"By Her Hand..." Movie: Cath's Sketches

Here's more cool stuff from the upcoming indie movie based on my short story, "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down." The story focuses on a young artist, Cath, and her struggle with a strange hunger that can only be fed by drawing the life force from the subjects that she sketches. In the story, Cath "feeds" directly from the sketches she does. In the movie, Anthony Sumner adds a wonderful visual aspect to this by having the sketches change after Cath feeds from them. Here's a short movie made up of the "after" sketches that were used in the actual movie.

Impossibilia: Another great review

In his Case Notes review column in the latest issue of the fine UK magazine, Black Static, Peter Tennant gives my first collection, Impossibilia, a great review, at the same time showing that he, like me, is a fan of the Boss: "A book that ably demonstrates what Smith is capable of as a writer, added to which, anyone who references Springsteen songs in their titles is going to get the thumbs up from me."

And on the lead story, "A Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh": "A clever story and a moving one, with the character of the two leads put over well, and the ghosts that haunt them brought to effective life on the page. Smith is adept at tying together the different plot strands and filling in people’s back story in a way that doesn’t interrupt the narrative flow."

And on the closing story "Going Down to Lucky Town": "Smith takes a simple idea and finds potential that many other writers would have overlooked in favour of some easier option. At the story’s heart is the relationship between father and daughter, and the things they do to make this work, rendered with a singular care and tenderness, the appreciation that sometimes we muck up without meaning to and that sacrifices are required."

You can read more Impossibilia reviews here and if you're interested, you can order your own copy from my store.

"By Her Hand…" Movie: Poster Coolness

I’ve written earlier (here and here) about the indie film based on my short story "By Her Hand, She Draws You Down." The director,

The Pace of Change

Our world is changing at an unprecedented rate, a pace that is itself accelerating each year.

For example, did you know...

  • China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world
  • The expected top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004
  • If MySpace were a country, it would be the 5th most populous in the world

If any of these factoids are surprising, check out this video from Sony...

Reminder: Feb 28 is the last day for Aurora and Hugo nominations

Satruday February 28 is the last day that you can submit nominations for both the 2009 Aurora Awards for your favourite works of Canadian speculative fiction and for the international Hugo Awards. See my earlier post for how to nominate for the Auroras, how to find the list of eligible Canadian works, and to see my own list of 2008 eligible works. See my other earlier post for how to nominate for the Hugos.

Help support Canadian speculative writing! Nominate a Canadian work for the Auroras and the Hugos!

IMPOSSIBILIA launch: Wed Mar 4 at McMaster U bookstore

Fellow writer, Mark Leslie, will be hosting a launch for my collection, Impossibilia, at Titles, the McMaster University bookstore, on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 from noon to 2:00 pm. I hope that if you're in the Hamilton area that you'll be able to drop in at the launch. I'll be doing a reading, signing copies, and providing a very cool free give-away with every copy purchased (hint: the freebie item is connected to this project). You can read more about Impossibilia including reviews and excerpts here. If you're a Facebook user, here's a link to the event. See below for directions to the bookstore. Hope to see you there!

IMPOSSIBILIA launch: Sat Feb 7 at BakkaPhoenix

BakkaPhoenix logoBakkaPhoenix, Canada's oldest SF and fantasy bookstore, will be hosting a launch for my collection, Impossibilia. on Saturday February 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm. I hope that if you're in the Toronto area that you'll be able to drop in at the launch. I'll be doing a reading, signing copies, and providing some free give-aways. BakkaPhoenix is located at 697 Queen Street West in Toronto. Complete directions to BakkaPhoenix are available here. You can read more about Impossibilia including reviews and excerpts here. Hope to see you there!

Hugo and Aurora plug for IMPOSSIBILIA from Robert J. Sawyer

Multiple award winning and internationally published Canadian SF author Robert J. Sawyer has posted his personal suggestions for this year's Hugo Awards (the top international honours in science fiction) and Aurora Awards (the Canadian national SF awards). And his list includes my recent collection, Impossibilia. Cool! Thanks a lot, Rob! You can check out Rob's list of recommended works on his blog entry.

Both the Auroras and the Hugos are fan voted awards. If you're interested in nominating for the Auroras, check out my earlier post. To nominate for the Hugos, you need to be an attending or supporting member of either last year's World Science Fiction Convention in Denver or this year's one in Montreal.

Aurora Award nominations now open

The nomination period for the 2009 Aurora Awards is now open. The Auroras are fan-voted awards given annually for the best Canadian speculative fiction. Anyone who is a Canadian citizen (not necessarily living in Canada), or a permanent resident may nominate a work. Getting nominated is the first step to appearing on the final voting ballot.

I again have a number of stories eligible to be nominated and, for the first time, a book! Impossibilia is my first collection. It came out in November from the award-winning PS Publishing and has been getting great reviews. It contains two new stories that are also eligible for nomination: "A Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by van Gogh" and "Going Down to Lucky Town." You can read reviews of Impossibilia as well as excerpts from both stories here.

Nominate On-Line
This year, you can nominate quickly and easily online at: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca. Nominations close Feb 28.

Eligible Works
Any consideration for an Aurora nomination would be much appreciated. My eligible works this year by nomination category are as follows:

Great reviews for IMPOSSIBILIA

Impossibilia coverSuperb writing. Three perfect stories. Echoes of Ellison and Bradbury. Okay, I'll take it. My first mini-collection, Impossibilia, was released in November and has been getting great reviews. Here's a sample:

"The writing is superb. Douglas Smith is an artisan and his stories beautifully crafted... In my search for the perfect short story, the three in this volume certainly qualify."

"The revolution of themes and words is very fluid throughout this story, making the pace almost rhythmic, drawing you along... The ending is a perfect resolution...

"The characters are intriguing and the story beguiling. I would like to read more about these characters."

"Another great story, but I'm getting used to that. Deft handling of character and setting..."

—Kelly Jensen, SF Crowsnest Book Reviews


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