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

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!

‘A Collection of Secrets’ by Rhea Rose

‘A Collection of Secrets’  is now out in Pulp Literature #35! In this new story by SFC member Rhea Rose, a young collector discovers the power of nature — and nurture.

Rhea says: “I know mermaids are popular, and many stories are written about them. When writing about popular creatures, a writer wants a new twist, a new lens through which to experience them. … I wanted my mermaids to have agency and power, be a force for the planet, and get some payback for the damage done to their world from polluting plastics. I wanted them to be more than sexy sirens.“

Rhea is also the featured author of this issue — be sure to read the interview too!

Rhea Rose has published many Canadian speculative short-fiction stories and poems. She is a three-time Aurora Award nominee, and is currently nominated a fourth time, for her editorial work and writing in Polar Starlight, an online zine of speculative poetry by Canadian authors.

Be sure to read an excerpt from ‘A Collection of Secrets’ here, and buy Issue #35 here!

“Boomer Trap” by Dale L. Sproule

Dale L. Sproule’s latest publication is “Boomer Trap” appearing now in Dark Recesses Webzine!

Dale L. Sproule has over 50 published stories and hundreds of articles, interviews, and poems. His work has most recently appeared in The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir; That is SO Wrong; Emanations 9; Theme of Absence and The Colored Lens. He is the author of four books; short story collections Psychedelia Gothique and Psychedelia Noir and the novels The Human Template and Escape from the Carnivorous Forest (Oct 2022).

His website is dalelsproule.com and his blog is dlsproule.blogspot.com

“Warning” by Bernadette Gabay Dyer

SFC member Bernadette Gabay Dyer‘s latest publication is “Warning”, a poem in I Become The Beast, the Australian horror and speculative poetry magazine.

Bernadette Gabay Dyer was born in Kingston Jamaica, and has lived in Toronto, Canada for many years. She is a poet, a storyteller, an artist, a playwright, and the author of four novels and two short story collections. Her work has been widely anthologized, and her poetry and short stories have appeared in the University of Miami Journal, as well as in Wasafiri from St Mary’s University in London England.

Bernadette’s latest novel, Santiago’s Purple Skies at Morning’s Light, is available here, and her two collections, Stone Woman and Segovia Stories, are available at Mosaic Press.