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).