Had to share this glowing review of Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction: Volume One just published in Amazing Stories.
“[A] real powerhouse of quality fiction sparkling with originality, brilliant perception and sophisticated subtlety; the kind of reading session which leaves me feeling inspired and excited… In my opinion, this volume of The Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction belongs on every Canadian reader’s bookshelf. The second volume is underway. I’d like to see it become an annual tradition. As many readers of my reviews are aware, there is a lot of excellent genre fiction being written in Canada. May this series become the definitive annual sample…You owe it to yourself to purchase it for your bookshelf.”
I’m biased, of course, but I agree 🙂
You can read the full review (which includes some shout-outs for specific stories and poems) at the Amazing Stories site here.
Wanted to share a very positive, very thoughtful review of the anthology that was published today by the Ottawa Review of Books.
While a number of authors in the book get individual shoutouts, the reviewer felt the stories in the collection “ranged from ‘solid’ to ‘outstanding’ with the overall weighting tipped heavily towards the ‘excellent’ end” and that the collection is a good “reflection of how Canadian speculative fiction has expanded and matured”in recent decades. “Overall,” he writes, “it is a great collection, [and] a great reflection on what Canadian speculative fiction has to offer…”
I couldn’t agree more 😉
I’m so pleased that so much of what I was hoping to do with the collection came across to the reviewer. I don’t have them often, but once in a while even I have a good idea 🙂
Not only is Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction: Volume One now available, but this interview with me about the project is now live, too! For those of you interested in process, it gives a bit of insight into my thinking as I put the project together, plus a look at some future plans. Thanks to @paulsemel for setting this up!
And once you’ve read the interview, check out the book!
Well, it appears that ’tis the season! I see lots of awards eligibility posts popping up from authors I know, and since everyone else is jumping off a cliff…
It’s actually been a crazy busy year for me, with not only a couple of short stories published, but my first forays into editing anthologies now under my belt! You can find details below.
And, since you’re here, I’m going to take the liberty of letting you know about the wonderful stories that appeared in those anthologies I edited this year–including an award-winning story by a Quebec science fiction author appearing for the first time in English! Again, see below, and thanks for your consideration.
Anthologies (eligible in the Locus Award for Best Anthology category and in the Aurora Award for Best Related Work category)
Game On!, edited by Stephen Kotowych and Tony Pi (ZNB, July 2023)
Games are about more than winning and losing. They’re about risk and reward, strategy and blind fortune, our need to win and our fear of being outplayed. And when magic and science infuse a game, the stakes can be of cosmic importance. Each move could decide life or death. Are you ready to play?
Featuring new stories by Aliette de Bodard, Cat Rambo, James Alan Gardner, Ed Greenwood, Sean Williams, and many more
“…each story exhibit[s] wry and subtle writing embedded with numerous original concepts. A feast for the imagination I’d say. Highly recommended.” – Amazing Stories
Award winners. Award finalists. Hidden gems. All Canadian. All in one anthology. Curated from top markets like Analog, F&SF, Lightspeed, On Spec, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com, the Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction is your definitive guide to the very best fantastical fiction written by Canadians today.
If I may be allowed a little bit of log rolling… The following are short stories that appeared in the two anthologies I edited this year, Game On! and Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction: Volume One. While I am biased, I think these are all wonderful stories and deserve your consideration this award season. I hope you’ll keep them in mind for the various Best Short Story categories.
For those of you reading for the Aurora Awards, I’ve noted each eligible Canadian author.
Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction: Volume One
“The Secret Lives of Shellwomen” by Geneviève Blouin. (Canadian) Translated from the French by Margaret Sankey
NB: all other works in this collection are reprints and not eligible this year
“Turtle Cliffs” by Aliette de Bodard
“Machines” by Jennifer R. Povey
“Not His Best Feint” by Ed Greenwood (Canadian)
“Persistence of Memory” by Cory Swanson
“The Grim Reaper’s Game” by David Hankins
“The Cards as They Were Dealt” by Cat Rambo
“The Saltmarsh” by Wulf Moon
“Guilty Until Proven Victorious” by Jo Miles
“Solitaire for Three” by James Alan Gardner (Canadian)
I’m thrilled this morning to announce the full Table of Contents for Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction: Volume One!
