Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I'm Not Afraid of Kim Jong Un! My Novel Has A Coup Against His Dynasty.

In today's startling, real world news, IT hackers sympathetic to North Korea's Kim Dynasty have caused Sony Pictures to withdraw its movie The Interview, a comedy about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, by threatening violent attacks on theatres that show the movie.

But people of the free world, do not fret! My novel The Shrine of the Siren Stone is still available, and its plot includes a coup against the Kim Dynasty (chapter 4). Okay, it's just a subplot, but it's still offensive to Kim Jong Un and will get me banned from any science fiction convention in North Korea. That's not a big loss, though, because I hear the hotels have electricity shortages and there are no cosplayers there.
You can buy the book that dares to speculate on murder and mayhem against the Kim Dynasty from Amazon in the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere.

At Amazon Canada
At Amazon U.S.

At Amazon China
At Amazon Japan


Wrestling With Gods (Tesseracts Eighteen): "Mecha-Jesus" is the Lead Story

My story "Mecha-Jesus" is the first story in the anthology Wrestling With Gods (Tesseracts Eighteen), edited by Liana Kerzner and Jerome Stueart. This is the latest of the Tesseracts series of anthologies of Canadian science fiction and fantasy.
"Mecha-Jesus" is about a Japanese town that uses an android of Jesus as a tourist attraction at its Christ Festival, where the locals, none of whom are Christian, celebrate the life of Jesus, the Israeli rebel who escaped crucifixion and became a rice farmer in Japan.
Wrestling With Gods' theme is religion in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The stories draw from a wide variety of inspirations. A sample of the stories includes the myths of cuttlefish, a vampire in residential schools, a Muslim woman who wants to get closer, surgically, to her god, the demons of outer space, the downside of Nirvana. Wrestling with Gods (Tesseracts Eighteen) take their faith and religion into the future, into the weird and comic and thought-provoking spaces where science fiction and fantasy has really always gone, struggling with higher powers, gods, the limits of technology, the limits of spiritual experience.
At times profound, these speculative offerings give readers a chance to see faith from the believer and the skeptic in worlds where what you believe is a matter of life, death, and afterlife.
The stories are by: Derwin Mak, Robert J. Sawyer, Tony Pi, S. L. Nickerson, Janet K. Nicolson, John Park, Mary-Jean Harris, David Clink, Mary Pletsch, Jennifer Rahn, Alyxandra Harvey, Halli Lilburn, John Bell, David Jón Fuller, Carla Richards, Matthew Hughes, J. M. Frey, Steve Stanton, Erling Friis-Baastad, James Bambury, Savithri Machiraju, Jen Laface and Andrew Czarnietzki, David Fraser, Suzanne M. McNabb, and Megan Fennell.

Wrestling With Gods is already available as a Kindle edition from Amazon:

Wrestling With Gods
Other e-book editions will be available in February 2015, and the print edition will be available in Canada in March 2015 and in the United States in April 2015.

There will be a book launch at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation, and Fantasy in Toronto on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Stay tuned for more information.

Because the Kindle edition was released in 2014, "Mecha-Jesus" will be eligible to be nominated for the Aurora Award for Best Short Story for 2014. Please read it and consider nominating it for the Aurora Award.

Ricepaper 19.3 (Fall 2014): The Speculative Fiction Issue

Ricepaper, the Asian Canadian literary magazine, published its special Speculative Fiction issue (fantasy, science fiction, and horror) this month. JF Garrard and I were the guest editors. Contributors include Aurora Award-winning editor/author Eric Choi and Writers of the Future award winner Tony Pi.

The fiction line-up is:
"Tushuguan" by Eric Choi: trouble in post-apocalyptic Vancouver
"Woman in the Shadows" by John Matsui: a ghost seeks revenge after a night of sex
"A Spirited Education" by Tony Pi: a Soong Dynasty exorcism
"Designing Fate" by JF Garrard: when designer children go bad...
"Golden Fish, Golden Slippers" by Melissa Yuan-Innes: a Chinese fairy tale
"Sharp Teeth" by Melissa Yuan-Innes: someone has sharp teeth...

Also in this issue:
an interview with comic book publisher James Bade
"Finding My Way Back Home" by Lou Villahermosa: an article about the haunted trees and other evil spirits of the Philippines.

