Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing

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ChiZine Publications, 2012 - Fiction - 300 pages
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Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing is a reprint anthology to be co-published annually by ChiZine Publications and Tightrope Books, collecting speculative short fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, etc.) that represents the best work produced by Canadian writers. Canadian speculative fiction has been increasingly recognized internationally for the calibre of its authors and their insight into the nature of social and religious identities, the implications of new technologies, and the relationship between humankind and its environments. We use the term speculative fiction in order to free ourselves from the associations of terms like science fiction, horror, and fantasy. At their best, these stories disrupt habits, overcome barriers of cultural perception to make the familiar strange through the use of speculative elements such as magic and technology. They provide glimpses of alternate realities and possible futures and pasts that provoke an ethical, social, political, environmental and biological inquiry into what it means to be human. With Kelley Armstrong Cory Doctorow Gemma Files Silvia Moreno-Garcia David Nickle Geoff Ryman Peter Watts Rio Youers and more

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Review: Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing

User Review  - Greg Hopkins - Goodreads

If this is truly "the best" Canadian Speculative Writing, our literary world is in a sad disarray. If you are looking for a quality, enjoyable read of Scifi and fantasy stories...STAY AWAY from this collection. I only wish I could get my time and money back. :( Read full review

Review: Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing

User Review  - Rrain - Goodreads

I did like this anthology, I genuinely did, but there was nothing that stood out for me. And usually the very fact that something is Canadian gives it a leg up for me. Of course, this also means there ... Read full review

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Kelley Armstrong is a Canadian author, primarily of fantasy works. She has published twelve fantasy novels to date, most set in the world of Women of the Otherworld series, one crime fiction novel, and the Darkest Powers Trilogy. The latest novel in the Women of the Otherworld series is called Waking the Witch. Her title Thirteen made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

Born in London, England and raised in Toronto, Canada, Gemma Files has been an award-winning horror writer for over twenty years, as well as a film critic, screenwriter and teacher. She has published two collections of short work: Kissing Carrion (2003) and The Worm in Every Heart (2004), both from Wildside Press. She has also written two chapbooks of poetry. Her first novel, A Book Of Tongues: Volume One of the Hexslinger Series, won the 2010 Black Quill award for "Best Small Press Chill" (Editors' and Readers' Choice) from DarkScribe Magazine, and was also nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. Its sequel, A Rope of Thorns (2011), along with A Tree of Bones (2012), complete a trilogy which is really one narrative broken into three instalments. For her next trick, she looks forward to writing something different.

Learn more about Gemma Files at her official website,, or more than you probably want to know at her blog,

Archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson's debut fantasy novel, Gardens of the Moon, was shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award and introduced readers to what would become an international bestselling sequence, the ten-book ?The Malazan Book of the Fallen? and which has been hailed as one of the finest works of fantasy of our time. His latest novel, Forge of Darkness, marks the beginning of an epic new series: ?The Kharkanas Trilogy?. Steve lived in the UK for a number of years ? most recently in Cornwall ? before returning to Canada in 2012. He now lives in Victoria, BC. To find out more, and

Writer and activist Cory Doctorow was born in Toronto, Canada on July 17, 1971. In 1999 he co-founded a free software company called Opencola and served as Canadian Regional Director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. For four years he worked as European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and in 2007 won its Pioneer Award. His first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, won a Locus Award for Best First Novel. His short story collection A Place So Foreign and Eight More won a Sunburst Award, and his bestselling novel Little Brother received the 2009 Prometheus Award, a Sunburst Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Doctorow also writes nonfiction books and articles, and he co-edits the blog Boing Boing.

Halli Villegas is a writer, editor, and the publisher of Tightrope Books. She has published two books of poetry: Red Promises (Guernica Editions, 2001) and In the Silence Absence Makes (Guernica Editions, 2004). The Hair Wreath, a collection of ghost stories, was published in 2010 by ChiZine Publications.

DAVID NICKLE Is a Toronto-based author and journalist whose fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies like Cemetery Dance, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, the Northern Frights series and the Queer Fear series. Some of it has been collected in his book of stories, Monstrous Affections. His first solo novel, Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, led the National Post to call him "a worthy heir to the mantle of Stephen King" and the novel was a finalist for the Compton Crook, Aurora, and Sunburst Awards in 2012. His most recent novel, Rasputin's Bastards, was called "supernatural eeriness at its best" by Library Journal. His next novel, The 'Geisters, will be released by ChiZine Publications in June 2013. In addition to writing fiction, Nickle also works as a reporter, covering Toronto municipal politics for a chain of community newspapers.

Sandra Kasturi is a writer, editor, book reviewer and the co-publisher of ChiZine Publications. She has written three poetry chapbooks and has edited the poetry anthology, The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night. She is the author of two poetry collections, The Animal Bridegroom (2007), and Come Late to the Love of Birds (2012), both from Tightrope Books. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in various magazines and anthologies.Halli Villegas is a writer, editor, and the publisher of Tightrope Books. She has published two books of poetry: Red Promises (Guernica Editions, 2001) and In the Silence Absence Makes (Guernica Editions, 2004). The Hair Wreath, a collection of ghost stories, was published in 2010 by ChiZine Publications

Rio Youers has been praised by some of the most noteworthy names in the speculative fiction genre. He is the British Fantasy Award-nominated author of Old Man Scratch and End Times. His short fiction has been published by, among others, Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy, IDW, and PS Publishing. Rio lives in southwestern Ontario with his wife, Emily, and their daughter, Lily Maye.

SF writer Geoff Ryman was born in Canada in 1951, went to high school and college in the United States, and has lived most of his adult life in Britain.

His longer works include The Unconquered Country, the novella version of which won the World Fantasy Award in 1985; The Child Garden, which won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1990; the hypertext novel 253, the "print remix" of which won the Philip K. Dick Award in 1999; and Air, which won the Arthur C. Clarke and James Tiptree, Jr. Awards in 2006.

An early Web design professional, Ryman led the teams that designed the first web sites for the British monarchy and the Prime Minister's office. He also has a lifelong interest in drama and film; his 1992 novel Was looks at America through the lens of The Wizard of Oz and has been adapted for the stage, and Ryman himself wrote and directed a stage adaptation of Philip K. Dick's The Transmigration of Timothy Archer.

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