Axis of Andes: World War Two in South America by D.G. Valdron

SF Canada member D.G. Valdron recently released a two-part alternate history chronicle of a second world war in South America.

Axis of Andes is a stunning alternate history, exploring the baroque and tragic journey of Latin America from independence to the depression, and chronicling a dark history that might have been. A tiny change ends up altering the outcome of an election. Rippling outwards, Fascist movements gain more momentum, local politics unravel in new directions. Dominos cascade as the war spreads steadily, involving country after country in a death struggle.

Deep examinations of the history, societies and economies of each combatant reveal the underlying tensions and stresses, the fault lines and tectonic divides that drive the internal politics and international agendas of each combatant. We see scenes of the war and the combatants from their own perspective as the world falls apart around them. Written as both a history and as a series of compelling narratives,

The Axis of Andes is the first part of a two-part Alternate History series which ultimately rewrites the map of South America. Volume One begins the war with the Invasion of Ecuador, the March on Lima, expanding to trench warfare between Peru and Chile, sea battles between Chile and Peru, and a jungle war slowly spreading through the interior.

Reviews for Axis of Andes:

“Valdron’s alternate history is packed with credible variations of actual events which add quirky interest to the fictional trends he extrapolates from the historical infrastructure. … At no time does his fiction seem improbable or unlikely. It all seems to make sense. Internal consistency is one of the great strengths of this book.” – R. Graeme Cameron, Amazing Stories
“It is about the Ecuador-Peru war of 1941, in our timeline a minor conflict in which less than 2,000 people died which went almost unnoticed among the drama of the Second World War. In Valdron’s books however it ignites into a far more bloody affair and South America sees some of the hell that Europe and Asia experienced. … This is a book with an imaginative premise, genuine historical knowledge about areas of the world which we don’t think about as much in the west.” – Gary Oswald, Sea Lion Press
“In a well outlined 1940 South America, Peru, Ecuador and Chile stumble / drift into a war over mostly worthless border territories with a heavy dose of avenging offended national honour layered in. … This first volume ends with things still up in the air: the opposing camps do not have the means to deliver a knockout punch. The follow up should be worth reading.” – Amazon reviewer

D.G. Valdron is a wayward Maritimer, born on the north shore of New Brunswick. His father was a mechanic, his grandfather a carpenter, which provided Valdron with an arsenal of skills, a work ethic, and a practical approach to life. D.G. is currently a lawyer working in the field of aboriginal rights, but has also worked as a mechanic, carpenter, projectionist, cook, waiter, woodcutter ditch-digger, journalist and school teacher.

The Axis of Andes books are available through Amazon.

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.

Dale L. Sproule on The Majestic Mutt

SF Canada member Dale L. Sproule was recently interviewed by Akhil Chawla, host of The Majestic Mutt. This podcast explores the brave new world of multiple careers and side hustles in the post 9-5 era.

In the interview below, Dale talks to Akhil about writing as a career, his latest novel The Human Template, as well as The Carnivorous Forest and other fiction projects.

Dale L. Sproule is a writer who has published over 50 short stories in a wide range of media. In the late 90’s he co-published/edited a magazine called TransVersionsLiterature of the Fantastic. The magazine sought out work that came at the genre sideways and published work by a wide range of amazing voices. He has been privileged to interview some amazing writers and has published dozens of non-fiction articles for venues ranging from SF Signal to Books in Canada, from AE Science Fiction to Rue Morgue. Learn more about Dale and his work at dalelsproule.com.

Dreams of the Moon by Lorina Stephens

SF Canada member Lorina Stephens is launching, Dreams of The Moon, a collection of 10 fantastica short stories.

Darkness and light. Wonder and sorrow. The ambiguity, sometimes, of reflected illumination.

In this new collection of both previously published and new short fiction, Lorina presents a progression from darker, sometimes horrific stories which explore religious mythology, mental health, and the beloved dead, to the more light-hearted explorations of spirit guides and illustrations made manifest.

“Dreams of the Moon is a good example of a collection of pieces relating to universal themes addressed in an eminently readable and relatable manner which I believe every reader will find interesting, entertaining, and above all, personally meaningful.” – R. Graeme Cameron

Learn more about Dreams of The Moon at an online launch tomorrow via a live Zoom presentation.

SF Canada Zoom Meeting & Lorina Stephens Book Launch

Time: Jun 8, 2021 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83475737519?pwd=TzZwclAwMEVLUGZrUklUVzNGRWhVZz09

Meeting ID: 834 7573 7519

Passcode: 321877

Lorina Stephens has worked all sides of the publishing desk: writer, editor, publisher. From freelance journalist for regional and national periodicals, to editor of a regional lifestyle magazine and then her own publishing house, she has been in the industry since 1980. Lorina has witnessed publishing evolve into the dynamic form of self-expression which exists today. For 12 years she operated Five Rivers Publishing as a house which would give voice to Canadian authors. Her short fiction has appeared in literary and genre publications, novels under her own house, Five Rivers Publishing, non-fiction under Boston Mills Press and an anthology co-edited with Susan MacGregor, Tesseracts 22: Alchemy and Artifacts.

Learn more about Lorina and explore her other titles at fiveriverspublishing.com.

Order your copy of Dreams of The Moon through Five Rivers, Amazon, or Kobo.

Naïda by Scott Overton

SF Canada member Scott Overton just launched a new novel about an alien artifact found in a northern Ontario lake. Naïda is the story of how this artifact changes its discoverer, Michael Hart, in a way that has implications for the whole world.

The glowing structure at the bottom of a lonely northern lake is clearly not of this Earth, but scuba diver Michael Hart can’t stay away. It could be a scientific treasure like no other. It could be a trap. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be someone special.

The alien artifact is ancient but not abandoned, and what it offers will change him forever, leaving him with astonishing abilities and a destiny he would never have imagined. Except it might be a destiny he no longer controls. He might not even be human anymore.

Ocean researcher Sakiko Matthews is desperate to find a cure for Earth’s dying seas, willing to put her career on the line to learn the answers she needs. In Michael Hart she finds a mysterious ally who could be the key to her success, but the price will be terribly high.

The very future of the human race is in the balance, and the actions Michael takes will make him a hero, or the greatest traitor the world has ever known.

Because he is no longer alone, not even in his own body.

There is another.

Naïda.

As the host of a radio morning show for most of his 30+ years in broadcasting, Scott Overton entertained and informed thousands of groggy people as they faced each new day. He brings those same skills and perspectives to his writing, which includes science fiction and fantasy, mainstream and thriller fiction, and even a children’s book.

Scott’s debut novel Dead Air was first published by Scrivener Press. Read a sample chapter, watch the book trailer, and more here. His short stories have been published in On Spec, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, the anthologies Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound, Doomology: The Dawning Of Disasters, Canadian Tales of the Fantastic and elsewhere. Scott’s a member of the Canadian Authors Association, SFCanada, and a past President of the Sudbury Writers Guild.

Learn more about Scott’s writing at scottoverton.ca.

Purchase your copy of Naïda from Amazon, Kobo, and other booksellers.

A Virtual Campfire Tale with Mark Leslie

Join SF Canada member Mark Leslie for a virtual event tomorrow, Tuesday April 13, 2021 at 7 PM EST. Mark will be live reading “The Shadow Men” a short story meant to be read around a campfire.

Mark’s reading will be live streamed to YouTube and Facebook, with an interactive chance to ask questions as well as some prizes randomly drawn from those who comment.

Register in advance for an extra chance to win one of Mark’s audiobooks.