Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dave Duncan to publish novella with Five Rivers

Dave Duncan
Five Rivers Publishing is pleased to welcome Dave Duncan to their cadre of writers, with the release next year of his novella, The Runner and the Wizard, in both print and eBook formats.

The novella follows Ivor of Bracken, who at 16 would rather be a housecarl in the hird like his other nine brothers. Instead, he pounds across Alba as Thane Carrak of Glenbroch’s messenger. And this time he’s ridden into the mountains, racing a storm, to find the hermit (or possibly wizard), Rorie of Ytter and return with him to Glenbroch.

Once home, however, Ivor finds himself gifted with the boon he craved, now appointed shield-carrier to the enigmatic character, Rorie. In accepting the position, he is entwined in the curse on Rorie, the political upheaval of his own country, and the loves of the unwitting people used as pawns in a larger game.

Dave Duncan is originally from Scotland, and has lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds are more satisfying than the real one, he has published more than forty-five novels, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also young adult, science fiction, and historical. He has at times been Sarah B. Franklin (but only for literary purposes) and Ken Hood (which is short for “D’ye Ken Whodunit?”) 

His most successful works have been fantasy series: The Seventh Sword, A Man of His Word and its sequel, A Handful of Men, and six books about The King’s Blades. 

He and Janet were married in 1959. They have one son and two daughters, who in turn are responsible for a spinoff series of four grandchildren. Dave now lives in Victoria, BC. 

A detailed discussion of his work from Gale’s “Dictionary of Literary Biography” is available for download from Amazon.com.

Monday, November 05, 2012

SF Canada Celebrates 20 Years at World Fantasy


World Fantasy Convention 2012 was hosted in Toronto, Ontario Nov. 1-4, where SF Canada members restated their 1992 corporate charter to approve continuance into the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. Shown here wielding a ceremonial blade is Dr. Robert Runté from the University of Lethbridge, one of the founding members of SF Canada, along with current president Steve Stanton.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SF Canada Award 2012 at When Words Collide


At the 32nd Canvention in Calgary on August 11, 2012 at the When Words Collide festival, Robert J. Sawyer was awarded his third consecutive Aurora Award for Best Novel in English for Wonder (Penguin), accompanied by the SF Canada Award of $500. For over 30 years, Canadian fans of speculative fiction have been voting on the Aurora and Boréal awards to acknowledge the best of Canadian professional and fan activity in both official languages. Susan Forest, vice-president of SF Canada, presents a ceremonial cheque to Robert J. Sawyer. (photo courtesy of When Words Collide)




Monday, September 03, 2012

SF Canada Supports Canadian Conventions

SF Canada is proud to provide financial support to SF conventions across Canada.

Vancouver's science fiction and fantasy convention, VCON 37: "Post Apocalypse," will be held Sept. 28-30 in Surrey, B.C.
When Words Collide is held every August in Calgary, Alberta, and hosted the Aurora Awards this past summer.
Toronto SpecFic Colloquium, is upcoming Oct. 28, "Beyond the Human."
Can*Con, The Canadian Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature, will be held Sept. 21-23 in Ottawa, Ontario (and will be hosting the Aurora Awards in 2013!)
Check out these links to connect with the literary community in your area, meet SF authors and buy the latest books.
SF Canada supports positive social action.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

The Last Summoner Now Canadian Bestseller


Nina Munteanu’s The Last Summoner is now a Canadian Bestseller on Amazon.ca under "Historical Fantasy". It was ranked #1 since August 29, 2012. 
Nina's Historical Time Travel Fantasy is available at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, The Book Depository (UK), Barnes & Noble and Chapters and other quality bookstores near you.
Every Choice Has Its Price…
On June 14th, 1410 in Grunwald, Prussia, one of medieval history’s most decisive battles is about to destroy the powerful Teutonic Order, slaughtering virtually all its monk knights. How would history have changed if this arrogant order had not underestimated its enemy and had instead won to continue sweeping through north-east Europe in its ambitious crusade for Christendom?
As a result of an impetuous choice, young 14-year old Vivianne Schoen, Baroness von Grunwald, makes the startling discovery that she can alter history—but not before she’s branded a witch and must flee through a time-space tear into an alternate present-day France ruled by fascists. There, she will learn that every choice has its price.
Nina Munteanu is ”…A master of metaphor.”— Craig Bowlsby

Cover Art by Tomislav Tikulin

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Audiobook of Nina Munteanu's Space Thriller Out!

