“Bootleg Jesus” by Tonya Liburd

SF Canada member Tonya Liburd has a new short story out at Diabolical Plots, the popular submissions tool and online magazine. “Bootleg Jesus” is a story about religion, family, and magic. Mara lives in an isolated village where magic isn’t supposed to manifest in people. A place that’s supposed to be safe from the god-like beings who manifest particularly potent gifts. For Mara’s friend Sydney, though, it’s not at all a safe place, and for all the children it’s somewhere they are not really free.

This is an interesting coming-of-age story, exploring those age-old ideas of what it means to grow up and find you don’t match the expectations of those around you.                     – Tangent Online

 

Liburd’s opening line pulls you into a compelling fantasy tale that is both gritty and tense, set in a world where magic flows just beneath the surface of everyday life.                   – Barnes and Noble

 

It’s often difficult and complex, but it’s also very much worth spending some time with. A great read!                    – Quick Sip Reviews

 

Tonya Liburd shares a birthday with Simeon Daniel and Ray Bradbury, which may tell you a little something about her. She is a 2017 and 2018 Rhysling nominee, and has been longlisted in the 2015 Carter V. Cooper(Vanderbilt)/Exile Short Fiction Competition. Her fiction is used in Nisi Shawl’s workshops as an example of ‘code switching’, and in Tananarive Due’s course at UCLA. She is the Senior Editor of Abyss & Apex magazine. You can find her blogging at http://Spiderlilly.com, on Twitter at @somesillywowzer, or on Patreon at www.Patreon.com/TonyaLiburd.

Read “Bootleg Jesus” for free at Diabolical Plots.

Magpie’s Ladder by Richard A. Kirk

SF Canada member Richard A. Kirk’s latest book, Magpie’s Ladder, comprises stories that came to him while he was working on his visual art. Recently released by PS Publishing, a UK-based specialist publisher producing high quality, collectable but affordable signed limited editions within the field of science fiction, fantasy and horror. This illustrated book is Richard’s first collection of short stories.

A researcher’s curiosity draws her to the dream realm of the Darkling Lands.

Condemned by his own crime, an engrosser plumbs the labyrinthine depths of his firm’s building to find that he is not alone.

A giant searches for his missing brother.

A young woman opens a sealed house atop a crumbling bridge.

A young academic moves into the house of a dead professor and finds himself trapped in a dark fairy-tale.

These are five stories of yearning, curiosity, and darkness. They explore the fragile and dangerous correspondence between people and monsters.

Richard is an author, illustrator and visual artist. His fiction includes the short fantasy novel, The Lost Machine (Radiolaria Studios, 2010), and Necessary Monsters (Arche Press, Resurrection House, 2o17). He says, “Books have always been central to my life. Thinking about my literary inspiration and literary heroes lead me to authors like K. J. Bishop, Michael Moorcock, Mervyn Peake, Borges, John Banville, Brian Catling and John Crowley. These writers illuminate with their prose, but never fear the dark, qualities I’ll always aspire to with my own work.”

Find Magpie’s Ladder at PS Publishing and find more of Richard’s work 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.

Fiction and Poetry from Lisa Timpf

SF Canada member Lisa Timpf  has been busy lately!

Her story, “A Cat’s Confession”, about a ship’s cat serving aboard the Galactic Space Ship Meech Lake plus two poems inspired by her cat, Smokey, recently appeared in the anthology From A Cat’s View. This unique anthology offers fascinating insights into the relationship between humans and their feline owners. Pick up a copy at Post to Print Publishers — it’s the purrrfect gift for cat lovers everywhere.

Her short story, “The Caller”, appears in the Future Days anthology issued by Castrum Press.

New Myths has published a story and a poem by Lisa. “Gone” is about an AI-enhanced dog looking for a missing master and “What Really Happened” is a different take on the Gingham Dog and Calico Cat. Read both for free at New Myths.

Her poem entitled “With Two Left Feet” appears in the Tesseracts anthology Nevertheless. In connection with that book’s promotion, Lisa contributed to their “Bright Spots” blog with a piece entitled “Step By Step” that draws on her recovery from knee surgery.

A sci-fi short story entitled “What Lies Beneath” was included in Nomadic Delirium’s November 2018 edition of Environmental Holocaust. The story follows the efforts of a Hamilton-based researcher to combat the spread of a virus.

A sci-fi poem entitled “History Waits to be Written” was published in Polar Borealis #7.

And her sci-fi poem “Ghost Stories” was included in the Sounds of the Night anthology from Alban Lake Publishing.

Lisa’s writing has appeared in a variety of other venues, including Star*Line, Eye to the Telescope, Thema, and Third Flatiron. Find her at http://lisatimpf.blogspot.com/.

Short Fiction from Sally McBride

SF Canada member Sally McBride is pleased to announce she has just signed a contract for a short story “The Paisley Snow” to appear soon in The Cockroach Conservatory, Vol. 1: Working Zealot’s Guide to Gaining Capital in Pre-Apocalyptic America.

As well, her short story, “My Mother’s Garden”, will appear in Exile Editions’ upcoming Food of My People anthology edited by Ursula Pflug and Candas Jane Dorsey.

And her short story, “Thank Yew Very Much”, is currently out in On Spec magazine (Vol. 28 #4).

Tesseracts 20 – Compostela

SF Canada is well-represented in the newest Tesseracts (the twentieth in the series), published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. Compostela is edited by Spider Robinson (an SF Canada member) and James Alan Gardner, and includes stories and/or poetry by SFC members Chantal Boudreau, Rhea Rose, Robert Dawson, Nancy S.M. Waldman, Leslie Brown, Linda DeMeulemeester, and Matthew Hughes.

From the publisher’s website: The stories contained within the pages of Compostela are a reflection of the world we live in today; where science produces both wonders and horrors; and will leave us with a future that undoubtedly will contain both. Journeys to the stars may be exhilarating and mind-expanding, but they can also be dangerous or even tragic. SF has always reflected that wide range of possibilities.

About the title of this anthology:
For more than 1,000 years, Santiago de Compostela (Compostela means “field of stars”) has attracted pilgrims to walk to the cathedral that holds St. James the apostle’s relics. The stories in this anthology in their own way tell the tale of futuristic travelers who journey into the dark outer (or inner) reaches of space, searching for their own connections to the past, present and future relics of their time.

Compostela is currently available to order on Amazon Kindle, and will release in other ebook formats and in print in the fall of this year.