About On Spec

In 1989, a small group of Edmonton writers formed The Copper Pig Writers Society in order to fill a niche in Canada. At the time, the only paying markets for SF short fiction were the major American magazines. When we sent our work south, we'd often be told it was good, but simply too "alien" for their audiences.

English-speaking Canadian SF writers were frustrated with having to "Americanize" their stories for the paying markets. We knew there was an audience hungry for thoughtful, intelligent (often unconventional) SF and Fantasy with a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Go Ahead: Suspend My Disbelief

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Winter 2009/2010 Issue

According to the entry in Wikipedia: Suspension of disbelief or “willing suspension of disbelief” is a formula devised by the poet and aesthetic philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge to justify the use of fantastic or non-realistic elements in literature. Coleridge suggested that if a writer could infuse a "human interest and a semblance of truth" into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative.

Spring 2010 Cover

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Spring 2010 Cover

ON SPEC Winter 2007

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ON SPEC Winter 2007

Cover: Soup's On by Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk

Winter 2007 Vol. 19 No. 4 #71

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Non-Fiction:

  • "A Happy New Year" by Susan MacGregor

Features:

  • Feature Artist Interview - Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk
  • Feature Author Interview - Lady of the banjo - a chat with Kate Riedel

Fiction:

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#70 Fall 2007 Vol. 19 No. 3

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Non-Fiction:

  • "Building Community" by Diane L. Walton

Fiction:

  • "The Sorceress' Assistant" by Leah Bobet
  • "The Night Visitor" by Rose Hunter
  • "The Pursuer" by Scott Mackay
  • "Rainy Season" by Chandra Rooney
  • "Nine Sketches, in Charcoal and Blood" by Marie Brennan
  • "...But With a Whimper" by Greg Wilson
  • "A Coil of Thread" by Trevor Morrison
  • "The Blood of a Virgin is Hard to Come By Legitimately" by Wesley Herbert

Poetry:

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#69 Summer 2007 Vol. 19 No. 2

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Non-Fiction:

  • "Terraforming Terra" by Steve Mohn

Fiction:

  • "The Laws of Motion" by Catherine MacLeod
  • "Manna" by Leslie Brown
  • "The Boatman" by Joanne Merriam
  • "Hollywood Roadkill" by Cat Sparks
  • "Perfect Violet" by Will McIntosh
  • "The Baby Blues" by Julia Campbell-Such
  • "Quiet Empire" by Michael Vance
  • "Living Under the Conditions" by James Moran

Poetry:

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#68 Spring 2007 Vol. 19 No. 1

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Non-Fiction:

  • "How We Do It" by Diane Walton

Fiction:

  • "Stop Plate Tectonics" by Robert Weston
  • "The Other Side" by D.T. Mitenko
  • "Made" by Paul Hosek
  • "Making Light" by Allan Weiss
  • "A Day Without Kings by Adam La Rusic
  • "Old People and Dogs: A Death in the Desert" by Jennifer Rachel Baumer
  • "Why the Poets Were Banned from the City" by Jerome Stueart

Poetry:

  • "Crave" by Claire Litton
  • "Thanksgiving" by Claire Litton
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Winter 2006 Vol. 18 No. 4 #67 - SOLD OUT!

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Non-Fiction:

  • "Thoughts on a Year Gone By " by Diane Walton

Features:

  • Excerpt: From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain by Minister Faust

Fiction:

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#66 Fall 2006 Vol. 18 No. 3

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Non-Fiction:

  • "Thinking About the Past, Thinking About the Future" by Derryl Murphy

Fiction:

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