Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing

ISBN: 9781771481496
eISBN: 9781771481502

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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

  • Introduction by Tanya Huff
  • “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, and the co-publisher of the World Fantasy Award-nominated and British Fantasy Award-winning press, ChiZine Publications. Born in Estonia to an Estonian mother and Sri Lankan father, she now lives in Canada. She is the co-founder (with Helen Marshall) of the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium and the national Chiaroscuro Reading Series. Sandra’s work has appeared in various venues, including ON SPEC, Prairie Fire, several Tesseracts anthologies, Evolve, Chilling Tales, A Verdant Green, TransVersions, ARC Magazine, Taddle Creek, Abyss & Apex, 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin, and Stamps, Vamps & Tramps. Her two poetry collections are: The Animal Bridegroom (with an intro by Neil Gaiman) and Come Late to the Love of Birds. She is currently working on two books: a new poetry collection called Snake Handling for Beginners, as well as a story collection, Mrs. Kong & Other Monsters. She is fond of gin & tonics, Michael Fassbender and red lipstick.

Samantha Beiko Portrait

Samantha Beiko has her Bachelor of English Literature from the University of Manitoba (2010), and her post-graduate Book Publishing Certificate from Humber College (2010.) She has worked in the Canadian publishing industry for the past five 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 co-editing Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing with Sandra Kasturi for ChiZine Publications. Samantha has worked as a bookseller and events coordinator, a publicist for both Great Plains Publications and Signature Editions, and she is currently ChiZine Publication's Managing Editor, as well as the Managing Editor on their emerging graphic novel line, ChiGraphic.

Samantha is also an emerging author, and her first book, a YA fantasy novel called The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the 2014 Aurora Award for Best YA Novel, and the 2014 Eileen Sykes McTavish Best First Book award. She currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is working to broaden the speculative fiction community there through her writing and publishing work. She co-hosts the Aurora-nominated Canadian speculative reading series, ChiSeries Winnipeg, with fellow author Chadwick Ginther, and travels Canada widely to speak at conferences and host workshops about the Canadian publishing industry.