SF Canada member Sherry D. Ramsey’s debut novel, One’s Aspect to the Sun, launched recently at Hal-Con Science Fiction and Fantasy convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The novel is published by Alberta’s Tyche Books.
From the back cover:
Captain Luta Paixon of the far trader Tane Ikai needs to know why she looks like a woman in her thirties-even though she’s actually eighty-four. She isn’t the only one desperate for that information.
The explanation might lie with her geneticist mother, who disappeared over sixty years ago, but even if her mother is still alive, it’s proving to be no small task to track her down in the vast, wormhole-ridden expanse of Nearspace. With the ruthless PrimeCorp bent on obtaining Luta’s DNA at any cost, her ninety-year-old husband asking for one last favor, and her estranged daughter locking horns with her at every turn, Luta’s search for answers will take her to the furthest reaches of space–and deep inside her own heart.
Described as a “space opera with heart,” the novel tackles themes of immortality, aging, genetic engineering and family, across a galaxy-spanning backdrop of space traders, corporate interests, and wormhole travel.
The book is available in print and multiformat ebook at all major online sellers. For more information visit Tyche Books or Sherry’s website.
This fall Nina Munteanu will be teaching a course on how to write science fiction at George Brown College in Toronto.
The 12 week course that starts on Wednesday September 18th (6:15 to 9:15 pm) through to December 4th 2013 will focus on writing science fiction toward publication.
The Course will explore the essential tools used in the genre, including:
- world building
- premise and story promise
- plot approaches
- language and style
- promotion and marketing
The downtown George Brown campus is located on King Street in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Third Person Press, a small, independent press based on Cape Breton Island, NS, has recently launched an Indiegogo campaign in support of its upcoming release, Grey Area: 13 Ghost Stories. SFC member Sherry D. Ramsey is one-third of the press’s editorial staff, and explains the signficiance of the campaign:
The benefit of crowd-funding platforms, like Indiegogo campaigns, is that they provide up-front funding so that small, independent creators can avoid heavy debt loads and reliance on funding avenues that may dry up in the future.
Third Person Press’s mission is to find, nurture, publish, promote and pay regional writers of speculative fiction. We think we’re filling a niche in a way that lets new and established voices share their stories with a wider audience.
The Grey Area campaign includes perks such as laminated bookmarks, spooky post cards (“ghost cards”), print and/or ebook copies of Grey Area and the other titles from Third Person Press, limited-edition handmade jewelry, and original artwork. Special rewards for writers include online writing courses, editing services, and cover art. All perks are transferable; supporters can double their good karma by donating and giving the perks to someone else as a gift. Everyone will receive an acknowledgement of thanks with their name listed on the Third Person Press website and Facebook page as well as having the satisfaction of having encouraged and literally supported regional SFF writers.
The campaign runs until September 15th. All the details and the campaign video are on the main page here: http://igg.me/at/grey-area/x/1156437
An interview with SFC member and New Brunswick author K.V. Johansen, “Pirate Queen in Macedonia,” is currently up at the Canadian Writers Abroad blog. Check out the interview and hear about K.V.’s adventures here: http://canadianwritersabroad.com/2013/07/09/pirate-queen-in-macedonia/
Paul Marlowe’s latest news (aside from joining SF Canada) is that his short story collection Ether Frolics was shortlisted last month for the 16th annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award, which recognizes the best debut English-language collection of short fiction by a Canadian author.
“Marlowe offers a neatly controlled yet artfully wild and original sense of the bizarre and otherworldly. A unique collection that deserves readers.” – Danuta Gleed Literary Award Jury
The collection was also reviewed recently:
“Marlowe’s stories are detailed, quirky, with a good sense of humour, but not without some dark, deft touches of horror…” – Craig Pinhey, Telegraph-Journal
Arts East has an interview regarding Ether Frolics, the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, and writing, at: http://artseast.blogspot.com/2013/06/author-paul-marlowe.html
There’s more on the book & author at: http://www.paulmarlowe.com
A collection of Eileen Kernaghan’s published speculative short stories, Dragon-Rain and Other Stories, is now available as an Amazon kindle e-book.