by Diane L. Walton
In our previous issue, we mentioned the passing of acclaimed author, essayist and academic Joanna Russ, who left us shortly before we went to press with the issue. Edmonton writer Candas Jane Dorsey has written a powerful and heartfelt tribute to a writer who paved the way for so many of us in this genre. I still have my dog-eared paperback copy of The Female Man, purchased many years ago, and it’s about time I took another look at it. I advise you to do the same. And if you have never heard of Joanna Russ or her work, you have some amazing discoveries yet to make.
Having negotiated a well-worn path that many women have trod before me and moved through many experiences I had never imagined for myself whilst a child growing up in Western Canada, I currently find myself in a rather privileged time and place where I can sit at my kitchen table that faces the window that opens to the back yard. A large maple tree is aglow in newly green splendour, and my laptop whirs off and on like a moodily contented cat.
Geoffrey W. Cole
Visit his publisher's page for an upcoming full novel at
At the Stanley Milner Library downtown
Thursday, November 17th @ 12:00 p.m.
Join spec fiction authors Jo Walton, Dave Gross, Barb Galler-Smith, Eileen Bell and Billie Milholland as they talk about the exciting genre of speculative fiction. These talented writers will talk about classic works vs. new works and the trend of blending together genres and weaving diverse cultures into stories. They'll also share their insights about the business of writing speculative fiction in this one-hour panel discussion.
Anne McCaffrey passed away November 21st. She will be missed by family, friends, and fans of her work. Our condolences to her family and friends - our hearts go out to you.
Del Rey's website: http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2011/11/anne-mccaffrey-april-1-1926-novembe...
1. “The Silent Machete” by A. A. Hernandez
He does not take the machete from my hand. “Yo sabía que tu la traerías para atrás.” I knew you would bring her back, he says. His eyes are watering, but he clenches his jaw and turns to me again with hard, black eyes.
2. “The Rook and the Web” by Carolyn Watson
When Eunice slid her chair away from the table, the crow let out a raucous caw and tapped his beak against the window pane. “I am the smartest bird in the universe,” he said in crow tongue. “Give me a chance and I will change your life.”
Canada is a great country to be living in. As much as we humble folks in the arts community continue to gripe about a succession of federal, provincial or municipal governments that may or may not have our best interests at heart, we still enjoy and are grateful for levels of financial support that keep many of us afloat. It is a rare cultural industry in this country that can survive solely based on the revenues from its consumers. Costs of production are high, and our sector of the potential audience is small.