Welcome to Edmonton Public Library's new Writer in Residence

Submitted by Diane Walton on Sun, 01/16/2011 - 22:15

On Spec was pleased to be a participant in yesterday's Meet, Tweet and Greet event, hosted by auhor Marty Chan. Marty is looking forward to meeting writers in Edmonton, and helping them with their craft. http://www.martychan.com/blog/

Peter Watts recovering in hospital

Submitted by Jen Laface on Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:12

Award-winning Canadian SF author and former On Spec editor, Peter Watts (http://www.rifters.com/crawl/) is currently recovering in a Toronto hospital, following a near-fatal bout with necrotizing fasciitis. The editors and staff at On Spec wish Peter well during his long recovery.

On Spec Winter 2010/2011

Submitted by Jen Laface on Wed, 03/23/2011 - 13:22

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Short fiction by Terry Hayman, Kate Riedel, Marcelo Adrian Lillo, Bruce Barber and more.

Featured Author Interview by Roberta Laurie. Cover Art by Eric Orchard.

#81 Summer 2010 Vol. 22 No. 2 - SOLD OUT

Submitted by Jen Laface on Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:15



"Editorial: Take Your On Spec to the Beach!" by Diane L. Walton

"Guest Editorial: A Golden Tale" by Thomas Wharton

"Feature Author Interview: On Stephen Harper, Rod Serling and the Many Passions of Joel Fishbane" by Roberta Laurie

"Feature Artist Supplement" Artist Herman Lau


"Still" by Greg Wilson

"The Spectacular Death of Billy Nichols" by Joel Fishbane

"Thanks for the Game" by Rob Engen

"Pharaonic Park" by Shirley Barr

"The Last Wendy" by Marie Brennan

"The Right Chemistry" by Susan Forest

"The Asheville Road" by Corey Brown



Submitted by Jen Laface on Wed, 03/30/2011 - 16:20



"Why pride and determination keep us from wearing tinfoil hats" by Diane Walton

"On Film & SF: Personal FX" by Steve Mohn


"Imprint" by John Park

"’Sthetics" by Marc Brutschy

"Beauty to the Beholder" by Susan Urbanek Linville

"Kid Brother" by Kate Riedel

"Soul Taster" by Ken Rand

"The Gathering" by Michael Dewey

"Suit Man" by David K. Yeh

"Chocolate Kings" by Karen Traviss

"A Gift for Michael Mooney" by Jancis M. Andrews



Submitted by Jen Laface on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 13:28

by Barb Galler-Smith

Winter 2010/2011

Labour Day, 1994
Newsflash! Klingons and Star Fleet personnel seen on the corner of Portage and Main.

Ann Marston and I stood open-mouthed as we watched a small crowd of aliens, space farers, and dragonriders walk the streets of Winnipeg and corridors of our hotel at our very first science fiction and fantasy convention. Worldcon, or more properly the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, held its annual meeting in Manitoba that year.

You Never Know What You’re Going to Get

Submitted by Jen Laface on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 13:29

by Diane Walton

Winter 2010/2011

I’ll start this by saying a sincere “thank-you” to everyone who helped us with this year’s Pure Speculation Festival. Con-Spec’s author Guest of Honour, Tanya Huff, was gracious and approachable, and her fans certainly appreciated it. A former GoH, Robert J. Sawyer, also joined us this year, and his presence was icing on the cake. We were thrilled to see a reading of a new play based on Rob’s novel, Rollback, and we wish Virginia O’Dine of Bundoran Press all the best with her Spring 2011 stage production. The IFWA Players from Calgary made the most

Winter 2010/2011

Submitted by Jen Laface on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 13:53


1. “Chorus of Final Sighs” By Andrew Boden
For a family dedicated to music, there was little to be heard in its high, wide corridors and rooms.
2. “Something to Remember You By” by Terry Hayman
Dr. Dasa Kedar’s house was only three doors down from mine, a five second sprint, but it felt like forever because it was in the wrong direction from the designated bus stop on Ridge.
3. “If Truth Be Told” by Louise Moon


We're going to be at KeyCon!

Submitted by Diane Walton on Mon, 05/16/2011 - 22:41

On Spec Fiction editor, Barbara Galler-Smith, author of "Druids" and "Captives", is Editor Guest of Honour at Winnipeg's KeyCon. Diane Walton and Ann Marston will also be there to sell On Spec in the Dealer Room. Come by and say hi to us!

PDF of new issue for subscribers

Submitted by Jen Laface on Fri, 06/17/2011 - 14:34

Dear Subscribers,

In recent times, we've gone through some changes, resulting in delays to our regular production schedule. In addition to this, we now find ourselves at the mercy of Canada's postal delivery system and the current job action.

As we await the arrival of the print version of the Spring 2011 issue of On Spec, we're happy to send our valid subscribers a free pdf version of the issue on request.

Please contact onspec@onspec.ca and we would be happy to email you a copy.

Thank you,

The On Spec team