On Spec Wins 2012 Aurora!

Submitted by Diane Walton on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 19:26

At a banquet held Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the fabulous When Words Collide convention in Calgary, the editors and staff of On Spec were thrilled to win the annual Aurora Award for On Spec as Best Related Work in English (Other). Visit the Aurora website for more details on the other winners and the finalists. www.prixaurorawards.ca
We offer our congratulations to all the finalists and winners. The Canadian SF community is stronger than ever. One very interesting thing to note: this is the first year that all the finalist novels have been published by Canadian publishers!

"To Boldly Go..." Editorial by Diane L. Walton

Submitted by Jen Laface on Sat, 08/25/2012 - 22:22

It has been an interesting year for On Spec so far. We occasionally step outside of our comfort zone and attempt to bring On Spec to a new audience. We have been to farmers’ markets and craft fairs, with varying degrees of success, especially when people are looking for a unique holiday gift. When we go to a mainstream writers’ conference, there is always the chance that one or two people there may dabble in genre fiction, and take an interest in On Spec as a potential market. They may even buy a copy to see what kind of stories we are likely to buy.

#89 - Summer 2012 vol 24 no 2 – SOLD OUT

Submitted by Jen Laface on Sat, 08/25/2012 - 22:35

$4.00

fiction

fiction

1. "7:54" by Susan Forest
Brenda quotes Thomas Edison, saying, “I haven’t failed; I’ve only found 3998 ways that don’t work.” So, okay. That’s what keeps her going, I guess.

2. "Village of Good Fortune" by Shen Braun
“I cannot believe you came here by chance,” Shimo said. Rokiya nodded. “Coincidence is the disguise the gods use to mask their actions.”

3. "The Only Innocent Soul in Hell" by Peter Darbyshire

$4.00

Summer 2012 #89 vol 24 no 2

Submitted by Jen Laface on Sat, 08/25/2012 - 22:39

Purchase Summer 2012 here!

fiction

fiction

1. "7:54" by Susan Forest
Brenda quotes Thomas Edison, saying, “I haven’t failed; I’ve only found 3998 ways that don’t work.” So, okay. That’s what keeps her going, I guess.

2. "Village of Good Fortune" by Shen Braun
“I cannot believe you came here by chance,” Shimo said. Rokiya nodded. “Coincidence is the disguise the gods use to mask their actions.”

3. "The Only Innocent Soul in Hell" by Peter Darbyshire

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Summer 2012 writer and artist websites!

Submitted by Jen Laface on Sat, 08/25/2012 - 22:44

Visit the websites of our Summer 2012 writers and artists to learn more about them!

Writers
F.J. Bergmann: http://fibitz.com/

Shen Braun: http://shenbraun.blogspot.ca/

Peter Darbyshire: http://www.peterdarbyshire.com/

Susan Forest: http://susanforest.speculative-fiction.ca/

Tyler Keevil: http://www.tylerkeevil.pc-q.net/

Roberta Laurie: http://www.creativewhispers.ca/

Mike Perschon: http://steampunkscholar.blogspot.ca/

Cover artist
Melissa Wartenberg: www.AtticRaiders.etsy.com

Photography

Summer 2012 #89 vol 24 no 2

Submitted by Jen Laface on Sat, 08/25/2012 - 22:46

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Short fiction by Susan Forest, Shen Braun, Tyler Keevil, Kevin Shaw, and more.

Editorial by Diane L. Walton.

"Through a Glass, Brightly: The Goggled Gaze of Steampunk" Guest Article by Mike Perschon

Cover Artist Melissa Wartenberg

Cover Art photo Blue Magic Photography

STARFest 2012 - Special

Submitted by Jen Laface on Mon, 08/27/2012 - 11:46

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Delve into what it takes to write from the villain’s point of view and create believable characters with Drew Karpyshyn. He will be in conversation with local writer and fellow BioWare designer, Brent Knowles: www.starfest.ca

Congratulations to Author Jo Walton!

Submitted by Diane Walton on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 14:08

The On Spec family sends best wishes to Montreal author, Jo Walton! Jo has won the prestigious Hugo Award for her novel, Among Others at a ceremony held at the World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago on Sunday, September 2, 2012. Jo was our special Canadian Author Guest of Honour at Pure Speculation 2011 in Edmonton.

#89 Summer 2012 vol 24 no 2 - SOLD OUT

Submitted by Barb Galler-Smith on Tue, 09/11/2012 - 17:17

$4.00

fiction

fiction

1. "7:54" by Susan Forest
Brenda quotes Thomas Edison, saying, “I haven’t failed; I’ve only found 3998 ways that don’t work.” So, okay. That’s what keeps her going, I guess.

2. "Village of Good Fortune" by Shen Braun
“I cannot believe you came here by chance,” Shimo said. Rokiya nodded. “Coincidence is the disguise the gods use to mask their actions.”

3. "The Only Innocent Soul in Hell" by Peter Darbyshire

$4.00

On Spec searching for Drupal volunteer

Submitted by admin on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 08:52

On Spec Magazine, a non-profit science fiction and fantasy magazine, is looking for a web developer with Drupal experience to volunteer with helping update the back end of our website. The commitment would be 5-10 hours a month.

We will offer a free subscription to our magazine, plus other goodies! Depending on commitment, more may be negotiable.

If you're interested, please email Jen Laface, the Publisher's Assistant: onspec@onspec.ca