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Tesseracts Nine: New Canadian Speculative Fiction
Edited by Award winning authors...
Each year Tesseract Books chooses a team of editors from amongst the best of Canada’s writers, publishers and critics to select innovative and futuristic fiction and poetry from the leaders and emerging voices in Canadian speculative fiction.
Tesseracts Nine: New Canadian Speculative Fiction expands the dimensions of speculative fiction experientially, with startling visions of the future by new and established Canadian authors.
Featuring twenty-three stories and poems by: Timothy J. Anderson, Sylvie Bérard, René Beaulieu, E. L. Chen, Candas Jane Dorsey, Pat Forde, Marg Gilks, Sandra Kasturi, Nancy Kilpatrick, Claude Lalumière, Anthony MacDonald, Jason Mehmel, Yves Meynard, Derryl Murphy, Rhea Rose, Dan Rubin, Daniel Sernine, Steve Stanton, Jerome Stueart, Sarah Totton, Élisabeth Vonarburg, Peter Watts, Allan Weiss, Alette J. Willis and Casey June Wolf.
Edited by Sunburst and World Fantasy Award winning authors Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman, Tesseracts Nine: New Canadian Speculative Fiction showcases the very best in Canadian speculative fiction literature (including English translations of works by French-Canadian authors).
About the editors:
Nalo Hopkinson is the author of three novels (Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber and The Salt Roads) and a short story collection (Skin Folk). She has edited two anthologies of fiction and co-edited two more. She is the recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, the World Fantasy Award, and the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and at this writing is currently short listed for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Black Writing. She thinks plurality rocks. [MORE]
Geoff Ryman is an award winning author who has received a number of awards including the World Fantasy Award and the British Science Fiction Association Award for his novella "Unconquered Country", the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for "The Child Garden", the Eastercon Award for "Was" and the Philip K Dick Award for "253 - the Print Remix".[MORE]
About the Series:
Book of the Year
Tesseracts Nine: New Canadian Speculative Fiction was listed in the LOCUS Magazine Recommended reading list for 2006 and was included in the Locus Poll for best anthology!|
Many of the stories were picked up by Year's Best Fantasy and Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies.
Other stories received nominations for the Brandon, Fountain, Sturgeon and Aurora Awards.
"The list of 27 contributors reads like a who’s-who of publishers, editors, authors, translators and academics in the genre: including the Chair of the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Allan Weiss, respected publishers Candas Jane Dorsey and Sandra Kasturi, anthology specialists Claude Lalumière and Nancy Kilpatrick, career novelists Élisabeth Vonarburg, Steve Stanton and Peter Watts, along with major Quebec authors Yves Meynard, Sylvie Bérard, Rene Beaulieu and Daniel Sernine. As they used to say, holy smokes!" - Steve Stanton, goodreads
"A stranded research team spends their time in the Arctic interviewing a group of lemmings who, in turn, are studying their predators in Jerome Stueart's eerie "Lemmings in the Third Year," while a young woman purchases a figure of a Madonna from a street waif and finds that her life begins changing in Nancy Kilpatrick's "Our Lady of the Snows." Edited by World Fantasy Award-winning authors Hopkinson and Ryman, this ninth collection of speculative and futuristic fiction and poetry by Canadian authors (Ryman, Sandra Kasturi, Sarah Totton, and others) features a wide variety of subjects and style. For most libraries." - Library Journal
"On the whole Tesseracts Nine is a steady collection of stories. It has lots of decent work ... and the stories cover an impressive range of ideas and subgenres." - Rich Horton, Locus
"Although many tales in the ninth edition of this Canadian anthology series take place in that nation's provinces and cities, editor Ryman's introduction emphasizes that Canadian literature is becoming ever less idiosyncratic and more universal. A broad assortment of relatively unknown and established voices accounts for the 23 tales and poems in this showcase of Canada's speculative-fiction imagination. Jerome Stueart opens the volume with a whimsical tale about Yukon researchers who discover the polar bears and lemmings around them can not only talk but are researching them. Rising sf stars Peter Watts and Derryl Murphy collaborate on an intriguing tale about a mentally handicapped child made intelligent by sophisticated genetic programming. Steve Stanton contributes the obligatory time-travel story about a child who becomes a mathematical genius after meeting his future self. Other stories explore animal eugenics experiments gone awry and examine the fate of a man whose marital indifference causes him to literally disappear. An entertaining and diverse collection that deserves to bring its contributors many new readers." - Carl Hays, Booklist
"Particularly touching is Newfoundland musician Dan Rubin’s “The Singing,” a beautiful and vivid account of an elderly woman inadvertently saving the planet by drumming and singing as she nears death. Aliens, poised to demolish much of the Earth to make it fit for colonization, are so moved by the song that they leave peacefully, while broadcasting it to all known frequencies in the universe. I wish no less a hearing for the Canadian writing presented in this delectable anthology." - Tracey Thomas, Quill and Quire
"Tesseracts Nine, continues the great Canadian speculative fiction anthology series, with a wonderful mix of stories.... Kudos to both Hopkinson and Ryman, for piecing together a stem-to-stern, satisfying read." - Yet Another Book Review
"I found some of the best work I have read, by anyone, from anywhere." - Terry Baker, Eternal Night
"Tesseracts Nine is a solid collection of short sf works ..." - James Schellenberg, Challenging Destiny
"In summary, this is what I think a Tesseracts collection ought to be -- a showcase for good Canadian writing, containing a widely varied selection of compelling stories. There should be something here for everyone." - Donna McMahon, SF Site / On Spec
"Here is the latest in a yearly collection of speculative fiction stories and poems from north of the border, in Canada. At an isolated research station in the north, one story concerns talking lemmings who are looking forward to being eaten by other predators. There is a modern-day vampire story. Mother Teresa moves into an elderly woman’s home, and turns it into an orphanage. A group of aliens about to terraform Earth are totally enthralled by the singing of an elderly eskimo woman who knows that she has reached the end of her life. There is a near-future computer-controlled war story. A man wakes up one morning to find himself conscious, but physically unable to get out of bed. Then he finds that he has turned invisible. His wife, who thinks that he left her in the middle of the night, goes into a deep depression. Then civil order collapses as thousands, then millions, of people similarly disappear. There is a wide variety of stories here; something for everyone. Read this an example of the state of speculative fiction in Canada, or read this as simply a group of really good stories. Either way, read it." - Plappen, Shelfari.com