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John R. Little's novelette Placeholders has been nominated in the Best Small Press Chill category, which includes all novels and novellas published by small press pubblishers. Placeholders was published by Necessary Evil Press in a limited edition in September.
Chiaroscuro, edited by Brett Alexander Savory, has been nominated in the Best Dark Genre Short Fiction Magazine category; the award goes to the editor.
Other nominees in the Best Small Press Chill category are Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge (Cemetery Dance), Midlisters by Kealan Patrick Burke (Biting Dog Press), The Cage by Jason Brannon (KHP Publishers), The Haunted Forest Tour by Jeff Strand and James A. Moore (Earthling Publications), and Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman (Haworth Positronic Press).
Other nominees in the Best Dark Genre Short Fiction Magazine are Cemetery Dance, edited by Richard Chizmar (print); Dark Discoveries, edited by Editor James Beach (print), Dark Recesses Press, edited by Boyd Harris, CJ Hurtt and Vincent VanAllen (virtual), Estronomicon, edited by Steve Upham (virtual), and Postscripts, edited by Peter Crowther and Nick Gevers (print).
Nominees were selected by the editors and active contributing writers of Dark Scribe Magazine. Readers of the magazine can now vote until the end of January. Two winners will be selected in each category: Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice. Winners will be announced around January 31.
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"Dyer invites us into a world which seems superficially ordinary in many ways but which absolutely vibrates with a parallel universe seen only by those who are chosen or perhaps abducted...This is an interesting and unusual fantasy novel which will appeal to students who enjoy myth and folklore and who dare to venture into Dyer's unseen world of Abductors...Recommended." - Ann Ketcheson
"Get your hands on a copy of Placeholders or you are going to miss out on one of the finest pieces of fiction I have seen come down the pipeline in the last few years. I am delighted and thrilled by and just slightly in awe of Placeholders. I simply can't recommend it enough." - James A. Moore
"The story is...well...I don't want to summarize the story. It's too good and I'd rather you go into the story the same as I, without knowing what the damn thing was about and experiencing the confusion, the love, the compassion, the fear. I want you to experience the sprinkling of the clues, of John's masterful storytelling abilities as he leads you to the realizations of what's happening." - Hellnotes
"I wondered if it were possible for John Little to top The Memory Tree, and I'm not sure that Placeholders achieves that. But when you're talking about comparing stories as rich, emotional and so damned well-written as Placeholders and The Memory Tree, it's a moot point. Both are so rewarding and just plain entertaining. The simple truth is, John Little has quickly become one of the best in a field where mediocrity is all too often the norm." - Horror Drive-In
"John R. Little’s Placeholders is a strange, mind-bending trip that opens with a blow to the solar plexus that leaves the reader gasping for breath. Little is a wildly talented writer whose writing is matched only by his extraordinary imagination." - Ray Garton
"Placeholders confirms my suspicion that John R. Little is the 'Lost' generation’s answer to Jack Finney; this intelligent, beautifully-structured, and often deeply-moving novelette is full of surprises, is endlessly inventive, and steers refreshingly clear of the usual tired cliches associated with time-travel stories – though to call Placeholders a simple time-travel story is to do a great injustice to this tidy mind-bender. Sit back and let John R. Little take you on a splendid journey – and watch out for the last scenes; you never see it coming." - Gary A. Braunbeck
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Scheduled launch events include:
- November 23, 7 p..m, Paragraphe Books, 2220 Avenue McGill College, Montreal
- November 24, 3 p.m., BakkaPhoenix Books, 697 Queen Street West, Toronto
- November 30, 7 p.m., Hot Off The Press Party, Historic Firehall, 1111 Memorial Drive NW, Calgary
- December 2, 3 p.m., White Dwarf Books, 3715 West Tenth Ave., Vancouver
Other authors in Tesseracts 11 are Daniel Archambault, Madeline Ashby, Greg Bechtel, Nancy Bennett, Lisa Carreiro, Peter Darbyshire, Khria Deefholts, Cory Doctorow, Candas Jane Dorsey, Susan Forest, Kim Goldberg, Andrew Gray, Alyxandra Harvey-Fitzhenry, John Mavin, Randy McCharles, Steven Mills, Holly Phillips, Jerome Stueart and Élisabeth Vonarburg.
