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.

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.

Su J. Sokol’s ‘Cycling to Asylum’ Headed For The Screen

Kiss Off Entertainment is taking SF Canada member Su J. Sokol’s Cycling to Asylum into development as a feature length film, to be adapted and directed by Sara Beth Edwards.

The Sunburst Award long-listed novel revolves around young parents whose views are at odds with authoritarian government in near-future New York. Laek is a history teacher with a secret radical past while his partner Janie is an activist lawyer representing the city’s most disenfranchised. Together they struggle with how to instil anti-authoritarian values into their two kids, without those beliefs endangering their children’s welfare in an increasingly hostile political climate. How can they live with integrity and still be safe?

“The subversive themes and non-binary characters absolutely drew me to this story,” said Edwards. “But also the depth of emotion as they fight not just for physical survival but the preservation of their beliefs, their humanity.”

Su J. Sokol is a social rights and anti-border advocate originally from New York City where she worked as legal services lawyer. Her short fiction has appeared in The Future Fire, Spark: A Creative Anthology and Glittership: an LGBTQ Science Fiction & Fantasy Podcast among others. Sokol’s latest interstitial fiction novel, Run J Run, will be published by Renaissance Press in 2019.

For more news about Sokol’s publications, including where to purchase Cycling to Asylum, visit her website at sujsokol.com.

November 21st launch of Chasing the Banyan Wind

Mark your calendars! SF Canada member Bernadette Dyer ‘s novel, Chasing the Banyan Wind, will be officially launched on Nov 21st, 2018, at 61 Heintzman Street in Toronto at 6:00pm (Heintzman Place).

This historical novel is published by LMH Publishing.

In the mid 1920s an English family, Jonathan and Wilemina Gunn, and their two young children, Dunstan and Eliza emigrate to the  Caribbean island of Jamaica. With help from locals they build a home in a remote rural location on the island’s north coast. Previous perceptions of the island do  not prepare them for the reality of the island’s diverse Englishspeaking population that includes Negroes, East Indians, Chinese, Jews, Europeans and Syrians.

This haunting saga exposes race relations, social class distinctions and alliances in a multi-ethnic society, that goes beyond the  unforgiving landscape of war, turmoil, hardships and passions that proliferate even beyond Jamaica’s shores. A sweeping historical novel that addresses World War II, and the involvement of the Commonwealth nations’ allegiance to the ‘Mother  Country’ while taking us on an unforgettable journey that gives credence to the saying, that the more things change, the more they  remain the same.

Chasing the Banyan Wind is available at Amazon, Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and the Toronto library system.

Congratulations, Bernadette!