Thursday, December 13, 2007

Claire Eamer story cover story at Written Word

Claire Eamer's story "Dopted" is currently the cover story at the online magazine Written Word.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Michael Colangelo story in next Chizine

Michael Colangelo's short story "Dust and Bibles" will appear in the January - March 2008 edition of Chizine.

Monday, December 03, 2007

John R. Little, Brett Alexander Savory up for Black Quill Awards

Two SF Canada members have been nominated for Black Quill Awards, a new award created by Dark Scribe Magazine to honor the best in dark genre fiction.

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.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Greek SF magazine reprinting Stephen Kotwych story

The Greek SF magazine The Dramaturges of Yann will reprint Stephen Kotowych's story "Borrowed Time" in an upcoming issue. The story first appeared in the DAW anthology Under Cover of Darkness in February of this year and was Stephen's first fiction sale.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Brett Alexander Savory collection, novel available for free download

Brett Alexander Savory has made his new collection, No Further Messages, and his novel, The Distance Travelled, available as free downloads under Creative Commons.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Good review for Bernadette Dyer's novel Abductors from CM Magazine

A good review of Bernadette Dyer's novel Abductors (Rain) has been posted online at CM Magazine. An excerpt:

"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

John Littlle's "Placeholders" sells out, gets rave reviews

John R. Little's novelette, "Placeholders," published as a limited-edition chapbook (275 copies) by Necessary Evil Press a couple of months ago quickly sold out all copies. Reviews have been good:

"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

Tesseracts 11 anthology launching across country

Tesseracts 11 (EDGE/Tesseract), edited by Cory Doctorow and Holly Phillips and featuring fiction by several SF Canada members, is being launched over the next week or so.

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
At the Bakka Books launch, featured authors include Susan Deefholts, Stephen Kotowych, David Nickle, Sandra Riedel, Claude Lalumière, Douglas Arnott, Hugh Spencer, Lisa Carreiro and Madeline Ashby.

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.

Lynda Williams keynote speaker at Quantum Leaps conference in Terrace, B.C.

Lynda Williams will be the keynote speaker at the Quantum Leaps conference in Terrace, B.C., on November 29. She'll be talking about how "studying science and technology can lead young women into creative places, like writing science fiction, with lots of meaningful work and exciting stops along the way."

Hayden Trenholm sells story to Neo-Opsis

Hayden Trenholm has sold short story "Symphony of Stones" to Neo-Opsis.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Nathalie Mallet interview online

An online interview with Nathalie Mallet about her new book The Princes of the Golden Cage is up at Grasping for the Wind.

David Nickle, Karl Schroeder featured at Merril Collection Christmas Cream Tree

Karl Schroeder and David Nickle will perform (with "dramatic gestures and pathos") scenes from their Christmas story "The Toy Mill," the first part of their novel The Claus Effect, at the Merril Collection Christmas Cream Tea, taking place at The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street, Toronto, third floor.

There'll also be refreshments, including whipped cream, scones and jam!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Nina Munteanu's SF thriller Darwin's Paradox now out

Nina Munteanu's SF thriller Darwin's Paradox is now out from Dragon Moon Press. Advanced praise includes:

"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.

Nina will be doing signings in Vancouver at Chapters-Richmond (on Ackroyd Street) on November 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Blackbond Books (Ladner) on November 23 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and in Toronto at Indigo-Yorkdale Shopping Centre on November 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Chapters-Markham (Woodside Centre) on December 1 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Linda DeMeulemeester YA fantasy named one of 2008's "Great Books for Children"

Linda DeMeulemeester's novel The Secret of Grim Hill (Lobster Press) has been named one of the Canadian Toy Testing Council's "Great Books for Children" for 2008. The Council states, "Readers will enjoy the book's blend of suspense, sports and magical mystery... from the first page to the last."

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Ahmed A. Khan sells two stories

Ahmed A. Khan's stories "Synchronicity" and "Meaning of Life and Other Clichés" (a reprint), have been accepted for publication in Vulgata and 7th Dimension, respectively.

Colleen Anderson stories sell to anthology, win contest

Colleen Anderson's story “Strict Management” has been accepted for another Cleis Press anthology. Her story “Cipher” won the November Jerry Jazz Musician short fiction contest and will be up on the site as of November 5. It can be seen here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Stephen Kotowych TV interview on Kitchener morning show November 5

Stephen Kotowych will be interviewed on Monday, November 5, on Kitchener, Ontario's, Rogers TV Cable 20 morning show Daytime about his Grand Prize win and story in this year's Writers of the Future.