It's in bookstores across Canada, but if you can't find it, you can order it online for only $5:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

TIFF Review: Teen Lust

Satanic priest Peter (Cary Elwes) prepares to sacrifice Neil (Jesse Carere) while wife Mary (Kristin Bauer van Straten) watches.

2014 was a great year for made-in-Manitoba horror comedies. Any horror comedy from Manitoba is rare, but two such movies appeared at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this year. The Editor, a spoof of Italian giallo movies, premiered in the Midnight Madness program. Teen Lust premiered in the Contemporary World Cinema program.

Teen Lust is directed by Blaine Thurier, who also plays the synthesizer in the indie rock band the new pornographers. His first feature movie, Low Self-Esteem Girl, premiered at the 2000 TIFF.

High school student Neil (Jesse Carere) is supposed to participate in a religious ceremony at his parents’ church. He and his obnoxious friend Matt (Daryl Sabara) talk about the church as if it’s just any ordinary church. His devout parents (played by Emannuelle Vaugier and Jon Dore) insist that he stay chaste and preserve his virginity. As in any high school with hot girls and buff jocks, this devotion to chastity and after-school church events makes Neil a social outcast, unable to date girls. He does have a gal pal, Denise (Annie Clark), but as is usual in these movies, she has no romantic or sexual feelings for him. So far, this seems like a typical high school comedy about getting laid before graduation.

But we quickly discover that the church is a Satanic cult, led by priest John (Cary Elwes) and his wife Mary (Kristin Bauer van Straten from True Blood). Neil soon realizes that his parents have offered him as a human sacrifice to Satan. He escapes from the ceremony and desperately searches for a woman who will have sex with him and thereby disqualify him as a sacrifice. Having Matt help him, of course, doesn’t make his quest any easier.

What makes the Satanic cult funny is how mundane it is. Like any other church, it seeks donations for its bowling club. Its members, far from being mastermind villains, are as incompetent as ordinary churchgoers in anything they do, such as remembering to turn their cell phones and pagers off before a ritual.

Cary Elwes gives the movie’s best performance, as Satanic priest John. He is unrecognizable in his disheveled wig and black robes. He gives the impression of an ordinary man who wants to be evil but is too dimwitted to do so. Kristin Bauer van Straten is also funny as the priest’s wife, annoyed at the incompetence of her husband.

Jesse Carere and Daryl Sabara have both high and low moments as the two teenagers running from the Satanists. One desperately seeks a woman to save his life, and the other obnoxiously gives advice about a subject for which he has no experience. Sometimes their banter is just dull. However, at other times, especially a scene involving a goat, they can be quite funny.
Overall, I liked Teen Lust, as it puts humorous horror spin on the usual teen comedy about losing one’s virginity.

L to R: Director Blaine Thurier, producer Kyle Bornais, and actors Annie Clark and Jesse Carere at a screening of their horror comedy film Teen Lust. Scotiabank Theatre, TIFF, Toronto, Sept. 12, 2014.
I got my photo taken with Jesse Carere...
...and with Annie Clark.

TIFF Review: The Editor

Manitoba isn’t a place that most people associate with horror movies, but there were two made-in-Manitoba horror movie spoofs at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. Teen Lust, about a teenaged boy trying to lose his virginity to avoid being a Satanic human sacrifice, premiered in the Cotemporary World Cinema program. The Editor, a spoof of Italian giallo or psychological horror movies of the 1970’s and 1980’s, premiered in the Midnight Madness program.

The Editor, directed by Matthew Kennedy and Adam Brooks (who also act in the movie), is about an Italian film editor, Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks), who lost four fingers in a film editing accident and is now reduced to editing schlocky, low-budget horror movies. When actors on a movie set get murdered, he becomes the prime suspect. Peter Porfiry (Matthew Kennedy), sporting a bushy moustache and wearing 1970’s polyester clothes, is the police detective trying to prove Rey is the killer. His wife, Margiry Porfiry (Sheila Campbell) suddenly goes blind when she discovers two dead actors. Meanwhile, actor Cal Konitz (Conor Sweeney) is angling to replace the lead actor.

