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|Margaret Atwood Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC OOnt FRSC FRSL (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher and environmental activist. She has published seventeen books of poetry, sixteen novels, ten books of non-fiction, eight collections of short fiction, eight childrenâ€™s books, and one graphic novel, as well as a number of small press editions in poetry and fiction. Atwood and her writing have won numerous awards and honors including the Man Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, and the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards. Atwood is also the inventor and developer of the LongPen and associated technologies that facilitate the remote robotic writing of documents. As a novelist and poet, Atwood’s works encompass a variety of themes including the power of language, gender and identity, religion and myth, climate change, and “power politics.” Many of her poems are inspired by myths and fairy tales which interested her from a very early age. Among her contributions to Canadian literature, Atwood is a founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize and Writers’ Trust of Canada. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Atwood|
“Dexter thrust a pamphlet into Samuel’s hand. “Greenstreet Mission. We’re doing a Christmas dinner. You can get a meal and hear the word of God.” Samuel smiled in relief. This, finally, he understood. “Which word?” “What?” “Well, God’s said a lot of words, you know, and a word like ‘it’ or ‘the’ wouldn’t be worth hearing again but its always fun listening to Him try and say aluminum.” Â Â – Tanya Huff –
Tanya Sue Huff (born 1957) is a Canadian fantasy author. Her stories have been published since the late 1980s, including five fantasy series and one science fiction series. One of these, her Blood Books series, featuring detective Vicki Nelson, was adapted for television under the title Blood Ties.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Huff was raised in Kingston, Ontario. Her first sale as a writer was to The Picton Gazette when she was ten. They paid $10 for two of her poems. Huff joined the Canadian Naval Reserve in 1975 as a cook, ending her service in 1979. In 1982 she received a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Ontario; she was in the same class as noted science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer; they collaborated on their final TV Studio Lab assignment, a short science-fiction show.
In the early 1980s she worked at Mr. Gameway’s Ark, a game store in Downtown Toronto. From 1984 to 1992 she worked at Bakka, North America’s oldest surviving science fiction book store, in Toronto. During this time she wrote seven novels and nine short stories, many of which were subsequently published. Her first professional sale was to George Scithers, the editor of Amazing Stories in 1985, who bought her short story “Third Time Lucky“. She was a member of the Bunch of Seven writing group. In 1992, after living for 13 years in downtown Toronto, she moved with her four large cats to rural Ontario, where she currently resides with her wife, fellow fantasy writer Fiona Patton. Her current pet population consists of six cats and what she describes as an “unintentional chihuahua“.
Huff is one of the most prominent Canadian authors in the category of contemporary fantasy, a subgenre pioneered by Charles de Lint. Many of the scenes in her stories are near places where she has lived or frequented in Toronto, Kingston, and elsewhere. This author frequently uses as character names the names of people in her circle of acquaintances. A prolific author, “she has written everything from horror to romantic fantasy to contemporary fantasy to humour to space opera.”
She appeared in a 2009 documentary Pretty Bloody: The Women of Horror.
Eileen Kernaghan grew up on a dairy farm outside Grindrod, B.C., Canada, population 600. The reading material she found on the family shelves – Greek myths, historical novels, G. A. Henty‘s boys’ adventure books, a collection of Weird Tales and Thrilling Wonder Stories – helped to shape her writing career.
Her first published story, written when she was twelve, appeared in the Vancouver Sun newspaper. It earned her a byline, an illustration, and a cheque for $12.65. Her next appearance in print, twenty years later, was with a cover story in the New York science fiction magazine Galaxy. She went on to write the “Grey Isles” series, a Bronze Age trilogy based on the origins of Stonehenge. Journey to Aprilioth, Songs from the Drowned Lands and The Sarsen Witch were published by Ace Books during the 1980s.
As for her day jobs, they’ve included elementary school teaching, arts administration, operating a used bookstore with her husband Pat, and, for many years, teaching creative writing at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, and Port Moody’s Kyle Centre. She has three adult children and four grandchildren.
Not only is Eileen a highly credited author, she’s also been giving back to the writing community for many, many years.Eileen has won multiple awards, including the Silver Medal Award for original fantasy from West Coast Review of Books, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (CASPAR) Award, an Aurora Award, and a Canada 124 Medal for community arts activism.
She has been an active member of SF Canada for many years and was one of the first published women science fiction writers in the country.
Involved with the Burnaby Writers Society since the mid-sixties Eileen has worked tirelessly to provide market information and mentoring through the meetings and newsletter. She’s also a regular supporter of the Burnaby Writers Society reading series, Eileen has taught a Manuscript Workshop in Burnaby at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts since the early nineties, as well as at Port Moody’s Kyle Centre, helping many authors improve their skills.