Ahmed A. Khan essay on The Lord of the Rings to appear in New Myths

Ahmed A. Khan's critical essay on The Lord of the Rings (the book, not the movie), entitled "The Magic of the Rings is Temperamental," has been accepted for publication in the first issue of New Myths, out on December 1.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Stephen Kotowych, Tony Pi reading and signing for Writers of the Future XXIII

In celebration of the release of Writers of the Future XXIII, Stephen Kotowych and Tony Pi will be doing a reading and signing at the World's Biggest Bookstore, 20 Edward St., Toronto on Tuesday, November 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. Robert J. Sawyer, a judge in the contest, will also be appearing.

Tony Pi, Mark A. Rayner stories in Abyss and Apex

Tony Pi's novelette "Metamorphoses in Amber" is now out in Abyss and Apex Q4 2007 (which also features Mark A. Rayner's "Under the Blue Curve").

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Four SF Canada members win Aurora Awards

Four members of SF Canada won Aurora Awards at Canvention 27, hosted by VCON 32, over the weekend. Dave Duncan won the award for Best Long-Form Work in English for Children of Chaos (Tor Books); Best Long-Form Work in French went to Reine de Mémoire 4, La Princesse de Vengeance, by Elisabeth Vonarburg (Alire); Karl Johanson took home the award for Best Work in English (Other) for editing Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, and Best Work in French (Other) went to «Aux origines des petits hommes verts» by Jean-Louis Trudel (Solaris 160).

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.

Jennifer Rahn launches The Longevity Thesis Saturday

Jennifer Rahn will officially launch her new novel The Longevity Thesis (Dragon Moon Press) this Saturday at 1 p.m. at The Sentry Box, 1835 - 10th Ave SW, Calgary. She also has several readings planned, including Friday, October 26, at 11:30 a.m. at Coles, TD Square, Calgary, Monday, November 12, at 7 p.m., Strathcona County Library, Sherwood Park Mall, Saturday, November 24, at 11 a.m. at Chapters, Market Mall, Calgary, and Friday, November 30, at 2:05 p.m. at the EDGE Fall Releases Party, Historic Firehall, 1111 Memorial Drive, NW, Calgary.

Here's a synopsis of the book:

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.

Thinking that understanding life and death might help him one day at least accept, if not understand, the strange way in which his mother had died, he decided to pursue a graduate degree after he became a medical doctor. His research topic: longevity.

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.

He may die, but Antronos has decided to rebel.

Linda DeMeulemeester YA fantasy up for Silver Birch Award

Linda DeMeulemeester's young adult fantasy The Secret of Grim Hill (Lobster Press) is a nominee for the Ontario Library Association's Silver Birch award.

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).

Leslie Carmichael, Nicole Luiken up for Golden Eagle Book Award

Leslie Carmichael's young adult fantasy Lyranel's Song and Nicole Luiken's Frost are among the nominees for the 2008 Golden Eagle Book Award. Other nominees are Adventures in Istanbul by Cora Taylor, Kicker by Michele Martin Bossley, Mickie McGill & the Ring of the Red Dragon by Morag Haysom, No Time Like the Past by David A Poulsen, Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen by Glen Huser, Tiger Threat by Sigmund Brouwer, The Uncle Dunkle Chronicles - Escape From Treasure Island by Darren Krill, and Wild Ride by Jacqueline Guest.

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.

Ahmed A. Khan to co-edit new SF anthology with Islamic theme

Ahmed A. Khan has agreed to co-edit an anthology of SF stories that feature Islam or at least one Muslim character in a positive light, at the request of Mohammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, who created and maintains the Muslims Writing Science Fiction site. Ahmed has issued a call for submissions as follows:

Theme: As above.

Genre: SF or fantasy. No horror, please.

Length: Any

Reprints: Okay.

Simultaneous Submissions: No

Deadline: January 31, 2008

Rights: One-time anthology rights.

Send submissions as .doc or .rtf attachments to

Payment: 1 cent per word, with a minimum of $10 and maximum of $40 + a contributor's copy. The payment will be upon publication.

Matthew Hughes received Gulliver Travel Research Grant

Matthew Hughes has been awarded this year's Gulliver Travel Research Grant by the Speculative Literature Foundation. The Gulliver Travel Research Grant is awarded to assist writers of speculative literature, including fiction, drama, poetry, and creative nonfiction, in their research. The $600 U.S. grant is to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Mark A. Rayner sells story to Abyss and Apex

Mark A. Rayner has sold his short SF story “Under the Blue Curve” to Abyss and Apex. It will appear in their fourth quarter issue.