Monday, November 19, 2007
There'll also be refreshments, including whipped cream, scones and jam!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
"Loved Darwin's Paradox!… A good neurology refresher for me!...The story is intricate…imaginative, and intelligent…The medical and scientific [premise is]…completely plausible and perhaps our fate…Sign me up for 'neurgery'. " - Dr. Rhonda Low, host of Your Health (CTV News), and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of British Columbia:
"Munteanu [has] created an inventive and exciting future…a mystery virus… unsettling artificial intelligences…and an indomitable hero." - Kay Kenyon, SF author of Bright of the Sky.
"A thrill ride that makes you think and tugs the heart." - Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Rollback.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
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Complete results can be found here.
Next year's Canvention will be hosted by KeyCon 25 in Winnipeg, a four-day convention over the Victoria Day weekend.
Antronos knew nothing but the Desert. Full of sandstorms, hallucinogenic dust dreams and the strange undead, he would have gone insane if not for the magic of his mother that held the demons at bay. One day, his mother died.
The underground civilization of the Temlochti State did not readily accept Antronos the surface creature from the Desert. Enduring constant derision, Antronos sometimes managed to find work along the docks of the underground river that made life rich and easy for the tunnel dwellers. After saving a university professor from drowning, he was granted a studentship in medicine.
Unfortunately, his graduate supervisor's methodology is less than ethical, and he hates Antronos with a passion. Antronos is tricked into committing an act of murder. He is then blackmailed into doing Sen Vernus' dirty work as the old man grabs power: political power, psychic power, magical power, with the aim of taking over the minds and bodies of the most powerful and rich people in the state.
The Silver Birch Award is awarded in fiction, non-fiction and Express categories each May, based on ballots cast by Grade 3, 4, 5 and 6 students earlier in the same month. It's administered by the Ontario Library Association and run by teacher-librarians and teachers in schools and by children's librarians in public libraries.
Other nominees in the fiction category are Baboon by David Jones (Annick Press), Directed by Kaspar Snit by Cary Fagan (Tundra Books), Jakeman by Deborah Ellis (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), Never to be Told by Becky Citra (Orca Book Publishers), Odd Man Out by Sarah Ellis (Groundwood Books), Pigboy by Vicki Grant (Orca Book Publishers), Shadows on the Train by Melanie Jackson (Orca Book Publishers), Torrie and the Snake-Prince by K.V. Johansen (Annick Press) and The Vampire's Visit by David A. Poulsen (Key Porter Books).
The Golden Eagle Book Award is a literary award that is given annually to an Alberta writer whose book is selected by children in Grades 4 through 8 from schools in the southern Alberta communities of Claresholm, Nanton, Stavely, Granum, Fort Macleod, Pincher Creek and Lundbreck. The winning book will be announced in the spring.
Theme: As above.
Genre: SF or fantasy. No horror, please.
Simultaneous Submissions: No
Deadline: January 31, 2008
Rights: One-time anthology rights.
Send submissions as .doc or .rtf attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment: 1 cent per word, with a minimum of $10 and maximum of $40 + a contributor's copy. The payment will be upon publication.
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The other semi-finalists are The Smell of Paint by Sheryl McFarlane (Fitzhenry & Whiteside); Race to Eagle Mountain by S. M. Schofield (Wine Press Group); The Alchemist’s Dream by John Wilson (Key Porter Books); and Kristin’s Wilderness: A Braided Trail by Garrett Conover (Raven Productions).
A winner (gold medalist) and runner-up (silver medalist) will be announced in each category during the week of October 15-19, and remaining semifinalists will become bronze medallists.
A formal awards presentation will be held on Saturday, November 3, in conjunction with the 2007 Children's Humanities Festival in Chicago.
(Via Maggie L. Wood.)
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Paul Di Filippo recently gave Matthew Hughes's The Spiral Labyrinth a warm review (A-minus) on SCIFI Weekly. Matt is currently giving away signed copies of 50 of his books, plus three of the Night Shade limited editions. Details are on his website.
As well, you can listen to a CBC Radio interview with Matt online here.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
The other short-listed books are Forest Mage by Robin Hobb, Fortress of Ice by C.J. Cherryh, Horizon by Mary Rosenblum and Spirits that Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman. This year's judges are Adam-Troy Castro, Claude Lalumière and John G. Hemry.
The award, which includes a grant of $1,000, will be presented at OryCon in Portland, Oregon in November.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The series launches this month with "Anda’s Game," and IDW is selling a subscription to the whole run for $23.99. Once the series concludes, IDW will publish a trade paperback collection, and there'll be a Creative Commons release of the whole work to coincide with the trade.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The novel recently received a starred review in Quill and Quire. Michael Rowe called it "one of the most stunning and original Canadian literary debuts of the year."