In addition to the above-mentioned Winnipeg talent, The Editor somehow got some cult actors from outside Manitoba. Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire) plays Josephine Jardin, a former movie star who has married Rey and insults him constantly. Udo Keir plays the standard useless psychiatrist, Dr. Casini.

The Editor is the latest film by the Astron-6, a group of Winnipeg filmmakers who made Manborg, about a cyborg fighting Nazi vampires. Now they’re spoofing the work of Dario Argento, Mario Bava, and especially their less accomplished contemporaries. People die in gory murders involving axes, knives, and any sharp object. An aerobics dancer casually takes off her leotard in the background, and nobody notices. If The Editor’s plot twists seem illogical and improbable, and if you can drive a Fiat through the plot holes, that’s part of the fun because that’s how giallo movies were often written.

The film was shot without synchronous sound and dubbed over later, which is why some of the dialogue is slightly off-synch, just like the dubbing on giallo movies often is.

I quite enjoyed The Editor, as it was such a sarcastic but loving spoof of movies such as Opera and Suspiria.
The cast of The Editor, L to R: Adam Brooks, Sheila Campbell, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney. I forgot why Adam Brooks is holding a banana. Scotiabank Theatre, TIFF, Toronto, Sept. 12, 2014.
Conor Sweeney, who plays Cal Konitz, the actor with a knife, in The Editor. Scotiabank Theatre, TIFF, Toronto, Sept. 12, 2014.
Sheila Campbell, who plays Margiry Porfiry, the character who spontaneously goes blind after discovering two dead bodies, in The Editor. Scotiabank Theatre, TIFF, Toronto, Sept. 12, 2014.

Of course, I asked Sheila Campbell if she would pose for a photo with me.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Loncon 3 Schedule: Come See Me

Below is my schedule of official events at Loncon 3 (Worldcon in London, U.K.). Come see me.

The schedule may change.

Thursday 15:00 - 16:30, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL):
The Anthology as Advocacy
The published is political. SF has a healthy tradition of anthologies that seek to open up space for new voices and new conversations, from groundbreaking books such as So Long Been Dreaming and the Bending the Landscape series, to recent anthologies such as Long Hidden, We See a Different Frontier, the Speculative Japan collections and the Apex Books of World SF. How are such books received and reviewed by the field? How do editors and contributors of such books participate in the conversations they generate? And to what extent do an anthology's political goals interact with editorial considerations and/or marketing considerations?

John Kessel (M), Grania Davis, Fabio Fernandes, Derwin Mak


Friday 12:00 - 13:30, Autographing Space (ExCeL):
Autographing 6 - Derwin Mak
Come keep me company as I sit at the autograph table and watch the long lines grow for other writers.


Saturday 11:00 - 12:00, Capital Suite 14 (ExCeL):

Beyond the Force: Religion in the Future

Writers working with futuristic settings often use present-day and historical religious forms to frame something new; Dan Simmons uses Catholicism in Hyperion, for example, and Kameron Hurley takes a similar approach to Islam in God's War. How can this be done in a manner that respects religious traditions and believers, while still allowing the author creative license? To what extent do such works succeed at imagining how religions change over time? What are the advantages and disadvantages of extrapolation compared to inventing a new faith -- and do common templates for such invention, such as science or the state, make sense given what we know about how humans respond to the spiritual?

Simon Morden (M), Derwin Mak, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Janice Gelb


Saturday 15:00 - 16:30, Capital Suite 14 (ExCeL):
The World at Worldcon: Chinese Diaspora SF
Chinese immigrants have gone all over the world for 400 years. However, the Chinese diaspora has written science fiction only in the last 4 decades, with Laurence Yep possibly being the first Chinese American science fiction writer. Now they are becoming more prominent, and writers such as Ken Liu and Ted Chiang have become well known. What do their stories say about the immigrant experience (often a sort of alien experience) and about ethnicity, identity, and culture in America, Canada, Europe, Philippines, Malaysia, and other countries? How have they combined Chinese society with those of other countries?

Emily Jiang (M), Eric Choi, John Chu, Derwin Mak


Sunday 10:00 - 11:00, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL):

Droning On

From remotely piloted attack vehicles to robot package delivery services drones suddenly seem to be everywhere. What impacts will they have, from wars to where we buy books? And is that guy in the park with a quadrocopter just a harmless hobbyist or a high tech peeping tom?

