A Diary in the Age of Water by Nina Munteanu

In June 2020, SF Canada member Nina Munteanu released her fourteenth book, cli-fi eco-novel A Diary in the Age of Water (Inanna Publications).

A Diary in the Age of Water follows the climate-induced journey of Earth and humanity through four generations of women, each with a unique relationship to water.

Centuries from now, in a dying boreal forest in what used to be northern Canada, Kyo, a young acolyte called to service in the Exodus, yearns for Earth’s past—the Age of Water, before the “Water Twins” destroyed humanity. Looking for answers and plagued by vivid dreams of this holocaust, Kyo discovers the diary of Lynna, a limnologist from a time just prior to the destruction. The diary spans a 20-year period in the mid-20th century and describes a planet in the grip of severe water scarcity. Lynna, in her work for a global giant that controls and manipulates Earth’s water, witnesses and records the disturbing events that will soon lead to humanity’s demise.

“Evoking Ursula LeGuin’s unflinching humane and moral authority, Nina Munteanu takes us into the lives of four generations of women and their battles against a global giant that controls and manipulates Earth’s water. In a diary that entwines acute scientific observation with poignant personal reflection, Lynna’s story unfolds incrementally, like climate change itself. Particularly harrowing are the neighbourhood water betrayals, along with Lynna’s deliberately dehydrated appearance meant to deflect attention from her own clandestine water collection.”—LYNN HUTCHINSON LEE, multimedia artist, author, and playwright

 

“Lyrical and dystopian, ‘A Diary in the Age of Water’ is as much an ode to water as it is a cautionary tale about the dire implications of climate change.”—FOREWORD CLARION 5-STAR REVIEW

 

“In poetic prose with sober factual basis, Munteanu transmutes a harrowing dystopia into a transcendentalist origin myth. An original cautionary tale that combines a family drama with an environmental treatise.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS

 

“An exceptional and thought-provoking dystopian fiction.”—LITERARY TITAN

 

’A Diary’ is a brilliant story…Munteanu writes with fresh, stimulating style.”
—CRAIG H. BOWLSBY, author of The Knights of Winter

 

“The story like water itself fills you, moves you, hypnotizes you, and eventually, totally engulfs you.”—GOODREADS REVIEW

 

“Thoroughly researched and cleverly executed, A Diary in the Age of Water is a must-read, especially for those who are longing for nature, and touch, while fearing both.”

—CARAMOYNES, Amazon Review

Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist / limnologist and award-winning novelist and short story writer. She is co-editor of Europa SF and currently teaches writing courses at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Nina has coached writers to publication for several decades using her Alien Guidebook Series writing guides.  Nina’s non-fiction book “Water Is…” by Pixl Press was selected by Margaret Atwood in the New York Times ‘Year in Reading’ and was chosen as the 2017 Summer Read by Water Canada.

Visit www.ninamunteanu.ca for the latest on her books, short stories and essays. For more about Nina’s coaching and writing workshops, visit www.ninamunteanu.me. You can also find Nina on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.

A Diary in the Age of Water can be purchased through Amazon,Chapters-Indigo,Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Inanna Publications.

 

Orthicon by David Perlmutter

SF Canada member David Perlmutter has just released his debut novel, Orthicon. The story draws on David’s many years of studying animation and cartoons.

This sci-fi/fantasy world is based on the idea of cartoon characters being real living people. Orthicon’s plot follows their exile from Earth into space, carried out by the US government. We see the creation, rise, and fall of the Cartoon Character Colony of Orthicon (CCCO) located on the planet of the same name.

“This is Orthicon,” he said. “A sub-orbital lunar projectile located approximately twenty-five million lightyears from Earth. The U.S. government discovered it during the Apollo missions in the 1970s, but we had to keep it a secret from the rest of the world, lest Russia found out about it, for obvious reasons. We have spent approximately thirty years terraforming…”

This was a new term to me, so I asked what it meant.

“Haven’t you read any science fiction?”

“I have never been much of a reader, sir,” I said.

“Well, all you need to know is that it means to make an alien planet look and feel as much like Earth as possible, and therefore, allow Earth people to settle and colonize the planet’s territory!”

These cartoon characters, creatures of ink and paint, may have been created by human minds, but they are remarkably lucid and intelligent. Are they threats to their human creators? Or simply discarded commodities?

David Perlmutter is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His published works include the non-fiction books America ‘Toons In: A History Of Television Animation (McFarland and Co.) and The Encyclopedia Of American Animated Television Shows (Rowman and Littlefield); as well as a number of speculative fiction collections and novellas, including Orthicon (September 2020). His short stories can be read on Curious Fictions and Medium, and his essays on Vocal.

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Order your copy of Orthicon via Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and Draft2Digital.

Daughter of Earth & Fire, The Fledgling by Sandra A Hunter

SF Canada member Sandra A Hunter recently released Book 1 in her new Dragon Heir series. Daughter of Earth & Fire, The Fledgling is an urban fantasy novel.

Daughter of Earth & Fire follows protagonist Jayda along with a group of human/dragon shifters who work as flight instructors. They are swept up in a hidden climate war with the future of our planet at stake.