The launch is open to anyone who wants to attend.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Due to the success of his audiobook recordings for Blackstone Audio, Spider Robinson has decided to record a weekly podcast. The podcast series will begin with readings of eight Thrillin' at the MacMillan essays written for the HR MacMillan Space Centre.
In celebration of the publication of Queen of Candesce, Karl Schroeder has released a free ebook version of Ventus under Creative Commons license. It’s available from his website in a variety of formats. Writes Karl, "I have a deep fondness for this book. I’m delighted to be able to share it with everybody after all these years."
Sandra Kasturi will be reading Wednesday, September 19, at 8 p.m. at It's Not A Deli, 986 Queen Street West, Toronto, as part of the Diamond Cherry Reading Series. Also on hand will be author Tanis Rideout (fiction and poetry), and the CS Field Trio (spoken word, beat box and trumpet).
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Edward Willett has joined the blogging staff of Futurismic, "a website for people interested in the future and the effects of science and technology on the present." The goal is at least one post a day along those lines. He'll continue to maintain his personal blog, Hassenpfeffer.
The Victoria Times-Colonist for Sunday September 16, 2007, carried an article on page D11 about Dave Duncan, with the headline "Established Author Settles in Victoria," and one about Neo-opsis, which is edited by Karl Johanson, entitled "Creativity Combines with Curiosity." The newspaper is online here.
Friday, September 14, 2007
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Meilleur livre en français
Best Long-Form Work in French
Samuel de la chasse-galerie, Michel J. Lévesque (Médiaspaul)
Les îles du Zodiaque 3. Le maître des bourrasques, Laurent McAllister* (Médiaspaul)
Reine de Mémoire 3. Le Dragon fou, Elisabeth Vonarburg (Alire)
Reine de Mémoire 4. La Princesse de Vengeance, Elisabeth Vonarburg (Alire)
*"Laurent McAllister" is a pseudonym for the writing duo of Yves Meynard and Jean-Louis Trudel.
Meilleure nouvelle en français
Best Short-Form Work in French
«Le vol de l'abeille», Michèle Laframboise (Solaris 159)
«Stiletto», Julie Martel (Solaris 160)
«Le regard du trilobite», Mario Tessier (Solaris 159)
Meilleur ouvrage en français (Autre)
Best Work in French (Other)
La Décennie charnière, Claude Janelle (dir.) (Alire)
Solaris, réd. Joël Champetier (http://www.revue-solaris.com/)
Mario Tessier, Les Carnets du Futurible (Solaris 157-160)
«Aux origines des petits hommes verts», Jean-Louis Trudel (Solaris 160)
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Best Long-Form Work in English
Meilleur livre en anglais
Regeneration (Species Imperative 3), Julie E. Czerneda (DAW Books)
Children of Chaos, Dave Duncan (Tor Books)
Smoke And Ashes, Tanya Huff (DAW Books)
Sun of Suns (Book One of Virga), Karl Schroeder (Tor Books)
Blindsight, Peter Watts (Tor Books)
Righteous Anger (Part Two of the Okal Rel Saga), Lynda Williams (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)
Best Short-Form Work in English
Meilleure nouvelle en anglais
"All the Cool Monsters at Once," James Alan Gardner (Mythspring, Red Deer Press)
"This Ink Feels Like Sorrow," Karin Lowachee (Mythspring, Red Deer Press)
"Marked Men," John Mierau (Slipstreams, DAW)
"Biding Time," Robert J. Sawyer (Slipstreams, DAW)
"Lumen Essence," Hayden Trenholm (Neo-opsis SF Magazine 9)
Best Work in English (Other)
Meilleur ouvrage en anglais (Autre)
The Hidden Path, Heather Dale [music cd]
Jousting with Jesters: An ABC for the Younger Dragon, Martin Springett (Orca Book Publishers) [children's alphabet book]
Mythspring, Julie E. Czerneda and Genevieve Kierans, editors (Red Deer Press) [anthology]
Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, Karl Johanson, editor [SF magazine]
Tesseracts Ten : A Celebration of New Canadian Speculative Fiction, Edo Van Belkom & Robert Charles Wilson, editors (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) [anthology]
French-language, fan and artistic achievement award finalists have not yet been announced.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Reviewer R. Gordon Moyles writes, "Sullivan knows St. John’s like the back of his hand...the novel is a pure delight for lovers of fantasy and a great deal of fun for those who just love that old city. "
Writes Brett, "The position entails blogging for them about independent horror-related, um, stuff, I guess....I'm not entirely clear on what's expected, but the point is that I'll be blogging for them for the duration of the time the horror issue is on the stands, so that will be fun. I was honoured to be asked."