Eileen has been a part of VCon, Vancouver’s regional Science Fiction convention, since the very beginning, attending almost every year as a participant on panels, as well as givingÂ her time to the Turkey Readings in order to raise money for charity. Eileen has been a mentor to so many in the writing community, including myself and other authors like Linda Demeulemeester. For me personally, Eileen has been a tremendous instructor, motivator and friend in the publishing industry. I believe she is deserving of this honour.
Hayden Trenholm‘s contributions to Canadian speculative fiction has been extraordinary.
As a writer, his short fiction has been published in most Canada’s top markets: On Spec, the Tesseracts anthologies, Neo-Opsis, Challenging Destinyand more. Six of his stories were nominated for the Aurora, putting him behind only Robert J. Sawyer and Douglas Smith in that category. His three wins in this category only puts him behind Robert J. Sawyer. What’s more, all three of his Steel Chronicles novels were nominated for the Aurora Award. Hayden’s fiction is unabashedly Canadian, with most of his contemporary or near-future science fiction set in Canada. His fiction explores themes reflecting Canada’s greatest qualities: inclusion, diversity, environmentalism, diplomacy before hostility, but the use of force when necessary in a just cause.
As an editor, Hayden turned Bundoran Press into an important voice in Canadian science fiction. Its five anthologies were all nominated for the Aurora with two wins, putting them in league with other well-known and respected voices of Canadian speculative fiction like On Spec, Tesseractsand Neo-opsis. Two novels from Bundoran were nominated for the Aurora under Hayden’s leadership.
And more than this, Hayden has been tireless in his role as supporter, mentor and advocate for Canadian speculative fiction. I first met Hayden 10 years ago when Derek Kunsken and I were forming a writing group that would become the Eastblock Irregulars (named since Hayden worked in Paliament’s east block). At that time, there wasn’t a speculative fiction community in Ottawa and Derek and I, as new writers, felt isolated. Hayden helped connect us with other, more experienced writers, and provided sharp and insightful critiques of our work. This built our confidence, and helped the Irregulars grow, which in turn helped connect a great number of Ottawa writers with one another. Hayden never treated us as his juniors nor expected praise or deference. It was a relationship of equals, with Hayden sharing his experience and knowledge.
Hayden was instrumental in bridging the growing speculative fiction community in Ottawa with larger, established communities. It was Hayden that encouraged Derek and me—both very shy introverts—to attend Ad Astra in 2008, giving us tools and techniques to network, meet new people, and approach authors we admired. This experience was transformative, leading to friendships and connections that have helped grow our careers as writers and allowed us to reach out and build a larger community of writers and fans here in Ottawa. Thanks to Hayden, we were able to connect Ottawa’s community with others across Canada.
Since that initial meeting, Hayden has been supportive and encouraging to new writers who have joined the group. He has remained active and enthusiastic in helping as a guest reader at ChiSeries or paneling at CAN*CON. He has conducted writing workshops across Canada. It was Hayden’s example that has led Derek, me and other members of the Eastblock Irregulars to, in turn, help and encourage new and aspiring writers as our careers have progressed.
Hayden’s contributions to Canadian speculative fiction runs throughout this nation. There are few who have contributed more to the stature of Science Fiction and Fantasy than he. Beyond his considerable writing career, his endless enthusiasm and wisdom have inspired the next generations(s) of writers to follow his example.
R. Graeme Cameron
Karl Johanson, born in Victoria BC in 1962, has been a part of fandom since 1979, beginning with joining a Star Trek group in Victoria, BC, then SFAV (Science Fiction Association of Victoria), and not long after UVic Science Fiction Association. Karl contributed and edited club zines, and encouraged others to do likewise. He was an instigator and a joiner in all types of fan activities. Karl helped organize and run events/conventions in Victoria.
He promoted the Aurora Awards from their start, and encouraged nomination and voting participation. Karl has been a presenter at Aurora ceremonies, and he convinced Al Harlow, lead singer for Prism, to present the music award in 2014. He’s posted videos of some of the Aurora ceremonies.
Karl was one of the major players in the creation of “The Dawn of the Living Socks” movie, which debuted at Imagine Con in 1982. He encouraged and convinced numerous fans, friends, co-workers and family members to participate in the project.
Karl was instrumental in the 1989 “Worldcon at Myles Bos’ House” bid, with John Herbert, Bernie Klassen, Paula Johanson, Dan Cawsey, and, of course, Myles Bos. Buttons were created, numerous flyers, and even hats. The bid became such a popular joke bid that total strangers were copying and distributing the flyers at conventions in Canada, the USA, the UK, and Australia. The bid basically went viral before going viral was a thing.
In 1992, Karl Johanson and John Herbert started and co-edited the fanzine “Under the Ozone Hole”. They won four Aurora Awards in the category Fan Achievement (publication), in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996.
In 2003 Karl and Stephanie Johanson started “Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine”. The publication was nominated eight times for the Aurora Award in the category English Other, and won in 2007 and 2009. Karl is co-owner, editor, science writer, reviewer, layout manager, and artist for, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Covers
Karl is a writer of science fiction:
“PIONeers” published in Sci Phi Journal # 1.