Simon Rose's The Heretic's Tomb now available

Simon Rose's new YA fantasy The Heretic's Tomb is now out from Tradewind Books:

While exploring a medieval archaeological site containing the ruins of an ancient English abbey, Annie discovers the long-forgotten tomb of Lady Isabella Devereaux, who had been condemned to death as a heretic in 1349. When Annie curiously examines a mysterious amulet she finds in the tomb, she is suddenly sent hurtling back to the Middle Ages, encountering sorcery, treachery, treason and the ghastly horrors of the Black Death.

Arthur Slade's Villainology released

Arthur Slade's Villainology: Fabulous Lives of the Big, the Bad, and the Wicked (Tundra Books) is now officially in stores. It even has a video trailer (see below).

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Brett Alexander Savory story in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007

Brett Alexander Savory's story "Messages" is included in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007, edited by by Kelly Link, Gavin Grant and Ellen Datlow.

Douglas Smith delivers chapbook manuscript to PS Publishing

Douglas Smith has turned in the manuscript for a chapbook of his work to be published by PS Publishing as part of it PS Showcases series,"short, chapbook-style collections by notable emerging writers of short SF, fantasy, and horror." Each chapbook will be 20-30,000 words in length, in an edition of 100-200 signed hardcovers and 300 trade paperbacks. The chapbook will include the short story Doug's novel-in-progress is based on, plus two new novelettes, and is scheduled to come out in March, 2008.

Online review for Matthew Hughes

There's a good review of Matthew Hughes's books online at the blog of Andrew Wheeler (former Science Fiction Book Club editor).

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Maggie L. Wood's The Princess Mage a semi-finalist for Moonbeam Children's Book Award

Maggie L. Wood's book The Princess Mage (Sumach Press) is one of five semi-finalists for the young adult fiction category of the new independent publishers' Moonbeam Children's Book Award.

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

Ahmed A. Khan fantasy story online at Teen Age

Ahmed A. Khan's fantasy short story "The World, The Times and The Dragon" has been published by Teen Age magazine; you can read it here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Cory Doctorow interview with Australia's The Book Show online

An interview Cory Doctorow did last month in Melbourne with The Book Show, the ABC's national book program, is now online.

Sandra Kasturi poem shortlisted for Arc Poetry Magazine's International Poem of the Year

Sandra Kasturi's poem "Miraculous Bears" was a finalist for Arc Poetry Magazine's International Poem of the Year contest. The short list of 50 poems was blindly selected (without knowledge of the author’s identity), by an editorial panel from 912 poems by 376 poets. The first-prize winner, announced September 17, was Susan Elmslie, who received $1,500 for her poem "Box."

John R. Little novelette out in limited edition from Necessary Evil Press

John R. Little's newest book, Placeholders, a novelette, is now shipping from Necessary Evil Press. It's a limited edition, with 275 copies being printed in trade paperback and 26 lettered hardcovers. The cover is by Caniglia and there's an introduction by Thomas F. Monteleone.

Matthew Hughes review, interview and contest online

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

Dave Duncan's Children of Chaos short-listed for Endeavour Award

Dave Duncan's Aurora Award-nominated novel Children of Chaos has now been short-listed for the Endeavour Award, awarded for the best fantasy/science fiction book in the Pacific Northwest (which includes B.C. and Alaska).

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

Comic versions of Cory Doctorow short stories now being released

IDW comics has produced a six-issue series of comics based on Cory Doctorow's short stories (they’ve adapted "Anda’s Game," "After the Siege," "Craphound," "I, Robot," "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth," and "Nimby and the D-Hoppers"). Cory had approval on all the scripts, interiors and covers, and says he's really happy with the caliber of work.

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

Hayden Trenholm Aurora Award-nominated story now online

Neo-opsis has put Hayden Trenholm's Aurora Award-nominated short story "Lumen Essence" (which first appeared in Neo-opsis #9) online in PDF format.

Brett Alexander Savory launching first novel on September 21

Brett Alexander Savory's novel In and Down (Brindle and Glass Publishing) will be officially launched on Friday, September 21, at 7 p.m. at The Victory Cafe, 581 Markham Street, Toronto.

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

Spider Robinson starts weekly podcast

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.

Karl Schroeder releases free ebook version of Ventus

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 reading in Toronto September 19

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 joins blogging staff of Futurismic

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.

Dave Duncan, Neo-Opsis profiled in Victoria Times-Colonist

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

Richard Bartrop art on cover and inside October's Reynard's Menagerie

Richard Bartrop's art will grace the cover and interior of the October issue of Reynard's Menagerie.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Leslie Carmichael sells second novel to Blooming Tree Pess

Leslie Carmichael has sold her second novel, The Amulet of Amon-Ra, to Blooming Tree Press. The young adult fantasy should be out in 2008.

A sneak peek at the cover of Edward Willett's upcoming novel Marseguro

Here's the cover for Edward Willett's upcoming science fiction novel Marseguro, due out in February from DAW. As with Ed's previous novel, Lost in Translation, the art is by Steve Stone.