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Montréal won the right to host the 2009 WorldCon at the 2007 WorldCon currently underway in Yokohama, Japan.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
At the ceremony, two Grand Prize winners will be announced, each of whom will receive $5,000. Quarterly winners also receive cash prizes from $1,000 to $500. The winning stories and illustrations will appear in the annual anthology L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future, volume 23 (Galaxy Press).
Participating in the ceremony will be authors Kevin J. Anderson, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers and Sean Williams, who will serve as presenters along with celebrities Marisol Nichols (from Fox TV's 24), two-time Emmy award nominated actress Lee Purcell, and Latin vocalist Carina Rico.
The Writers of the Future Contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983. Its winners have gone on to publish over 550 novels and 1,400 short stories. The format was expanded to include a companion Illustrators of the Future Contest in 1988
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Benoit builds characters that are multidimensional and with whom readers can establish a bond, even when those characters aren't behaving as nobly as we would like. Her science is sound, which is critical for this genre, and the ethical questions she raises are already being debated in medical research circles. But, it is Benoit's ability to put all of this into plot twisting, fast paced thriller that has her right up there with the big boys like Gregg Hurwitz and Michael Crichton.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
The superior melding of fantasy, humor and detection seen in Majestrum(2006) is displayed to even better advantage in Hughes's second chronicle of Henghis Hapthorn, a "discriminator" (or consulting detective) on an alternate Earth.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
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You can view the video here, on his blog.
Friday, July 20, 2007
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Cory describes it as "an essay about the role that futurism (doesn’t) play in science fiction, and why so much 'futuristic' sf can be set in the present."
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
To promote SF and fantasy by Canadian authors. To put readers and people in the Canadian SF writing and publishing community in touch. And maybe to find out if Sasquatch is online yet....Authors, editors, publishers, artists, academics, teachers, journalists, readers and anyone else with an interest in Canadian SF (even if you aren't Canadian yourself) is welcome to join.
Of course, you have to become a member of Facebook first.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
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Also, the first two science fiction comedy series that Joe produced for CBC Radio One with Matt Watts, Steve the First and Steve the Second, will be rebroadcast this summer. Steve the First will run Monday, July 23, to Friday, July 27,at 11:30 a.m., and Steve the Second will run Monday, July 30, to Wednesday, August 1, at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
From the back cover of the full book:
Crisis in Zefra is a fictional narrative designed to illustrate emerging concepts and technologies that could become part of Canada's Army of the Future. Set in 2025, this story follows what starts out as a routine patrol mission through the streets of war-torn Zefra, but the situation quickly degrades into a 'three-block-war' scenario.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Lot 1 -- Fools Errant hardcover: this is the original 1994 Maxwell Macmillan Canada edition, signed, in near mint condition (it's unread but it's been moved around from time to time) and dust-jacketed. Only 750 copies were printed, and most of them went to Canadian libraries.
Lot 2 -- Black Brillion proof: this is a Advanced Reading Copy paperback, with no artwork on the cover, signed, in mint condition.
Lot 3 -- Magazines: a complete set of Matt's magazine appearances from recent years. In total, there are 21 stories, 16 from Fantasy and Science Fiction, two from Asimov's, two from Postscripts, and one from Interzone. Each story is signed on the page where it starts. Matt will also throw in signed copies of his two stories in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and a Czech and Russian edition of Fantasy and Science Fiction with a couple of his pieces.
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(Via Andrew Wheeler's Blog in Exile.)
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(Via Andrew Wheeler's Blog in Exile.)
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
In July, Heather will be offering two courses at Metchosin International School of the Arts in Victoria, BC.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
Although the lecture is free, space is limited. Go here for reservation and location information.
A recording of Cory's similar talk on May 21 as part of the Authors@Google series is available on YouTube here.
(Via SF Scope.)
Thursday, May 31, 2007
The award will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, in conjunction with the Sturgeon Award.