The audiobook of Nina Munteanu's space thriller Outer Diverse (first of the Splintered Universe Trilogy) was recently released by Iambik Audiobooks and narrated by Dawn Harvey.


Outer Diverse is the first book of the Splintered Universe Trilogy, set in and around the Milky Way Galaxy. The first book begins as Galactic Guardian Rhea Hawke intestigates the massacre of an entire religious sect, catapulting her into a treacherous storm of politics, conspiracy and self-discovery. Her quest for justice leads her into the heart of a universal struggle and toward an unbearable truth she’s hidden from herself since she murdered an innocent man.


"I just finished and thoroughly enjoyed "Outer Diverse". A metaphysical, Sci Fi, Thriller with rich characters. Dawn Harvey told the story brilliantly and played the characters wonderfully. Definitely worth listening to." -Dan Wallace, narrator, Lions Den Productions.
"I am absolutely thrilled to recommend Nina Munteanu's audio book. Dawn has transported me into a new world of imagination. Dawn is absolutely magic in her skill of character building, her voices are amazing. To me nothing is finer than Nina the writer and Dawn doing the voice overs in the audio book. I can't wait until I read and hear more in the future."--Vanessa Rottner

“A master of metaphor, Munteanu turns an adventure story into a wonderland of alien rabbit holes… a fascinating and enthralling read.” -Craig Bowlsby, author of Commander’s Log - Read More
“A rollicking science fiction plot with all the trappings…Hawke is a maverick in the wild west tradition…a genetic mystery with lethal powers.” –Lynda Williams, author of Okal Rel series - Read More

Friday, February 24, 2012

Call for submissions: A Method To the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil

Five Rivers is to publish the anthology, A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil, co-edited by Michell Plested and Jeffrey Hite.

A Method To the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil will be a tongue-in-cheek anthology of short essays aimed to guide the up-and-coming mad scientist to success in a career of supervillainry.

A Method To the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil is a for-love anthology, accepting submissions until May 31, 2012. The anthology is scheduled for release Spring 2013 in both print and digital formats, and will be available globally through online booksellers.

Guidelines for the anthology can be found at: http://www.5rivers.org/contents/en-ca/d131.html

For your convenience, the guidelines are posted below.

Submission Guidelines


We are looking for articles and essays written from the perspective of mad scientists, evil doctors, crazed super-villains and the like that provide advice for the up-and-coming super villain. Think Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies or Megamind, Gru from Despicable Me or even Agatha Heterodyne from Girl Genius.

We are looking for the best advice from your own experience you can give the up and coming supervillain.

Each article or essay should cover one aspect of being a mad scientist. The handbook is meant to be humorous and associated work should be written in that vein. Article length must be 2,000 to 7,500 words and submitted in standard manuscript format (http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html).
It needs to be original, we don’t want to print the same advice over and over again.

General Guidelines:
Original work
No reprints or simultaneous submissions.
This is an Open Submission.
Multiple submissions allowed, but must be sent in separate emails.
Include your mad scientist/evil doctor/super-villain bio as well as your actual bio. All stories will be printed using your alter-ego name with your bio added to the back of the book.

Key Dates:
Submission Period: January 1 – May 31, 2012. (Late submissions will not be accepted)
Reading Period: June 1 – August 31, 2012.
Target Publication Date: March 1 2013

What we buy:
We are accepting world-wide submissions for the anthology (this is NOT exclusive to Canadian writers as are some of Five Rivers’ other publications).
We are purchasing First World Rights exclusive electronic text, print and audio rights, and an exclusive perpetual license.

What we pay:
The Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil anthology will be published by Five Rivers Publishing http://www.5rivers.org. Authors will get royalties based on the books sales and will receive a free eBook and print copy of the anthology which will be available after publication.

How to Submit:
Email submissions to: madscientist@5rivers.org Include your submission in the body of one email. No attachments.
Please put SUBMISSION, followed by the title of the story, and word count, in the subject line of your email.