Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing

edited by Sandra Kasturi & Samantha Beiko, Introduction by Tanya Huff

Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing is a reprint anthology published annually by ChiZine Publications, 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

  • “Blink” by Michael Kelly
  • “Nightfall in the Scent Garden” by Claire Humphrey
  • “The Ghosts of Birds” by Helen Marshall
  • “The Last Love of the Infinity Age” by Peter Darbyshire
  • “Too Much is Never Enough” by Don Bassingthwaite
  • “Bigfoot Cured My Arthritis” by Robert Colman
  • “Wing” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Arrow” by Barry King
  • “Penny” by Dominik Parisien
  • “Thought and Memory” by Catherine Knutsson
  • “Gaudifingers” by Tony Burgess
  • “A sea monster tells his story” by David Livingstone Clink
  • “Son of Abish” by Dave Duncan
  • “Opt-In” by J.W. Schnarr
  • “Last Amphibian Flees” by M.A.C. Farrant
  • “White Teeth” by David Livingstone Clink
  • “The Sweet Spot” by A.M. Dellamonica
  • “Verse Found Scratched Inside the Lid of a Sarcophagus (Dynasty Unknown)” by Gemma Files
  • “Collect Call” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • “Bella Beaufort Goes to War” by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter
  • “A Spell for Scrying Mirror Gremlins” by Peter Chiykowski
  • “The Book of Judgement” by Helen Marshall
  • “The Audit” by Susie Moloney
  • “Sixteen Colours” by David Livingstone Clink
  • “The Old Boys Club” by Geoff Gander
  • “Fin de Siècle” by Gemma Files
  • “Since Breaking Through the Ice” by Dominik Parisien
  • “The Pack” by Matt Moore
  • “Invocabulary” by Gemma Files
  • “I Was a Teenage Minotaur” by A.G. Pasquella
  • “Weep For Day” by Indrapramit Das
  • “What I Learned at Genie School” by Jocko Benoit
  • “Aces” by Ian Rogers
  • “No Poisoned Comb” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “What a Picture Doesn’t Say” by Christopher Willard
  • “The Last Islander” by Matthew Johnson

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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.

Samantha Beiko Portrait

Samantha Beiko has worked in the Canadian publishing industry for the past three years in various capacities, first in marketing and publicity, and now in editorial and layout design. She has had the opportunity to acquire and edit some remarkable books, including work by Daniel A. Rabuzzi, James Marshall, and Teresa Milbrodt. Along with Sandra Kasturi, Samantha will be editing Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing for ChiZine Publications. Samantha is also an emerging author, and her first book, a YA fantasy novel called The Lake and the Library, will be out in Spring 2013 with ECW Press. She currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is working to broaden the speculative fiction community there through her writing and publishing work.