Edward Willett to teach SF writing at University of Regina Centre for Continuing Education

Edward Willett will be teaching a seven-week, one-night-a-week course on "Writing Speculative Fiction" for the University of Regina's Centre for Continuing Education this fall, one of several writing courses offered under the Centre's Business and Professional Development Programs.

As well, Ed will be teaching the Sage Hill Teen Writing Experience July 24 to 28 in Regina, for the second year in a row.

English-dubbed version of Joël Champetier's La Peau blanche out on DVD

The English-dubbed version of the movie adaptation of Joël Champetier's novel La Peau blanche is now available on DVD under the new title Cannibal.

Joël also reports that Daniel Roby, producer-director and co-writer of La Peau blanche is in Los-Angeles for the summer, pitching Joël's science-fiction screenplay Reset at the big studios.

Jeanne, Spider Robinson seek fan support for Stardance film

Jeanne Robinson--wife of writer Spider Robinson--was shortlisted to go into space aboard the Shuttle as part of the NASA's Civilians in Space program. After the Challenger disaster, that program got canceled, and Jeanne never got to go into space, where she would have pioneered zero-gravity dance, as described in their Hugo-winning Stardance that she and Spider wrote together.

But the dream lives on. Spider, Jeanne, and Michael Lennick--producer of Discovery Channel's Rocket Science, and effects maestro for the films of David Cronenberg--plus Hugo-winning artist Ron Miller, graphics designer Jack Senett, composer James Raymond, and line producer Lynn Fuhr have teamed up to make a computer-generated film based on Stardance.

Jeanne, Spider, and the rest of their team need the support of fans to make the Stardance film a reality. Full details are online here.

The film's grand opening is scheduled for July 7, 2007, Robert A. Heinlein's 100th birthday, as part of the Heinlein Centennial Celebrations in Kansas City, Missouri.

Leslie Carmichael book launch on June 18

Leslie Carmichael will be holding a book launch for her first children's fantasy novel, Lyranel's Song,on June 18 from 2 - 3:30 pm. at Symons Valley United Church, 183 Beddington Drive NE, Calgary, AB. There will be music, refreshments and a reading. Children are welcome (with parents in tow).

Matthew Hughes sells novella to F&SF

Matthew Hughes reports he sold the final episode in his Guth Bandar series, "Help 'n Out," to Gordon Van Gelder at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. It's a 39,000-word novella that recaps the action in the novel Black Brillion from Guth's point of view--and it's his 14th sale to F&SF since he started writing short fiction three years ago.

Ahmed A. Khan story short listed for Carl Brandon Society Parallax Award

Ahmed A. Khan's story "The Meaning of Life, and Other Clichés" did not win the Carl Brandon Society Parallax Award but it did make the short list. In the words of judge M.J. Hardman, had some nice words to say about the story: "A dialogue between two stranded spacers coping with memories, watching maybe sentient will-o-the-wisps, telling a whole story sparsely. Lovely writing, close to poetry."

Marie Jakober wins Albert Book Award

Marie Jakober's second Civil War novel, Sons of Liberty, won the Georges Bugnet Award for Novel at the Alberta Book Awards on May 13 in Calgary.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Matt Hughes sells novel to Robert J. Sawyer Books

Matt Hughes reports he has accepted an offer from Robert J. Sawyer for his novel The Commons, which has been appearing episodically in Fantasy & Science Fiction. The book will appear this year from Robert J. Sawyer Books, the imprint Sawyer edits for Fitzhenry and Whiteside.

That's Matt's third book sale so far this year.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Lynda Williams story in Mythspring anthology

Lynda Williams, author of the Okal Rel Universe series published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy, says she was thrilled to appear with many of Canada's best SF writers in the Mythspring anthology, edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Genevieve Kierans. Lynda says her story, "The Harpy," was inspired by the poem of the same name by Robert Service. The anthology aims to illustrate how Canadian lyrics and legends make good raw material for fantastic tales.

Lynda also appeared in the April 2006 edition of Deep Magic magazine with a short essay entitle "Books in the Digital Era". The essay was
prompted by a casual assumption on the part of a researcher in gaming development that all narrative forms would succumb to the powerful attraction of the gaming paradigm in the near future.

