|September 2002 Canadian Report by Asta Sinusas|
publisher publishes SF!
The Maze by Monica Hughes (HarperCollins Canada, ISBN 000639213X, C$15.99) A new girl in school, Andrea quickly finds out about Crystal and gang. Ducking into an antique shop to escape the bullies, she discovers a maze box and the kindly owner tells her to keep it. By trying to figure out the puzzle, Andrea is transported into a projection of her own mind as a maze. However, the bullies catch up to her and both Crystal and her henchman Sabrina are sucked in. Now they must work together to find the way out. Hughes succeeds brilliantly in portraying the tortured landscape of the mind as a maze and the lesson of standing up to bullies shines though clearly.
Below the 49th parallel:
Long awaited Elvenborn, (Tor, ISBN 0312864566, C$34.95/ $24.95) the final installment in the trilogy from Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey is now in bookstores. After 1990's The Elvenbane and 1995's Elvenblood, it looks like they missed their 2000 deadline and made the fans anticipate the latest arrival even more.
I'll let the reviewers and interviewers tell you about Robert Charles Wilson elsewhere in this issue. His debut novel A Hidden Place (Orb, ISBN 0765302616, C$17.95/ $12.95), originally released in 1986 is back in a new trade paper edition.
Feature Interview : Robert Charles Wilson
Feature Review: A Hidden Place
If you have any free time, check out www.horizonzero.ca
from The Banff Centre and Canadian Heritage, a Web space dedicated to digital
art and culture in Canada. This issue is called Imitators of Life: Robots,
Automata, and Cyborgs. Following is a preview:
I'm still waiting for West of January by David
Duncan (this has gone on so long, itís starting to become a joke) but General
has finally declared bankruptcy. So all thatís left is to find out when the
warehouse doors will open again so the books can get back to their rightful
owners. In the meantime, a lot of the distributed publishers are suffering so
hopefully an end is in sight. In the first round of processing, there was an
issue that warehouse workers should be paid incentives to get the books out on
time. Apparently a straight salary was not enough, but Iím sure right now
there would be a few people who would gladly pay ďBig AlĒ a few hundred on
the sly to ensure that their boxes went to the front of the line.
Faster Than Light, hosted by SF writer Robert J.
Sawyer, is an hour-long science-fiction series produced by CBC's Radio Drama
department. The pilot will air TWICE on CBC Radio next week: