On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing: A memoir of the CraftBy Stephen King 297pp. Review by Robert Runté I’ve been an academic and editor for 30 years, but am now working on my first novel. Two-thirds of the way through, I felt the need for a little moral support, so ordered a shelf of books on writing from Amazon.ca. This one happened to be on top of the stack when I went on holidays and needed something for the…

Amazon vs Macmillan

A very cogent analysis of the current fight between Macmillan (one of the major American publishers) and Amazon that has Amazon removing ALL of Macmillian’s titles from its “shelves” is presented by author Charles Stross. Stross is mostly focused on the fate of the large commercial legacy publishers here, but in an aside points out that if monster corporations like Macmillan can’t take on Amazon, micropresses like ours and self-publishers will have to accept any…

Stephens demonstrates mastery of distopian/strange fiction

A reader review of And the Angels Sang appeared last week on LibraryThing, which was cross-posted to Amazon.com. We thought we’d share. Lorina Stephens demonstrates mastery of distopian/strange fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy in this recent seventeen story anthology. Although many pieces are previously published, shorter unpublished works such as ‘Protector’, ‘The Gift’, and ‘Zero Mile’ are captivating looks at phenomena just on the edge of our current reality – while longer pieces such as the…

Eric Orchard to create cover for new YA novel by Simon Rose

There’s a great deal of celebration at Five Rivers, and much of it has to do with the fact we’ve reached an agreement with Eric Orchard, to create the cover illustration for Simon Rose’s new young adult novel, Flashback. Eric’s work has to be some of the most dynamic, quirky, original art we’ve come across in decades. His style has the ability to cross boundaries, to speak to both innocence and darkness, reminiscent of 19th…

Prix Aurora Awards now open for nominations

Canada’s Prix Aurora Awards are now open for nominations. Our own Lorina Stephens’ fantasy novel, From Mountains of Ice, is eligible for nomination. You can easily make your nomination online at the Prix Aurora website, at http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/English/AwardProcess/nominationVoting.htm The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“the Auroras”) have been presented annually since 1980 with the exception of 1984. The name Aurora has been officially in use since 1991. The primary function of Canvention is the presentation…