Since the Okal Rel Universe featured in the Edge series is Lynda's first love, she is particularly pleased to announce that the international online journal FutureFire published her Okal Rel Universe story "Making History" in issue 2006.05. Illustrated by Futurefire, "Making History" is a look behind the scenes at the origins of the Reetion political system based on incorruptible AIs that is featured in the novel series.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Joe Mahoney story anthologized

Joe Mahoney's short story "Moonstone" is being anthologized in Distant Passages: The best of Double-Edged Publishing, 2005, scheduled for production sometime in 2006.

On the CBC Radio front, Joe is producing a pilot for a science fiction comedy series called Canadia, with writer Matt Watts of Steve the First (and Second) fame. The pilot will be recorded May 4. Joe is also currently working on a radio series called The Adventures of Apocalypse Al with writer J. Michael Straczynski of Babylon 5 fame, which will be broadcast throughout the summer on CBC Radio One.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Nancy Kilpatrick-edited anthology up for Stoker Award

Outsiders, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Nancy Holder and published by ROC, is a finalist for the 2006 Bram Stoker Award in the best anthology category.

Other anthology finalists are Corpse Blossoms, edited by Julia and RJ Sevin (Creeping Hemlock Press), Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre, edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb (Carroll & Graf), and Weird Shadows over Innsmouth, edited by Stephen Jones (Fedogan and Bremer).

The Stokers will be presented at a banquet at the Horror Writers Association's annual conference, being held this year in Newark, New Jersey, June 16 to 18.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Michèle Laframboise wins Solaris Prize

Michèle Laframboise won the 2006 Solaris Prize for her SF short story "Le vol de l'Abeille" (Flight of the Honey Bee). The story will be published in the next issue of Solaris magazine. (Québec-based science-fiction magazine Solaris is the oldest Canadian SF magazine, in its 32th year of publication.) Michèle will also draw the accompanying illustration.

Michèle's next comic book, "Séance de signatures" (Book Signing) will be published by Fichtre!, a Montréal-based independent comic publisher, next May. Michèle;s last comic book was published in 1997.

Finally, the Ontario Arts Council has granted Michèle a subvention for writing her next novel. "This novel will be aimed at a more mature audience than my previous YA books," Michèle says. "It is the first time in more than 25 years of creation that I get a grant for my work. It is very welcome!"

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Steven Mills SF novel launching at Norwescon

Steven Mills ( is launching his debut science fiction novel, Burning Stones, at Norwescon in Seattle, Washington, April 13 to 16. Burning Stones, published by Cosmos Books, an imprint of Wildside Press, distributed by Baker & Taylor (USA) and Ingram Book (Canada), is available through independent bookstores, Chapters/Indigo, and online at Amazon.

Three stories by Claude Lalumière recently published

These past few weeks have seen a flurry of fiction publications from Claude Lalumière: "This Is the Ice Age" in Mythspring (Red Deer Press), edited by Julie Czerneda and Genevieve Kierans, "Motherfucker" in Red Scream, and "The Four Elements" in Reflection's Edge #15.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Robyn Hay sells short story to Nanobison

Robyn Hay has sold short story "Homecoming" to Nanobison.

Edward Willett novel coming out in paperback from DAW

Edward Willett has sold mass-market paperback rights to his SF novel Lost in Translation, published last year in hardcover by Gale Group/Five Star, to DAW Books. The paperback version is due out in October. Ed has also signed on with agent Ethan Ellenberg, who will be marketing both his adult and YA fiction.

John Park poem online at Chiaroscuro

John Park's poem "Oubliette" has just been published online by Chiaroscuro.

Richard Bartrop doing more cover art for Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine

Richard Bartrop has been asked to do the cover art for Issue #26 of the Australian SF magazine Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

E.L. Chen story up at Strange Horizons

E.L. Chen's story "Wayfaring Girls" is now up at Strange Horizons.

Matt Hughes to write X-Men novel about Wolverine

Matthew Hughes has signed a contract with Pocket Books to write a novel about Logan, aka Wolverine, Marvel's Canadian X-Man.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Cory Doctorow novelette nominated for Hugo Award

Cory Doctorow's novelette "I, Robot" (The Infinite Matrix, February 15, 2005) has been nominated for the Best Novelette Hugo Award. Other nominees are "The Calorie Man" by Paolo Bacigalupi (F&SF, October/November 2005), "Two Hearts" by Peter S. Beagle (F&SF, October/November 2005), "TelePresence" by Michael A. Burstein (Analog, July/August 2005), and "The King of Where-I-Go" by Howard Waldrop (SCI FICTION, December 7,

The Hugo Awards, the premiere award in the science fiction field, are nominated for and voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon). This year's Hugo Awards will be presented at L.A.con IV, the 64th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 23 to 27 in Anaheim, California.

