To Well and Truly Serve by Geoffrey W. Cole

Earlier this year, SF Canada member Geoffrey W. Cole had a story appear in Cosmic Horror Monthly.

“To Well and Truly Serve” was originally written as a James Bond story for the Licence Expired anthology and now stars Julie Bonenfant.

Geoffrey W. Cole was born in Ottawa, Ontario, where he learned to swim and to survive 233K (-40 C or F) weather. After this larval stage, he moved to Kingston, Ontario, where he received degrees in Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Beer Slinging, and Rock and/or Roll. Geoff also met his mate in Kingston. After graduating they embarked on a trans-Canada road trip from Newfoundland to Alaska (for you future-bots reading this, from RockScar to The Beaches). After a brief stint in Ontario, Geoff and his mate moved to Vancouver, BC, where they married, started a home, adopted a giant Newfoundland Lab cross, and gave birth to a wonderful son. They spent a year abroad in Rome, Italy, and after the vandemic of 2017 (curse you, sentient minivans!) they moved to SeaBase 4 off the coast of Haida Gwaii to breed orca.

For more about Geoffrey’s work, visit his website at geoffreywcole.wordpress.com.

Read “To Well and Truly Serve” at cosmic-horror.net.

Craig Russell on Stories for Earth

SF Canada member Craig Russell was recently interviewed by Forrest Brown on the podcast Stories For Earth. They discuss Craig’s cli-fi novel Fragment and what motivated him to write the story.

When avalanching glaciers thrust a massive Antarctic ice sheet into the open ocean, the captain of an atomic submarine must risk his vessel to rescue the survivors of a smashed polar research station; in Washington the President’s top advisor scrambles to spin the disaster to suit his master’s political aims; and meanwhile two intrepid newsmen sail south into the storm-lashed Drake Passage to discover the truth. Onboard the submarine, as the colossal ice sheet begins its drift toward South America and the world begins to take notice, scientists uncover a secret that will threaten the future of America’s military power and change the fate of humanity. And beneath the human chaos one brave Blue Whale fights for the survival of his species.

Craig Russell’s YA fantasy novel, Black Bottle Man won a Moonbeam gold medal and was an Aurora Award finalist. His SF novel, Fragment was selected for the Yale University Climate Connections reading list and was shortlisted for the Michael Van Rooy Award. Craig grew up on a prairie farm with nine siblings and is now a retired lawyer living in Winnipeg, MB.

For an extended version of this interview and more information about Stories for Earth, visit storiesforearth.com.

Learn more about Craig at craigrussell.info.

Purchase your copy of Fragment at McNally Robinson, Amazon, and other booksellers.

Cait Gordon Interviews Su J. Sokol

SF Canada member Cait Gordon recently interviewed fellow member Su J. Sokol on her new podcast In the ‘Cosm.

Cait started her a podcast as a way to connect with authors she admires during the pandemic. The latest episode is S1 Ep4: From A (as in seeking asylum) to Zee with Su J. Sokol.

Listen via Spotify below, on YouTube with captions, or visit Cait’s website for a full transcript.

Cait Gordon is a humorist, baker, and Irish-Canadian princess living in the Narnia region of Ottawa’s suburbia. She enjoys reading and writing speculative fiction that celebrates the reality of diversity. In her advocacy work, Cait’s goal is to continue to share and elevate the voices of disabled, Deaf, and/or neurodiverse creatives.

Learn more about Cait at caitgordon.com.

Su J. Sokol is a social rights activist and a writer of speculative, liminal and interstitial fiction. Originally from Brooklyn, xe now makes Montréal xyr home. Xyr short fiction has appeared or is upcoming in The Future Fire, Spark: A Creative Anthology, TFFX 10th Anniversary Anthology, Glittership: an LGBTQ Science Fiction and Fantasy Podcast, Glittership: Year One anthology, After the Orange: Ruin and Recovery, and Amazing Stories.

Learn more about Su at sujsokol.com.

To Push Back the Darkness by Lisa Timpf

SF Canada member Lisa Timpf has just published her first novella with JMS Books LLC. To Push Back the Darkness is a f/f romance/police procedural with science fiction elements.

When the trail goes cold on a string of robberies, Detective Janet Vertran is forced to call on her ex Fiona for help. When Fiona broke things off between them two years earlier, Janet swore she’d keep her distance. But she also knows from past experience how helpful Fiona’s creation, an android named Pat, can be in ferreting out the little details that make all the difference when solving tough crimes.

 

Though the robberies appear to have been conducted by separate individuals, Pat finds an unexpected connection between them. But as Janet, Fiona, and Pat get closer to unearthing the truth, it becomes clear the case is taking an emotional toll on Fiona.

 

As she works with her ex once again, Janet is reminded of old times and familiar feelings begin to stir. Is it possible they’ll get a second chance to make their relationship work? And will Janet find the courage to do what it takes to find out?

Lisa Timpf is a retired human resources and communications professional who lives in Simcoe, Ontario. Her writing has appeared in a number of venues, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog, New Myths, Third Flatiron, and Scifaikuest.

A graduate of McMaster University’s Physical Education program, Ms. Timpf also completed course work toward an MSc in Sport History at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. When not writing, Lisa enjoys cycling and bird-watching.

Learn more about Lisa’s writing at lisatimpf.blogspot.com.

Purchase your copy of To Push Back the Darkness on Amazon.

Issue 1 of Polar Starlight Available for Download

The first issue of Polar Starlight, a new magazine devoted to Canadian speculative poetry, is now published and available to download.

Polar Starlight is edited by SF Canada member Rhea E. Rose and published by R. Graeme Cameron.

Discover poetry from fellow members Bernadette Gabay Dyer and Neile Graham along with many other Canadian voices.

Download Issue 1 for free. Visit polarborealis.ca for more information about Polar Starlight and the original Polar Borealis.

The Coach Girl by M.L.D. Curelas

SF Canada member M.L.D. Curelas has a story in a new anthology Clockwork, Curses, & Coal: Steampunk and Gaslamp Fairy Tales.  

“The Coach Girl” is a take on “The Goose Girl” by the Brothers Grimm.  Clockwork, Curses, & Coal was published by World Weaver Press and edited by Rhonda Parrish.

Fairies threaten the world of artifice and technology, forcing the royal family to solve a riddle to stop their world from irrevocable change; a dishonest merchant uses automatons as vessels for his secrets and lies; a woman discovers the secret of three princesses whose shoes get scuffed while they sleep. These and so many other steampunk and gaslamp fairy tales await within the pages of Clockwork, Curses and Coal.

Retellings of Hansel and Gretel, The Princess and the Pea, Pinocchio, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and more are all showcased alongside some original fairy tale-like stories. Featuring stories by Melissa Bobe, Adam Brekenridge, Beth Cato, MLD Curelas, Joseph Halden, Reese Hogan, Diana Hurlburt, Christina Johnson, Alethea Kontis, Lex T. Lindsay, Wendy Nikel, Brian Trent, Laura VanArendonk Baugh and Sarah Van Goethem.

M.L.D. Curelas is the publisher of Tyche Books, a Canadian small-press specializing in science-fiction and fantasy anthologies, novels, and non-fiction. She enjoys Victorian fiction, a Proper Tea, and stalking authors at conventions. She is disappointed that the “no capes” rule applies to publishing.

Order Clockwork, Curses, & Coal from your bookseller of choice via worldweaverpress.com.