Darke Conteur’s MALICE now a web serial!

SF Canada member Darke Conteur has turned their post-apocalyptic tv show MALICE (based two hundred years after their zombie novel), into a web serial!

Two hundred years after a zombie plague, the real danger begins…

Aaron Zahira is looking for a different way of life and falls in with a group of mercenaries hired for jobs that take them into the badlands; places where wraiths and werewolves hunt for new meat, where vampires nest in crumbling steel lairs, and where the remains of the dead lurk in dark places, waiting.

Aaron is no mercenary and he’ll need the help of his comrades to escape the clutches of creatures that are faster, stronger, and deadlier than anything that has ever lived before.

Find the first four parts on Wattpad and find Darke Conteur at darkeconteur.weebly.com

“The Ableism and Privilege Behind ‘You Must Write Every Day'” by Cait Gordon

SF Canada member Cait Gordon has an article in Write Magazine this month. With quotes from A. Gregory Frankson, Derek Newman-Stille, Talia C. Johnson, SFC member Bernadette Gabay Dyer, and Cathy Smith, Cait examines how the common writing advice of “write every day” may be harmful to people who are disabled, neurodivergent, and/or who have lived experiences that make this writing “rule” inaccessible..

Cait Gordon is an autistic, disabled, and queer Canadian writer of speculative fiction that celebrates diversity. She is the author of Life in the ’CosmThe Stealth Lovers, and Iris and the Crew Tear Through Space (2023). Her short stories appear in Alice Unbound: Beyond WonderlandWe Shall Be Monsters, Space Opera Libretti, and Stargazers: Microtales from the Cosmos. Cait also founded The Spoonie Authors Network and joined Talia C. Johnson to co-edit the Nothing Without Us and Nothing Without Us Too anthologies, whose authors and protagonists are disabled, d/Deaf, Blind or visually impaired, neurodivergent, Spoonie, and/or they manage mental illness.

You can learn more about Cait Gordon at her website: caitgordon.com.

Statement from SF Canada about the attack on Salman Rushdie

On Saturday, August 13th, the Booker-winning author Sir Salman Rushdie was attacked in Chautauqua, NY, by a knife-wielding assailant. At the time of writing he is expected to live and no longer on a respirator, but it is reported that he may have lost an eye, and suffered other possibly-permanent injuries. SF Canada wishes Sir Salman a speedy recovery.  We would also like to voice our support for Rushdie’s work, and for writers everywhere who write on controversial topics.
The attack appears to have been in retribution for Rushdie’s authorship (in 1988) of the magic-realist novel The Satanic Verses. While in one sense it was the act of a lone would-be murderer, the attack was encouraged by a fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini, and by blood money offered by entities connected to the Iranian government.
 
Of course, being controversial does not in itself make a piece of literature worthwhile. The quality of a piece of literature depends upon numerous things, in many cases subjective, and controversy in the service of bad writing is no virtue. However,  a writer may legitimately make use of controversial material. It is perhaps not widely enough remembered, three decades after the publication of The Satanic Verses, that the passages so widely objected to were not presented as true representations of the prophet Mohammed and those around him, but as the delusions of a mentally ill protagonist, aggravated by the stress of his experience as an immigrant.  It is ultimately the reader’s decision whether this, or any other, piece of writing succeeds: many have thought that The Satanic Verses succeeds brilliantly.  But, whatever the reader’s opinion on a piece of fiction, violence or persecution of the author are never legitimate responses.

Best Fan Writing and Publication: Polar Borealis!

Congratulations to SF Canada member R. Graeme Cameron, who has won a third Aurora Award for Best Fan Publication for Polar Borealis!

Wow!

My retirement hobby is promoting Canadian speculative fiction authors, poets, and artists.

Publishing Polar Borealis, with eight stories and eight poems plus cover art in every issue, is the joyful way I do this.

In reality, it is the talent, creativity and imagination of the contributors that makes Polar Borealis fun and intriguing to read. All I do is put it together.

In effect, it is the contributors who earned the award. It is the contributors who deserve the award.

BUT I am more than happy to accept this award on their behalf.

Thank you!

— R. Graeme Cameron’s Aurora acceptance speech 2022

Under Fortunate Stars by Ren Hutchings now out!

Under Fortunate Stars by SF Canada member Ren Hutchings is out now from Solaris: a sci-fi debut pitched for fans of Becky Chambers, Alex White and K.B. Wagers. Under Fortunate Stars is a space opera about accidental time travel and the perils of actually meeting your historical heroes.

Fleeing the final days of the generations-long war with the alien Felen, smuggler Jereth Keeven’s freighter the Jonah breaks down in a strange rift in deep space, with little chance of rescue—until they encounter the research vessel Gallion, which claims to be from 152 years in the future.

The Gallion‘s chief engineer Uma Ozakka has always been fascinated with the past, especially the tale of the Fortunate Five, who ended the war with the Felen. When the Gallion rescues a run-down junk freighter, Ozakka is shocked to recognize the Five’s legendary ship—and the Five’s famed leader, Eldric Leesongronski, among the crew.

But nothing else about Leesongronski and his crewmates seems to match up with the historical record. With their ships running out of power in the rift, more than the lives of both crews may be at stake.

You can get your copy of Under Fortunate Stars in hardcover, ebook or audiobook format here  and check out the book playlist here  — including an original music single inspired by the book: “The Flight of the Jonah” by Canadian folk-rock band The Burning Hell!

“An engaging space saga with time-travel twists, and a compelling look at how past and future are created not only by those who live it but those who record it.” – Library Journal (Starred Review)

You can find Ren online at renhutchings.com, and on social media as @voidcricket.

Polar Borealis #22 now out!

The 22nd issue of SF Canada member R. Graeme Cameron’s speculative fiction magazine, Polar Borealis, is now available for free download!

It contains work by several SF Canada members!:

  • “What Awaits”, a poem by Lisa Timpf
  • “Pillar”, a poem by Melanie Marttila
  • Schrödinger’s Cats, a short story by Wayne Cusack
  • “October Birds”, a poem by Neile Graham
  • The Watersprite, a short story by Nina Munteanu

Download the issue today!:
https://polarborealis.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/POLAR-BOREALIS-22-July-2022.pdf