Give Me English – Ai Jiang
The Voice of a Thousand Years – Fawaz Al-Matrouk
Bottom’s Dream – Glenn Clifton
And in the Arcade, Ego – Kate Heartfield
The Secret Lives of Shellwomen – Geneviève Blouin. Translated from the French by Margaret Sankey
Poem: In Stock Images of the Future, Everything is White – Terese Mason Pierre
Michif Man – Chelsea Vowel
Sunday in the Park With Hank – Leah Bobet
A New Brave World – Eric Choi
Poltergeist – Rhonda Parrish
One Day in the Afterlife of Detective Roshni Chaddha – Rati Mehrotra
Big Trouble in Droidtown – Hayden Trenholm
Poem: First Contact – Lisa Timpf
Distant Skies – Charlotte Ashley
Shattered – Marie Bilodeau
Poem: Necklace – Carolyn Clink
All That Burns Unseen – Premee Mohamed
Poem: Rapunzel in the Desert – Melissa Yuan-Innes
Redfin Spine – Jonathan Olfert
Maximum Efficiency – Holly Schofield
Choose Your Own – C. J. Lavigne
Poem: After the Apocalypse – Colleen Anderson
Rare Earths Pineapple – Michèle Laframboise
Choke – Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Poem: Three Herons – Geoffrey W. Cole
Folk Hero Motifs in Tales Told by the Dead – KT Bryski
Vi’Hun Heal – Michelle Tang
Bleak Communion of Abandoned Things – Ariel Marken Jack
Poem: a sinkhole invites a street to consider its future – Dominik Parisien
Broken Vow: The Adventures of Flick Gibson, Intergalactic Videographer – Peter G. Reynolds
Green Witch – Elizabeth Whitton
Poem: The Mall at Night – Millie Ho
Homeplus – Liz Westbrook-Trenholm
Into the Frozen Wilds – P.A. Cornell
Poem: The Wolf of Your Passions – Lynne Sargent
Critical Mass – Peter Watts
Douen – Suzan Palumbo
The volume will also include an Introduction from yours truly.
Backers of the Kickstarter will be receiving their e-books and print copies in November, and the book will be available to book lovers everywhere December 5, 2023 at your favourite independent, brick-and-mortar, or online book retailer.
This thing is all killer, no filler, y’all. Can’t wait to get it into your hands!
While the reviewer only reviews some stories in-depth, overall he concludes by saying “…each story exhibit[s] wry and subtle writing embedded with numerous original concepts. A feast for the imagination I’d say. Highly recommended.”
My co-editor Tony and I couldn’t agree more.
Still need to grab your copy? I mean, Christmas is right around the corner… Find the anthology here:
I’m thrilled to announce my new Kickstarter for the Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction: Volume One.
The campaign launches at noon EST on June 6, but in the meantime please follow this link and click the ‘Notify me on launch’ button to be told the minute it is live.
The world needs more Canada (as the old saying goes) and that includes a showcase anthology of the best short fiction the Canadian SFF community publishes every year. I’ll be acting as the volume editor and publisher through my imprint, Ansible Press.
If you are at all inclined to back the project, please do so on the first day—preferably as close to noon EST as you can. That early momentum will help juice the algorithm and help get the project noticed (at least, so I’m told).
And please feel free (and encouraged!) to share that link around. The more followers the campaign has prior to launch and the more backer activity the project gets in the first few hours of launch (even at the lowest levels of support) also helps boost the project in the Kickstarter algorithm and will help drive organic reach (i.e.: people just stumbling across it on Kickstarter).
Don’t forget to use the hashtags #CanadaYearsBestFSF and #KickstarterReads when you share on social media, and if you mention the campaign on Twitter please tag @KickstarterRead (no ‘s’). And steal that promo image above, too, and share it around!
Note to those of you in the US, UK, and EU, remember: this campaign is running in Canadian dollars, so with your positive exchange rate it’s like I’m practically giving this book away! 😉 YMMV for exchange rates from other countries.
I’m really fascinated by the prospects and power of artificial intelligence (AI) as a creative tool…but this is bonkers.
Bobby Geraghty, a 32-year-old singer, songwriter and producer, along with his band Breezer, recorded an eight-song album of Oasis-esque tunes and then trained an AI on a cappella recordings of Oasis singer Liam Gallagher so the AI could stand in as the lead singer.
If you’d told me this was a lost Oasis album from 1998, I’d have believed you. If you were an Oasis fan back in the mid to late 90s (or covered any of their songs at coffee houses, like a certain blogger who shall remain nameless) this album by AIsis (get it?) will bring you back.
If you’d told me this was a lost Oasis album from 1998, I’d have believed you. Not sure the guitar style or tone is 100% Noel Gallagher, but I might not have put my finger on that if I hadn’t known in advance it was another band playing.
I’d always assumed AI would eventually be able to replicate the sound of dead singers or actors…but it was always one of those things that would happen in the future, instead of the now.
Can The BeAItles or Frank SinAItra be far behind? O brave new world, that has such algorithms in’t!
Well, it snuck by without my noticing, but my story “The Book of Elevated Things” is now available to read (for free!) on the Factor Four website. It was the lead story in the March 2023 issue. You can find it here.
This story was inspired by a comment my then-4-year-old daughter made and was written almost entirely while waiting to pick her up from dance class. As parents, writers have to find the time to write when we can…