“The Airlock Scene” published in Here be Monsters: 7, and in Polar Borealis 1.
“Frats & Cheers” published in On Spec magazine Fall 2012.
“When Every Song Reminds You of a Dead Universe” published in Perihelion Spring 2013.
“Piece of History” published in On Spec.
“We Never Went to Mars” published in issue 3 of Polar Borealis. 2017.
“Had a Life, Didn’t Like it, Went Back to Watching Star Trek” published in issue 5 of Polar Borealis 2017.
“The Glow Around My House” published in issue 6 of Polar Borealis 2018.
“Hate Doesn’t Always Come Easy” published in issue 11 of Polar Borealis 2019.
Karl is a poet:
“Burning Rosemary” Polar Borealis #6.
“The Sound of a Rasp on Stone” Neo-opsis #26.
Karl is a Filker, originally singing in the back of 2 ½ ton army trucks, then later in fandom. A couple examples can be seen on YouTube.
“If You’re Intelligent and You Know It.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7VH_f7hzmg
“Star Trek 50th Anniversary Tribute.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNBpT9_mZ0g
Karl is an artist, having done covers and interior illustrations for publications such as Neo-opsis, Polar Borealis, and Under the Ozone Hole.
Karl is a YouTuber with 397 videos as of July 2019. Many of his YouTube videos are science fiction related, including some of the Really Short Science Fiction series:
Karl has been a computer game designer and Quality Assurance Lead, working on numerous educational, fantasy, and science fiction related titles, for: Disney Interactive 1996-2003, Writer / Designer / QA (More than 50 million units sold.); Sanctuary Woods Multimedia 1994 – 1996, Writer / Designer / QA; and Hidden Path Entertainment 2007, Writer. Notable titles include The Riddle of Master Lu, Orion Burger, Hades’ Challenge, and Treasure Planet: The Battle at Procyon.
Karl has been a panellist on a wide variety of topics for many conventions and other events from 1980 to the present, including but not limited to: Arca 45672 podcast Launch 2019 (Victoria, BC); Banffcon 1993 (Banff, AB); Conversion 13, 20, 21, 22, 23 (Calgary, AB); GottaCon 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 (Victoria, BC); Imagine1980 (Victoria, BC); Keycon 2010, 2016 (Winnipeg, MN); Main Street Literary Tour 2009. (Vancouver BC) 2009; Noncon 15. (Vancouver, BC); Norwescon 15, 16, 27 (Seattle, WA); Tsukino-Con 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018. (Victoria, BC); V-Con 14, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41. (Vancouver, BC); Westercon 1992 in Vancouver, 2005 in Calgary; When Words Collide 2012 (Calgary, AB); World Fantasy Con 2008 (Calgary, AB); Worldcon 1994 in Winnipeg, 2003 in Toronto, and 2009 in Montreal.
Karl has been a contributor to the fanzines: BCSFAzine, Canadadapa, Fosfax, Neology, Novoid, Phoenix, From the Ashes, The Central Ganglion, The Maple Leaf Rag, Trekadda (former editor), Raspberry Drinkzine (former editor), Worldcon 89 at Myles Bos’ House bid flier and update flyers, Under the Ozone Hole, and others.
ISFDB page: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?119343
Comments about Karl
“Karl Johanson is a natural at public speaking, holding a room captive without needing to lock the doors. Karl’s extensive experience and confidence in his areas of expertise combine to provide an enjoyable guest at any function.”-Virginia O’Dine (Publisher, Bundoran Press Publishing House.)
“Karl is a profoundly sensible person, and has the sort of insight that often allows him to change people’s lives with a single remark. He’s easy-going, upbeat, and thoughtful public speaker, and an entertaining raconteur. He loves science and science fiction and has a wide-ranging knowledge that makes him the Swiss-Army Knife of panelists. And he is, of course, one hell of an editor.”-Professor Robert Runté
“Karl is extremely well spoken. You can tell he always comes to a panel well prepared.”-Sandra Wickham (Writer)
“I must say that you were great in your panels (at VCON 2004 IN Vancouver), both motivational and insightful. You merge solid science with a wonderful crazy wit that wakes up the audience and buoys up other panellists. “-Nina Munteanu (Writer / Vcon programming director)
“Everybody totally loved having you there. You were friendly, approachable, funny and helpful.”-Amanda Brandt (KeyCon 33 convention committee member)
“Johanson’s sense of humour, evident in both of his columns (issue 1 of Neo-opsis). If I had to put a label to that sense of humour, I’d call it mainstream geek: two parts Jerry Lewis, one part Richard Feynman, a pinch of Firesign Theater and a twist of aggressive oddity.”-Jeremy Lyon (Reviewer)
“Who knew Karl could sing?”-Julie Czerneda (Writer and fellow Guest of Honour at KeyCon 33)