New Novella from Ursula Pflug, “Down From”

SF Canada member Ursula Pflug has recently released a new novella, the portal fantasy “Down From,” with UK-based small press Snuggly Books.

On nice days the witch Sandrine, a wife and mother of two (or is it three?) canoes along The Stream of Consciousness to the outskirts of town where her friend Vienna lives on the edge of a swamp. At Hartwood portals litter the paths, big as dinner plates, but only if you have an eye for that sort of thing. Sometimes Vienna, who does, outlines them in circles of wildflowers or pastel chalk, to alert the unwary who might otherwise be whisked away. Instead, Vienna tells her, Sandrine should explore the disused upstairs bedrooms, haunted not by the ghosts of former inhabitants but by alternate worlds, one behind each of many brightly painted doors.

What kind of world is behind each door? How to pick? Behind Pomme Verte, the door she finally tries, Sandrine meets a tall young man with red hair, who may be a son she didn’t know she had. Is it possible that in the other worlds one has children who are searching for their biological mothers–just as if they had been adopted by a human and not, as it were, by another world? Only one way to find out.

Publishers Weekly says:

“Pflug’s haunting novella is as oblique and slippery as its protagonist, Sandrine, a traveler between worlds who is first encountered returning from “astral adventures” that have left her disoriented and uncertain: her husband may be named Randy, Mike, or River, and she has either two or three children. (“Don’t forget you have a girl,” she reminds herself; “girls don’t like that, not at all.”) Sandrine worries about environmental damage and the politics of food, tries to recenter herself with her family, and confronts the unexpected ways in which the secrets and struggles of her best friend, Vienna, intersect with Sandrine’s own. Pflug’s prose is deceptively direct: much is stated but still more is hinted at in a setting where witches and telepaths are as much a fact of life as cell phones, and behind the bluntness of Sandrine’s inner monologue are startling depths of grief and loss. The work feels unfinished, but in the way a poem might: the narrative denouement leaves the door open for the reader’s own thoughts. (Apr.)”

The book is available in Canada from Amazon.caChapters Indigo, and other sellers.

Prairie Starport: Stories in Celebration of Candas Jane Dorsey

Contributed by Robert Runté

SF Canada founding President, Candas Jane Dorsey, was for over 45 years—and continues to be—an award-winning author, editor, publisher, organizer, university teacher, mentor and activist who grew Edmonton’s literary scene and helped found Canada’s cohesive SF community. To honour Dorsey’s astonishing career, Rhonda Parrish has compiled a unique tribute anthology: Prairie Starport: Stories in Celebration of Candas Jane Dorsey. The collection includes stories and tribute essays by authors and editors mentored by Dorsey. Contributors include Timothy J. Anderson, Greg Bechtel, Eileen Bell, Gregg Chamberlain, Alexandrea Flynn and Annalise Glinker, Barb Galler-Smith, Anita Jenkins, Laina Kelly, John Park, Rhonda Parrish, Ursula Pflug, Robert Runté, Diane L. Walton, BD Wilson and S.G. Wong.

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Run J Run contract signed

SF Canada member Su Sokol is pleased to announce her forthcoming novel, Run J Run. The book will be published by Renaissance Press, and is scheduled to release in 2019.

Su also has a short story, “Studies in Shadow and Light,” included in a post-Trump speculative fiction anthology titled After the Orange. The anthology is a project of B Cubed Press and is due to release this summer.

And if you’re in or near Seattle, Washington, mark your calendar for June 21st. Su will be appearing at Left Bank Books for a reading/discussion entitled “Towards a Liberated (un)imaginable.”

Audiobook Released

OATTS-audibleThe audiobook version of One’s Aspect to the Sun by SF Canada member Sherry D. Ramsey is now available through Audible.com.

The novel, published by Alberta’s Tyche Books, was named Speculative Fiction Book of the Year by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta in 2014. The audiobook is narrated by Shannon Burgess and follows Captain Luta Paixon as she searches for the secret behind her failure to age.

Sorcerer’s Heir, by M. D. Benoit

M. D. Benoit is announcing the publication of her first Urban Fantasy Novel, out on 3 November 2014.
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Is one woman enough against such powerful, timeless sorcery?

Pragmatic, cynical Jane Brockwell never gave magic a thought, so it comes as a shock when she awakes one day with magical powers and the ability to see the future through terrifying visions.

Almost immediately, Jane becomes embroiled in competing Guilds of witches and warlocks who want to recruit her. But it is soon obvious that her magic is different and immeasurably powerful, perhaps as potent as that of Demos the Great, the most revered and reviled sorcerer of all time, who lived in 300AD.

Is Jane the descendant and heir of Demos, and a sorceress herself? Garrick Ramsay, an ambitious, ruthless and powerful warlock believes so and sees her as a threat to his ambitions. He attacks her, nearly killing her and Hugh MacLean, her boss and love interest. Ramsay is relentless in his pursuit of them; a dark, hovering presence surrounds him and, with each encounter, he seems to gain strength.

Jane and Hugh begin to wonder if there may not be a more sinister force guiding Ramsay’s actions. Where did Ramsay get the Book of Secrets, a grimoire of spells from the Dark Arts? And how important is the Void, a place between worlds Jane can use to travel? Could it be the key that unlocks the mystery of the dark presence that seems to support Ramsay?

Unwillingly dragged into a world not of her choosing, Jane will stop at nothing to neutralize Ramsay and protect the allies she makes along the way…

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Mark Shainblum and Claude Lalumière to edit Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen

Anthology opens to submissions on 30 October 2014

Image: Wikimedia. Creative Commons Share-Alike 2.0.Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! Multi-award winning author and editor Claude Lalumière and SF Canada member and past-President Mark Shainblum will be co-editing the 19th edition of the Tesseracts anthology series from EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing.

Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen will be just what the title implies, the best in prose superhero fiction from the best authors in Canada,” said Shainblum. “I’m thrilled to be working on this project with Claude and EDGE. It’s going to be something special.”

From the official call for submissions

Superheroes! Supervillains! Superpowered antiheroes. Super scientists. Adventurers into the unknown. Costumed crimefighters. Mutant superterrorists. Far-future supergroups. Crusading aliens in a strange land. Secret histories of covert superspies … and more! We want to see any and all permutations of the superhero genre. Any genre-mashing goes: alternate history, crime, horror, romance, SF, fantasy, surrealism; we want a variety of tones, approaches, subgenres, cultural perspectives, etc. We’re interested in submissions where Canadian setting (a specific city, region, or province) plays a role, but we’re open to other types of stories, too, set anywhere in the world, the universe, or the multiverse!

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