Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing

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ChiZine Publications, 2012 - Fiction - 372 pages
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IMAGINARIUM 2012: THE BEST CANADIAN SPECULATIVE WRITING is a reprint anthology to be copublished 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.

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Sandra Kasturi is a writer, editor, book reviewer and the copublisher 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, including PRAIRIE FIRE; CV2; ON SPEC; TADDLE CREEK; various TESSERACTS anthologies, 2001: A SCIENCE FICTION POETRY ANTHOLOGY; NORTHERN FRIGHTS 4; GIRLS WHO BITE BACK: WITCHES, SLAYERS, MUTANTS AND FREAKS; SHADOWS & TALL TREES; EVOLVE; EVOLVE 2; and CHILLING TALES. Sandra is a founding member of the Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop and runs the imprint Kelp Queen Press.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.