Book Launch for Nathan Elberg’s Quantum Cannibals

Double Dragon Publishing has recently released SF Canada member Nathan Elberg’s first novel. Quantum Cannibals is genre-bending, character-driven literary fiction that weaves multiple intersecting narratives that span time, from Bronze Age Mesopotamia to a Post-Modern city-state.  It’s the epic story of three incarnations of two people- alternately son and mother, husband and wife, father and daughter, savage and scholar, who simply want to return to the home they were brutally evicted from.  Quantum Cannibals brings together authentic cultures from Melanesia, Siberia, Europe, the Americas, and more.

Osnat and her husband have been exiled to a frozen wasteland along with the rest of the Eber people.  Facing cold and starvation, they encounter a small band of savages who brutally assault, rather than help them.  Back in the natives’ village, a transgender shaman adopts Osnat after dismembering her husband.   Previously an eminent quantum biologist, Osnat knows she is stuck with the savages.  Amid her grief, fear, and hatred she realizes she has only one choice: to survive, become one of the natives in order to save the remaining few of her people.  But Osnat refuses to abandon her quest to bring the Eber people home, nor her thirst for vengeance.  Terrified by her own behavior she goes to war, armed with bone knives and improvised nuclear weapons.  As she makes a new home for her family and people, she discovers that paradise is the place she previously thought of as hell.

Saima, a northern savage, has been brought across the barrier from the cold, primitive Edge of the World to serve as a handyman in the high-tech but effete Modern Age.  At first, life here seems pleasant: plentiful food, warm houses, and casual sex.  However, he isn’t here to fix machines, but on a mission to take back from this world what its ancestors stole when they sent the Eber people away.

In the bucolic Early Bronze Age, Taiku, the regional chieftain prepares for an epic confrontation.  Rumors have been building of the inexorable approach of an army led by a bloodthirsty conqueror with a pious agenda.  Taiku turns to Asenath, the wise and beautiful local leader of the Ebers, as he tries to unite the disparate, squabbling tribes of the region.

Kirkus Reviews describes the novel as “…an intricate web of characters and events. The author pulls it all together, however, in admirable fashion through solid characterization; the sweeping mix of science, mythology, history; and precise, yet metaphor-filled writing… Those willing to decipher it all will be greatly rewarded.”

For more information about Quantum Cannibals or to order, visit www.quantumcannibals.com

A book launch will take place on Sunday January 20, 2019, at 5:30 pm at Beth Zion Congregation, 1 Place Sidney Shoham Place, Cote Saint-Luc, QC H4W 0B9. Register online at https://bethzion.shulcloud.com/event/tubshvat5779 or through the office at 514-489-8411 or bethzion@bethzion.com.

New ways to enjoy Scott Overton’s fiction

SF member Scott Overton recently used his 30 years of experience as a broadcaster to convert some of his fiction to audio. His mystery/thriller novel about the radio industry, Dead Air, is now available in audio format from Audible.

When radio morning man Lee Garrett receives a death threat he shrugs it off as a prank, until harassment turns into outright attempts on his life. Then the deadliest attack yet claims an innocent victim and Garret knows he must force a confrontation with his persecutors.

Scott has also been busy with his short fiction. Fifteen of Scott’s science fiction and fantasy short stories  available in  e-book form via the anthologies Disastrous!, Body Of Opinion and other stories plus the series Beyond: The Stars, Beyond: Time, and Beyond: Technology are now gathered together into one paperback. BEYOND: Stories Beyond Time, Technology, and the Stars is now available to buy in print form through Amazon and other online retailers. Your favourite independent bookstore can also order it through the book distributor Ingram.

Find more fiction at Scott’s website, including free stories.

“Scuttle” in Abandon anthology

SF Canada member Chantal Boudreau\’s horror story, “Scuttle”, has been published in the Abandon: 13 Tales of Impulse, Betrayal, Surrender, and Withdrawal anthology.

To act with abandon, in any sense of the word, is human. Whether it’s the sudden, strong urge to do something, either good or bad, or the act of betraying someone you love, we make choices that forever change our lives. Do you give into something or someone completely, or withdraw wholly into yourself?

Chantal Boudreau is an accountant by day and an author/illustrator during evenings and weekends, who lives by the ocean in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband and two children. An Affiliate member of the Horror Writer’s Association, she writes and illustrates horror, sci-fi, steampunk and fantasy.  She has been published in Canada by Exile Editions in their Dead North and Clockwork Canada anthologies and her other Canadian publications include stories in Postscripts to Darkness Volume 5 and Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories and Tesseracts 20: Compostela.  Outside of Canada, to date, she has published more than fifty speculative fiction stories with a variety of American and British publishers.

