Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Speculation and Imagination

Two bits of news for now: first, Derek Newman-Stille has posted an episode of his Speculating Canada podcast in which he discusses my collection Irregular Verbs and Other Stories. Derek's got lots of interesting things to say as he examines "cultural interactions, language, aging, and other ideas of change" in the stories.










Second, one of those stories -- "What You Couldn't Leave Behind" -- will be included in Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. We were actually discussing which of this year's stories would go in right up to the announcement, eventually picking that one in part because it's the shortest -- it's going to be a massive book:


  • Introduction
    Margaret Atwood 
  • Bamboozled
    Kelley Armstrong 
  • Witch I
    Courtney Bates-Hardy 
  • Witch II
    Courney Bates-Hardy 
  • The Smut Story
    Greg Bechtel 
  • Kafka’s Notebooks
    Jocko Benoit 
  • The Full Lazenby
    Jeremy Butler 
  • Wendigo Nights
    Siobhan Carroll 
  • A Spell for Rebuilding Your Lover Out of Snow
    Peter Chiykowski 
  • Túshūguăn
    Eric Choi 
  • Jelly and the D-Machine
    Suzanne Church 
  • The Perfect Library
    David Clink 
  • The Colour of Paradox
    A.M. Dellamonica 
  • The Man Who Sold the Moon
    Cory Doctorow 
  • Brains, Brains, Brains
    Puneet Dutt 
  • The Lonely Sea in the Sky
    Amal El-Mohtar 
  • A Wish from a Bone
    Gemma Files 
  • We Be Naked
    Zsuzsi Gartner 
  • The God of Lost Things
    Neile Graham 
  • The Lark, The Peat The Star, and Our Time
    Neile Graham 
  • Chant for Summer Darkness in Northwest Climes
    Neile Graham 
  • The Beat that Billie Bore
    Lisa L. Hannett 
  • The Trial of the Beekeeper
    Shivaun Hoad 
  • Self-Portrait as Bilbo Baggins
    Ada Hoffmann 
  • The Parable of the Supervillain
    Ada Hoffmann 
  • The Mermaid at Seaworld
    Ada Hoffmann 
  • Left Foot, Right
    Nalo Hopkinson 
  • Return to Bear Creek
    Louisa Howerow 
  • The Inn of the Seven Blessings
    Matthew Hughes 
  • What You Couldn’t Leave Behind
    Matthew Johnson 
  • Hollywood North
    Michael Libling 
  • Sideshow
    Catherine MacLeod 
  • Aversions
    Helen Marshall 
  • Death and the Girl from Pi Delta Zeta
    Helen Marshall 
  • You’re a Winner
    Matt Moore 
  • Man in Blue Overcoat
    Silvia Moreno-Garcia 
  • The Exorcist: A Love Story
    David Nickle 
  • Hereditary Delusions
    Rhonda Parrish 
  • Marotte
    Tony Pi 
  • Charlemagne and Florent
    Ranylt Richildis 
  • Standard Deviant
    Holly Schofield 
  • The Tun
    Trevor Shikaze 
  • Demoted
    Kate Story 
  • The Snows of Yesteryear
    Jean-Louis Trudel 
  • Giants
    Peter Watts 
  • From Stone and Bone, From Earth and Sky
    A.C. Wise 
  • Outside Heavenly
    Rio Youers




  • I haven't done a "Spoiler Space" in a while, but here -- from almost exactly a year ago -- is the piece I did on "What You Couldn't Leave Behind."




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