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Edward Llewellyn
(Real name: Dr. Edward Llewellyn-Thomas) Llewellyn held professorships in Pharmacology, Medicine, and Electrical Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he was also Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, and Associate Director of the Institute of Bio-Medical Engineering. His 1968 research on eye movements was the cover story for an issue of Scientific American. Llewellyn produced six sf novels before his death in 1984. Prelude To Chaos, The Douglas Convolution and The Bright Companion all deal with a future in which a commonly used contraceptive is discovered to leave the next generation sterile. Llewellyn depicts the breakup of civilization as the population ages without children. In Salvage And Destroy the alien protagonist is sent to investigate Earth, but learns something about his own political system instead. Fugitive In Transit has an alien marshal seeking a fugitive on Earth who may or may not be an alien. In Word-Bringer a shyster lawyer is confronted with an alien missionary. Llewellyn's stories always combine the theme of the alienated outsider with a fast action narrative to produce intriguing thrillers.
Nicole Luiken
Alberta author Luiken has three books out: Unlocking the Doors [Scholastic] (a ghost story, written when she was 13), Escape To The Overworld, an sf juvenile set in Toronto (written when she was 15); and The Catalyst [Edmonton, Tree Frog, 1989] (written at 17). She two new novels forthcoming: Violet Eyes, from Simon & Schuster's Pocket Pulse imprint, due January 2001, and Running On Instinct from Tor Forge, April/May 2001. Most Recent: birth to son Simon Nicholas Humphrey, shortly before midnight on October 26, 1999. (He hasn't written anything yet, though.)
Gwendolyn MacEwan.
Practically all of MacEwan's poetry could be called speculative in some sense, though The Armies of the Moon collection has the most overt sf elements. My personal favorite among her poems, however, is "A Letter To Future Generations" in The Shadow-Maker. Besides her many books of poetry, she has two plays, a novel (Julian The Magician), and two short story collections: Noman and Noman's Land. The Noman stories are about various sf fans you've met, thought I doubt MacEwan knew that when she wrote them.
Hugh MacLennan.
Another of Canada's most distinguished writers, MacLennan has won the Governor General's Award for Literature three times. Perhaps his greatest work is Voices In Time, in which the narrator reconstructs his family's history from papers found in the post-holocaust ruins of Montreal.
Alice Major
Major has a novel The Chinese Mirror [Toronto: Irwin, 1988] , and a poetry collection, Time Travels Light [Edmonton: Rowan Books/The Book Collective, 1992] of interest to sf readers.
Susan MacGregor
Part of the On Spec editorial collective, she is editor of Divine Realms (Turnstone Press, 1998) an anthology of Canadian (and some American) sf dealing with religion, god, and spirituality.
Scott MacKay
His first novel, Outpost was published in 1999.
Alberto Manguel.
Manguel was born in South America, lived in Europe, and settled in Victoria. He wrote The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (in current re-release) and edited Black Water: The Anthology of Fantastic Literature. Although neither is particularly Canadian, the latter is noteworthy for two reasons: it is one of the few truly international sf collections; and it features the cross-over works of mainstream writers. Which, when you think about it, may be typically Canadian afterall. Magic realism meets The Twilight Zone. Most Recent: Reissue of Dictionary of Imaginary Places.
Ann Marston
Edmonton fantasy writer whose first three releases are part of a multigenerational saga: Kingmaker's Sword, The Western King, and Broken Blade.
Suzanne Martel.
A Francophone author, two of her sf children's books are available in English: The City Under Ground and Robot Alert. Written in 1964, The City Under Ground now appears unacceptably sexist and dated. For young children.
Judith Merril.
Most famous for her 13 anthologies of The Best of the Year In sf, Merril moved to Toronto in 1968 at the age of 45 where she founded the famous Spaced Out Library by donating 5,000 sf titles to the Toronto Public Library. In 1985 she edited the first volume of Tesseracts, a significant milestone in the emergence of a distinct Canadian sf genre. Her other works include: Daughters of Earth (short story collection); Shadow On the Hearth; The Tomorrow People (not to be confused with TV show of the same name), Gunner Cade (with Cyril Kornbluth as "Cyril Judd"; Outpost Mars (alternate title: Sin in Space, also with Kornbluth as Cyril Judd); Out of Bounds (short stories); Survival Ship and Other Stories; and The Best of Judith Merril. Gunner Cade is my personal favorite, though written long before she moved to Canada. In 1983 she won the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Award for "Lifetime Contributions to the Field", and again in 1986 for Tesseracts.
Sally McBride
Toronto author Sally McBride has had sf stories published in the F&sf, On Spec, various Tesseracts volumes, and elsewhere. (The "Margaret" McBride in the first Tesseracts is also Sally.) She won an Aurora Award in 1995 for her novelette "The Fragrance of Orchids" (Asimov's May 1994) and received an honorable mention in 13th annual edition of The Year's Best Science Fiction.. She also received an honorable mention in the 16th annual Year's Best Science Fiction for "Queen of Yesterday", which originally appeared in Realms of Fantasy Most Recent: "Speaking Sea" in Tesseracts8, currently nominated for an Aurora for short fiction. She and her husband, Dale Sproule, were the founding editors of the critically acclaimed Transversions magazine, producing nine issues before turning it over to Marcel Gagné and Sally Tomasevic.
