Posts Tagged ‘On Spec’

In the Mail Today…


..a pleasant surprise. The Winter 2014/2015 issue of On Spec, which includes a story by yours truly, and a cover that apparently depicts a homeless cyborg Jeff Bridges. (Billy Toufexis, I like your style.)

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Today I was going to draw a visual guide to Marian Engel’s Bear (1976), the truly awful (and Governor General Award-winning) novel about, um, a woman who has sexual relationship with a bear, but recent news has soured me on the idea. Why? This is the Acknowledgements page for Bear:

The author acknowledges with thanks the Canada Council and the Arts and the Arts Council of Ontario, who provided funds while this book was in progress.

Today I learned that the Canada Council for the Arts has cut funding for Canada’s premiere speculative fiction magazine On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic.

I’m well aware that this is an unfair juxtaposition. A bear sex novel getting a grant nearly forty years ago doesn’t have any bearing on what gets funded now.

And yet it still makes me sad. I guess that helps balance out the anger.


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I bring grand news…

It is now official.  My short story “Dreaming of Jerusalem” will appear in the Winter 2010/2011 issue of On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic, is due out January, 2011 — which also happens to be the first issue available in digital form as well.

I am very pleased by this development.

I will therefore celebrate with custard pie.

For the good of Mother Russia!

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