Phil Dyson (M), Myke Cole, Derwin Mak, Mike Bakula, Terrence Karney

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Call for Submissions to Ricepaper's Speculative Fiction Issue: Short Stories, Articles, Manga Excerpts/Comics

Ricepaper, the Asian Canadian literary magazine, is calling for stories, articles, and poems for its special Speculative Fiction issue, to be published circa January 2015. Derwin Mak (co-editor, The Dragon and the Stars) and JF Garrard (author, The Undead Sorceress) will be guest editors of the Speculative Fiction issue. 

Each issue usually contains 3-4 fiction stories, 3-4 creative non-fiction articles, and 2-3 poems. These are not rigid rules, though.

We are looking for short stories, non-fiction articles, poems, and manga/comics excerpts by authors with East Asian or Southeast Asian descent. Eighty (80%) percent of the issue's content should be authored by Canadians. All content should be in English. If content was originally written in another language, send us the English version.

Short stories: stories can be of any of the speculative fiction genres, i.e., science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternative history. Stories should have an East or Southeast Asian aspect to them, which can include immigrant and diaspora themes. Stories should be previously unpublished and not already sold for publication to another magazine or anthology.

We do not intend to buy a story that lacks an Asian aspect, even if it's written by an author of East/Southeast Asian descent. The only exception we'll make is if none of the characters are human, but your story better be worthy of an Aurora, Hugo or Nebula nomination if you go that route. No overly political content. Of course, no racist content. Sexual content is usually fine.

Maximum word length for short stories is 6,000 words.

About novel excerpts: the editors are not adverse to novel excerpts, but be advised that we will give preference to original short stories. We know that you’re proud of your novel and wish to preview it. However, your novel will be published and available soon; the short stories, on the other hand, rely on magazines for their first publication, and we can best serve the speculative fiction community by using this magazine space to showcase new short fiction. Please do not submit a novel excerpt without inquiring with the guest editors. Please do not argue or debate our preference for short stories with us.

Non-fiction articles: also known as creative non-fiction in Ricepaper, these should be related to science fiction, fantasy, or speculative fiction genres. They can be of various forms, including interviews with authors, an essay on the genre or the state of the art, or an author's reminiscence on the influences and inspirations on his/her writing. Maximum word length: 6,000 words.

Poems: poems should be in the speculative fiction genres. Poems must have an East Asian/Southeast Asian aspect. Maximum length: half a page each.

Manga/comics: Ricepaper occasionally publishes excerpts from manga or comics. Excerpts are 1 to 5 pages long. For this issue, we'll also consider an original comics story if it's 1 to 2 pages long. Stories must have an East Asian/Southeast Asian aspect and be of a speculative genre.

Use standard manuscript format, but with emphasized words in italics (not underlined), and leave one space between sentences, e.g., between the period and the start of the next sentence.

Please submit your submission as a Microsoft Word file to . In the subject line, please put “Submission: [Title of your Story]”.

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2014 at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time.

Payment is $50-$250 for short stories and articles (depending on length), $50-$75 for poems, upon publication. Ricepaper will acquire world first North American English serial rights.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Apocalypse4, issue 1

The promotional campaign for Apocalypse4, a new comic book series, is all about the artwork and the artist, Hugh Rockwood. Its website has a gallery of images from the comic but nothing about the subject, theme, or plot of the series. Is the lack of information about the story intended to create a mystery to entice readers? Or is it due to a publicity campaign run by artists who have forgotten that they also have to sell the story? Yes, comics are a visual art, but they are also a form of storytelling too.

The story is by Corrado Rizza. It begins in heaven. For reasons unexplained, God orders the Archangel Michael to lead an angelic army to destroy the human species. This decision bewilders the angels. One of them, who had been a priest named Ignacio del Vega, disobeys God by stealing long, sharp crystals called Shards of the Horsemen. Without the Shards, Michael and his army cannot destroy humanity. The story does not explain what the Shards are, but this is issue 1; the story is just starting. 

