URGENT: New Zealand National Library

TO ALL MEMBERS:

 

A possible issue has come to our attention, and we wanted to pass it on quickly so that our members can spread the word to their agents and friends as soon as possible.

 

 Michael Swanwick’s blog has pointed out that the government of New Zealand is planning to upload the entirety of their Overseas Published Collection to the Internet Archive. While this collection contains many volumes which are in the public domain and are excellent candidates for digital preservation, it also includes  hundreds of books which are still under copyright, including several by recently deceased and still-living Canadian authors. Among them are many names that we can all recognize: Margaret Atwood, Guy Gavriel Kay, William Gibson, etc..

 
SF Canada Member Cory Doctorow has assured us that this donation will not be harmful to the authors whose books are included in the Archive. Modern books still under copyright are loaned with DRM attached, which makes them available to a single borrower at a time. The primary users of these scanned digital copies will likely be researchers and academics.

 

To learn more about how Controlled Digital Lending works through the Open Library, see this link:

https://openlibrary.org/help/faq/borrow

 

Authors and their representatives do have the right to opt out of this donation to the Archive. The Executive Board have already written quick notes to the agents and estate agents of Margaret Atwood, Guy Gavriel Kay and A.E. Van Vogt. If any of our members in Ontario have contact with The Bella Pomer Agency, who represent the great historical novelist Pauline Gedge, one of her books is about to be uploaded to the Archive as well.

This issue goes far beyond the Canadian border. Many American and U.K. writers are affected as well, including C.J. Cherryh and the estate of Brian Aldiss.

 

Many agents and authors may already be aware of this situation, and have already taken steps to opt out. But given that the government of New Zealand has not widely publicized its intentions, we believe it’s better to be safe than sorry, and to allow authors and their representatives to make their own choices in this matter.

 

Please take a look at the list yourself, and spread the link to download the database information widely.

 

Authors and their representatives have very little time to opt out–the deadline is December 1, 2021.

 

 

Thanks very much for your time.

 

The SF Canada Executive Board
President: Arinn Dembo (British Columbia)
Vice President: Matthew Bin (Ontario)
Secretary Treasurer: Jane Glatt (Ontario)
Director-at-Large: Robert Runté (British Columbia)
Web Administrator: Adam Israel (Ontario)

Augur Magazine Workshops for October

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Canada’s Augur Magazine is sponsoring a series of Sunday workshops in October!
 
  • October 17th, at 2PM EST: Slipping Between The Streams: What Makes Poetry Speculative? hosted by poet Tiffany Morris.
 
  • October 24th, at 2PM EST: Stronger Stories: Beginnings That Make Impressions – hosted by Arley Sorg, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fantasy Magazine.
 
  • October 31st, at 3PM EST: Editing Speculative Short Fiction: An Overview – hosted by Andrew Wilmot, co-publisher of Anathema: Spec from the Margins, and an associate/acquisitions editor for Poplar Press.
 
Workshops will be virtual, and take place through Zoom Meetings.
 
Participants can register through Eventbrite, with paid ($15 CAD) and PWYC options. Register now: https://www.augurmag.com/augur-workshops/

Memoriam: Doug Barbour, 1940-2021

an author's photo of Doug Barbour

 

SF Canada today mourns the loss of Doug Barbour, poet, critic, reviewer and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Alberta.

 

Barbour was a scholar and man of letters who belonged to many overlapping literary communities; for writers of speculative fiction he was perhaps most notable as president, founder, editor and contributor to Alberta’s NeWest Press.

 

His passing is an enormous loss to his family and friends, his students and colleagues, and to Canadian Literature as whole.

 

On September 24, 2021, just days before his death, the Book Publishers Association Of Alberta re-named their Best Speculative Fiction Book of the Year. Henceforth it will be known as the Douglas Barbour Award.

 

Author Rob McLennan has posted a tribute to Barbour here: https://robmclennan.blogspot.com/…/douglas-barbour…

And there is a brief obituary from NeWest Press here:

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/