A Body of Work now released!

SF Canada member Colleen Anderson‘s first solo collection, A Body of Work, was launched by Black Shuck Books at Fantasycon earlier this year. It features sixteen of Colleen’s dark fiction, split into two sections:

MIND OVER MATTER: eight stories examine dark obsessions, consuming lust and the consequences of choices that can twist the mind to its own desires or bring release.
UNDER THE SKIN: eight stories where the quest to master devices, environment or worlds leads to battles of survival that devour or shape into something new.

Savory teeth, sentient insects, deadly automatons, VR worlds, ensorcelled blades, nanotech healing, possessive fungus, gingerbread people, prophetic soap bubbles and more: this Body of Work is a stitchery of tales, a strange creature that is alluring, disturbing and thought-provoking.

A Body of Work is available through Black Shuck Books and Amazon.

Watch for upcoming launch events, soon to be announced on Colleen’s blog.

New ways to enjoy Scott Overton’s fiction

SF member Scott Overton recently used his 30 years of experience as a broadcaster to convert some of his fiction to audio. His mystery/thriller novel about the radio industry, Dead Air, is now available in audio format from Audible.

When radio morning man Lee Garrett receives a death threat he shrugs it off as a prank, until harassment turns into outright attempts on his life. Then the deadliest attack yet claims an innocent victim and Garret knows he must force a confrontation with his persecutors.

Scott has also been busy with his short fiction. Fifteen of Scott’s science fiction and fantasy short stories  available in  e-book form via the anthologies Disastrous!, Body Of Opinion and other stories plus the series Beyond: The Stars, Beyond: Time, and Beyond: Technology are now gathered together into one paperback. BEYOND: Stories Beyond Time, Technology, and the Stars is now available to buy in print form through Amazon and other online retailers. Your favourite independent bookstore can also order it through the book distributor Ingram.

Find more fiction at Scott’s website, including free stories.

Dave Duncan (June 30, 1933 – October 29, 2018)

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Dave Duncan, a founding and honorary lifetime member of SF Canada, an inductee of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, and one of Canada’s legendary speculative fiction writers. He was the author of sixty-five books, including several fantasy series (among them The Seventh Sword, A Man of His Word, and A Handful of Men) as well as seven books about The King’s Blades. He twice won an Aurora Award for best novel.

Born in Newport-on-Tay, Scotland on June 30, 1933, Dave left the old country in 1957, after graduating from the University of St. Andrews. He settled in Calgary, Alberta where he worked as a petroleum geologist for 30 years. He was innovative in his approach to the oil business and, in addition to being a working geologist, founded a data company specializing in timely retrieval and dissemination of well information.

Dave was a master storyteller who sometimes liked to say that when he didn’t like the real world he could invent his own. And what brilliant, intricate worlds he created.

When the oil patch took a downturn in the eighties, Dave submitted a manuscript to Del Rey in New York. To his delight, it was accepted and the confidence he gained from that allowed him, at age 53, to switch careers completely and turn to writing full time. That novel, “A Rose Red City”, was the first of over sixty books. He ranged across genres, writing mostly fantasy but also science fiction, young adult and historical, making him one of the country’s most prolific and much-loved authors.

He wife of fifty-nine years, Janet, was his biggest supporter, a respected influence, and his in-house editor.

As well as writing, he successfully explored painting, photography, computer programming, genealogy and many other passions that came and went. But writing was the passion that stayed and was his true calling.

Never one to leave loose ends, fans will be pleased to know Dave Duncan finished his last book days before his death.

We’ll miss you, Dave.

“Scuttle” in Abandon anthology

SF Canada member Chantal Boudreau\’s horror story, “Scuttle”, has been published in the Abandon: 13 Tales of Impulse, Betrayal, Surrender, and Withdrawal anthology.

To act with abandon, in any sense of the word, is human. Whether it’s the sudden, strong urge to do something, either good or bad, or the act of betraying someone you love, we make choices that forever change our lives. Do you give into something or someone completely, or withdraw wholly into yourself?

Chantal Boudreau is an accountant by day and an author/illustrator during evenings and weekends, who lives by the ocean in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband and two children. An Affiliate member of the Horror Writer’s Association, she writes and illustrates horror, sci-fi, steampunk and fantasy.  She has been published in Canada by Exile Editions in their Dead North and Clockwork Canada anthologies and her other Canadian publications include stories in Postscripts to Darkness Volume 5 and Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories and Tesseracts 20: Compostela.  Outside of Canada, to date, she has published more than fifty speculative fiction stories with a variety of American and British publishers.

Print and ebooks of Abandon are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks.

Sandra Kasturi wins Sunburst Award

SF Canada member Sandra Kasturi is the winner of the 2018 Sunburst Award for Short Story. “The Beautiful Gears of Dying” appeared in Laksa Media’s The Sum of Us anthology.

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic has celebrated the best in Canadian fantastic literature in both Adult and Young Adult publications since 2001. Winners receive a medallion that incorporates the Sunburst logo. Winners of both the Adult and Young Adult Sunburst Award also receive a cash prize of $1,000, while winners of the Short Story Sunburst Award receive a cash prize of $500.

The Sunburst Jury commented:
In a strong field with many outstanding stories, Sandra Kasturi’s “The Beautiful Gears of Dying” did for the jury what speculative writing does best, by using a fantastic/technological trope to explore the complexity of human relations and the texture of human life. Kasturi’s story is linguistically complex, economical, emotionally intense, and yet accessible, and it provokes recurring thoughts about our human predicaments.

Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer and editor, and the co-publisher of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning press, ChiZine Publications. Born in Estonia to an Estonian mother and Sri Lankan father, she now lives in Canada. She is the co-founder (with Helen Marshall) of the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium and the national Chiaroscuro Reading Series. Sandra’s work has appeared in various venues, including ON SPEC, Prairie Fire, several Tesseracts anthologies, Evolve, Chilling Tales, A Verdant Green, TransVersions, ARC Magazine, Taddle Creek, Abyss & Apex, 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin, and Stamps, Vamps & Tramps. Her two poetry collections are: The Animal Bridegroom (with an intro by Neil Gaiman) and Come Late to the Love of Birds. She is currently working on two books: a new poetry collection called Snake Handling for Beginners, as well as a story collection, Mrs. Kong & Other Monsters.

New podcast, The Worldshapers

SF Canada member Edward Willett hosts a new podcast featuring interviews with science fiction and fantasy authors about their creative processes.

All writers, when they set pen to paper or post pixel to page, are shaping a world: their own private world, created from their own thoughts and imagination, joys and sorrows, hopes and heartbreaks, triumphs and fears.

It is a kind of miracle, and very writer performs it in his or her own way. In The Worldshapers, Edward Willett, himself an award-winning writer of science fiction and fantasy, delves into the creative process with science fiction and fantasy writers of every kind, seeking to better understand this magical, mystical skill…the skill of worldshaping.

Find interesting and enlightening conversations with such high-profile writers as Julie Czerneda, Tanya Huff, John Scalzi, and Robert Sawyer at The Worldshapers.