Interview with Karl Schroeder up at EcoGeek

Just like the tiltle says: there's a new interview with Karl Schroeder up at EcoGeek.

Matthew Hughes to contribute to anthology set in Jack Vance's universe

Matthew Hughes reports he has been invited to contribute to a major anthology of stories set in Jack Vance's Dying Earth universe, edited by Gardner Dozois and George R.R. Martin. The anthology will be coming out from Tor in the U.S. and HarperCollins Voyager in the U.K., as well as in some limited editions from Subterranean Press.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Friday, September 07, 2007

Additional SF Canada members among French-language Aurora finalists

The French-language Aurora Award finalists have been announced, and include several more members of SF Canada:

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 (
Mario Tessier, Les Carnets du Futurible (Solaris 157-160)
«Aux origines des petits hommes verts», Jean-Louis Trudel (Solaris 160)

Thursday, September 06, 2007

English-language Aurora Award finalists include several SF Canada members

The English-language finalists for the Aurora Awards, to be presented at VCon 32 (October 19 to 21 in British Columbia) have been announced, and include several SF Canada members:

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

Shannon Patrick Sullivan's The Dying Days Editor's Choice at Canadian Book Review Annual

Shannon Patrick Sullivan's novel The Dying Days (Creative Publishers) is the Literary Editor's Choice at Canadian Book Review Annual for September/October.

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. "

Brett Alexander Savory to be Indie Artist in Residence at Broken Pencil

Brett Alexander Savory has been asked to be the Indie Artist in Residence at Broken Pencil for their upcoming horror issue, which hits stands at the end of October.

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

Ahmed A. Khan story now online at Anotherealm

Ahmed A. Khan's short story "The Pulsar and the Planet" has been published at Anotherealm.

Elisabeth Vonarburg to be guest of honour at 2009 World Science Fiction Convention

Elisabeth Vonarburg will be co-guest of honour with Neil Gaiman at Anticipation, the 2009 World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 6 to 10, 2009, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

Montréal won the right to host the 2009 WorldCon at the 2007 WorldCon currently underway in Yokohama, Japan.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Tony Pi, Stephen Kotowych among winners in this year's Writers of the Future contest

Tony Pi and Stephen Kotowych are amongst 12 winning writers and 12 illustrators from around the world who will be honored during the 23rd Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards at the Athenaeum Club on the grounds of California Institute of Technology on Friday, August 24.

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

Good online review for M.D. Benoit's Synergy

An excellent review of M.D. Benoit's novel Synergy (Zumaya) is now online at MyShelf. A highlight:

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

Good review for Matthew Hughes in Publisher's Weekly

Matthew Hughes has received a good review in Publisher's Weekly for his latest novel, The Spiral Labyrinth (Night Shade Books). The review begins:

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.

Nathalie Mallet book gets new cover and first review

Nathalie Mallet's book The Princes of the Golden Age has a new cover, and has received its first review (in Locus Magazine). Nathalie has posted the review at her brand-new blog.

Edward Willett science columns now available as podcast

Edward Willett has begun recording his weekly newspaper science columns in audio format as a podcast. You can access it here, where you'll also find a link to subscribe via iTunes.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Edward Willett sings the original Star Trek theme

Yes, the original Star Trek theme has lyrics. Yes, the song is too high for him. But you can subject yourself to Edward Willett's rendition of it (intended for use at this year's ConVersion SF convention in Calgary) here.

Hayden Trenholm stories in Talebones and Challenging Destiny

Hayden Trenholm has a story, "Iron Ties," coming out this month in Talebones #35 and another, "Like Water in the Desert," in the next issue of Challenging Destiny.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Derryl Murphy/William Shunn novella coming out as stand-alone book from PS Publishing

Derryl Murphy and William Shunn have written a novella, "Cast a Cold Eye," which will be coming out as a stand-alone book in Spring/Summer 2009 from PS Publishing. Derryl describes it as "a ghost story about an orphan teen and a spirit photographer that takes place a few years after the Spanish flu epidemic."

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hellnotes reviews Brett Alexander Savory's In and Down

Hellnotes has posted an online review of Brett Alexander Savory's upcoming novel In and Down (Brindle & Glass, September, 2007).

Monday, July 23, 2007

Edward Willett on Newsworld

Edward Willett was interviewed on CBC Newsworld on Sunday, July 22, though not about science fiction: he was explicating the science of soccer in honour of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup then underway in Canada.

