Happy Canada Day & (A.C. Wise’s) Fiction Recs!

(The above image, which feels much more appropriate to post right now than the Canada 150 logo given the ongoing discourse we’ve seen about colonialism, reconciliation, and more in the runup to the celebrations — see articles like this one, for example — is Art Kilgour’s creation in response to Inuk filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s discussion in this video of her talk about Canada 15,000.)

Hey everyone, how you doing? A belated Canada Day to one and all! (See the above paragraph for quick thoughts on same.)

It’s been a while. I’ve been under a crush of freelance work and pulling together the next Anathema or would have posted something sooner. I trust you’ve all missed me? :)

Still in the throes of being fairly busy, so popping in to note that while there’s all this work going on on my end, there’s also acknowledgement of existing work to report. And it’s an absolutely lovely mention:

Yesterday, in honour of Canada Day, A.C. Wise (whose fiction, reviews, and other content you should be reading) put up a blog post, More Than Margaret, to highlight some of their favourite speculative fiction in a mixture of things recent and less so. The post covers novels, anthologies, and short fiction, and there’s a fantastic mix of colleagues and friends in the field represented, all of whom I’m delighted to be mentioned alongside. :D

My own contribution to that list is “And in That Sheltered Sea, a Colossus” from Shimmer #36. I always love seeing the Titan and Serpent stories get a nod or a review. Still working on selling the other five currently written, so hopefully there’ll be more of them available to read soon. But it’s been so good to see both that one and “Until There is Only Hunger” land so well. Indeed, in some cases very well given the feedback they’ve had and the award nomination for the latter — which I’m still trying to wrap my head around.

Now, technically, I’ve also got stories in four of the anthologies/anthology series listed in the post (Tesseracts 19: Superhero UniverseMasked MosaicDead North, and Fractured). And that’s a weird realization — I don’t tend to think about the number of stories I’ve had published since I first managed to sell something back in 2011, or where they’ve come out, but apparently about half my fiction sales have been to Canadian markets? US markets always loom so large when submitting, and yet I’ve clearly been paying equal mind to Canadian markets and just not realized it.

Canada has a complicated history with its own cultural output, part and parcel of which is a decidedly nationalist/protectionist approach for the last fifty years that’s slowly breaking down or being circumvented (Elaine Dewar’s The Handover is an excellent primer for the inception and failures of that national policy), and part of that is absorbing so much American culture. So much so that sometimes you forget how ubiquitous Canadian cultural content is, and how much you participate in it.

Or maybe that’s just me. :)

Either way, it’s a nice discovery to make.

Now go read the list if you haven’t already. There’s some amazing reading there, and all of it Canadian.


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