Debut novel from Leo Valiquette

New SF Canada member Leo Valiquette published his first novel, Bane of All Things, through American small press Inkshares last December.

He describes it as a “gritty” adult epic fantasy that is sometimes dark without being grimdark. There are flavours of McClellan’s Powder Mage series, Howard’s Solomon Kane and Dumas’s musketeers, garnished with Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone. The novel was featured in a July issue of the Ottawa Citizen newspaper as part of its Summer Reading Series.

In the Four Kingdoms, the Holy Clerisy preaches that the gods are dead, and prayer is the path to Hell. Anyone who defies doctrine is punished for heresy. But blind faith can damn a soul as surely as betrayal.
Ryn Ruscroft, once sworn to serve as the Clerisy’s loyal soldier, finds himself torn between conscience and duty one bitter winter’s night. Those slain include his best friend, felled by his own hand.
Josalind Aumbrae has been tormented all her life by the Voices and their visions—an affliction that could have her facing a witch’s pyre. If only she could understand what they want.
Banished to Dragon’s Claw Abbey at the edge of the world, Ryn and Josalind discover a place built on more than penance and forgetting. What they find at the Claw will turn them into fugitives hunted by hellspawn, heretics, and Ryn’s former commander.
But more sinister forces have awoken—ancient things eager to settle old scores and find pawns among the outcast. When they cry for vengeance, the Living Sword must have a hand to wield it. A mortal it can reshape into the Earth Breaker, the Soul Taker, the Bane of All Things.

Find Bane of All Things at Inkshares, and find Leo at his website.

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

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

Cover reveal of Weekends Can Be Murder by Arlene Marks!

SF Canada member Arlene Marks will have a novel out in November! Weekends Can Be Murder is a paranormal mystery set in a Victorian-era summer home built on an island in Georgian Bay.

When murder mystery theatre becomes too real for comfort…

Firefighter Larry Holmes needs some time away. Out of other options, he agrees to take his cousin’s place at a crime fiction convention. Larry doesn’t like mystery novels, but he can enjoy the host resort’s amenities and stay out of the way. That plan goes out the window, however, when he arrives at the venue with the convention’s organizer, Selena Watt, and the close-knit Crime Club decides that with Holmes and Watt present, the game must be afoot.

Arlene is the creator of the ongoing Sic Transit Terra space opera series, among other current and upcoming novels. Her short fiction has appeared in various publications, including H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror, Polar Borealis, and Daily Science Fiction, and has most recently been gathered into a collection titled Imaginary Friends (May 2022, Brain Lag). Her website is thewritersnest.ca.

Preorder Weekends Can be Murder today!

River of Sons by Geoff Cole!

SF Canada member Geoff Cole’s story “River of Sons” was just published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies!
The story takes place in Brussels at the start of a very different World War One and features dueling sorcerers, unfortunate cabbage, and a chain-smoking mandarin duck!

New S&S stories by Geoff Hart!

SFC member Geoff Hart has just published a Fritz Leiber homage, with gender-swapped Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser and a few other flourishes, in Sword and Sorcery Magazine!

He’s also got a story in Crunchy with Ketchup — this one features Mouse with Freya!

Another story with the two protagonists is upcoming in Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 4, with a homage to M. Asterix and M. Obelix woven in!

Find more of Geoff’s work at geoff-hart.com