You can view the video here, on his blog.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Colleen Anderson resells story to anthology

Colleen Anderson resold "Consuming Fear" (which first appeared in Northern Frights 4) to Splatterpunk Press’s Sickness anthology.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Cory Doctorow essay from Locus Magazine now online

Cory Doctorow's most recent essay for Locus Magazine, "The Progressive Apocalypse and Other Futurismic Delights," is now available online.

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."

Interview with Sandra Kasturi online at BlogTO

An interview with Sandra Kasturi about her poetry book The Animal Bridegroom is now online at BlogTO.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Paula Johanson leading SF writers' workshop in Victoria

Paula Johanson will be leading a science fiction writers' workshop at Camosun College in Victoria, B.C. as part of the college's Writers' Workshop Series. The series runs Thursdays from September 27 to November 1; tuition is $179. The course number is 2007F WRIT 607V 001; register online here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Donna Farley launches Facebook group devoted to Canadian SF & Fantasy

Donna Farley has launched a Facebook group dedicated to Canadian SF & Fantasy:

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.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Cory Doctorow CBC interview online

Cory Doctorow's recent interview on CBC Radio One's Q, talking about the Universal Music Group threat to pull their music out of iTunes, is available online as an MP3.

SFF World reviews Dave Duncan's Mother of Lies

SFF World has posted a review of Dave Duncan's Mother of Lies.

(Via Andrew Wheeler at ComicMix).

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Simon Rose profiled in The Calgary Sun

Simon Rose was profiled in the July 7 issue of The Calgary Sun. The same article also appeared in newspapers in Edmonton, Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa and London.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Joe Mahoney SF comedy series Canadia gets second season on CBC Radio One

The science fiction comedy series that Joe Mahoney created with Matt Watts, Canadia, has been picked up for a second season on CBC Radio One. Its exact place on the schedule will be announced later.

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

Karl Schroeder excerpt in Harper's

Harper’s Magazine has published an excerpt from Karl Schroeder’s Crisis in Zefra in their July issue.

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

Colleen Anderson sells story and poem

Colleen Anderson's story “Stocking Stuffers” sold to Cleis Books for the Christmas Naughty or Nice? anthology. She also recently sold poem "Graven Image" to The Prairie Journal.

Matt Hughes auctioning signed books and magazines

To raise money for his impending relocation to England, where he intends to take up a secondary career as a housesitter while continuing to write fiction, Matthew Hughes is auctioning off stuff at his website he hopes may be of interest to collectors at his website. There are three lots (so far):

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.

CM Magazine reviews Lynda Williams's Righteous Anger

CM: Canadian Review of Materials has posted a review of Lynda Williams's Righteous Anger (Edge), Part 2 of the Okal Rel Saga.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Edward Willett turns in Marseguro to DAW

Edward Willett has turned in his new SF novel Marseguro to Sheila Gilbert at DAW Books. It's slotted for release in February, 2008. Ed's agent is Ethan Ellenberg. Marseguro is a space opera set on a watery world where genetically modified humans fight for survival against warriors from a religious dictatorship on Earth.

Review of Cory Doctorow's Overclocked online

SF Crowsnest has posted a review of Cory Doctorow's short-story collection Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present (Thunder's Mouth Press).

Friday, June 29, 2007

Dave Duncan turns in The Alchemist's Code to Ace

Dave Duncan has turned in The Alchemist's Code, sequel to The Alchemist's Apprentice, to Anne Sowards at Ace, per agent Richard Curtis. Both books are fantasy mysteries set in Renaissance Venice.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Excerpts from Holly Phillips interview now online

Excerpts from the interview with Holly Phillips that appeared in Locus Magazine are now online.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Eileen Kernaghan's next YA novel due out in 2008

Eileen Kernaghan has announced that her latest YA historical fantasy, Wild Talent, will be published by Thistledown Press in 2008. Eileen says it's a "novel of the supernatural, and it's set in London and Paris, 1888-89. The research was a lot of fun."

Cory Doctorow Locus Award-winning novelette now free online

In honor of its winning the Locus Award as best novelette, Jim Baen's Universe has made Cory Doctorow's "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" freely available online.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Review of Karl Schroeder's Queen of Candesce online

Don D'Ammassa's most recent science fiction reviews include one of Karl Schroeder's Queen of Candesce: "Some very clever stuff wrapped in very good writing."

(Via Andrew Wheeler's Blog in Exile.)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Cory Doctorow wins Locus Award for best novelette

Cory Doctorow has won this year's Locus Award for Best Novelette for "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" (Baen's Universe, August 2006). The winners of this year's Locus Awards, voted by readers of Locus Magazine in the annual Locus Poll, were announced this afternoon at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Seattle. Complete results are online here.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Online review of Janine Cross's Touched by Venom

CA Reviews has posted an online review of Janine Cross's novel Touched by Venom, gives it 8 1/2 stars, and concludes, "This novel is the excellent debut of a new voice in fantasy; and not one to be missed."

