Polar Borealis new issue!

Issue #13 of Polar Borealis, edited by SF Canada member Richard Graeme Cameron, is now out. This Canadian online science fiction magazine enters its fourth year with a bang!

Read fiction and poetry by SF Canada members Lisa Timpf, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Geoffrey Hart, and Jean-Louis Trudel, along with many other fine writers.

Submissions are open until the end of February — new unpublished Canadian writers are especially encouraged to submit. Authors are paid.

Download this and past issues as a .pdf for free at Polar Borealis and show your support via the GoFundMe.

(cover art by Lily Blaze)

Nina Munteanu launches Age of Water podcast

Age of Water, the new podcast produced by SF Canada member Nina Munteanu and writer/technologist Claudiu Murgan interviews scientists, journalists, writers, academia and innovators who share their knowledge and opinions about the real state of the environment and what committed individuals and groups are doing to make a difference. They talk about the problems and they talk about the solutions.

We are now living in the Age of Water. Water is the new “gold”, with individuals, corporations and countries positioning themselves around this precious resource. Many already struggle with scarcity and pollution. All too soon, water—its quality, its possession, its distribution—will define a person’s security, comfort, wealth, and even identity. Water is changing everything.

The format of the podcast is a combination of chat cast and informal interview, covering everything from breaking environmental news to evergreen material. This includes human interest stories, readings of eco-literature, discussion of film and other media productions of interest.

Recent interviewees include SF Canada member Candas Jane Dorsey who talks about her award-winning stories, teaching at university, what eco-fiction means, and how writers can be “sneaky.” Listen to it here.

Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist/limnologist and internationally published author of award-winning speculative novels, short stories and non-fiction. She is co-editor of Europa SF and currently teaches writing courses at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Her latest book, Water Is…, is a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist. Water Is… was recently picked by Margaret Atwood in the NY Times as 2016 ‘The Year in Reading’. Nina’s latest novel, A Diary in the Age of Water, will be released by Inanna Publications in 2020. Preorder it today.

Find Nina at ninamunteanu.ca, ninamunteanu.me, and themeaningofwater.com.

And find the Age of Water podcast here.

 

The Martian in the Greenhouse — Geoffrey W. Cole

SF Canada member Geoffrey W. Cole’s novelette “The Martian in the Greenhouse” appears in Metaphorosis’ December 2019 issue in both print and podcast.

“Can you sit?” Honoré awoke to find herself lying on a cot in a little room full of mostly empty boxes of medicine and medical supplies. The woman who had asked the question loomed over Honoré. Pale, oily skin stretched tight over thick bones. Grey hair tied up in a bun. Ice-blue eyes set deep. “Shush,” the woman said. Honoré realized she’d been moaning in pain. It felt like she was steeping her extremities in …

Geoffrey W. Cole is an award-winning author, an engineer, a father of three, and a loving husband. Previously, he was a Segway tour leader in Rome, a Lego robotics instructor, a grizzly-bear handler, and a rock-n-roll singer. He enjoys back-country skiing, surfing, canoeing, cycling, roleplaying games, board games, fencing, running, and staring at trees. Geoff has degrees in biology, engineering, and an MFA in creative writing. He lives in Toronto, Canada. Geoff is a member of SF Canada and SFWA. Visit Geoff at www.geoffreywcole.com.

Lessons from the ER: How Melissa Yi Balances Writing and Medicine


SF Canada member Melissa Yi, an emergency room physician and author, discusses how she balances being a writer and part-time doctor on the latest Kobo Writing Life Podcast . She discusses how her work experiences have made their way into her Hope Sze Medical Mystery Series and she shares some of her favourite emergency room stories.

The Kobo Writing Life Podcast shares free insights and inspiration for self-published writers. It features interviews with bestselling authors and industry experts, who share practical writing advice.

Melissa Yi is an award-winning writer. In her newest crime novel, Death Flight, Dr. Hope Sze boards an airplane with the love of her life—and a secret murderer. Human Remains, the previous Hope Sze thriller, was recommended by The Globe and Mail, CBC Books, and The Next Chapter as one of the best Canadian suspense novels. Yi was shortlisted for the Derringer Award for the world’s best short mystery fiction. Under the name Melissa Yuan-Innes, she also writes medical humour and has won speculative fiction awards.

Find Lesson #169 on the Kobo Writing Life Podcast and find Melissa’s books here.

Santiago’s Purple Skies at Morning’s Light

SF Canada member Bernadette Dyer’s latest speculative fiction novel, Santiago’s Purple Skies at Morning’s Light, carries you from Ireland, to remote northern Ontario, to the big city of Toronto and all the way to Jamaica. The teenaged heroine, Irish-Canadian, Kathleen Dunkley, is desperate to leave her haunting pasts and horrific tragedies behind her.

Through her coming-of-age journey, Kathleen soon learns that the witch of Rose Hall was originally from Irish stock and there is also a mysterious ghost boy called Santiago, inhabiting the house where she is staying. Kathleen is left to ponder why spooks have caught up with her, and if her new found Chinese-Jamaican friend, David Chang, can help to defend her from harm.

This moving story of survival is a page turner for just about anyone that likes adventure.

Find Santiago’s Purple Skies at Morning’s Light at Amazon.

Now out!: Nothing Without Us

SF member Cait Gordon recently co-edited Nothing Without Us (along with sensitivity editor Talia C. Johnson), producing an anthology filled with protagonists who identify as disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage mental health. Published by Presses Renaissance Press, one of the twenty-two own-voice stories is by SF member Tonya Liburd.

“Can you recommend fiction that has main characters who are like us?” This is a question we who are disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage mental illness ask way too often. Typically, we’re faced with stories about us crafted by people who really don’t get us. We’re turned into pathetic, tragic souls; we merely exist to inspire the abled main characters to thrive; or even worse, we’re to overcome “what’s wrong with us” and be cured.

Nothing Without Us combines both realistic and speculative fiction, starring protagonists who are written “by us and for us.” From hospital halls to jungle villages, from within the fantastical plane to deep into outer space, our heroes take us on a journey, make us think, and prompt us to cheer them on.

These are bold tales, told in our voices, which are important for everyone to experience.

We are the heroes, not the sidekicks.

Cait (pronounced like cat) Gordon is the author of Life in the ‘Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. Her short story, “A Night at the Rabbit Hole”, appears in Alice Unbound Beyond Wonderland. Another short story, “The Hilltop Gathering”, is in the Prix Aurora Awards nominated anthology, We Shall Be Monsters.

When she’s not writing, Cait loves to bake, eat what she’s baked, and maybe think about baking more things. She adores cosplay so much that she’s decided she needs a costume closet. Cait’s also a singer and a musician. Her musical tastes range from “awesome” to “please don’t judge me.”

She’s frighteningly friendly, so reach out to her on Twitter (@CaitGAuthor).

Read author interviews on the Nothing Without Us website.

Purchase the paperback, ebook, and audiobook directly from Renaissance Press’ online shop.