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Most Underrated Author? Really!? Cool!!

A self-Google recently led me to an interview at SF Signal where those good folks were commenting that it was hard enough trying to keep up with all the new books by 'name' authors, let alone trying to discover something new and interesting. How, they wondered, do you find that 'underrated' author whose books you should be reading? For help, they turned to a panel of authors and editors and asked them this question:

Question: Which author, living or otherwise, do you believe deserves more recognition than they currently receive and why?

The wonderful Canadian author, Julie Czerneda, gave this as her surprising reply (well, it was surprising to me):

"I'm to pick just one? That's tough. In that case, I'll toss Douglas Smith into the hat. With every new story, the more impressed I am with his subtlety and vision. I've yet to read a work of his that wasn't beautifully written, but more than that, his stories resonate with a deep understanding of the human condition as well as a characteristic wry wonder. Reminds me of James Alan Gardner, actually. Stories you can't forget, even years later. Doug's published extensively, though only in short fiction to date, but I believe he's also working on a novel. Thank goodness! When that's published, it will be on my must-read pile for sure."

Thanks, Jules! Julie is the author of The Clan Chronicles, including Reap the Wild Wind and Riders of the Storm, and the editor of Misspelled, all from DAW Books.

"New Year's Eve" story online again

To mark the start of a new year, I'm featuring my story "New Year's Eve" in my store. The story first appeared in issue #128 of the UK magazine InterZone in 1998. It's one of my early stories – it was only my second sale and my first big sale. The story was short-listed for the Aurora the following year and has since been reprinted five time and in four languages. The story revolves around the so-called Y2k bug, which was hyped to the hysteria level in the years and months running up to 2000.

It's the only story that I've written that draws heavily from my day-job experiences in the tech industry, and probably will be the only one. I write for pleasure, not to spend more time in my job. Hope you enjoy it, but remember, this was one of my first. And as always, comments and feedback are welcome.

New story "Doorways" in Postscripts #17

I have a new story coming out shortly in the upcoming issue #17 of Postscripts from PS Publishing in the UK, the same fine publisher that produced my recent collection Impossibilia.

My story, "Doorways," is a tale of lost love, revenge, the commutative property of mathematical operations, and a very unusual house. Really. Like all issues of Postscripts, #17 is a limited print run and is available either in paperback or a signed hardcover edition. It can be ordered now and should be available in December.

"Scream Angel" screaming in Portugal too

My award-winning SF story "Scream Angel" has just been reprinted in the new online magazine, Nova, in Portugal.

"Scream Angel" first appeared as the closing story in the Meisha Merlin anthology Low Port in 2003, and won the Canadian Aurora Award in 2004 for best short story.

"Scream Angel" has since been translated into Russian, Danish, Italian, Hebrew, Hungarian, Czech, Bulgarian, and Portuguese. If you're interested, check out the story's publishing history and reviews.

"By Her Hand..." reprinted in South Africa

My supernatural horror story “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down” was reprinted recently in the South African SF & horror magazine Something Wicked.

This story is being made into a movie by TinyCore Pictures. You can read about the movie here (I'll post an update on the movie in December hopefully).

This story first appeared in The Third Alternative in the UK, and was subsequently selected by Stephen Jones for the thirteenth edition of his annual The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror in 2002.

"Dead Man" Walking Again, in Israel

When my post-apocalyptic novelette, "Memories of the Dead Man," first appeared in the great Canadian magazine, On Spec, the story was described in Tangent Online as "a unique, post-apocalyptic blend of The Road Warrior and X-Men."

"Dead Man" has now been reprinted in the magazine Mercury in Israel. Check out the cover at the left.

The story follows Mary and her son Jase as they try to survive on the road after a plague has decimated Earth and brought about the fall of civilization. They are saved by Bishop, a mysterious stranger with a dark past and telekinetic powers, but soon realize that Bishop attracts his own kind of danger.

"Impossibilia": My First Collection

I’m pleased to announce that Impossibilia, my first collection of short fiction, will be published in the fall of 2008 by the award-winning UK press, PS Publishing, in their "Showcase" series highlighting "genre fiction's best up-and-coming writers."

The collection can be pre-ordered in both jacketed hardcover and hardcover editions. Click here to learn more.

Convention appearance: Polaris 22 in Toronto

I'll be at Polaris 22, the annual Toronto SF&F convention (formerly Toronto Trek), whose media guests include Rachel Luttrell (Teyla Emmagan of Stargate Atlantis). Polaris has a strong media focus, but also includes a literary stream in their programming. I'm on a number of panels over the weekend (one Friday night, and three Saturday afternoon), and will be doing a reading of a new story on Sunday at 1pm. Hope to see you there!

Podcast interview up at Hardcore Nerdity

I was interviewed a while back at Toronto's excellent annual SF&F convention, Ad Astra by fellow writer Lesley Livingston. The interview is now up in pod cast form at Hardcore Nerdity, a new web site dedicated to covering "genre from all angles – from ink on a page to pixels on a screen and all that’s in-between." Check out the interview here.

"State of Disorder" published in Israel

My story "State of Disorder" just appeared in issue #5 of the Hebrew magazine Mercury in Israel. Check out the cover at the right.

"State of Disorder" first appeared in the long-running (but now in limbo) Amazing Stories in 1999. It was a finalist for the Aurora Award and got me my first honourable mention in the Year's Best Fantasy & Horror (even though I think it's an SF tale).

It's also the story that started my eligibility for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer and eventually led to me being a finalist for that award in 2001.


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