Wednesday, November 27, 2013

On The Sixth Day of Tesseracts: An Interview With Holly Schofield

Join us as we visit co-editor Colleen Anderson's blog for an interview with Tesseracts 17 author Holly Schofield

Sunday, November 24, 2013

On the 4th Day of Tesseracts: The TOC of "Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada From Coast to Coast to Coast" edited by Colleen Anderson and Steve Vernon

Cover art
  • by Tomislav Tikulin

Saturday, November 23, 2013

On the 3rd Day of Tesseracts: Mark Leslie

Each day we will be featuring one or more authors from Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast.  In advance to this post, authors from the anthology were asked:

1. Name of their Tesseracts 17 contribution.
2. What it is about (without spoilers).
3. What inspired the story.

Our first mini interview is with Mark Leslie.

What is your full name? Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Where are you currently located? Hamilton, Ontario

What is the title of your story/poem in Tesseracts 17? “Hereinafter Referred to as the Ghost”

Can you give us a brief synopsis, without spoilers?
What if ghosts had to audition to be part of hauntings the same way that actors audition to play a role? And if all the legendary ghosts that we’ve heard about are played by “actor ghosts” since they don’t age, does something else happen that makes it harder for them to attain prestigious “leading” character roles after they’re been “acting” for a long time?

What inspired this work?
I was reading through what was supposed to be a simple contract between a writer and publisher, and was amused by the “legal speak” and the twists and nuances of the contract. As I thought about how I as a writer had seen contracts evolve over time, from simple “payment in copy” deals to more complex terms and conditions outlining royalty structures, I wondered at various other types of contracts -- my mind took a macabre turn, as if often does, and I imagined ghosts playing roles like actors, and wondered how they might land “contracts” for gigs. The story evolved from there as I wondered how an “aging” ghost actor might try to come to terms with no longer being in high demand, the way actors sometimes aged out of certain types of roles they could play.

What do you love best about Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast?
The editors. Both Steve and Colleen are talented writers and, as editors, they really did an amazing job of compiling and refining a superior collection of diverse material from across Canada. I know that, for me, they took what was a pretty good story and, with a dualing flash of red pens in hand, they asked tough questions, pointed out things that could be improved and helped me mould my story into something truly great.

Thanks for joining us.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Second Day of Tesseracts: Tesseracts 17 Video

Welcome to Day 2 of the "18 Days of Tesseracts Online Festival.

Today's feature is our "Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast" video.

With nearly four million square miles of territory and a population of thirty-four million people – Canada lives and breathes storytelling. Editors Steve Vernon and Colleen Anderson have gathered thirty fresh new stories and poems of horror, science-fiction and fantasy from authors residing in EACH of the provinces and territories of Canada.

"Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast" features works by: Catherine Austen, Jason Barrett, John Bell, Dave Beynon, Dwain Campbell, Rachel Cooper, Megan Fennell, David Jón Fuller, Ben Godby, Costi Gurgu, Alyxandra Harvey, Dianne Homan, Eileen Kernaghan, Claude Lalumière, Mark Leslie, Catherine MacLeod, William Meikle, Elise Moser, Dominik Parisien, Rhonda Parrish, Vincent Grant Perkins, Lisa Poh, Timothy Reynolds, Patricia Robertson, Rhea Rose, Holly Schofield, Lisa Smedman, J.J. Steinfeld, Steve Vernon, Edward Willett.

We would love to know where you are watching this post from (where are you currently located). Please leave a comment below. Cheers.  See you tomorrow!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

EDGE Announces The Eighteen Days of Tesseracts Festival

Join us for the next 18 days as we celebrate "The Eighteen Days of Tesseracts Festival".

Why 18 days you ask?  The current edition, Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast is actually the 18th book in this long standing Canadian Speculative Fiction series.  For those of you discovering the series for the first time, here are the past and current anthologies in the series. Over the next 18 Days we will be featuring authors from the current Tesseracts anthology on our Totally Tesseracts blog , and step back in time on our  our Facebook page, to take a look at the previous books in the series:

For more information about any of the titles mentioned below please visit

Each year we choose a team of editors from among 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. We are pleased to acknowledge the editors from all of the Tesseracts series.

Tesseracts -edited by Judith Merril
Tesseracts2 - edited by Phyllis Gotlieb & Douglas Barbour

Tesseracts3 - edited by Candas Jane Dorsey & Gerry Truscott

Tesseracts4 - edited by Lorna Toolis & Michael Skeet

Tesseracts5 - edited by Robert Runté & Yves Meynard

Tesseracts6 - edited by Robert J. Sawyer & Carolyn Clink

Tesseracts7 - edited by Paula Johanson & Jean-Louis Trudel

Tesseracts8 - edited by John Clute & Candas Jane Dorsey

Tesseracts Nine - edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman

Tesseracts Ten - edited by Robert Charles Wilson and Edo Van Belkom
Tesseracts Eleven - edited by Cory Doctorow and Holly Phillips

Tesseracts Twelve - edited by Claude Lalumière

Tesseracts Thirteen - edited by Nancy Kilpatrick & David Morrell

Tesseracts 14
  - edited by John Robert Colombo & Brett Alexander Savory

Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales
  - edited by Julie Czerneda & Susan MacGregor

Tesseracts Sixteen:Parnassus Unbound
  - edited by Mark Leslie
Tesseracts Seventeen:
 Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast
  - edited by Colleen Anderson and Steve Vernon

TesseractsQ - edited by Élisabeth Vonarburg & Jane Brierley

See you tomorrow!