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Award Winning Science Fiction Author "Turns" To Writing Fantasy

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 1:45pm

I've been waiting for A Turn of Light to release since Julie E. Czerneda mentioned it in her McNally Robinson interview in 2008. After over a dozen science fiction novels, Czerneda is trying her hand at fantasy. I had the pleasure of hearing the author read from her fantasy debut at the World Fantasy Convention held in Toronto last year, and it only whet my appetite for more.

Enjoy a taste of A Turn of Light:


By night, Marrowdell posted sentries. Massive toads lined the road. Their eyes were perfect disks of moonlight, like so many silver coins tossed in his path. They weren't toads. Or rather they were something else as well. Like the road, silvered by moonlight also had an amber hue, and the sky, which was mostly dark and star-filled but was also shot through with vivid colours for which he needed names. When he looked closely, the toads' loose folds of skin became coats of fine mail and their warts, rich gems. No idle gauds, he judged those, but medals of some kind. Accomplished toads.

He hoped for their favourable opinion.

You can read the first chapter on Julie's website.

Categories: Staff Pick, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Book of the Day

Bundoran Press Makes 'Strange Bedfellows' With Forthcoming Anthology

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 2:01pm

Author and editor, Hayden Trenholm recently added publisher to his job description. Since assuming control over Canadian SF&F publishing house, Bundoran Press, Trenholm has taken to the crowdsourcing platform Indiegogo to fund his forthcoming anthology, Strange Bedfellows. To be published in 2014, the anthology gets its title from the saying 'politics makes strange bedfellows' and will seek short fiction from the best writers in the field. As a long-time political analyst and advisor and an award winning SF writer and editor, Hayden Trenholm is the perfect man to bring this project to life.

He's also no stranger to McNally Robinson. We did a launch for his novel Defining Diana and have interviewed him on our website. Trenholm has a number of fans on our staff, so we're looking forward to having this anthology on the shelves.

Categories: buzz, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Publishing News

Book of the Day: Janus by John Park

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 3:46pm

After four years and over forty books, rising Canadian publisher, ChiZine, hasn't disappointed me once. It's a line curated by a unique and mad vision and I know every time I pick up one of their books, it will push my perceptions and expand what it is that I'm willing to read.

One of their latest titles, John Park's Janus, is no different.

Here's a little about Janus: In the near future, Jon Grebbel arrives on the colony world of Janus, and finds himself mysteriously without memory of his life on Earth. It seems that the journey has caused severe memory loss in many of Janus's colonists. While Grebbel wants to start his new life, he also wants his memory back, and starts treatments to restore his past. But they only leave him angry and disturbed and he begins to doubt the glimpses of the past the treatments reveal. Grebbel meets Elinda, an earlier arrival, whose lover, Barbara, vanished and then was found lying in the woods, apparently brain-damaged. Elinda has also lost her memories of Earth, but unlike him she has abandoned the effort to recover them. Now their meeting brings each of them a glimpse of an experience they shared back on Earth. Investigating Barbara's fate and their own, the two find their love and their search for justice turning toward bitter self-discovery and revenge, even as they begin to uncover the darkness at the heart of their world.

Categories: SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Horror, Book of the Day, The New Fear

Cover Revealed for Robert J. Sawyer's Red Planet Blues

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 3:08pm

I couldn't be more excited to read Robert J. Sawyer's twenty second novel, Red Planet Blues. A hard boiled P.I. tale set on Mars? This book's March release can't come too soon!

Here's a little more about Red Planet Blues: Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O'Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

Trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, Lomax tracks down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers--lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when he uncovers clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O'Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what he'll dig up...

Categories: buzz, SciFi & Fantasy, Mystery & Crime, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Jian Ghomeshi Packs McNally Robinson

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 4:14pm

We had a great time hosting Jian Ghomeshi's jam-packed reading Saturday night. Many thanks to our friends at CBC Manitoba, Penguin Canada and host Terry MacLeod for all their help in making the night that much more special.

Photos courtesy of CBC Manitoba.

Categories: Winnipeg, Event News

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