The complete list of nominees is here.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Ahmed A. Khan story sells to Greek magazine

Ahmed A. Khan's story "Thus Spake Bleerbo" has been published in issue #291 of Greek magazine 9.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Several sales for Jean-Louis Trudel

Jean-Louis Trudel's most recent sale is to Solaris for a French version of the essay "Looking for Little Green Men," first published in the November 2005 issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction.

He's also sold to Solaris for future publication a short story called "Les noms de la proie" ("The Names of the Quarry"). His story "Filhos do Sol" ("Children of the Sun") was included in the Brazilian anthology Histórias de Ficção Científica, edited by Roberto de Sousa Causo and published by Ática.

Writing with Yves Meynard as Laurent McAllister, he also helped to author the YA novel Le maître des bourrasques (The Master of Squalls) from Médiaspaul in Montréal, as well as a short story, "Un homme seul, avant la Conjonction" ("A Man Alone, Before the Conjonction") in the annual science fiction compendium from Paris-based publisher Bragelonne, Science-Fiction 2006. On the non-commercial side, he also published a non-SF short story, "Legacies," in the anthology Tales of the Shadowmen. Volume 2: Gentlemen of the Night_ from Encino-based Black Coat Press.

Dernièrement, Jean-Louis Trudel a vendu à Solaris la version française d'un essai d'abord paru dans le numéro de novembre 2005 du New York Review of Science Fiction, « Looking for Little Green Men », qui s'intitulera « Aux origines des petits hommes verts » en français.

Il avait aussi vendu précédemment à Solaris une nouvelle de science-fiction intitulée « Les noms de la proie ». Sa nouvelle « Filhos do Sol », version portugaise de la nouvelle « Enfants du soleil », est enfin parue dans l'anthologie brésilienne Histórias de Ficção Científica réunie par Roberto de Sousa Causo et publiée par Ática.

Sous le nom de Laurent McAllister, il a signé en collaboration avec Yves Meynard le roman pour jeunes Le maître des bourrasques publié par la maison d'édition montréalaise Médiaspaul. Laurent McAllister a aussi fait paraître une nouvelle intitulée « Un homme seul, avant la Conjonction » dans l'anthologie annuelle de Bragelonne, Science-Fiction 2006. On notera aussi une publication non-rémunérée de Jean-Louis rudel, sa nouvelle « Legacies » (« Patrimoines ») dans l'anthologie Tales of the Shadowmen. Volume 2: Gentlemen of the Night, réunie par Randy et Jean-Marc Lofficier et publiée par Black Coat Press.

Eileen Kernaghan interviewed in Challenging Destiny

Dave Switzer and James Schellenberg recently interviewed Eileen Kernaghan for the March 2006 (No.22) issue of Challenging Destiny. The interview is online here.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Donna Farley story in March-April Cicada

Donna Farley's story "Jettator" appears in the March-April issue of Cicada, the teen magazine put out by the Cricket Group. This is the second story she's sold to Cicada; "Egg" apeared two years ago.

Donna writes, "What is a jettator, you wonder? A person with the power of the evil eye, the eye of this quasi-Mediterranean fantasy tale (I call it my big fat Greek fantasy story), a young woman longs to offer the flowers from her garden to the temple of the Good One, to obtain a place among the maidens there; when a jettator destroys her flowers, she must consider the possibility of a wedding match instead...."

Monday, March 06, 2006

Matt Hughes novelette chosen for "year's best" collections

Matt Hughes's novelette "The Gist Hunter" will be in both Jonathan Strahan's Best Short Novels of 2005 (Science Fiction Book Club) and Rich Horton's Year's Best Fantasy (Prime/Wildside).

Holly Phillips stories in several "year's best" anthologies

Stories from Holly Phillips's collection In the Palace of Repose (just re-released in a new edition) have been chosen for several year's best anthologies. "The Other Grace" appears in Horror: The Best of 2005, edited by Sean Wallace; "By the Light of Tomorrow's Sun" is in Fantasy: The Best of the Year, edited by Rich Horton, and "One of the Hungry Ones" is in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #17, edited by Stephen Jones.

Douglas Smith receives grant from SLF

Douglas Smith has received the second annual Older Writers Grant from the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF). Honorable Mentions included Susanna Crowley, Rob Hunter, Roger Pepper, Kate Robinson, and Pam Summa.