(Via Andrew Wheeler's Blog in Exile.)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Dave Duncan interviewed at SCI FI Wire

SCI FI Wire has a brief interview up with Dave Duncan concerning his new book, Mother of Lies.

Michael Colangelo sells horror story to MagusZine

Michael Colangelo has sold horror story "Stock Footage" to new online magazine MagusZine, for publication in July. MagusZine will be distributed for free via this Yahoo group.

Monday, June 11, 2007

"An Evening with Heather Spears" in Salmon Arm June 24

Heather Spears will show drawings, read new poems, and discuss her forthcoming new book, The Creative Eve: an artist’s guide to visual perception during "An Evening with Heather Spears," being hosted by the Shuswap Association of Writers on Sunday, June 24, at the Saga Public Art Gallery, located at #70 Hudson Street in downtown Salmon Arm. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $7. Refreshments and door prizes will follow Heather’s presentation.

In July, Heather will be offering two courses at Metchosin International School of the Arts in Victoria, BC.


Holly Phillips on British Fantasy Society Awards long list

Holly Phillips's novel The Burning Girl (Prime Books) is on the long list of nominees for the 2007 British Fantasy Award for best novel. The British Fantasy Awards, which are voted on by members of the British Fantasy Society, will be presented at Fantasycon September 21 to 23 in Nottingham.

Janine Cross sells German rights to trilogy

Janine Cross reports that her agent has sold German rights to her Dragon Temple Saga trilogy to Heyne, part of Random House Germany.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Holly Phillips story online at Clarkesworld Magazine

Holly Phillips's short story "The Oracle Spoke" is now online at Clarkesworld Magazine.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Holly Phillips interview featured in June Locus

An interview with Holly Phillips, "Drawn to Darkness," is featured in the June edition of Locus. Excerpts will be posted at Locus Online later in the month.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Cory Doctorow speaking at the University of California Irvine

Cory Doctorow will speak at the University of California Irvine on Wednesday, June 6, at 3 p.m. He says he'll be "giving a variant on my copyright and trade-policy talk, called 'Happy Meal Toys versus Copyright: How America Chose Hollywood and Wal-Mart'—and why it's doomed us, and how we might survive anyway."

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.)

Leslie Brown sells to On Spec and Strange Horizons

Leslie Brown recently sold two short stories: "Manna," to the On Spec Theme Edition, and "Waking Beauty," to Strange Horizons.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Colleen Anderson poem upcoming in Dreams and Nightmares

Colleen Anderson's poem “The First Taste” will be published in Dreams and Nightmares in January 2008. Says Colleen, "It’s part of a Greek revisioning (or not) series and the first of that ilk to be sold."

Karl Schroeder finalist for John W. Campbell Award

Karl Schroeder's novel Sun of Suns (Tor) is one of the finalists for this year's John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science-fiction novel of 2006.

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

Bernadette Dyer book launch July 3

Bernadette Dyer will be launching her new YA novel Abductors at Bar Italia, 582 College St., Tornto, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3. For more information, contact Rain Publishing at 905-592-2122.

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

Ursula Plug sells to Strange Horizons

Ursula Plfug has sold her story "Airport Shoes" to Strange Horizons for fall publication.

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."

SF Canada elects new executive

At SF Canada's annual general meeting on May 17, the following new executive members were elected:

President - Derryl Murphy
Vice President - Joe Mahoney
Secretary Treasurer - Steve Stanton
Members-At-Large - Colleen Anderson, Donna McMahon

Edward Willett continues as administrative assistant and webmaster.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

2007 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy

The 2007 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy will take place on June 9, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Merril Collection. Peter Watts will give the author keynote address, and Peter Fitting is the academic guest speaker. Registration (at the door) is $15 regular, $10 for students and members of the Friends of the Merril.

Allan Weiss: story sale and more news

Allan Weiss reports that the spring issue of On Spec, which will be out soon, contains "Making Light," his second story featuring Jewish wizard Eliezer ben-Avraham.

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.

Dave Duncan's Mother of Lies now on sale

Dave Duncan's novel Mother of Lies (Tor), sequel to Children of Chaos and the wind-up of the series, is now on sale.

UPDATE: SF Site has a review online here.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Several SF Canada members at Write On, Vancouver

Several members of SF Canada attended Write On, Vancouver, a conference held by the Vancouver Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Author Nancy Kress was the keynote speaker, and other guests of honour included Bantam Dell editor Anne Lesley Groell and local agent Sally Harding.

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

John R. Little launching first novel The Memory Tree in Vancouver

The official launch of John R. Little's first novel, The Memory Tree (Nocturne Press), will be held at White Dwarf Books, 3715 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, May 12, from 7 to 9 p.m.

