Short stories update!

As sad as it is for the three people following my cartoony tribute to Short Story Month (full archives here), I must interrupt with three (3!) story tidbits of mine own. Short updates about short stories!

Tesseracts 181) EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing has been publishing the acclaimed Tesseracts science-fiction/fantasy/horror anthology for eighteen years now (the most recent volume, Wrestling with Gods: Tesseracts Eighteenhas just been released, and I’m deeply enjoying the tales therein). Over the past two decades, the collection has found a home for a diverse quality assortment of established and emerging voices of Canadian speculative fiction, including such luminaries as Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, Robert J. Sawyer, Cory Doctorow, Spider Robinson, and many more besides. The author lineup for the nineteenth iteration has been announced, and your very humble blogmaestro finds himself amongst the chosen few.

Tesseracts Nineteen: Superhero Universe will, among its many pages, find a few devoted to my little ditty “SÜPER” (all caps, if you please, and see that you don’t neglect the all-important umlaut). The full ToC will alphabetically consist of:

John Bell ~ P.E. Bolivar ~ Kevin Cockle ~ Evelyn Deshane ~ Marcelle Dubé ~ Chadwick Ginther ~ Patrick T. Goddard ~ Kim Goldberg ~ Geoff Hart ~ Sacha A. Howells ~ Arun Jiwa ~ D.K. Latta ~ Michael Matheson ~ Bernard E. Mireault ~ Luke Murphy ~ Brent Nichols ~ David Perlmutter ~ Mary Pletsch & Dylan Blacquiere ~ Jennifer Rahn ~ Corey Redekop ~ Alex C. Renwick ~ Jason Sharp ~ Bevan Thomas ~ Leigh Wallace ~ A.C. Wise

I’ll have much more information on this in the upcoming months. Expect the full book (edited by Claude Lalumière and Marc Shainblum) on bookstore shelves April 2016.

Licence Expired2) A previous post of mine discussed the background of the upcoming ChiZine anthology Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond. While I had then hinted at my participation, I’m pleased to announce that my personal contribution to the James Bond canon, “Six” (although the title may change), has been fully accepted by editors Madeline Ashby and David Nickle for Canadian publication. I’ll reveal more as the time nears, but for now all I’ll say is that the expected publication date is November 2015, and I’m stoked.

BTW, they’re still accepting submissions until June 1, 2015, so if you want to contribute, get crackin’.

3) After what seems like forever, it looks as if the long-gestating project The Bestiary is almost ready for the public. A personal venture by the dynamic duo of Ann and Jeff Vandermeer (through Centipede Press), the collection is “a modern bestiary of made-up fantastical creatures organized from A to Z, along with an ampersand and an invisible letter, featuring some of the best and most respected fantasists from around the world.”


Cover and interior art by Ivica Stevanovic.

Repeat: some of the best and most respected fantasists from around the world.

Plus me. Because who am I kidding.

Here’s the full ToC, courtesy of SF Signal:

  • &: Ampersand by Karin Lowachee
  • A: The Auricle by Gio Clairval
  • B: Bartleby’s Typewriter by Corey Redekop
  • C: The Counsellor Crow by Karen Lord
  • D: Daydreamer by Proxy by Dexter Palmer
  • E: Enkantong-bato by Dean Francis Alfar
  • F: The Figmon by Michael Cisco
  • G: The Guest by Brian Conn
  • H: Hadrian’s Sparrikan by Stephen Graham Jones
  • I: Ible by Brian Evenson
  • J: Jason Bug by Joseph Nigg
  • K: The Karmantid by Karen Heuler
  • L: The Liwat’ang Yawa and the Litok-litok by Rochita Loenin-Ruiz
  • M: Mosquito Boy by Felix Gilman
  • Bestiary Art

    Art by Ivica Stevanovic.

    N: Nothus Barathruma by Reza Negarestani

  • O: Orsinus Liborum by Catherynne M. Valente
  • P: Pyret by Karin Tidbeck
  • Q: Quintus by Michal Ajvaz
  • R: Rapacis X. Loco Signa by L.L. Hannett
  • S: Snafu by Micaela Morrissette
  • T: Tongues of Moon Toad by Cat Rambo
  • U: The Ugly-Nest Rat by Eric Schaller
  • V: The Vanga by Rikki Ducornet
  • W: Weialalaleia by Amal El-Mohtar
  • X: The Xaratan by Rhys Hughes
  • Y: Yakshantariksh by Vandana Singh
  • Z: Zee by Richard Howard
  •  : China Miéville

The art is by artist Ivica Stevanovic. Couldn’t tell you which animal it is, but cannot wait to see his interpretation of Bartleby’s Typewriter.

The Bestiary has a publication date of October, 2015.