The nominees are:
Titan by Ben Bova (Tor)
A Small and Remarkable Life by Nick DiChario (Robert J. Sawyer Books)
Infoquake by David Louis Edelman (Pyr)
Nova Swing by M. John Harrison (Gollancz)
Odyssey by Jack McDevitt (Ace)
The Last Witchfinder by James Morrow (William Morrow)
Living Next Door to the God of Love by Justina Robson (Tor)
Dry by Barbara Sapergia (Coteau Books)
Glasshouse by Charles Stross (Ace)
Rainbow's End by Vernor Vinge (Tor)
Farthing by Jo Walton (Tor)
Blindsight by Peter Watts (Tor)
Monday, May 28, 2007
Here's a description of the book:
When thirteen year old Graeme Hulis and his father immigrated to Toronto Canada from England, it was because Allison, a Canadian girl and her mother encouraged the immigration. But Graeme is totally unprepared for the unusual challenges that await him in Toronto.
A heart stopping eerie experience in a Toronto rooming house changes his life and arouses his interest in the unknown.
Without prior warning his father disappears, leaving behind a note that suggests abduction; and Graeme realizes that he himself might be stalked.
At school he befriends Norman, a Jamaican boy with whom he confides his concerns regarding his missing father, and also some explosive information he recently discovered in the diary of his long dead mother.
As a result of these findings, the two boys, and Allison soon find themselves in confrontation with the unexplained. It seems to them that entities from alien lore and folklore are united in a conspiracy to prevent them from finding out the truth about Abductors.
Friday, May 25, 2007
As well, a story (which, Ursula says, must remain unnamed) will appear in Zencore: Nemonymous Seven, part of a UK-based anonymously authored anthology series edited by Des Lewis.
Notes Ursula, "Lewis is running a fun promotion in which readers who can pair stories with their authors (both of which are listed, but not together) receive a free copy of the book, which has the wonderful subtitle Magic Reality. I might have got that wrong. Mr. Lewis himself can explain it better to those who are interested, or see the Wikipedia entry."
At SF Canada's annual general meeting on May 17, the following new executive members were elected:
Edward Willett continues as administrative assistant and webmaster.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Allan also notes that over the past few years he's created three undergraduate courses on SF at York University, and he is in the early stages of proposing to teach his first graduate course in the field--on utopian/dystopian literature--in 2008-09. "Next year will be my third in a row of teaching nothing but SF," Allan says. During 2005-2006, while on sabbatical, he gave six conference papers, including four on Canadian SF, in such diverse places as India, Scotland, and Finland.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Left to right: Celu Amberstone, Eileen Kernaghan, Jo Beverley, Karen Abrahamson, Colleen Anderson, Rhea Rose, Nina Munteanu, and Linda DeMeulemeester, whom Nina Munteanu collectively dubbed "the SF Witches of WestCoast."
Adds Nina, "Who else would crash a Romance writers conference to hear the sagely advice of Nancy Kress? One of us (I won't name names) didn't even realize it was a romance writers conference, having made the logical deduction based on Nancy Kress being there. I think she may have learned a lot more than she bargained for."
Sunday, April 29, 2007
A subsequent signing will be held at Chapters North London, Maisonville Mall, London, Ontario, on Thursday, June 7, from 6 to 9 p.m.
John describes The Memory Tree is "a time-travel novel in the style of Jack Finney." It has already been positively reviewed in Booklist, Hellnotes, Horror Fiction Review, Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest, and other places. Upcoming reviews will be printed in issues of Cemetery Dance and Dark Discoveries.
Here's the copy from the back cover:
Sam Ellis is a middle-aged stock broker in Seattle, successful, married to a woman he loves dearly, with everything he could want. But below the surface, there are scars. Then his world changes. For reasons he doesn't understand, Sam is thrust back in time to 1968, the summer he turned thirteen. He meets his parents and his own childhood self. That summer changed Sam's world. Monsters walked the streets of his hometown, and now Sam will come face to face with those monsters again, this time as an adult. Nothing will ever be the same.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Here's a description of the book:
Friday, April 27, 2007
Il se mérite une bourse de 1000$ et son texte sera publié dans Solaris.
Le jury, appelé à délibérer selon un processus de sélection anonyme, était composé de :
Francine Pelletier, écrivaine, adjointe à l’édition aux Éditions Alire.
Jean Pettigrew, éditeur et directeur littéraire de la revue Solaris.
Benoît Simard, lecteur vorace, auteur et fan de SF de longue date.
La participation au prix Solaris 2007 a été de 35 textes, dont 10 écrits par des femmes. Les genres de l’imaginaire se partagent comme suit : 21 textes de science-fiction, 10 de fantastique (incluant l’horreur), auxquels il faut ajouter 4 textes de fantasy.
