edited by Sandra Kasturi & Halli Villegas
Orphan children destroy their nasty superintendent and create a clockwork replacement; a professor publishes a list of known vampires, but doesn’t get it quite right; a military drone achieves sentience—and an unfortunate conscience; self-replicating humanoid robots fall in love with humans; an alien ship lands in a schoolyard and shows the teenagers the infinite probabilities of the universe. . . .
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.
All these worlds and more exist within the pages of Imaginarium 2012—the first in a yearly anthology series, gathering together the voices of the best Canadian writers and poets working in the genres (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, etc.) today. Featuring stories by Camille Alexa, Kelley Armstrong, Madeline Ashby, Peter Chiykowski, Carolyn Clink, David Livingstone Clink, Geoffrey W. Cole, Cory Doctorow, Amal El-Mohtar, Steven Erikson, Gemma Files, Neile Graham, Lisa L. Hannett, Ada Hoffman, Claire Humphrey, Susan Ioannu, Kristin Janz, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Derek Künsken, Helen Marshall, Anna Mioduchowska, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, David Nickle, Rhonda Parrish, Kelly Rose Pflug-Back, Timothy Reynolds, Ian Rogers, Robert Runté, Geoff Ryman, Rebecca M. Senese, George Swede, Peter Watts, A.C. Wise, and Rio Youers.
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