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Posted January 22, 2009
Twenty-one original science-fiction/fantasy stories (except for two) have been selected by the two editors with impressive credentials in this popular field. Both are successful, award-winning authors with numerous published writings. Wilson has won a Philip K. Dick Award as well as the Aurora Awards. Belkom has also won Auroras three times as well as the Bram Stoker award. In Belkom's short epilogue, he notes how Canadian science- fiction/fantasy writing has been 'infused every so often by outside sources,' including a short term by William Gibson in the late 1960s, while yielding indigenous writers who kept the field going and thriving. This tenth anthology illustrates the maturation of Canadian speculative fiction in the 20 years since the appearance of the first one. The diversity of the writers' backgrounds suggests the diversity of the imaginations and styles: a creator of a children's animated series, teachers and students, a carpenter, poet, game designer, and some authors with considerable publications. The entertaining--and for aspiring writers, instructive--stories evidence the vitality of the genre.
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