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.

Gary A. Braunbeck (three-time Bram Stoker award winner) wrote, "A time-travel novel without gadgets or gimmicks; instead there is wonder, and grace, and fear, and humanity so deep one nearly drowns in its tides. Writers work their entire lives in the hopes of one day producing something this astonishing. The Memory Tree is a priviledge to experience. I don't think a finer first novel will appear this year."

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

Nicole Luiken launching new YA novel May 4 in Calgary

Nicole Luiken will be launching her new teen paranormal novel Frost (Great Plains Publications) at Chapters Southpoint in Calgary on May 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Here's a description of the book:

Johnny Van Der Zee is a talented hockey player and seems to have everything going for him in his hometown of Iqaluit, Nunavut. But his friend Kathy knows something is very wrong.

Why did Johnny deliberately crash his snowmobile? Why do mysterious accidents befall anyone Johnny gets close to? What is the secret Johnny is so desperate to tell, if only someone would listen? And who is the stranger with the cold eyes and silver hair? The one Johnny knows only as Frost …

In this supernatural thriller, Johnny’s ex-girlfriends and brother must piece together the reason for his strange behaviour to save him – and all of mankind – from Frost’s plan for a nuclear winter.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Le Prix Solaris 2007

Le Prix Solaris 2007 a été attribué à Hugues Morin pour sa nouvelle de science-fiction intitulée «Au plus petit café du monde». Organisateur de congrès de SF, auteur, rédacteur et désormais globe-trotter, Hugues Morin a dirigé le collectif critique Stephen King : Trente ans de terreur (Alire), publié de nombreuses nouvelles dans une variété de revues et de collectifs, dont Solaris («L’Imposteur», #160), revue pour laquelle il collabore régulièrement aux chroniques «Lectures» et «Sci-néma».

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

Ahmed A. Khan-edited post-apocalyptic anthology now avaiable

Fall and Rise, the anthology of post-apocalyptic stories edited by Ahmed A. Khan, is now available from Whortleberry Press.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Joël Champetier fantasy novel out May 9, sooner at Boréal

Joël Champetier's new fantasy novel, Le Voleur des steppes (Alire), will be available in bookstores on May 9--and even sooner than that at the Boréal science fiction convention, this Friday.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Edward Willett YA novel now free online

In honour of International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, Edward Willett has posted his out-of-print young adult science fiction novel Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star online in its entirety. If you prefer, you can also download a PDF version here or a Mobipocket version here.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

M. D. Benoit hosts virtual book launch for new novel

To promote the release of her new SF thriller Synergy (Zumaya Publications), M. D. Benoit will be chatting with visitors at her Virtual Book Launch site from 8 p.m. EST today (April 15) to 8 a.m. EST tomorrow, April 16. Visitors can learn about the book, watch a video about it, enter a contest for signed copies of Synergy, etc., and more. She says, "I'll be there all night of Sunday to chat with visitors. I chose the night so that people from Hawaii to Eastern Europe could have an opportunity to chat with me either in the afternoon or evening, or even early morning. Since it's a virtual book tour, and that I have visitors on my blog from every country imaginable, I wanted to try this."

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).

Linda DeMeulemeester fantasy novel out next month

Linda DeMeulemeester’s 'tween fantasy novel The Secret of Grim Hill will be released by Lobster Press this May. It was reviewed March 25 in the Globe and Mail as a promising debut.

New Colleen Anderson story out, more coming

Colleen Anderson's story “Promise of Submission” just came out in B is for Bondage (Cleis Press), edited by Alison Tyler. Her story “Heat” has just been accepted for E is for Exotic, also edited by Alison Tyler for Cleis Press. Both are under her pseudonym of T.C. Calligari.

Colleen's poem “Battle Dress” will appear in the Fall 2007 issue of Descant.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Holly Phillips story in Interfictions anthology

Holly Phillips's story "Queen of the Butterfly Kingdom" is now out in the Interfictions anthology published by Small Beer Press and the Interstitial Arts Foundation.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Steven Mills sells fantasy story to Tesseracts 11

Steven Mills sold his fantasy story "If Giants Are Thunder" to the Canadian anthology Tesseracts 11, edited by Holly Phillips and Cory Doctorow and published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Nina Munteanu's The Cypol nominated for Ecata Reviewers Choice Award

Nina Munteanu's second novel, The Cypol (eXtasy Books), a SF romantic thriller, has been nominated for the Ecata Reviewers Choice Award.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Interview with Derryl Murphy online

An interview with Derryl Murphy, conducted last year by Tobias S. Buckell, is now online.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Ursula Pflug story in Jeff Vandermeer-edited anthology

Ursula Pflug's short story "Python" will appear in the anthology The Best Of Leviathan and Album Zutique, edited by Jeff Vandermeer. "Python" can be also be read at Infinity Plus.