A genetic marker, carried in Jayda’s bloodline for two millennia, catches the attention of the ruling Black Dragons, who in their human guise, operate a flight school at North Fraser Airport. The Dragons learn, however, that Jayda is beloved of the Earth Mother Elemental, and She too has plans for the young woman…

 

Suddenly thrust into the Dragons’ world, Jayda learns that a realm of magic underlies everything she’d previously taken for reality—especially the ancient and ongoing war against the Naga Serpents, a war that must be conducted without humankind’s awareness…

“This book is a great beginning to a new series. The characters and storyline are well developed and easily draw the reader into the story’s world. A fun read that will leave you wanting more of the characters and the stories that are waiting to be told.” – Amazon reviewer

Sandra A Hunter has always lived at the edges of ocean and forest in the Pacific Northwest, so it came naturally to have a sentient forest as a major character in her Elanraigh series (YA/Adult High Fantasy) beginning with The Guardian Forest (published 2019) and its sequel A Scourge of Shadows (coming 2020).

She won the Dante Rossetti Award in 2014 for Elanraigh: The Vow. Sandra’s short story “And the Coyotes Sang” won Spinetingler’s Dark Fiction Writing Competition. Sandra has been published by Caliburn Press, On Spec, Gaslight, Lynx, and Women & Recovery.

Learn more about Sandra and explore her other titles at sandraahunter.com.

Order your copy of Daughter of Earth & Fire, The Fledgling via Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.

 

Issue 15 of Polar Borealis Available for Download

Polar Borealis Issue 15The latest issue of Polar Borealis, edited by SF Canada member R. Graeme Cameron, was published this past June.

Discover poetry from SF Canada members Melanie Marttila and Lisa Timpf, along with fiction from Robert Runté.

Graeme has been nominated for a 2020 Aurora Award for both Polar Borealis and Amazing Stories.

Polar Borealis is currently closed to poetry and fiction submissions, but is open for cover art. Check the website for an announcement in February 2021 regarding the next submissions window.

Download Issue 15 for free. Visit polarborealis.ca to view back issues and find more information about this paying market.

“Billy Ray’s Small Appliance Rehabilitation” by Geoffrey W. Cole

SF Canada member Geoffrey W. Cole’s novelette “Billy Ray’s Small Appliance Rehabilitation” was recently published in the environmental justice magazine, Reckoning 4. Guest-edited by Danika Dinsmore and (the Hugo, Nebula and Locus Award nominated!) Arkady Martine, this issue focuses on the challenges of urban environments.

“A sobering burst of dynamic stories, poems, and essays that struggle with our overheating world. Arkady Martine and Danika Dinsmore have assembled a powerful collection for our unique time.” —Tobias Buckell, co-author (with Paolo Bacigalupi) of The Tangled Lands

Geoffrey W. Cole is an award-winning author, an engineer, a father of three, and a loving husband. Previously, he was a Segway tour leader in Rome, a Lego robotics instructor, a grizzly-bear handler, and a rock-n-roll singer. He enjoys back-country skiing, surfing, canoeing, cycling, roleplaying games, board games, fencing, running, and staring at trees. Geoff has degrees in biology, engineering, and an MFA in creative writing. He lives in Toronto, Canada. Geoff is a member of SF Canada and SFWA. Visit Geoff at www.geoffreywcole.com.

Read Geoff’s story here and subscribe to Reckoning today.

Flights of Marigold by Susan Forest

SF Canada member, Susan Forest, will launch her novel, Flights of Marigold, (Laksa Media Groups) this August at When Words Collide.

The novel tells the story of Meg and Janat Falkyn, fugitive daughters of an imperial magiel, who escape to the edge of the world to restore their people’s access to their Gods—by recapturing a fabled prayer stone. But to accomplish the theft, whom can they trust? The ambitious High King’s sister thirsts for power. A calculating regent enriches himself with a steam-driven textile monopoly. A charming swindler sets up an elaborate scheme. And unraveling secrets hidden in castles, alleyways, and brothels threaten to expose everything. With rebels stalking the sisters, and the High King’s armies on the march, Meg’s time is up.

Flights of Marigold is a Publishers Lunch Buzz Books 2020 Selection.

“Forest skillfully uses her fantasy setting to spin a tale of addiction and familial loyalty…sure to satisfy readers who are invested in the Falconer sisters’ story lines.” –Publishers’ Weekly

The book is an action-adventure epic fantasy, but it deals with the issue of addictions, and it is the publisher’s hope that the topic will help to generate discussion to remove stigma, and possibly lead to positive action in support of this important issue.

The launch, on August 15, 2020, is an online event scheduled for 2:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time, and is open to everyone.

Susan Forest grew up in a family of mountaineers and skiers, and she loves adventure. She also loves the big ideas found in SF/F, and finds fast-paced adventure stories a great place to explore how individuals grapple with complex moral decisions. Susan is also an award-winning fiction editor, has published over 25 short stories (four were finalists for Canada’s Prix Aurora Award), and has appeared at many international writing conventions. She loves travel and has been known to dictate novels from the back of her husband’s motorcycle.

Flights of Marigold is available for pre-order at AmazonBarnes&NobleIndieboundRakuten/KoboiBooks, and Overdrive.