The first Tesseracts anthology was edited by Judith Merril. Since its publication in 1985, 264 authors/editors/translators and guests have written 443 pieces of Canadian speculative fiction, fantasy and horror for this series. Some of Canada's best known speculative fiction writers have been published within the pages of these volumes - including Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, Robert J. Sawyer, and Spider Robinson (to name a few). Tesseracts Sixteen is the seventeenth volume in the series. The entire series includes Tesseracts One through Sixteen, and Tesseracts Q, which features translations of works by some of Canada's top francophone writers of science fiction and fantasy.
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Mark Leslie is a writer, editor and bookseller who has worked for Indigo/Chapters Books and the McMaster University bookstore. He currently works at Kobo as Director of Self Publishing and Author Relations. Apart from being published in numerous publications, he occasionally writes reviews and conducts interviews. He was the series editor for the North of Infinity sci-fi anthology series. Mark sits on the board of directors for BookNet Canada and is president of Canadian Booksellers Association. As an active member of the book industry (both as a bookseller and writer), Mark regularly speaks at conferences, conventions and workshops about books, writing, and publishing. You can find a full biography and detailed listing of his written works on his website.
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This latest collection of speculative fiction stories and poems from Canada focuses on the subjects of culture and the arts. A long-time rock music fan is looking for the ultimate AC/DC bootleg tape, which may or may not actually exist. There is a story about language (not any particular language, but language in general) being intelligent. In a world where genetic engineering has eradicated most congenital diseases, the next genetic abnormality to be eradicated is the "art gene." A famous composer lives alone on a space station orbiting Saturn. His final composition involves playing Saturn's rings like an instrument. There is a poem called "Zombie Poet". A pair of stories explore the world of dance. The first is about a special kind of memory cloth that can transfer insanity to a sane person, and the other concerns a dance competition between humans and aliens. A woman returns to her high school for her 60th high school reunion. She became a famous singer, and she meets up with an old boyfriend (she is white, and he is black). Muses are treated like intestinal parasites, and removed from people, but destroying them is not easy. A man has rented an isolated cabin in British Columbia to write a novel, but what is on the page becomes a little too real. Another story is about genetic engineering, but, this time, humanity has abolished moods, in effect making Prozac permanent. A desperate attempt is made to bring artists about to die forward in time to provide a dying humanity with emotion and creativity. This is yet another first-rate collection of stories from Canada. All parts of "the arts" are covered, in very unique ways. Individually, these stories are excellent; together, this book is highly recommended.