Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing

edited by Sandra Kasturi and Halli Villegas, artwork by Corey Beep and Samantha Beiko
ISBN: 9781926851686
eISBN: 9781926851679

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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.

Table of Contents:

  • “Introduction” by Steven Erikson
  • “Looker” by David Nickle
  • “The List” by Kelley Armstrong
  • “Biting Tongues” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Bleaker Collegiate Presents an All-Female Production of Waiting for Godot” by Claire Humphrey
  • “Split Decision” by Robert Runté
  • “The Cinder Girl” by Peter Chiykowski
  • “The Candle” by Ian Rogers
  • “Through the Door” by Susan Ioannu
  • “Signal to Noise” by Gemma Files
  • “The Ones Outside Your Door” by Neile Graham
  • “Down Where the Best Lilies Grow” by Camille Alexa
  • “Hide” by Rebecca M. Senese
  • “What We Found” by Geoff Ryman
  • “Lie-Father” by Gemma Files
  • “Centipede Girl” by Ada Hoffmann
  • “Clockwork Fagin” by Cory Doctorow
  • “Selected Haiku” by George Swede
  • “Pure” by Rio Youers
  • “10 things to know about staplers” by Carolyn Clink
  • “Laikas I” by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
  • “On the Many Uses of Cedar” by Geoffrey W. Cole
  • “Obscured” by Rhonda Parrish
  • “Hawkwood’s Folly” by Timothy Reynolds
  • “Razor Voices” by Kelly Rose Pflug-Back
  • “The Bean-Sidhe Calls in Owl-Light” by Neile Graham
  • “Fur and Feathers” by Lisa L. Hannett
  • “Breathing Bones” by Peter Chiykowski
  • “The Education of Junior Number 12” by Madeline Ashby
  • “One Quarter Gorgon” by Helen Marshall
  • “A Puddle of Blood” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • “Nothing but sky overhead” by David Livingstone Clink
  • “The Kiss of the Blood-Red Pomegranate” by Kristin Janz
  • “Charm” by Anna Mioduchowska
  • “Final Girl Theory” by A.C. Wise
  • “To Live and Die in Gibbontown” by Derek Künsken
  • “Beautiful Monster” by Helen Marshall
  • “Malak” by Peter Watts

Reviews of Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing:

Crammed with short stories, poetry and longer stories that range from fantasy, horror, supernatural and science fiction, this is the sort of book you would have on your keeper shelf.

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Editor Info

Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer, and editor, as well as co-creator of a kids animated TV series. In 2005, she won ARC magazines annual Poem of the Year award. She is the poetry editor of ChiZine: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words and the Co-Publisher of ChiZine Publications. Sandra has written three poetry chapbooks and has edited the poetry anthology, The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night. Her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, TransVersions, On Spec, Taddle Creek, several of the Tesseracts series, 2001: A Science Fiction Poetry Anthology, and Northern Frights 4. Her cultural essay, Divine Secrets of the Yaga Sisterhood appeared in the anthology Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Slayers, Mutants and Freaks. Sandra is a founding member of the Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop and sporadically runs her other imprint, Kelp Queen Press. She managed to snag an introduction from Neil Gaiman for her first full-length poetry collection, The Animal Bridegroom (Tightrope Books). She is represented by the Anne McDermid Agency, and is currently working on her first novel, a mythological noir. She enjoys single-malt scotch, red lipstick, and Viggo Mortensen.

Halli Villegas is the author of three collections of poetry, Red Promises, In the Silence Absence Makes and The Human Cannonball, and several anthology pieces. She has published online erotica under a pen name. Her poetry and prose have appeared in places such as the LRC, Exile, Kiss Machine, Pagitica, Variety Crossings and The Windsor Review, and her book, The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, was published by ChiZine in 2010. Halli has received funding for her writing from the OAC Works in Progress in 2006, the TAC mid-level writers in 2007 and 2009, and the OAC Works in Progress in 2009.

She is also the publisher of Tightrope Books and the administrative director of the Rowers Pub Reading Series.