Toute l’équipe de Solaris remercie chaleureusement les participants et les membres du jury de leur collaboration et rappelle que la date limite de participation pour l’édition 2008 est le 31 janvier 2008.
Bärbel Reinke, coordonnatrice
Joël Champetier, rédacteur en chef
Thursday, April 26, 2007
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Dominique also recently completed a virtual book tour for Synergy; a sample is online at Robert Runté's blog (he and Alyx Dellamonica were hosts).
Colleen's poem “Battle Dress” will appear in the Fall 2007 issue of Descant.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
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As well, Ursula's obituary of Robert Anton Wilson is online at the Internet Review of Science Fiction (subscription required to access).
Sunday, March 25, 2007
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Calgary writer Carmichael makes clubfooted Lyranel the epitome of strength and determination, with no residual inklings of self-pity or helplessness over her disability. Lyranel's world is refreshingly gender-egalitarian and Lyranel's diverse friendships--ladies, bandits, singers, cooks, knights--provide a multifaceted view of life. Lyranel's Song is intended for a tween or early teen audience, but, nevertheless, this heart-warming story can be enjoyed by all.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Joe also reports he has been reassigned from the CBC Radio Drama department to the new (as yet unnamed) arts show with Jian Ghomeshi, which will air weekday afternoons starting in mid-April. Says Joe, "It's my intention to feature as much SF on the show as our audience will let me get away with, and then some."
UPDATE: The show will actually begin airing in April, not March--April 20, to be exact--and will air regularly Fridays at 11:30 a.m., following Afghanada.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Without preaching, the author handles challenging themes of addiction, graphic sexuality, racism, slavery and the oppression of children and women. This concluding installment is for adult readers who like their escapism darker than their reality.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Jean-Louis's essay "Looking for Little Green Men" was translated and published in the Danish publication Proxima (issue 84), a fanzine or academic publication put out by fans since 1974.
Jean-Louis has resold the rights for his (non-SF) short story "Le club des branchés" to the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training for three years, thus allowing its use in francophone schools in that part of the country
As well, his short story "La solitude des dieux," which was runner-up in the 2006 Prix Solaris competition, will appear in the next issue of Solaris (issue 162), his short story "Les attentions de la machine" sold to the Franco-Ontarian literary magazine Virages, appearing in issue 38, his short story "La goutte d'eau" was reprinted in the French fanzine Géante Rouge 5, his short story "Les galions de la mer de sable" will appear in the Belgian on-line webzine Phénix, his short story "La nuit avant l'orage" appeared in the Toronto literary magazine Langage et créativité 3 (2005-2006), and his short story "Un voyage extraordinaire" appeared in a small press chapbook, Les enfants du capitaine Verne. 2. Demain, published in late 2006.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Sun of Suns, Karl Schroeder (Tor)
The Thousandfold Thought, R. Scott Bakker (Penguin Canada; Overlook Press)
Majestrum, Matthew Hughes (Night Shade Books)
The Burning Girl, Holly Phillips (Prime Books)
"I, Row-Boat", Cory Doctorow (Flurb 1 Fall/06)
"When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth", Cory Doctorow (Baen's Universe 8/06)
"...the darkest evening of the year...", Candas Jane Dorsey (The Future is Queer)
"Passion Ploy", Matthew Hughes (Forbidden Planets)
"The Town on Blighted Sea", A.M. Dellamonica (Strange Horizons 8/21/06)
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
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The Nebula Awards® are voted on, and presented by, active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The Awards will be announced at the Banquet to be held at the New York Marriott Financial Center May 11-13, 2007.
Other preliminary nominees in the novelette category are "The Language of Moths" by Chris Barzak (Realms of Fantasy, April 2005), "Two Hearts" by Peter S. Beagle (F&SF, October/November 2005), "Second Person, Present Tense" by Daryl Gregory (Asimov's, September 2005), "Do Neanderthals Know?" by Robert J Howe (Analog, December 2005), "Little Faces" by Vonda McIntyre (SCI FICTION, February 23, 2005), "Journey into the Kingdom" by M. Rickert (F&SF, May 2006) and "Walpurgis Afternoon" by Delia Sherman (F&SF, December 2005).
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Calgary writer Simon Rose is back with The Emerald Curse, his strongest middle-grade novel yet ... Fast-paced and well-plotted, elementary students are sure to love it. The book also works great for broadening vocabularies, while the illustrations add life to the story.