The War Beneath by Timothy S. Johnston

SF Canada member Timothy S. Johnston recently published his fourth novel, The War Beneath, a science fiction thriller set in an undersea world.

Living and working underwater can be a dangerous thing. First the bulkheads sweat, then there’s a trickle of water . . .

. . . and then in an instant you’re gone. The only thing left is a bloody pulp in the dark water and crushed bone fragments on the seafloor.

And you can’t bolt to the surface in an emergency. . . . The bends will get you.

But that’s not the worst. When you’re living underwater and also working as a spy for your city, that’s when things get really dangerous.

Truman McClusky has been out of the intelligence business for years, working the kelp farms and helping his city Trieste flourish on the shallow continental shelf just off the coast of Florida. Until his former partner shows up, that is, steals a piece of valuable new technology and makes a mad dash into the Atlantic. Before he knows it, Mac ends up back in the game, chasing the spy to not only recapture the tech, but to kill his former friend.

But when he learns the grim truth behind the theft, it sends his stable life into turmoil and plunges him into an even deadlier mission: evade the submarines of hostile foreign powers, escape assassins, and forge through the world’s oceans at breakneck pace on a daring quest to survive, with more lethal secrets than he thought possible in his pocket.

The future of the city depends on McClusky . . . if he can make it back home.

The War Beneath is available in various formats at Timothy’s website.

Timothy S. Johnston is a lifelong fan of thrillers and science fiction thrillers in both print and film. His greatest desire is to contribute to the genre which has given him so much over the past four decades. He wishes he could personally thank every novelist, screenwriter, filmmaker, director and actor who has ever inspired him to tell great stories. He has been an educator for twenty years and a writer for thirty. He lives on planet Earth, but he dreams of the stars. Visit www.timothysjohnston.com to register for news alerts, read his blog and reviews, and learn more about his current and upcoming thrillers. Timothy is the author of futuristic murder mystery/thrillers THE FURNACE, THE FREEZER, and THE VOID. Follow Timothy on Facebook @TSJAuthor and Twitter @TSJ_Author.

“Safebuoys” by Wes Smiderle

SF Canada member Wes Smiderle recently had his first piece of flash fiction published. “Safebuoys” appears in Flash Fiction Online, the long-running, professionally-paying online monthly magazine specializing in short stories told in 1000 words or fewer.

Wes writes in a variety of genres. His short story “Maisie’s Safehouse” was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing, while his story “Alouette” was nominated for an Aurora Award. His short story “Shriek Season,” published in the 2015 Spring edition of On Spec, is set in a world where families resort to living in hovering ‘mag-rez’ houses to avoid catastrophic weather. Tangent Online called it “a fascinating read.”

Smiderle is a former reporter and editor and has written for daily and weekly newspapers. His three-part feature on youth mental health earned an Ontario Community Newspaper Award. He is currently working on a novelization of “Shriek Season.”

He lives and writes in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife, Amanda, and their three children, Gwendolyn, Samuel and Griffin.

David Perlmutter in Shoreline of Infinity anthology

SF Canada member David Perlmutter’s story, “The Brat and the Burly Qs”, was recently selected for the “best of” anthology from Shoreline of Infinity: The Chosen from the First Age. After only 3 years in existence Shoreline of Infinity Science Fiction Magazine won the British Fantasy Society Award 2018 for best magazine/periodical. To celebrate this occasion, they published a selection of stories from Issues 1-10 as worthy ambassadors for the magazine. Together these stories represent the character of the magazine – welcoming, challenging, enthralling, and a touch mischievous.

David Perlmutter is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is the author of America Toons In: A History of Television Animation, The Singular Adventures Of Jefferson Ball, The Pups, Certain Private Conversations and Other Stories (Aurora Publishing), Honey and Salt, and more. David was recently showcased on Aurelia Leo’s Speculative Fiction Friday.  Find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

“Raiders of the Lost World” by Ron S. Friedman

SF Canada member Ron S. Friedman recently had a story appear in Aradia’s Gunsmoke & Dragonfire anthology. “Raiders of the Lost World” involves a WWI pilot shot down over the Amazon who must survive Germans, crazy scientists, the jungle, and dinosaurs.

Ron’s debut novel, Typhoon Time, was released by WordFire Press in March 2018. His short stories have appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Daily Science Fiction, and in other magazines and anthologies.

To explore Ron’s story and many more in the grand pulp fiction tradition–everything from weird westerns, to sci-fi and space westerns, to post-apocalyptic westerns, alternate history, time travel, and cattlepunk–purchase Gunsmoke & Dragonfire today!

Appropriately Aggressive: Essays About Books, Corgis, and Feminism

SF Canada member Krista D. Ball has recently published her 20th book, an eclectic collection of essays about science fiction and fantasy publishing, social media rants about sexism, and a generous sprinkle of stories, favourite things, and writing advice. “If one more rando tells me that women have to be raped in fantasy because that’s how it was back then, I am going to cut someone. With a spoon.”

With titles like “Strong Female Characters vs. Varied Female Characters”, “Self Publishing is not a Meritocracy”, and “There’s room for All of Us at Fantasy Inn”, these enlightening and entertaining essays represent, in Krista’s own words, “copious bottles of Chablis, a shocking amount of poutine, and many supportive furry animal hugs.”

Inhale this fascinating series of essays at Amazon Canada and Amazon U.S.

Poetry by Dominik Parisien

SF Canada member Dominik Parisien’s latest publication is a poetry chapbook. We, Old Young Ones was just published by Frog Hollow Press. The chapbook is part of their Dis/Ability series and explores disability, linguistics of pain, family, and intergenerational dynamics. It includes poems published in Uncanny, Strange Horizons, Augur, and Goblin Fruit, and traditional literary journals.

The artwork is by UK artist Immy Smith and is part of a project using Morse Code as a drawing method to illustrate the everyday ableist language disabled people face.

Dominik Parisien is the co-editor, with Navah Wolfe, of Robots vs Fairies, and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the Shirley Jackson Award and was a finalist for the World Fantasy award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award. He also co-edited Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry. Dominik’s fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Quill & Quire, The Fiddlehead, Exile: The Literary Quarterly, as well as other magazines and anthologies. He is a disabled, bisexual, French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.

The table of contents and the opening poem of We, Old Young Ones can be read as a .pdf here and the chapbook is available for purchase here.