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.