Montréal SF writer Su J. Sokol will be reading from her Sunburst nominated novel, Cycling to Asylum, at Perfect Books at 258 Elgin Street in Ottawa on Sunday, May 29th at 2:30. Entry is free and a short discussion will follow the reading. If you are in the Ottawa area, please stop by and welcome this new SFCanada member!
Suit Up. Plug In. Press Start. Don’t Die.
The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator—leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.
And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.
Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game—and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems.
The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside…
SF Canada is pleased and proud to congratulate founder member and honorary lifetime member Dave Duncan on his induction into the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established to recognize “outstanding achievements that have contributed to the stature of Science Fiction and Fantasy” in Canada.
With over fifty science fiction, fantasy, young adult and historical titles to his credit, Duncan has entertained and enraptured readers with such series as A Man of His Word, The Seventh Sword, and his King’s Blades novels, as well as The Great Game and many standalone works. Hailing originally from Scotland, Duncan has lived all of his adult life in western Canada, working as a petroleum geologist before embarking on his writing career. His books have been translated into fifteen languages and he has been known to write under the occasional pseudonym.
Read more about Dave Duncan’s work and feast your eyes on his wonderful Maps collection at his website at www.daveduncan.com.
Congratulations from all of us at SF Canada!
Mage Guild wants to enslave her. Can Kara survive among the Unguilded?
At sixteen Kara Fonti still has no magic. But Mage Guild, the most powerful of all the Guilds in Tregella, has a use for her – they will force her to bear children for men who do have magic. Arabella Fonti, to protect her own status within the guild, pushes her daughter to do the unthinkable – run away to live outside the guild system.
But unguilded are not welcome in Tregella, especially on the magical chain of islands of the capital Rillidi. In increasing danger of being arrested or killed, Kara finds refuge on Old Rillidi, the original island that was neither created by magic nor controlled by one of the guilds.
On Old Rillidi, Kara discovers true friends, makes a home for herself, and learns more about her strange ability to “see” magic. But the Mage Guild will not let her go, and it is here where she feels safest that Kara is betrayed . . .
Contributed by Jean-Louis Trudel
After a hard fight with acute leukemia, diagnosed after the Boréal convention in May 2014, Joël Champetier passed away early Saturday morning, May 30, in a palliative care unit in Saint-Tite, Québec, a few kilometres away from his home in Saint-Séverin de Proulxville. He was 57 years old.
A long-time member of SF Canada, Joël Champetier was the author of eight novels, seven young adult books, and nearly thirty short stories. In terms of genre, his works ranged from science fiction to fantasy and horror, often combining great humanity with understated originality in tone and approach. His novels included the science fiction adventure La Taupe et le Dragon, published by Tor in English translation in 1999 as The Dragon’s Eye, the suspenseful La Mémoire du lac [The Lake’s Memory], the off-beat fantasy opus Les Sources de la magie [The Sources of Magic], and the horror thriller La Peau blanche, which inspired the identically-named feature-length movie La Peau blanche (also known as White Skin and Cannibal in English markets, winner of a Toronto International Film Festival award in 2004), for which Champetier also authored the screenplay.
A guest of honour at the World Fantasy Convention in 2001, he won multiple awards as a writer (seven Prix Boréal, two Aurora Awards, and two Prix Jacques-Brossard, formerly known as the Grand Prix de la science-fiction et du fantastique québécois). He won quite a few more as the editor for many years of Solaris, one of the world’s oldest active SF magazines (founded in 1974).
(A picture of Joël Champetier in 2008, at Readercon 19, a Boston-area convention. His strange taste in head covering may or may not be a deliberate artefact of the photographer’s fancy, but the shirt reflected his own taste for colourful clothing.)
Born in Québec’s Abitibi region in 1957, Joël Champetier worked for a few years for his father’s company in the field of electrochemistry before devoting himself to a full-time writing career after publishing his first story in 1981. He went on to publish more stories as well as novels and a collection of his short fiction, Cœur de fer [Heart of Iron]. He co-edited the anthology Escales sur Solaris (1995) to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Solaris magazine. In 2014, in spite of his deteriorating health, he helped to oversee the publication of the fortieth-anniversary issue of Solaris, which included a story of his own, “Pour son œil seulement” [For His Eye Only], that earned him his last Prix Boréal only three weeks before his passing. He lived in Montréal, Ville-Marie, and Gallix before moving to the village of Saint-Séverin, near Shawinigan, almost twenty years ago. He was married to Valérie Bédard, MD. To many in Québec, he was an inspiration as a writer, as an editor, and as a friend.
The audiobook version of One’s Aspect to the Sun by SF Canada member Sherry D. Ramsey is now available through Audible.com.
The novel, published by Alberta’s Tyche Books, was named Speculative Fiction Book of the Year by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta in 2014. The audiobook is narrated by Shannon Burgess and follows Captain Luta Paixon as she searches for the secret behind her failure to age.