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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.

Little Blue Marble 2018 anthology now available!

Little Blue Marble is published and edited by SF Canada member Katrina Archer, a software engineer, author, and editor.

There is only one little blue marble for all of us so far. Little Blue Marble’s goal is to bring greater awareness of the consequences and potential solutions to anthropogenic climate change. The site links to great content from around the web and publishes original articles and works of speculative fiction.

The Little Blue Marble 2018 anthology is now available. All of this year’s great stories in one spot for your reading pleasure, including works by SF Canada members Holly Schofield and Melissa Yuan-Innes. From rising tides to edible homes, weather control and tornado killers, floating city-states and plant-based humans, the anthology brings you poignant, sometimes hopeful but often biting visions of our futures living with climate change.

Help spread awareness of climate change by purchasing the anthology or via Little Blue Marble’s Patreon.

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.