It’s not every year you get to celebrate publishing 20 issues of genre-busting literature. We want our readers to reap the rewards, and our contributors to shine in the spotlight, so every week we are offering up a selection of deeply discounted past issues, based on one of the authors, poets, or artists whose work fills the magazine’s pages. Welcome to week 31 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors!
Robert J Sawyer is a Canadian science fiction writer. He has published 24 novels, including FlashForward, the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name, and the Hugo Award-winning Hominids. Rob is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario and one of the initial inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.
Robert Jeschonek is an award-winning writer whose fiction,
non-fiction, comics, and poetry have been published around the world. He has won a Scribe Award and the grand prize in Pocket Books’ Strange New Worlds contest. A full list of his publications is on his Wiki page. Visit him online at thefictioneer.com and support him on Patreon.
Roy Gray’s short writings and poetry have appeared in magazines, anthologies, and online journals. Another Roy Gray writes erotic poetry online—do not confuse them. Roy’s chapbook The Joy of Technology (Pendragon Press, 2011—now a self-published ebook) could persuade some he is that other, but this Roy’s poetic efforts remain decidedly chaste. ‘Bone Dry’ is his first successful graphic short story.
R.S. Wynn lives in Maine in an antique farmhouse, which she shares with her family and the perfect number of dogs (four, in case you were wondering). She earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her short fiction won Pithead Chapel’s 2017 Larry Brown Short Story Award.
S. Ross Browne studied Communication Art and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, VA and Photography at The Corcoran School of the Arts in Washington, DC. Browne is a professional studio artist with over 23 years experience. With an emphasis on painting, he has exhibited domestically and internationally in over 70 gallery and museum exhibitions and is in multifarious private and public collections including the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Browne is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, paints and writes out of his studio in Richmond, Virginia.
Calgary, we know we don’t say this often enough but … we’re coming to see you!
A lot has happened since our last visit; we published a debut novel from Cowtowner, Michael Kamakana; we put out several new issues; and by the time we touchdown at YYC for When Words Collide, Matthew Hughes’s magnum opus, What the Wind Brings, will have landed as well. We’d love to catch up with you, so if you find yourself at Delta Calgary South for the 2019 WWC conference, stop by the Fireside room on Saturday (August 10th) at 2 pm.
In addition to Pulp Literature Presents, Jen Landels and Jessisca Fabrizius will be presenting at the following sessions:
3:00pm – Hiring the Right Editor
5:00pm – Common Manuscript Problems
6:00pm – Storytelling with Swordplay
12:00pm – Pitch session
2:00pm – Pulp Literature Presents
8:00pm – Autograph Session
11:00am – David vs Goliath: Writing the mis-matched fight scent
12:00pm – Live Action Slush – High Fantasy
1:00pm – Cover Art Trends
3:00pm – Live Action Slush – Urban Fantasy
4:00pm – Blue Pencil Cafe
5:00pm – Literary vs Speculative Fiction
Some of the other Pulp Literature authors in attendance at WWC include Jasmin Nyack, Michael Kamakana, Robert J Sawyer, Robert Runté, and Pat Flewelling. We hope to see you there as well!
Pulp Literature Presents Saturday 10 Aug, 2:00 – 3:00pm Fireside Room, Delta Calgary South
Please join us in congratulating Issue 7’s feature author, Robert J Sawyer. As the holder of various distinctions in the sci-fi literary community, including the Nebula Award, the Hugo Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Robert is known around the world as the Canadian master of science fiction.
Now, his contributions to Canadian fiction have earned him a place in the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour, which recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievements in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, Canada and beyond.
Robert will be officially appointed on February 27th. Until then, see the writing chops of this award-winning author for yourself in this excerpt from Pulp Literature Issue 7, Summer 2015.
Angela Renaldo never knew if it was an act of homage or of defiance—whether it was the ultimate show of faith in God, or whether it was tantamount to flipping the bird at the Almighty.
Carlo, the eldest of her five brothers, doubtless had an opinion.From his position, planted firmly on the ground, near the bleachers, hands resting on the gray rubber rims of the twin wheels that propelled him along, there could be no doubt. God had enough to keep Himself busy looking after regular folk; He had no time for those who deliberately tempted fate.
Angela, the youngest Renaldo child, loved Carlo; she didn’t love all her brothers, but her affection for Carlo was pure. He was the only one who had played catch with her, the only one who had listened to her, the only one who never seemed to mind her being around.
Now, of course, things were different. Now, Carlo didn’t play catch with anyone. He just sat in his chair, almost never looking up.
There was nothing to fear, Poppa always said. We’ll be so high up that we’ll catch God’s eye. …
Rhea, CC, Robert, Eileen, Brenda, and Jen all have readings and panels throughout the weekend (and Jen will be picking up swords as usual at the Academie Duello demo on Saturday evening), so be sure look up their schedules and track them down.
And of course visit our table at any time throughout the weekend. Admission to the vendors’ room is free and we’d love to see you there!
Calling all writers and readers in the BC Lower Mainland! This weekend is your chance to network and learn from a friendly and talented group of authors and publishers at the Creative Ink Festival. For a mere $80, enjoy three days of programming and social events aimed to get you involved, inspired, and enlightened in your creative projects. Jen, Mel and Sue are excited because this is the first time in three years all three editors will be teaching at the same conference. Hot tip: don’t miss our blue pencil sessions, where you can tap into our expertise for fifteen minutes! Here’s our schedule:
Friday 6th May 1pm: How to Swim through Rejections panel with Sue plus Ella Beaumont, ER Brown, Melanie Dixon, Claire Humphrey 2pm: Hiring the Right Editor with Sue, Jen & Mel 4pm: Getting Started panel with Sue plus Galen Dara, Christel Bodenbender, Caitlin Hicks & Matt Hughes.