Del Vega goes to Earth, and disguised as a normal homeless bum, hides from the Archangel Michael. Del Vega realizes that humanity is far from perfect, but in his opinion, it isn't so evil as to justify God's wrath. There lies a mystery: why would God suddenly want to destroy the human race?

On the streets, Del Vega meets Archangel Gabriel, who doesn't look like a traditional angel, but rather, a winged humanoid reptile on steroids. Gabriel, like his colleague Michael, is extremely eager to kill billions of people – if only he could get the Shards of the Horsemen. Satan, in the form of a man with long red hair and black leather jacket and pants, also comes to ask Del Vega for the Shards of the Horsemen.

There are also a scientist and a particle accelerator involved, though not much is said about them in issue 1.

The artwork is gorgeous. The first four pages have a glittering depiction of the Grand Atrium of heaven, a golden, bejewelled palace in the clouds. Its design is reminiscent of depictions of the Ark of the Covenant, but with the Ark's artistic style used on a building, not a chest. The gold of the heaven scenes contrast sharply with the dark blues of the Earthly city scenes that follow.

Thankfully, the fight scenes are not too cluttered in issue 1. The fights have only three or four panels per page, unlike some other comics that can really tire out the reader by cramming too many distinct images into one scene.

Angels have become somewhat clichéd in recent years. There are now so many angels in genre romance novels that they form a sub-sub-genre within the paranormal romance sub-genre. The romance field is full of angst-ridden fallen angels and do-gooder angels who fall in love with human women. In the fantasy and horror genre, God's and Satan's minions frequently re-enact Milton's Paradise Lost, the mother of all stories of angels versus demons. How does Apocalypse4 fare in a market full of clichés?

The idea of a fallen angel (albeit self-exiled) is nothing new, though in this case, Del Vega was a priest in his human life but also sufficiently strong-willed and rebellious to steal the Shards of the Horsemen. His independent streak comes out in his meetings with Gabriel and Satan. Maybe it will help the writer avoid potential clichés in subsequent issues?

Issue 1 has no explanation of the Shards of the Horsemen; what are they? It has become a trope of science fiction and fantasy for the characters to chase after an object or treasure. Issue 1 just starts the story. We'll have to look at future issues to see whether the Shards of the Horsemen turn out to be something that the readers care about or whether they're just a MacGuffin, a plot device that motivates the characters to chase an object or each other but is ultimately unimportant on its own.

The Archangel Gabriel as a bloodthirsty reptile is an interesting way to portray the character. I didn't see that in Paradise Lost.

Issue 1 starts the story and ends on a cliffhanger, so we shall have to wait for future issues to see how the story unfolds. The story gets a good start with gorgeous art and intriguing characters -- let's see how it continues.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

See me at Anime North, May 23-25, 2014

I'll be at Anime North, the largest anime convention in Canada, this weekend. I have two panel discussions:
Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Peel Room, International Plaza Hotel (former Doubletree Hotel):
Creating Characters: Good characters will improve any story. Our panel of authors will cover the basics of character creation.

Sunday, 12:00 p.m., Peel Room, International Plaza Hotel (former Doubletree Hotel):
How To Get Published: Agent or no agent, self-publishing or traditional--how does it all work? Bring your questions!

Friday, April 4, 2014

See me at Ad Astra, April 4-6, 2014

AdAstra Science Fiction Convention will be held this Friday to Sunday, April 4 to 6, 2014, at a new hotel, the
Sheraton Parkway North, 600 HWY-7 E  in Richmond Hill (north of Toronto), Ontario. That used to be the hotel for Polaris and Reversed Polarity. Below is my panels and events schedule. See you there.

Friday, 10:00 p.m., Main Room (Richmond C/D):
Non-European Fantasy Worlds
When we move away from a 'traditional' European foundation for the worlds we create, are we expanding our horizons or merely exploiting the exotic?  Explore whether10th-century Central Asia is any more - or less - inherently alien than 10th-century Scandinavia at this inclusive panel. With: K. V. Johansen, Derwin Mak, Douglas Smith.

Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Richmond A:
GoH and Author Signings

Saturday, 4:00 p.m.: Markham A:
Beyond Anime and Manga in East Asian SF/F
Science fiction and speculative fiction outside the anime/manga realm are making a comeback in East Asia.  Check out what's new in fiction from China, Japan and Korea, what's available here, plus where we can get our hands on some, in this fantastic panel. With Derwin Mak, Simon McNeil.