Judy McCrosky
Although generally known as a romance novelist and mainstream short story author, McCrosky has had speculative fiction published in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, Altair, and Tesseracts7. She is co-editor (with Candas Jane Dorsey) of Land/Space: An Anthology of Prairie Speculative Fiction.
Shirley Meier.
One of the original Bunch of Seven (a Toronto writers group), Meier wrote Shadow's Daughter and co-authored The Sharpest Edge, The Cage Saber and Shadow, (all with S.M. Stirling) and Shadow's Son with S.M. Stirling & Karen Wehrstein; and Shadow's Daughter.
Yves Meynard, Ph.D.
A respected Montreal author with over 40 short stories and eight books to his credit, Yves' first novel is the charming young adult fantasy Book of Knights. (Highly recommended.) Book of Knights was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (Adult Literature) in 2000. A number of his short stories have also been translated for the Tesseracts series, and he was co-editor (with Robert Runté) of Tesseracts5. Most Recent short story available in English: "Within the Mechanism", in Tesseracts8.
Charles Montpetit
At age 15, Charles won le Prix de l'Actuelle-jeunesse for his first novel, Moi ou la Plan¿te (1973). His second novel, Temps perdu (1984) [available in English as Lost Time (Blackmoss, 1990)] was a finalist for Canada Council Award; his third novel, Temps Mort, won both the Aurora and Governor General's Award for Children's Literature (1989). Copie Carbone (1993) won the Christie Award and le Prix le Signet d'or de Plaisir de live. He has also served as artistic director of Solaris, La Puce õ l'oreille, Je me petit-dªbrouille, and Le temps de vivre, and has edited several anthologies, including La Prem¿re Fois (1991) [available in English as The First Time (1996)] a non-sf, two volume collection of short stories on teenage sexuality.
Jim Munroe
Munroe's novel Angry Young Spaceman is self-published not because it isn't good enough for mainstream success, but because Nunroe's social activism drove him to reject the monopolistic corporate press. Go to his website for more information on how to buy his book, and how to publish your own.
Derryl Murphy
Editor and publisher of ill fated Senary magazine (1992) Murphy has gone on to acquire a reputation as a top short story writer with 13 stories in various Canadian and international markets, including "Body Solar" which was an Aurora nomineed (1994). He is currently a member of the On Spec editorial board and Canadian Regional Director for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (1999-present)
Ruth Nichols
Children's author Nichols has written three fantasy novels: Song Of The Pearl, A Walk Out Of The World and The Marrow Of The World. Of the three, Song is the most interesting, and tells the story of a troubled 17 year old who goes to heaven to relive her past lives. The book paints a fascinating view of heaven as a consensual construct. Mature themes for young adults.
David Nickle
Toronto journalist and author, winner of the 1993 Aurora Award for Best Short Work in English, for "The Toy Mill," (with Karl Schroeder, in Tesseracts4)). This was later expanded into the novel, The Claus Effect [Tesseract Books, 1997] (again, with Karl Schroeder). He won the Bram Stroker Award (Horror) in 1997 for a collaboration with Edo van Belkom. He has published in Tesseracts, On Spec, Transversions, and Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Most Recent: "Extispicy" in Tesseracts8
Marianne O. Nielsen
One of the founders of On Spec magazine, she left the editorial collective when her day job as a criminology professor took her to the Arizona. She has published a number of short stories in various venues.
Andrea Paradis
Official editor of the National Library's book of critical essays on Canadian speculative fiction (to accompany the Library's exhibition of Canadian sf): Out of this World: Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature Quarry Press and National Library of Canada, 1995. 264pp. ISBN 1-55082-150-4 # and Visions D'Autres Mondes: La littªrature fantastique et de secience-fiction Canadienne. rd editions et Biblioth¿que nationale du Canada, 1995. 286pp. ISBN 2-89462-0004 #
John Park
Widely published short story author. Most Recent: "Viking" in Tesseracts8, and "Nightward" in Transversions
William Pasnak
An Alberta writer best known for his two young adult fantasies, In The City of the King and Under the Eagle's Claw (1988).
Graham Petrie
Born in Malaya of Scottish parents, educated in Scotland and at Oxford, Petrie has taught at McMaster University since 1964. His first novel, Seahorse, concerns an isolated seaside village and the Institute the villagers fear is controlling their dreams. "A subtle blend of Kafkaean and Borgesian fantasy."
Ursula Pflug
Literary short story writer. Most Recent: "Gone with the Sea" and "Rice Lake" in Tesseracts8, "Sewing Forgetfulness" on an e-zine edited by Maryanne Mohanraj, and "Big Ears" forthcoming (2000) in Transversions
Robert Philmus
Philmus is a professor at Concordia University and the former editor of Science-Fiction Studies, a scholarly journal published by McGill University. (Subscriptions: $14.50/year payable to sfS Publications, c/o Dept. of English, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke St. W., Montr&eacuteal, Qub&eacutec H4B 1R6.) Philmus also wrote Into the Unknown: The Evolution of Science Fiction From Francis Godwin to H. G. Wells, and co-edited two other books on Wells.
Teresa Plowright.
Vancouver sf author Plowright's firstnovel, Dreams of an Unseen Planet, was picked by Locus as one of the best first novels of 1986. Most Recent: Has received a Canada Council grant to complete her second novel.
Bruce Powe.
Powe has written several "near future" novels, the best of which is The Last Days Of The American Empire.
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