Saturday 7th May 9am: Blue Pencil sessions with Sue 10am: Blue Pencil sessions with Mel 11am: SF Noir with Mel plus Robert J Sawyer, Randy McCharles and Tom Wright 4pm: Blue Pencil sessions with Jen 6pm: Stress Management for Creatives panel with Mel & Sue plus Danika Dinsmore, Aviva Bel’Harold, Devon Boorman & Claire Humphrey 7pm: Pulp Literature Reading Event with Sue, Jen and other Pulp Lit authors 8pm: Group autograph session
Sunday 8th May 9am: An Editor’s Dream panel with Sue plus Katrina Archer, Ella Beaumont, & ER Brown 9am: What To Do When the Creative Well is Bone Dry panel with Jen plus Aviva Bel’Harold, Mel Anastasiou, Dani Duck, Rhea Rose, Jessica Steiner 1pm: Real Life Superwomen panel with Jen plus Kristene Perron, Lisa Gemino, Sandra Wickham, and Setsu Uzume 4pm: Live Action Slush panel with Jen plus Mark Teppo, Matt Hughes, Tod McCoy, Randy McCharles, Ella Beaumont and Ian Alexander Martin
Check out the full schedule for all the other fabulous panels and presentations too. And of course you can visit us at the Pulp Literature book table at any time in the vendors’ hall, which is open to the public. Attendees, don’t forget to look in your conference bag for a coupon entitling you to a free eBook or $5 off a print issue of Pulp Literature. See you there!
I’m a great admirer of authors who make exceptional use of supporting characters. A cast of extras is fun to write, of course. And supporting characters can say with charm, or the complete lack of it, what the character wouldn’t. But their magic goes deeper than that. Here are three steps farther than snappy dialogue…
1. We should hear a supporting character state the theme of the story early on, as in Robert Sawyer’s brilliant “Fallen Angel”, where the father tells his daughter Angela that there was nothing to fear. “We’ll be so high up we’ll catch God’s eye.’’ But she does fear, and the story turns on her fear and what she does because of it.
2. Supporting characters force the protagonist to show the readers his heroic qualities in contrast with their less heroic aspects. They make sure we don’t miss the hero’s flaws, either. Take a look at the many Brothers who have taken the Black on the Wall in Martin’s Game of Thrones series. Their leader Jon Snow is so remarkably steadfast and true that it takes an army of supporting characters to bring out his weaknesses.
3. Supporting characters at their best force the protagonist – and antagonist – to make choices they would not have faced on their own, no matter how stubborn or brave they might be. I was just re-reading (for about the fiftieth time since I got it in my stocking at fourteen) Bel Kaufman’s amazing Up the Down Staircase. There’s not a character in there that doesn’t force young teacher Sylvia Barrett to make agonizing choices. That’s pretty rare craft in a book told through notes, letters, memos, and scribbles on the backboard.
What can your supporting characters do for your protagonist?
Canadian readers will especially recognize the name of our feature author for Issue 7 as a leading name in science fiction: Robert J Sawyer has won the Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell, Arthur Ellis, and Aurora awards, and with good reason. His books are intelligent and dynamic, introspective and fast-paced. They are true to the calling of great science fiction, seeing our present sharply through the mirror of the future.
Sawyer’s latest book, Red Planet Blues, is unique for its genre crossing, combining traditional pulp genre elements in the futuristic setting of Mars. The novel begins in classic detective fashion, so much so that I can’t help but see fishnet stockings and film noir shadows crossing the set as a hot babe walks in to the only detective agency on Mars to ask a private eye to locate her missing husband…
Before you rush off to buy the book (which I recommend), don’t forget to purchase your issue of Issue 7, to read another cross-genre Sawyer story, ‘Fallen Angel.’ It’s a fantasy story with gothic tones, as a young girl tries to worm out of a deal with the devil. Issues will be mailed out this week! Or come and purchase a copy at our Issue 7 launch party Monday night at the Wolf and Hound pub — we’re set to enjoy ourselves with a beer and a bit of storytelling. What could be a better way to enjoy summer?
We had a fabulous time at VCon, and we hope to see you again their next year. Be sure to subscribe, either here on the website or through our Kickstarter campaign, so as not to miss Eileen Kernaghan’s and Robert J Sawyer’s stories in upcoming issues!
We’ll be launching our Autumn issue at VCon 39, Vancouver’s own Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. The booklaunch takes place this Friday October 3rd at 7pm at the Sheraton in Surrey BC on 15269 104th Avenue. Pulp Literature authors and artists in attendance will include Eileen Kernaghan, JJ Lee, Ace Baker, JM Landels, Susan Pieters the Canvention 34 Artist Guest-of-Honour Melissa Mary Duncan!
Ours are not the only books on offer. Other authors include Jennifer Lott, Lynda Williams, Roxanne Barbour, Casey Wolf, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, T.S. Bazelli, Lorna Suzuki, and Randy McCharles. Plus there will be readings from David Weber, Marty Chan, Linda DeMeulemeester, Tony Stark, Virginia Stark, Bruce Heard, Julie McGalliard, Joseph Picard, Katrina Archer, Danika Dinsmore, Graham Darling, dvs Duncan, and JA McLachlan.
The VCon Booklaunch evening is open to the public, so bring some friends, enjoy the readings and do some early gift shopping amid the wonderful selection of books.
The Aurora Awards are also that evening, and our two-time cover artist Melissa Mary Duncan is up for one, as is our issue 7 feature author, Robert J Sawyer. As well there are dozens of other readings, panels and workshops throughout the weekend. Come and visit us in Artists’ Alley where original pages of “The Wolf” will be on display, and see Melissa’s beautiful art in person at the Art Show.