Pirating Pups Cover Reveal!

The cover of Pirating Pups, the latest pet-adventure themed anthology from Tyche Books, was released today! A companion volume to last year’s “Swashbuckling Cats” anthology, “Pirating Pups” will be open to submissions from October 1 – November 30, 2021.

See the anthology’s Submission Guidelines page for more details: http://tychebooks.com/pirating-pups

 

Silvia Moreno-Garcia wins August Derleth Award

An author photo of Silvia Moreno-Garcia alongside the cover of her novel, Mexican Gothic

 

Heartiest Congratulations to SF Canada member Silvia Moreno-Garcia! She just won the British Fantasy Society’s August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel. This year’s award-winner is Mexican Gothic, which spent an impressive 31 weeks on the Los Angeles Times best-sellers list in 2020.

The book is currently being developed into a limited television series for Hulu by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.

Featured Member: T.S. Beier

author headshot for T.S. Beier

 

SF Canada would like to welcome our newest member, T.S. Beier!

T.S. Beier is a science fiction aficionado. Her first published novel, What Branches Grow, is her love letter to the post-apocalyptic genre. It was the focus of her Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing at Humber College, and went on to become a Top Five Category Finalist in the 2020 Kindle Book Awards. Currently it is a contestant in Hugh Howey’s Self Published Science Fiction Competition.

 

She has a B.A. in English and Certificates in Publishing and Interior Decorating. Her latest novel, the space opera Escaping First Contact (part one of The Burnt Ship trilogy) was released on Kindle Unlimited/Amazon on September 21, 2021, and quickly shot up to the top ten listings for First Contact, Space Marine, and Alien Invasion sub-categories on Amazon CA.

 

Beier is also co-owner of Canadian indie publishing house Rising Action Publishing Co., which plans to release its first title in April 2022. Rising Action publishes thrillers and sci-fi/fantasy, and focuses on promoting women’s voices.

She is also a part-time writer for PostApocalypticMedia.com.

 

To follow her work and social media, see the following links:

https://www.risingactionpublishingco.com/

 

“In Veritas” Named Speculative Fiction Book of the Year

Our heartiest congratulations to SF Canada member C.J. Lavigne!
 
Her novel “In Veritas” was named the Speculative Fiction Book of the Year by the Alberta Book Publishers Association.
 
Read more about the other award-winners here: https://bookpublishers.ab.ca/programs/awards/
 
To read more about “In Veritas”, published by NeWest Press, see the book summary here: https://bookpublishers.ab.ca/titles/in-veritas/

Trooper 4 by Noah Chinn

SF Canada member Noah Chinn is re-releasing Trooper 4, tomorrow August 1, 2021. Originally published in 2012 by Mundania Press, Trooper 4 is just one of the titles Noah is re-releasing. Look for the recent Getting Rid of Gary and upcoming The Plutus Paradox.

It’s the end of the world – but not as we know it.

A woman wakes up in a motel on the outskirts of a remote Oregon city with no memory who she is and a gun at her bedside. As she explores the world around her it seems that civilization has come to a violent end.

That’s bad.

It might also be the most normal thing that happens to her all week.

 

“Trooper #4 is a genre-bending, existential thrill ride! At least that’s how I’d write the blurb for the front of the DVD. On a more serious note, this really was an enjoyable story that caught me completely off guard… What begins as a yet another end-of-the-world zombie-fest (not quite “zombies” but close enough) takes a mind blowing twist… Chinn’s writing is economical and effective, the pace is fast, and the story is gripping. Trooper #4 has all the elements of a classic action story–compelling hero, evil villain, a world in need of saving–but with enough metaphysical twists and turns to feed every reader’s inner philosopher.” – Kristene Perron (Co-author of the Warpworld series)

“When she wakes in the morning, she has no idea who she is or where she is. She has guns in her motel room, a name tag on her shirt and there’s a cop car on the side of the highway that might have been hers. But why is she here and what happened?…The author does a good job of showing how paranoid people become when threatened by horror they don’t understand and while trying to stay alive. Rules fall by wayside, people take comfort where they can, and even children fight for survival…You won’t fall asleep reading this book.” – LAS SFF Reviews

“Love it. Very original book unlike anything I’ve read in the past. It is horror based on the story, not the gore, which is what I enjoyed the most. The mystery of who [the heroine] was…was different and I was shocked when I found out who she had been the entire time… It left me with gasping… I definitely will continue read more of Noah’s book and hopefully the author will write more of “end of the world” stories in future. This author’s creativity is awesome.” – Zach Sweets

 

Noah Chinn is an author, and has it on good authority to be a moderately amusing fellow. As a published cartoonist and writer, Noah’s work has appeared in distinguished publications, including Amazing Stories, Knights of the Dinner Table magazine, and Canada’s Globe & Mail.

Though he spends entirely too much time hunched in front of a keyboard, Noah does enjoy having an adventure now and then. He’s biked across several countries and even climbs the odd mountain. He recommends the view from Mt. Fuji—if you have a pair of warm gloves and an oxygen tank.

Noah currently lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife Gillian and their ferret Fia Ferretsworth. As an honest-to-goodness nerd, Noah enjoys video games, photography, roleplaying, and travel.

Learn more about Noah on his website noahchinnbooks.com.

Purchase your copy of Trooper 4 from Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and other online booksellers.

Food Of My People edited by Candas Jane Dorsey and Ursula Pflug

SF Canada members Candas Jane Dorsey and Ursula Pflug have an anthology now available for pre-order Food Of My People: The Exile Book Of Anthology Series Number Eighteen. This title will release on July 30, 2021.

This unique food-related collection ranges from hard science to magic realism. And each story is accompanied by a recipe. Authors include Melissa Yuan-Innes, Geoffrey W. Cole, and many more.

Eating is a symbolic and magical act—a transformation, a covenant, a ritual, a comfort, a necessity—but all through history, food-themed stories have also had their dark sides. Food can be integral to the magic, the meetings, and the processes of fantastical fiction: from myth and legend to high fantasy, from hard-science speculative fiction to post-modern magic realism, from Hansel and Gretel to Soylent Green, from Persephone to 2001, from Alice in Wonderland to Alien. In this anthology, Ursula Pflug and Candas Jane Dorsey, two award-winning senior writers of literary speculation, have gathered a range of speculative writing that recognizes both our attraction to the candy coating and our fascination with the poisoned apple. Paired with each story is a recipe, real or fantastical, for food mentioned in the story: consume at your own risk!

Candas Jane Dorsey works across genre boundaries, writing poetry, fiction, mainstream and speculative, short and long form, arts journalism and arts advocacy. She has also written television and stage scripts, magazine and newspaper articles, and reviews.

Ursula Pflug is author or editor of ten novels, novellas, anthologies, and story collections. Her fiction has appeared in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., in award winning genre and literary publications including Lightspeed, Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Postscripts, Leviathan, and Bamboo Ridge. Her short stories have been taught in universities in Canada and India, and she has collaborated with filmmakers, playwrights, choreographers, and installation artists.

Learn more about Candas at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candas_Jane_Dorsey.

Learn more about Ursula at ursulapflug.ca.

Order your copy of Food of My People at Chapters, Amazon, or your favourite local bookstore.