Polar Borealis Magazine’s #8 now online.

SF Canada member Richard Graeme Cameron, publisher of Polar Borealis, released issue #8 in December.

Polar Borealis Magazine is a non-profit, semi-professional SF fiction magazine which is free to anyone who wants to read it.  This Canadian magazine actively encourages beginning Canadian writers to submit short stories and poems. Since its inception in 2016, Polar Borealis has been downloaded thousands of times in dozens of countries and has featured many works by SF Canada members.

This issue has stories by Steve Fahnestalk, Sheryl Normandeau, Stewart Graham, Jean-Louis Trudel, Nicholas Stillman, Eddie Generous, David F. Shultz, and Matthew Hughes; poems by Roxanne Barbour, Catherine Girczyc, Rhea Rose, Y.M. Pang, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Casey June Wolf, and Augustus Clark; cover art by Lily Author; and an illustration by Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk.

As well as running Polar Borealis, Graeme blogs at Amazing Stories and volunteers many hours at local science fiction events and associations.

Download issue #8 as a .pdf.

Help support Polar Borealis via GoFundMe and Patreon and watch for issue #9 soon!

“Water Is…” Top Pick

SF Canada member Nina Munteau‘s book, Water Is… was chosen by Margaret Atwood in the New York Times as her #1 choice in “The Year in Reading” for 2016. You can find her comments here. Water Canada has also recommended the book as a summer read.

Nina talks more about The Meaning of Writing and Water in this video interview.

In other news, Nina’s short story, “Fingal’s Cave,” was recently published in the Megan Survival Anthology series.

After crash landing on a hostile jungle planet, rebel-scientist Izumi sets out against orders on a hunch that may ultimately save her fellow survivors but risk everything. Still haunted by the meaningless death of her family, Izumi’s intrepid search for life becomes an existential journey of the heart that explores how we connect and communicate—with one another and the universe—a journey intimately connected with water.

You can find “Fingal’s Cave” on Smashwords, and Water Is… and Nina’s other titles on Amazon.ca.

Finally, Nina will be editing an anthology for Reality Skimming Press based around the theme of water. “Stories must use real or realistic science based on the theme of water in the near future (50-100 years from 2017). Your story must be considered optimistic—this does not mean that bad things can’t happen in your story, but there has to be an optimistic twist and an optimistic ending (a happy ending or hope for a happy ending).” Submissions for the anthology are currently open, and full submission guidelines can be found here.