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

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.

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 (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

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.