Sunday, 12:00-12:30 p.m.: Oakridges Room:
Come hear me read from my story "Mecha-Jesus" from next year's Tesseracts 18: Wrestling With Gods.

Sunday, 3:00 p.m.: Aurora
Historical Fiction: Balancing Fact with Fantasy

When we talk about alternate histories, Steampunk is an obvious standout, but there are countless ways of using the principles of alternate timelines in fantasy and science fiction. By combining thorough research with a few basic rules of thumb, we can re-examine our present by rewriting our past. With Eric Buchanan, Alyx Harvey, Russ Howe, Derwin Mak, Neil Jamieson-Williams. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Tribute to David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Science Fiction Writer

Photo: me with His Honour David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Her Honour Ruth Ann Onley, Commonwealth Sunday service, St. Paul's Anglican Church, Toronto, March 11, 2012.
David Onley will be retiring as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario sometime in Spring 2014. The Monarchist League of Canada held a luncheon in his honour on Accession Sunday, February 9, 2014, the closest Sunday to the anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II, at the Doubletree by Hilton Toronto Downtown Hotel. I was one of seven persons who gave a tribute to His Honour. One person talked about his advocacy for disabled persons, and five other persons talked about his service to the Queen. However, I talked about his short-live career as a science fiction writer before he worked for City TV:

Your Honour, most people will praise you for your service to Queen and country and Breakfast Television. But I'm going to thank you for writing a science fiction novel entitled Shuttle and for opening the Ad Astra Science Fiction Convention in 2011.

Not many people know that you had an early career as a science fiction writer before you went to City TV, but I knew. Both of us were at Ad Astra Science Fiction Convention in 1984, when you were promoting Shuttle, and I was recruiting people for a Doctor Who fan club.

However, you switched careers from science fiction writing to weather reporting. Trust me, it was a good decision. The royalties on my latest book amounted to only five dollars last year.

Ad Astra is an annual convention, and it would celebrate its thirtieth anniversary in 2011. I wondered how your then-Chief of Staff, Nanda Casucci-Byrne, would react when I asked her, "His Honour wrote a science fiction novel in the 1980's. Do you think he'll want to come to the opening ceremonies of a science fiction convention?"

Well, she thought it was a great idea, and Ad Astra's attendees were thrilled that you came back after a twenty-seven year absence. We were really glad that you didn't give us the typical speech by a public dignitary. Instead, you talked about assembling the model kit of the flying saucer from the TV series The Invaders. You also talked about Lost In Space and Land of the Giants. And to show that you're keeping up with current affairs, you compared the original Battlestar Galactica to the reboot.

One of the convention attendees told me, "He's got geek cred. That's great. I thought he was just the weatherman on City TV before he became Lieutenant Governor."

So, Your Honour, as you retire from public life, thank you for your contributions to Canadian science fiction, and live long and prosper. 

(I gave him the Vulcan hand salute.) 

After the tributes, His Honour spoke to the audience and thanked them for their tributes – and singled me out for comment: "Derwin, you didn't mention that my book is out again as an e-book on Amazon, with a new introduction. You can buy it now."

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Read My Play "Arcadia Has Fallen": The British Government's Secret Plan to Regenerate the British Empire

My one-act play, Arcadia Has Fallen, was performed at Futurecon 4 at the Radisson Toronto East Hotel on December 31, 2013 (New Year's Eve!). It's about the British Government's secret plan to use Doctor Who to regenerate the dead British Empire. Read it here.

If you like it, please consider nominating this play for a 2014 Aurora Award for Best Related Work – English ( and a 2014 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form (

Presentation on "Science Fiction in China", Saturday, January 11, 2014.

I will be giving an illustrated presentation on "Science Fiction in China" at the meeting of the U.S.S. Hudson Bay Science Fiction Club, on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at the Auditorium of the Main Branch of the North York Public Library, located at the North York Subway Station, Toronto. You do not need to be a member of the U.S.S. Hudson Bay to attend this open meeting.

The presentation runs approximately 45 minutes. The Hudson Bay meeting runs from approximately 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.