The $750 award is intended for writers of fifty years or older, to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level. The award was chosen by a jury consisting of M.J. Goodner, Sandra Kasturi, and Sheree Thomas of the SLF on the basis of interest and merit.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Dave Duncan sells new trilogy to Berkley

Dave Duncan has sold a historical-fantasy-mystery, The Alchemist's Apprentice, plus two sequels, to Berkley, via agent Richard Curtis. The trilogy is set in Renaissance Venice and stars the clairvoyant Felipe Nostradamus and his pupil, bodyguard, and legman, Alfeo Zeno. An extract is available from for $0.49.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Mary Choo poem nominated for Rhysling Award

Mary Choo's poem "Keepers (from Grannie's Garden)," that came out in ChiZine #24 (April-June 2005), has been nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Rhysling Award.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Elisabeth Vonarburg story in Montreal gallery catalogue

"Villes invisibles," a short story Elisabeth Vonarburg wrote for the catalogue of an exposition in a Montreal gallery, the galerie Monopoli, has been published in said catalogue, Archi-Fictions, which is in fact a small book, under the title "Morréal"; five other (non genre) Quebecois authors also have stories in that book.H)

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Sandra Kasturi nominated for Rhysling Award

Sandra Kasturi has been nominated for a Rhysling Award in the short poem category, for her poem "Frankenstein's Monster's Wife's Therapist."

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Jean-Louis Trudel story in Brazilian anthology

The new anthology Historias de Ficcao Cientifica, edited by Roberto de Sousa Causo and published by Atica, a giant of the young-adult field in Brazil, includes a story by Jean-Louis Trudel. Among the other authors with work in the anthology are Edgar Allan Poe, H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Bruce Sterling.

Matt Hughes sells new Archonate novel

Matt Hughes has sold a new stand-alone Archonate novel, Template, to Nick Gevers at PS Publishing, to be published in fall 2007.

Coincidentally, Matt's novelette "The Farouche Assemblage," featuring master criminal Luff Imbry in his salad days, should be out in the new edition of Postscripts by the end of this month.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Two Edward Willett titles chosen for cataloge of excellent Saskatchewan books

Edward Willett's young adult fantasy novel Soulworm (Royal Fireworks Press) and his children's biography J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds (Enslow) have been chosen for inclusion in The Spirit of Saskatchewan: Celebrating Excellence in Books, which recommends literature written in the province in recent years for students at every stage of their education. The catalogue, which will be distributed to schools and libraries around the province and will also be available online, is a collaborative venture among the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, the Saskatchewan Publishers Group, the Saskatchewan Book Awards, Saskatchewan Learning, and the Saskatchewan Library Association. All of the books included have either been nominated for or have received a Saskatchewan Book Award; many have also received award recognition outside the province.

Ahmed A. Khan story up at Anotherealm

Ahmed A. Khan's story "Seventh Sense" has been published by Anotherealm.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Holly Phillips shortlisted for Crawford Award

Holly Phillips is among the finalists for this year's Crawford Award, for best fantasy writer whose first book has appeared in the last 18 months. Holly is nominated for her collection In the Palace of Repose. The other finalists are Judith Berman for Bear Daughter, Hal Duncan for Vellum, Francis Hardinge for Fly by Night, Joe Hill for Twentieth Century Ghosts, Sarah Monette for Melusine, and Anna Tambour for Spotted Lily. The winner will be announced at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in March (if not before).

Stories by Candas Jane Dorsey and Timothy J. Anderson chosen for Year's Best Fantasy

Candas Jane Dorsey's story "Mom and Mother Theresa" and Timothy J. Anderson's "Newbie Wrangler" from Tesseracts 9 have been selected for Year's Best Fantasy 6, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.

Claude Lalumière story selected for Year's Best Fantasy

Claude Lalumière reports that his Tesseracts 9 story, "Being Here," has been picked up by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer for Year's Best Fantasy 6, due out in September from Tachyon.

Claude will be teaching a workshop in Montreal for the Quebec Writers' Federation called "Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror: Writing and Selling Short Stories" at the Atwater Library every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. from March 1 to April 10. Details are here.

The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 5, edited by Maxim Jakubowski, reprints Claude's story "Secretly Wishing for Rain" (from Fishnet.

Finally, the anthology Claude co-edited with Elise Moser for Véhicule Press, Lust for Life: Tales of Sex & Love, which includes a new work by a SF Canada member Holly Phillips, will be launched in Toronto on February 11 at 7 p.m. at The Rivoli, 332 Queen St. W.; in Montreal on February 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Le Sergent Recruteur, 4801 St-Laurent, and in Halifax on February 18 at 7 p.m. at Venus Envy, 1598 Barrington. Claude will be at all three launches.

