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.

Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide now out!

The fifth volume of Dreaming Robot’s Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide features stories by two SF Canada members. Sherry D. Ramsey’s tale involves a 13-year-old space colonist who makes intriguing discoveries about her world and herself.  Holly Schofield’s story of a girl who must deal with an air leak on a spaceship while babysitting her younger brother also explores themes of diversity and human connection.

Find all the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guides on Amazon, iTunes, Nook, and wherever fine books are sold.

Poetry by Robert Dawson

SF Canada member Robert Dawson‘s poem, “I Would Let You Know”, recently appeared on the climate change-awareness site Little Blue Marble.

Robert Dawson teaches mathematics at a Nova Scotian university. His stories have appeared in Nature Futures, AE, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. He’s an alumnus of the Sage Hill and Viable Paradise writing workshops.

Read “I Would Let You Know” and find out more about its fascinating poetic form on the Little Blue Marble website.

Free to Good Home

SF Canada member Michael Skeet has begun serializing some of his novels on his blog under the Herridge Lake Public Library imprint, starting with an alternate history novel, Dixie’s Land. It features a very alternate U.S. Civil War and will appear chapter-by-chapter over the next six months. Once the serialization is complete, the novel will be available as an e-book for free download. No hidden fees, no complicated documentation, just a basic Creative Commons license.

Michael Skeet is an award-winning Canadian writer and broadcaster. Born in Calgary, Alberta, he began writing for radio before finishing college. He has sold short stories in the science fiction, dark fantasy and horror fields in addition to an historical fantasy novel, A Poisoned Prayer. He also has extensive publishing credits as a film and music critic. A two-time winner of Canada’s Aurora Award for excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Michael lives in Toronto with his wife, Lorna Toolis.

Find the first chapter of Dixie’s Land on Michael’s blog.

New Release: Across the Stars

SF Canada member Noah Chinn and co-author Lauren Smith recently released Across the Stars, the first book in their new science fiction-romance Cyborg Genesis series.

Freeborn human Laina Roberts has been on the run for the past 10 years, living in hiding from the cyborgs of the Silver Legion who now control every part of remaining humanity. But keeping her existence a secret from everyone has some lonesome side effects, and sometimes she thinks about turning herself in just so she won’t be alone anymore — that is, until she gets captured by a Legion officer! Ronan might be hot as hell, but their new connection gives Laina a new mission: to convince the galaxy that everyone has the right to freedom, no matter who they are.

Noah JD Chinn is an author, amateur adventurer, and has it on good authority to being a moderately amusing fellow.

Find out how to order Across the Stars and Noah’s other books on his blog.