Dweller on the Threshold by Skyla Dawn Cameron now released!

SF Canada member Skyla Dawn Cameron’s new novel, Dweller on the Threshold, is a little bit creepy, a little bit funny, and is now available.

Amidst the 2020 pandemic, Norah Sloane has been sheltering in place with her ex-boyfriend—the equivalent of three toddlers in a trench coat pretending to be an adult—who abruptly informs her he thinks she needs to move out. Coincidentally, her estranged father has just died and left his family’s home to her, and in a fit of defiant frustration, she packs her bags, her cats, and all the toilet paper, and drives five hours north to the tiny village of Hope Falls to claim her inheritance.

Selling the big, partially renovated old house during a global pandemic is out of the question, but the bills are paid for a few months to give her time to get on her feet. It’s the best solution, all things considered.

So what if it’s haunted?

Find Dweller on the Threshold here and Skyla’s website here!

New Publications from Robert Runté!

SF Canada member Robert Runté has been busy lately!
His short story, “Deep Dive” has been released in audio on the Bandit Fiction Podcast #10, read by Tony Reading. It starts at 21.12 minutes into the podcast.
He is also the featured author interview on this episode; the interview starts at 33:42. The Interview is by host Daniel Hubbard.
Listen to both at  https://banditfiction.com/podcast/  episode #10 or Bandit Fiction Podcast wherever you get your podcasts.
(Deep Dive was originally published online by Ariel Chart in July 9, 2020 and reprinted by Bandit Fiction online Dec 13, 2021 and now podcast March 29, 2022.)
Robert Runté also has a flash story, “The Road”  published in Siren’s Call #57 (page 192) and a drabble (a drabble is a story that is exactly 100 words + title), “The Perfect Storm”, coming out in issue #16 of Fairfield Scribes Micro Fiction April 15, 2022 at http://www.fairfieldscribes.com/

Congratulations, Robert!

In Days to Come by Lisa Timpf now out!

SF Canada member Lisa Timpf’s book of speculative haibun poetry, In Days to Come, has been released by Hiraeth Publishing, and is now available!

The poems in this collection are grouped into four sections. The first, “Terra, Terra,” includes poems set on the planet Earth. That is true of many of the poems in the second section, “Looming Shadows,” though they have been grouped together in relation to some of the potential disasters we as a human race have set ourselves up for—nuclear warfare, climate change, and so on. “Alien Encounters” contains poems relating to imagined interactions with other space-faring species. “Other Worlds” rounds out the collection with speculations on what life might be like if and when humanity spins out to the stars.

Find In Days to Come at Hiraeth Publishing and find Lisa here.

In Memoriam: Heather Spears (September 29, 1934 – April 15, 2021)

Marion Heather Spears, Canadian writer and artist and long-time SF Canada member, passed away last year in Copenhagen, Denmark.

She was educated at the University of British Columbia, The Vancouver School of Art and the University of Copenhagen, and lived in Denmark and Canada since 1962. An award-winning poet, she published 15 collections of poetry and 5 novels, illustrated numerous books and articles and drew at literary festivals and other live drawing venues. Hundreds of her drawings are collected at the Welcome Trust, London, and the Merrill Collection, Toronto. The Heather Spears archive is housed at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

As well as being a long-time member of SF Canada, Heather Spears was a member of PEN, The League of Canadian Poets, The Writers’ Union of Canada, The Society of Authors, and Tegnerforbundet af 1919 (Danish drawing association). SFC member Candas Jane Dorsey and others recall Heather fondly at League of Canadian Poets.

Heather’s daughter has reframed  https://www.heatherspears.com  as a memorial, combining it with Heather’s blog and putting up an overview of her life and accomplishments.

As her obituary quotes:  “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.” – Terry Pratchett

She will be missed.

SF Canada Statement re: Russian Speculative Fiction writers’ Ukraine comments

A week ago, eighty Russian speculative fiction writers wrote an open letter about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They were not (as one might have hoped) opposing the invasion, but supporting it enthusiastically. A list of the signers may be found here: https://amazingstories.com/uncensored-ukrainian-sf-news/ .

These writers describe themselves as being involved with a con entitled “Stars over Donbas” that has been held annually for three years. It is held in Donetsk, a region of the Ukraine taken over by pro-Russian forces in the last round of aggression eight years ago. It’s not clear what, if any, local involvement there is: it appears to be a political tool, intended to normalize and celebrate Russian control of the Donbas area. The organizers are now extending this to the all-out invasion of a sovereign country.

The letter is based on Russian propaganda that accuses the Ukranian people of atrocities during the earlier war in the Donbas, and on Russian claims that Ukraine harbors significant numbers of “Nazis.” Reports by reputable organizations such as Amnesty International suggest that while serious abuses took place on both sides, the great majority (including anti-Semitic and anti-Roma attacks) were carried out by the Russian-backed rebels. The situation was not helped by the fact that much of the fighting on both sides was carried out by independent “militias” with inconsistent training and little central oversight, some (on both sides) dominated by right-wing extremists, some not: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combatants_of_the_war_in_Donbas. No reputable source supports the Russian claims of “genocide.”

SF Canada asks our members and friends to ensure that their information about this complex situation comes from reliable and objective sources. While we realize that Russians who actively oppose their government’s actions do so at significant risk, and that the truth is sometimes hard to come by in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, we call on the signatories of the “Stars Over Donbas” letter to educate themselves, to give up their inaccurate and one-sided view of recent history, and retract their support of Russia’s cruel and illegal invasion of Ukraine.

SF Canada Board of Directors

New Publications from Michèle Laframboise!

SF Canada member Michèle Laframboise has been busy lately!

Her latest accomplishments include:

  • Publication of her story Moby Dick’s Doors in the 2022 Space Opera Digest anthology HAVE SHIP, WILL TRAVEL edited by Tracy Cooper-Posey
  • Her YA novel “Le secret de Paloma” (Paloma’s Secret) is a finalist for the Alain Thomas Award at the Toronto French Book Fair
  • Publication of “Cousin Entropy” in the Rosetta Prize Archives — a prize that rewards translations of a text published in another language. (Thanks to N.M. Roshak for this beautiful work on La Cousine Entropie.) See the Future SF site for more details
  •  Recent publication of a non-SF novel with Echofictions, “Safe Harbor”. Read more about it! Eco-fiction, friendship and romance
  • Publication of a short-story “Essential Maintenance” in Neo-Opsis 33

Congratulations, Michèle!