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IntroductionThe following is not intended as a definitive listing. In selecting authors to be included here, I have tried to highlight those whose works are (1) readily available, (2) popular, and (3) represent a significant contribution to Canadian sf. Although there are many other fine Canadian sf authors, it seems unlikely that the average reader would be willing to seek out the obscure literary journals in which they appeared, until after exhausting the more accessible titles listed here.
By the same logic, Francophone works are only included in the following list when readily available in English translation; otherwise Francophone authors are persented separately in the historical overview and list of Recommended Authors prepared by Jean-Louis Trudel which follows with the next link.
Furthermore, I have not included many works from the horror, gothic or gamer genres, even though Canadians are well represented within them, because I do not see those authors as part of the same literary tradition. For the same reason, I have excluded the many books which attempt to predict Canada's immediate political future. "Near future" fiction seems to have an unusually strong attraction for Canadian writers: the spectre of Quebec separatism, for example, had generated over 40 sf works alone by the mid-1980s, and that's not even counting Francophone materials [John Bell, "Uneasy Union: A Checklist of English-Language sf Concerning Canadian Separatist Conflicts" in Science-Fiction Studies, Vol. 1, #1, Whole #26, March, 1982.] Although Ian Adams' The Trudeau Papers, Richard Rohmer's Exxoneration, or Eric Koch's The Leisure Riots fit a broad definition of speculative fiction, they are not really part of the same tradition.
On the other hand, I have included several Canadian sf critics and academics in this listing because I believe they have contributed to the emergence of a distinctive Canadian presence in the field.
Here, then, is a brief sampler of what Canadian sf has to offer.
This page last updated: March, 2003