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

Ahmed A. Khan wins Anotherealm's Higney Award

Ahmed A. Khan's 2006 story "Seventh Sense" has won the Higney Award at Anotherealm.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Dave Duncan essay up on Penguin site

Dave Duncan has posted "Why I wrote The Alchemist's Apprentice" at Penguin's Science Fiction and Fantasy site.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Nice review for Leslie Carmichael's Lyranel's Song in Calgary Herald

Leslie Carmichael's YA fantasy Lyranel's Song (Blooming Tree Press) received a nice review in the Sunday, March 18, Calgary Herald. Kate Larking wrote:

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 Mahoney SF comedy series picked up for 10 episodes on CBC Radio One

The science-fiction comedy series Canadia that Joe Mahoney developed with Matt Watts has been picked up for 10 episodes on CBC Radio One. It will begin airing mid-March. The series will star and be written by Matt Watts (of Steve the First and Steve the Second), and produced by Greg DeClute. Joe will be story editor and series advisor.

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.

New anthology includes stories by Marcelle Dubé and Claire Eamer

The new anthology Polaris: A Celebration of Polar Science, edited by Julie E. Czerneda, is out in bookstores, and features stories by SF Canada members Marcelle Dubé and Claire Eamer. It's published under the new FitzHenry and Whiteside imprint, Star Ink Books.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Good review for Janine Cross's new book in Publisher's Weekly

Janine Cross has received a good review in Publisher's Weekly of the forthcoming final book of her fantasy trilogy Forged by Fire. Says PW:

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.

Interview with Matthew Hughes online

An interview with Matthew Hughes is online at the Alternate Reality Web Zine.

Leslie Brown sells two stories to anthologies

Leslie Brown sold short stories "The Sheik and I" to the anthology Loving the Undead (From the Asylum Press) and "Dryad in the Mast" to the anthology Sails & Sorcery (Fantasist Enterprises).

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Lots of news from Jean-Louis Trudel

Jean-Louis Trudel reports the young adult novel Le maître des bourrasques (Master of Squalls) authored by "Laurent McAllister" (a pen name for Jean-Louis and Yves Meynard) is one of three finalists for the Prix jeunesse 2007 de science-fiction et de fantastique québécois, the winner of which will be announced at Quebec City's international Salon du livre (book fair) on April 11. The winner gets $1,000.

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

Several SF Canada members on Locus Recommended Reading List

Several SF Canada members appear on Locus Magazine's annual Recommended Reading List:

SF Novels
Sun of Suns, Karl Schroeder (Tor)

Fantasy Novels
The Thousandfold Thought, R. Scott Bakker (Penguin Canada; Overlook Press)
Majestrum, Matthew Hughes (Night Shade Books)

First Novels
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)

Short Stories

"The Town on Blighted Sea", A.M. Dellamonica (Strange Horizons 8/21/06)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Douglas Smith sells novelette to Postscripts

Douglas Smith has sold his novelette "Doorways" to Pete Crowther at Postscripts Magazine in the UK.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Brett Savory story to appear in Year's Best Fantasy & Horror

Brett Savory has sold his short story "Messages" to Ellen Datlow for the upcoming Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthology.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Review of Matthew Hughe's Majestrum online at

Paul Di Filippo's review of Matthew Hughes's novel Majestrum is now online at

Ahmed A. Khan sells story to Interzone

Ahmed A. Khan's short story "Elevator Episodes in Seven Genres" has been accepted by Interzone.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Claude Lalumière's choices for best of 2006 online

Claude Lalumière's choices for the best SF, fantasy and horror for 2006 are now up at Locus Online.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Alyx Dellamonica story on preliminary Nebula ballot

Alyx M. Dellamonica's novellete "A Key to the Illuminated Heretic" (Alternate Generals III, edited by Harry Turtledove, Baen, April 2005) is on the Preliminary Ballot for the Nebula Awards® for 2006.

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

Simon Rose's The Emerald Curse reviewed in Calgary Herald

Simon Rose's The Emerald Curse received a nice review in the Calgary Herald. It's not on-line, but here's a sample:

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.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Review of Leslie Carmichael's Lyranel's Song online

A good review of Leslie Carmichael's novel Lyranel's Song by the Canadian Review of Materials is now online.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Steve Stanton novella in installments at The Sword Review

Steve Stanton's novella Superlight is being published online in seven monthly installments at

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Review of Cory Doctorow's Overclocked

Cory Doctorow's new collection Overclocked has been reviewed by SFRevu.