by Matt Moore, Torn Realities, Post Mortem Press
Matt Moore is a horror and science fiction writer who believes good speculative fiction can both thrill and make you think. His columns and short fiction have appeared in print, electronic and audio markets including On Spec, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, Leading Edge, Cast Macabre, Torn Realities and the Tesseracts anthologies. His novelette Silverman’s Game was published by Damnation Books in 2010. He’s an Aurora Award nominee, Friends of the Merrill finalist, frequent panelist and presenter, Communications Director for ChiZine Publications and chair of the Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading Series.
Raised in small-town New England, a place rich with legends and ghost stories, he lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
“Happily Ever After”
by Marie Bilodeau, When the Hero Comes Home, Dragon Moon Press
Marie Bilodeau is an Ottawa-based science-fiction and fantasy author. Her space fantasy novel, Destiny’s Blood, was nominated for the 2011 Aurora Awards and won the Bronze Medal for Science-Fiction in the Foreword Book Awards. She is also the author of the Heirs of a Broken Land, a fantasy trilogy described as “fresh and exciting” by Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo award-winning author of WAKE. Her short stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including the recent When the Hero Comes Home, edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy.
by Al Onia, On Spec #90, Fall
Al Onia is a native Calgarian and geophysicist by profession. He discovered the worlds of science and science fiction in elementary school, quickly reading all the Heinleins, Vernes and Wolheims in the school library. Paperbacks, chemistry sets and telescopes soon began to fill his room and mind.
He tried writing fiction in his post-University life but really didn’t ‘get’ the process until he read a “How To” article in a Science Fiction fanzine with some listed sources (the main one being a pre-internet monthly SF Workshop newsletter). Inspired by an annual short story competition sponsored by the local SF convention, Conversion, he began writing in earnest during the 1980′s and was a charter member of IFWA (now some 60+ members strong).
Over the last few years, his short fiction has appeared in On Spec, Spinetingler, Heroic Fantasy, The Speculative Edge and the anthologies North of Infinity, Body-Smith 401 and Warrior Wisewoman 3 (his story “The Envoy” was a 2011 Aurora Award finalist).
His fiction thematically often involves transformation of the individual, against a speculative background, into one who takes the risk in an attempt to make a difference in their world.
From On Spec #90 (“Knights Exemplar”): “The Western genre has always appealed to me with its capability, like SF, to tell stories of human character that transcend time and place.”
“Synch Me, Kiss Me, Drop”
by Suzanne Church, Clarkesworld, Issue #68, May
Suzanne Church juggles her time between throwing her characters to the lions and chillin’ like a villain with her two teenaged sons. When cornered she becomes fiercely Canadian. She writes Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror because she enjoys them all and hates to play favorites. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Cicada and On Spec, and in several anthologies including Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the Reaper and the upcoming When the Hero Comes Home 2. Her collection of short fiction, “Elements” will be released in the spring of 2014 from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.
“The Walker of the Shifting Borderland”
by Douglas Smith, On Spec #90, Fall
Doug’s stories have appeared in over a hundred and fifty magazines and anthologies in thirty countries and twenty-five languages. His collections include Chimerascope (2010), Impossibilia (2008), and La Danse des Esprits (France, 2011). His first novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, will be released in 2013.
Doug has twice won Canada’s Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, the CBC’s Bookies Award, Canada’s juried Sunburst Award, and France’s juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.
A multi-award winning film based on Doug’s story “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down” will be released on DVD in 2013, and other films based on his stories are also in the works. His website is smithwriter.com, and he tweets at twitter.com/smithwritr.