In case you missed it, Issue #108 , Volume 29 No 1 is now available in both print and digital formats. You can order your print copy by contacting us at onspecmag(at)gmail.com, or using the links on the Subscribe page of the web site.
Digital copies of this issue and others are available from Weightless Books, and this is a reminder that you can also set up a subscription there, and get your new copies sent to you automatically.
In this issue, you’ll find the first work of published fiction from our former editor, Robin S. Carson, plus an essay on writing “Dark” fiction by Calgary author Sarah Johnson. A.J. Wells gives us an interesting discussion on the use of “tragedy porn” in The Last Jedi.
New fiction comes to you from Timothy Reynolds, Sean Robinson, Allison Floyd, Marcelle Dubé, David Versace, Chris Kuriata, and Lisa Carreiro. Poetry from Mark McCutcheon.
Editorial by Barb Galler-Smith on the dilemmas we may face as readers, when our idols prove to be more flawed than we are perhaps comfortable with.
Cat McDonald and Roberta Laurie bring us their interviews with cover artist, Bill Tracer, and featured author, Tim Reynolds.
The editors and staff at On Spec are heartbroken to learn that Harlan Ellison passed away this morning. Our condolences go out to his family and to his many loyal friends. He will be missed and mourned by generations of readers and writers who have admired him, learned from him, and on occasion, even fought with him.
We are honoured to have On Spec on the final ballot for this year’s Aurora Awards!
The total list of nominees hasn’t been posted on the Aurora website yet, but it will be on the weekend, so go there and see how utterly cool and talented all these Canadian SF creators are! Voting information will also be available.
Best of luck to all our fellow nominees.
We just received the wonderful news that former On Spec editor, now murder mystery author Eileen Bell (writing as E.C. Bell) is this year’s winner of the annual Bony Blithe – The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award!
Her book, “Dying on Second“, is the 4th in the continuing series of Edmonton-based mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth and “speaker to departed spirits”, Marie Jenner. If you aren’t intrigued yet, you should be. And she’s working on Book 5, so you have some catching up to do!
At the moment, the editors of On Spec are busy reading the 500 + stories that were sent in during our open submissions period. Some will be short-listed for further discussion, and many will not be. The process is lengthy, because we’re all doing this in our spare time. It goes without saying that we appreciate the patience of writers who trust us with their work.
If you are new to this business, you need to know that writers have to develop a thick skin, and forge ahead in spite of the setbacks. This article by editor, Barb Galler-Smith might shed some light on the life of a magazine editor, valiantly trying to find the right stories for the reading audience.
Find this on our new Book Reviews page. Kelly is an emerging Canadian writer to watch.
On Spec editors and friends will be participating at Sci-Fi City: An Evening of Networking with On-Spec and Co., presented by the Writers Guild of Alberta in conjunction with the Edmonton branch of the Canadian Authors Association.
The event takes place Monday, April 30, and details are available here. It’s aimed at young writers 18-30, and we will be available for Q&A, mixing and mingling in an informal setting at the Almanac.
We can give advice about networking opportunities, and best ways of presenting your work to a prospective publisher, or how to get started on the self-publishing journey.
RSVP is requested for this Facebook event, so we hope to see lots of young writers there.
We are very proud to have a poem by Sarah Tolmie (“Ursula Le Guin in the Underworld”) in the current issue of On Spec. It’s a beautiful tribute to the life of an astonishing writer who influenced many of us in our writing.
Sarah was interviewed recently by Colleen Anderson, another well-known On Spec poet and author . Take a look!
The marvelous Alex Renwick (writing as Camille Alexa) has a story in this podcast, and its first appearance was as the first prize winning entry in our Apocalypse Issue Vol 24 No 3! You can see the text of the story, as well as listening to the podcast. Well worth your attention.
Have a look at Volume 28 No 4! We are expecting delivery from the printer any day now, so send us your order or better yet, subscribe!