Print and ebooks of Abandon are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks.

Epic Fantasy in a Boxed Set

Two SF Canada members share mysteries and magic in Secrets & Spells, a bundle of six epic fantasy novels. Dive into these fantastic realms of richly drawn characters and become lost in engrossing stories of friendship, adversity, and love.

Krista D. Ball’s The Demons We See (The Dark Abyss of Our Sins #1) is part of an ongoing series. Society was rocked when the Cathedral appointed Allegra, Contessa of Marsina, to negotiate the delicate peace talks between the rebelling mage slaves and the various states. Not only was she a highborn mage, she was a nonbeliever and a vocal objector against the supposed demonic origins of witchcraft.
Demons weren’t real, she’d argued, and therefore the subjection of mages was unlawful. That was all before the first assassination attempt. That was before Allegra heard the demonic shrieks. All before everything changed. Now Allegra and her personal guards race to stabilize the peace before the entire known world explodes into war with not just itself, but with the abyss from beyond.
So much for demons not being real.
Find more of Krista’s work at http://kristadball.com/

Jane Glatt‘s Unguilded (The Mage Guild #1) features Kara Fonti, who, at sixteen, still has no magic. But Mage Guild, the most powerful of all the Guilds in Tregella, has a use for her – they will force her to bear children for men who do have magic. Arabella Fonti, to protect her own status within the guild, pushes her daughter to do the unthinkable – run away to live outside the guild system.
But unguilded are not welcome in Tregella, especially on the magical chain of islands of the capital Rillidi. In increasing danger of being arrested or killed, Kara finds refuge on Old Rillidi, the original island that was neither created by magic nor controlled by one of the guilds.
On Old Rillidi, Kara discovers true friends, makes a home for herself, and learns more about her strange ability to “see” magic. But the Mage Guild will not let her go, and it is here where she feels safest that Kara is betrayed . . .
This novel and the rest of Jane’s series can be found at http://janeglatt.com

New SF middle grade novel, The Mystery of Croaker’s Island

SFC member Linda DeMeulemeester’s latest work, The Mystery of Croaker’s Island, is now available! This Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd. publication features a diverse group of friends who risk their lives getting to the bottom of a sinister supernatural mystery that is plaguing their otherwise sleepy town.

Blending adventure and realism with a speculative twist, The Mystery of Croaker’s Island introduces a group of unlikely friends who discover connections between a haunted island, monstrous sounds in the briny deep, vanishing cats, and teenagers disappearing in the night with no recollection of where they’ve been. Drawn together, the new friends become embroiled in a perilous quest to uncover the mystery. What sinister force shrouds this sleepy town, and will the kids solve the mystery before it’s too late?

Linda is the author of the critically acclaimed Grim Hill series. The Secret of Grim Hill won the Silver Birch award in 2008. Her other books have been nominated or shortlisted for several awards, including the British Columbia Young Readers’ Choice Red Cedar Award, the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Diamond Willow Award, and the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award. Also a teacher, she enjoys sharing her lifelong love of reading with children.

For more information on this, and on Linda’s Grim Hill series, visit her blog.

New Release, Children of the Bloodlands

The second book in SF Canada member Samantha Beiko’s YA series The Realms of Ancient, Children of the Bloodlands, is now available through ECW Press, as well as wherever books are sold.

Three months after the battle of Zabor, the five friends that came together to defeat her have been separated. Burdened with the Calamity Stone she acquired in Scion of the Fox, Roan has gone to Scotland to retrace her grandmother’s steps in an attempt to stop further evil from entering the world.

Meanwhile, a wicked monster called Seela has risen from the ashy Bloodlands and is wreaking havoc on the world while children in Edinburgh are afflicted by a strange plague; Eli travels to Seoul to face judgment and is nearly murdered; Natti endures a taxing journey with two polar bears; Phae tries desperately to obtain the key to the Underworld; and Barton joins a Family-wide coalition as the last defense against an enemy that will stop at nothing to undo Ancient’s influence on Earth — before there is no longer an Earth to fight for.

Darkness, death, and the ancient powers that shape the world will collide as our heroes discover that some children collapse under their dark inheritance, and those who don’t are haunted by blood.

“The rewardingly complex mythology is deepened through parallel humanizing themes in the protagonists’ storylines, while game-changing action sequences unleash real consequences in the highly diverse world. A densely-packed, well-crafted sequel that will leave readers eager for the trilogy’s finale.” — Kirkus Reviews

For more information, and a list of cities in Samantha’s book tour this fall, visit her blog.