Eye to the Telescope Issue 32 (Sports and Games)

SF Canada member Lisa Timpf recently served as guest editor for the Sports and Games issue of Eye to the Telescope.

Eye to the Telescope, a quarterly online journal, began publishing science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other speculative poetry in 2011, under the auspices of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association.

Issue 32 leads off with SF Canada member’s Colleen Anderson’s “The Briar Witch”.

Lisa Timpf obtained a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from McMaster University, and subsequently attended Dalhousie University where she studied Sport History at the Master’s level, never quite managing to complete her thesis. Though knee problems have slowed her down, in her younger years, Lisa played a number of sports including hockey, field hockey, softball, volleyball, and ball hockey, to name a few. Lisa also enjoys games of strategy, like chess and Settlers of Catan. Just after she retired in 2014, List started writing speculative poetry and fiction. The opportunity to serve as editor of the “Sports and Games” issue of Eye to the Telescope allowed her to explore the intersection of two interests: sports and speculative poetry. Lisa’s own writing has appeared in a number of venues, including Star*Line, Neo-opsis, Liquid Imagination, New Myths, and Scifaikuest.

Colleen Anderson has been twice nominated for the Aurora Award in poetry. She has co-edited Tesseracts 17 and Playground of Lost Toys, which was nominated for a 2016 Aurora Award. Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland is her first solo anthology (Exile Editions, April 2018). Over 150 of her poems have seen print in such venues as Grievous Angel, Polu Texni, The Future Fire, Polar Borealis and many others. Her fiction collection, A Body of Work was published by Black Shuck Books, UK last fall, and her poetry chapbook Ancient Tales, Grand Deaths and Past Lives is available through Kelp Queen Press.

“Safebuoys” by Wes Smiderle

SF Canada member Wes Smiderle recently had his first piece of flash fiction published. “Safebuoys” appears in Flash Fiction Online, the long-running, professionally-paying online monthly magazine specializing in short stories told in 1000 words or fewer.

Wes writes in a variety of genres. His short story “Maisie’s Safehouse” was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing, while his story “Alouette” was nominated for an Aurora Award. His short story “Shriek Season,” published in the 2015 Spring edition of On Spec, is set in a world where families resort to living in hovering ‘mag-rez’ houses to avoid catastrophic weather. Tangent Online called it “a fascinating read.”

Smiderle is a former reporter and editor and has written for daily and weekly newspapers. His three-part feature on youth mental health earned an Ontario Community Newspaper Award. He is currently working on a novelization of “Shriek Season.”

He lives and writes in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife, Amanda, and their three children, Gwendolyn, Samuel and Griffin.

David Perlmutter in Shoreline of Infinity anthology

SF Canada member David Perlmutter’s story, “The Brat and the Burly Qs”, was recently selected for the “best of” anthology from Shoreline of Infinity: The Chosen from the First Age. After only 3 years in existence Shoreline of Infinity Science Fiction Magazine won the British Fantasy Society Award 2018 for best magazine/periodical. To celebrate this occasion, they published a selection of stories from Issues 1-10 as worthy ambassadors for the magazine. Together these stories represent the character of the magazine – welcoming, challenging, enthralling, and a touch mischievous.

David Perlmutter is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is the author of America Toons In: A History of Television Animation, The Singular Adventures Of Jefferson Ball, The Pups, Certain Private Conversations and Other Stories (Aurora Publishing), Honey and Salt, and more. David was recently showcased on Aurelia Leo’s Speculative Fiction Friday.  Find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

Women in Horror Month with Colleen Anderson

SF Canada member Colleen Anderson‘s blog features a female horror writer/actor/storyteller every day this month to celebrate Women in Horror Month. Interviewees hail from all over the world including the Netherlands, South Africa, and Ireland. Topics range from tropes to characterization to vampires in the age of #MeToo.

SF Canada member Pat Flewwelling discusses why women write horror: Maybe women horror writers add that supernatural element in order to create a monster they can actually see, define, and conquer. A monster we’re allowed to attack, encouraged to destroy. In a story like that, we can become the Mama Bear you just don’t want to mess with.

The Canadian launch of Colleen’s fiction collection, A Body of Work, will take place Saturday, Feb. 23 from 3-5pm at The Heatley. 696 E Hastings, Vancouver, BC. Colleen will read from her collection and books will be for sale. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1213177788858210/

A review of Colleen’s collection (plus other works) can be found here: https://tomjohnstone.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/2018-in-fiction/

Find an entire month of blog posts about Women In Horror, and more about Colleen’s many activities and publications, on Colleen’s website.

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.