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Events/Cons:
CanVention 22 and the Aurora Awards
If It's Tuesday, this must be TOR

Feature Interview:
Ken Macleod

Feature Review: Cosmonaut Keep by Ken Macleod

Book Reviews
The Alchemists Door
by Lisa Goldstein
Alternate Generals
ed by Harry Turtledove
Argonaut by Stanley Schmidt
Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks
The Iron Grail by John Woodstock
The Sacred Pool by L. Warren Douglas
The Sky So Big And Black by John Barnes
Spaceland by Rudy Rucker
Straw Men by
Michael Marshall Smith
Sisters of the Raven by Barbara Hambly
To Trade The Stars by Julie E. Czerneda
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Graphic Novel:
Murder Mysteries. Original short story and radio play by Neil Gaiman. Graphic story script and art by P. Craig Russell
Zine: The Journal of Pulse Pounding Narratives

SFMedia:
Film:
Austin Powers: GoldMember

Metropolis (2002) Restoration
& Metropolis Essay
PowerPuff Girls
Reign of Fire
Signs
Simone

 

Canadian Report - August 2002
By Asta Sinusas


Images link to reviews, Amazon.com, or publisher pages.)

As publishing gets warmer and fall approaches, I thought I’d take the time to cool off with a few impressive young adult novels.

Canadian publisher publishes SF!

The Witches of Willowmere by Alison Baird 

(Penguin Canada; ISBN 0141313730; C$18.00)

Like the TV show Charmed, but have gotten bored with the trio vanquishing evil each week? Then this is the book you’ve been waiting for. Claire is inexplicably drawn to a house in her neighborhood. She befriends the owner as she delves into the whys and wherefores of Wicca, and realizes that she has powers of her own. The first in a series, The Witches of Willowmere is a wonderful tale of where curiosity can lead you. The best part is that it throws in some neat facts with the fiction – pink dolphins in the Amazon – who knew? I can't wait to see how things get witchier.

Blue Roan Child by Jamieson Findlay
 (Doubleday Canada; Hardcover; Aug 2002; ISBN 0385658338; C$27.95)

 Findlay’s quiet, lush descriptions make you feel like you are in a dew-kissed meadow in the middle of spring, and the prose draws you quickly into the tale. Syeria is an orphaned stable brat, but her life changes when Arwin, a wild horse from Arva and her two colts enter her life. When the colts are kidnapped, Syerian and Arwin must reluctantly trust each other to go on the rescue mission of a lifetime. Findlay uses personalities of the different countries and landscapes to give the story deeper meaning. The result is a handsome narrative combined with vivid images makes this a journey to remember

Below the 49th parallel: Young Adult SF books by Canadian authors that are available in Canada but published by US houses.

Mars Diaries Mission # 9: Manchurian Sector by Sigmund Brouwer
(Tyndale; ISBN 0842356339;C$8.50/$4.99) 

Mars Diaries Mission # 10: Last Stand by 
Sigmund Brouwer
(Tyndale; ISBN 0842356347;
C/$8.50$4.99)

From the publisher of the bestselling Left Behind series, both Mars books released in paperback April 2002 are a pretty cool read with the pacing of a thriller novel. Manchurian Sector starts with Tyce controlling a robot that pulls a core of uranium from a nuclear reactor only minutes before it blows, saving the city of Los Angeles. This is because he has a biological implant that allows him to manipulate robots (from nanno to life-size) at great distance with his mind.  However, knowledge of his capabilities has been kept a secret, until now. Last Stand returns Tyce to Mars just in time for it to threatened by the Manchurians who want to control the carbon dioxide production that will give the planet an atmosphere. In Brouwer’s future, Russia has been overshadowed by China’s ascendancy as a superpower but all nations belong to the World United Federation. That is until Manchuria seceded from China and became the lodestone for the opposition. In the midst of adventure the author manages to raise the questions of genetic testing as a means for exclusion at birth based on DNA, and the expansion of Earth's population to the Moon and Mars as well as the difficulties of creating a livable atmosphere. The science is very well done - explained simply and blended seamlessly into a flawless narrative.

In other news, Rob Sawyer will be piloting a radio show called "Faster Than Light" on CBC Radio One in September. The hour-long program includes a poem by Carolyn Clink (nepotism, nepotism), an adaptation of Tom Godwin’s “The Cold Equation” and an interview with Nalo Hopkinson. The warehousing situation at General is winding down, with sales of its Boston Mills, Irwin and StoddartKids divisions. Perhaps that means I can finally get my copy of Dave Duncan’s West of January. Amazon.ca seems to be here to stay, although inconsistencies abound and are slowly being sorted out by the staff. Finally, there’s a review in this month’s issue of To Trade the Stars, by recent Aurora winner Julie Czerneda and with it brings an invitation: 

The Board of Directors of the Leacock Museum
cordially invite you to a
Writer's Reception
honouring the success of local science fiction author
Julie E. Czerneda
Wednesday, August 28th at 8 o’clock in the evening
Swanmore Hall, Leacock Museum, 50 Museum Drive, Orillia, Ontario 

Ms. Czerneda recently received two Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association Prix Aurora Awards. In the Company of Others won for Best Long-Form Work in English and "Left Foot on a Blind Man" won for Best Short-Form Work in English.  Ms. Cerneda  will read from her award - winning short story. She will also be on hand to sign copies of her published works, which will be available for sale. 

Refreshments & Cash Bar Following
RSVP if attending to 7-5-329-1908

(see Asta's review at: To Trade The Stars)
 

That’s all she wrote. Until next month, if there’s something I missed mentioning about the Great White North, please email me at asta@sfrevu.com See you at ConJose and remember that you’re vacationing at your own risk if you’re flying this summer.

© 2002 Ernest Lilley / SFRevu