douglassmith - Sun, 2016/04/03 - 1:18pm
Up next in my spotlight series on the awesome Aurora Award ebook bundle is Helen Marshall's Gifts for the One Who Comes After.
I first met Helen when she began working for the excellent Canadian small press (now not so small) ChiZine Publications. Helen was the editor assigned to me when ChiZine published my second collection, Chimerascope (included in this bundle). I didn't realize how lucky I was at the time. Helen has established herself as a master of the short form, and Gifts, her second collection, is ample proof.
This wonderful collection offers a series of twisted surrealities that explore the legacies we pass on to our children. A son seeks to reconnect with his father through a telescope that sees into the past. A young girl discovers what lies on the other side of her mother's bellybutton. Death's wife prepares herself for a very special funeral.
Aside from being a finalist for the Aurora Award, Gifts also won the 2015 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection and was short-listed for both the British Fantasy Award and the Bram Stoker Award.
And you can get Gifts as part of this amazing ebook bundle of Aurora Award winners and finalists at a bargain price.
douglassmith - Sat, 2016/04/02 - 12:13pm
Next up in my Aurora Award ebook bundle spotlight series is Candas Jane Dorsey's 1998 winner Black Wine.
Candas is a Renaissance Woman. She writes both poetry and fiction, both mainstream and speculative, in long and short form. She's written television and stage scripts, magazine and newspaper articles, and reviews. She teaches and delivers writing workshops, is active in arts journalism and advocacy, has served on the executive board of the Writers Guild of Alberta, and was editor-in-chief of The Books Collective for over a decade. So, yeah—Renaissance Woman. She's also been a friend since I started writing. Along with the 1998 Aurora Award for best novel, Black Wine also won the James Tiptree Jr. Award and the Crawford Award.
An old woman hangs in a cage; a young woman slaves on a rich lord's estate. How does a woman discover and assert her identity in a primeval, barbaric world? From slave dens to merchant cities to isolated mountains, Candas's first novel is a powerful exploration of gender, identity, and freedom.
douglassmith - Fri, 2016/04/01 - 4:03pm
Next up in my spotlight series on books in the excellent Aurora Award ebook bundle is Dave Duncan's West of January.
Shortly after I started writing professionally, I sat on my first panel at a genre convention, an unknown among established pros. One of my fellow panelists was Dave Duncan, and I still remember his gracious welcome to a newbie. Dave is an international best seller and an acknowledged master of epic fantasy and science fiction, with fifty novels and over a dozen series. Last year, Dave was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association Hall of Fame. West of January is a standalone SF novel and a great introduction to his work. It also represents the earliest Aurora Award winner in this bundle, and I'm thrilled to be able to include it.
douglassmith - Thu, 2016/03/31 - 1:15pm
I blogged yesterday about the excellent ebook bundle of Aurora Award winners and finalists that I'm curating. Over coming days, I'll highlight the individual books in the bundle, to give you a better idea of what you get with this package. Today, I'm picking Starplex by Robert J. Sawyer.
When I was putting this bundle together, I knew that I not only wanted to include a Robert J. Sawyer title, but that I had to. Rob has won the Aurora Award fourteen times, with another thirty final ballot appearances, more than any other Canadian writer. Rob is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world's top Science Fiction awards for best novel of the year: Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial Award. In 2013, Rob was also inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association Hall of Fame.
And personally, Rob was a mentor to me and gave me my very first professional sale when he and his wife, the poet Carolyn Clink, edited the Canadian anthology, Tesseracts6. Starplex was my introduction to Rob's writing and remains one of my favourites.
Starplex takes you onboard a giant exploration starship crewed by humans, dolphins, and extraterrestrials as it embarks on a journey covering billions of years of time and millions of light-years of space. It was also a finalist for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Here are some selected reviews:
douglassmith - Tue, 2016/03/29 - 4:27pm
How would you like to own, at an incredible bargain, ten books that readers like yourself have already voted to be the best examples of speculative fiction by Canadian writers? Well, here's your chance. I'm curating an ebook bundle for StoryBundle.com that contains winners and finalists for Canada's premier speculative fiction award, the Aurora Award.
The Auroras are awarded annually by the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (CSFFA) for excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy. The award started in 1980 as the Casper and was renamed the Aurora for the 1990 awards. Auroras now include eight professional categories and four fan categories. I'm honoured to have won the Aurora three times and to have been on the final ballot another sixteen.
One of my goals when putting this bundle together, aside from offering the best books possible, was to have a gender balance in the selected authors. Mission accomplished. The bundle includes five female and five male authors. You'll also get a great mix of SF and fantasy, adult and YA novels, as well as a selection of short fiction. The bundle also reflects the long history of the Auroras, with titles spanning over twenty years of Canadian speculative fiction. Here's what you'll get in the bundle...
douglassmith - Sat, 2016/01/30 - 6:00pm
douglassmith - Fri, 2016/01/15 - 4:09pm
Kobo is running a "Buy 2 ebooks, Get 1 free" promotion from Jan 15 until Feb 1. I'm happy to say that they've included three of my books in the promotion: The Wolf at the End of the World, Chimerascope, and Impossibilia.
There are different links for each territory where the promotion is being offered.
The sale is now live, so pick your link from the above and check out the available books.
douglassmith - Fri, 2015/11/20 - 11:16pm
Yeah, okay. I'm a tad late posting this. The Toronto SF&F convention, SFContario, started tonight at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis St, Toronto. I'm doing a bunch of panels, one reading, giving a workshop on marketing and selling short fiction, and also will be one of the presenters at the Aurora Awards ceremony.
Here's my full schedule:
Friday, Nov 20
8:00-9:00pm: Signing (yeah, too late for that one)
Saturday, Nov 21
1:00-2:00pm: Panel - The use of science in fantasy works (Gardenview Room)
3:00-3:30pm: Reading (Room 207)
4:00-5:00pm: Panel - Real world settings in urban fantasy (Room 209)
7:00-9:00pm: Workshop - How to market & sell short fiction (Gardenview Room)
Sunday, Nov 22
11:00am-Noon: Panel - Targeting short fiction markets (Courtyard Room)
1:00-3:00pm: The 2015 Aurora Awards ceremony. I'll be presenting the award for Best Short Fiction (Ballroom C)
I hope to see you there.
douglassmith - Mon, 2015/11/16 - 2:23pm
My short story "The Walker of the Shifting Borderland," which won Canada's Aurora Award in 2013, has been translated and reprinted in the Estonian magazine, Reaktor. That is the thirty-second country and twenty-sixth language in which my work has been published. If you can read Estonian, you can check out the story here.
For the rest of you, you can get the ebook edition of the story, complete with the awesome cover art by award winning artist, Erik Mohr, in my bookstore here.
What's more, I'm offering the ebook FREE to the first five people. Just go to the bookstore link and use the coupon code FREEWALKER at checkout.
douglassmith - Fri, 2015/10/23 - 2:01pm
Kobo is running a 30% off sale this weekend and is including my Aurora-award nominated collection, IMPOSSIBILIA, in the SF&F titles. IMPOSSIBILIA contains an Aurora Award winner ("Spirit Dance," the prequel story to THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD) and an Aurora finalist ("Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by van Gogh"). Use code OCT30 on checkout. Buying link is here.