Mark Shainblum sells story to On Spec

Mark Shainblum's short story "The Art of Solitude®" has sold to On Spec.

Several SF Canada members on Locus/s 2005 Recommended Reading list

Works by several SF Canada members are included in Locus Magazine's Recommended Reading list for 2005, including Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow (Tor), under fantasy novels; The Gist Hunter and Other Stories by Matthew Hughes (Night Shade) and In the Palace of Repose by Holly Phillips (Prime) under collections; "Human Readable" by Cory Doctorow (Future Washington) under novellas; "The Spear Carrier" by A.M. Dellamonica (Sci Fiction 3/09/05) and "The Gist Hunter" (F&SF 6/05), "Help Wonted" (F&SF 10-11/05) and "Inner Huff" (F&SF 2/05), all by Matthew Hughes, under novelettes, and "By the Light of Tomorrow’s Sun" by Holly Phillips (In the Palace of Repose) and "Mayfly" by Peter Watts and Derryl Murphy (Tesseracts 9) under short stories. In addition, Tesseracts 9: New Canadian Speculative Fiction, edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman (Edge), which contains a number of stories by SF Canada members, made the list under anthologies.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Janine Cross novel makes Library Journal list of best 2005 genre fiction

Janine Cross's novel Touched by Venom (Roc), the first book (of three) in the Dragon Temple Saga, has been named to Library Journal's list of the best genre fiction of 2005. Says LJ:

An independent-minded young woman in a male-dominated society angers the Dragon Temple's dragonmasters, bringing disaster on her family and clan and setting the girl on an odyssey that will change her world. The jungle setting and tribal civilizations of this exciting debut novel vividly evoke the rain forests of Africa and South America.

Others on the list are Terry Bisson's Numbers Don't Lie (Tachyon), Sunstorm (Del Rey) by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter, Andrew Eschbach's The Carpet Makers (Tor), and The Necessary Beggar (Tor) by Susan Palwick.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Cory Doctorow story makes BSFA Awards short list

Cory Doctorow's short story "I, Robot," published in Infinite Matrix, has made the short list for this year's British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) awards for short fiction, presented annually by the BSFA based on a vote of its members and members of the British national science fiction convention, Eastercon. The awards will be presented on April 15 at the 2006 Eastercon, Concussion, in Glasgow.

Other short-listed stories in the short fiction category are "Bears Discover Smut" by Michael Bishop (SciFiction), "Bird Songs at Eventide" by Nina Allan (Interzone), "Guadalupe and Hieronymus Bosch" by Rudy Rucker (Interzone), "Imagine" by Edward Morries (Interzone), "Magic for Beginners" by Kelly Link (Magic For Beginners and F&SF), "Soft Apocalypse" by Will McIntosh (Interzone) and "Two Dreams on Trains" by Elizabeth Bear (Strange Horizons).

There's a full article on the BSFA awards shortlists on the SFWA site.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Nina Munteanu story featured in Polish SF mag

Nina Munteanu's short story, "Virtually Yours", originally published in Hadrosaur Tales, reprinted in Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine then translated into Hebrew in Bli Panika has been translated into Polish and featured in the SF magazine, Nowa Fantastyka (January, 2006 issue).

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Matt Hughes story bought for Best Short Novels of 2005

Matt Hughes reports that edtior Jonathan Strahan has asked for his story "The Gist Hunter" (which originally appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction) for a Science Fiction Book Club anthology, Best Short Novels of 2005.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Simon Rose's novels now available in USA

Simon Rose's first three novels, The Alchemist's Portrait, The Sorcerer's Letterbox and The Clone Conspiracy are now available in the USA; there's a recent U.S. review of all three books here. Simon's fourth novel, The Emerald Curse, will be published in the spring. A brief plot synopsis has already been posted to the Amazon Canada and Indigo sites, where it is already available to preorder.

Friday, January 13, 2006

New M. D. Benoit novel out

The second novel in M. D. Benoit's Jack Meter Case Files, Meter Made, is now out from Zumaya Publications. And here's the cover!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Derryl Murphy/Peter Watts story chosen for Year's Best SF

"Mayfly," written by Derryl Murphy and Peter Watts for the anthology Tesseracts 9, has been chosen for the Year's Best Science Fiction anthology edited by Gardner Dozois.