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Seanan McGuire

August 16, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (0)

Indexing_mcGuire Harriet Marchem would have been Snow White in another reality. In this world Harry hates apples, and works with a Wicked Stepsister and a Pied Piper as an agent of the ATI Management Bureau, tasked with protecting the people living in our world from fairy tales.

Fantasy readers will enjoy the world of Indexing , where fairy tale narratives try to break into our world and become reality, often with fatal results.The suspense builds as the agents of ATI try to identify the mole in the agency before reality is damaged beyond repair. The unlikely premise is fun, and McGuire's story shares her insight into fairy tales. Indexing was originally written as individual short pieces available only through Amazon for Kindle, and is available for the first time in paper copy.


Fairyland is a Glorious Place

July 24, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (0)

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There  The girl who circumnavigated Fairyland in a ship of her own makingCatherynne Valente's wonderful trilogy begins with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, a whimsical Victorian fairytale intended for adults. In the first book September is invited to Fairyland by a Green Wind and a Leopard. She makes friends with A-L, whose mother was a wyvern and whose father was a library.

In The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, September learns the Hollow Queen is stealing the shadows of the inhabitants of Fairyland and all the magic is fading away. She shops at a Goblin Market, and rescues a Night Dodo named Aubergine, as she fights to save her friends.

The trilogy concludes with The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two. Driving across the wonderfully imagined moonscape in her faithful Model-A car, September returns to Fairyland to hunt the dreadful moon-Yeti and prevent the destruction of Fairyland's moon.

The beauty of Valente's prose is only matched by the richness of her imagination. September's adventures lend new life to old images, and these exuberant, charming stories never pause for breath.

July Events at the Merril Collection

July 4, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (0)


Glen Hirshberg, author of Motherless Child,  The Snowman's Child, and numerous short story collections, will appear at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction on Thursday, July 17, at 7:00PM. Mr. Hirshberg is a previous winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Mr. Hirshberg's appearance is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Merril Collection and ChiZine Press.

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Staff Recommendations

June 20, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (0)

When the Emperor is murdered, Maia, his isolated, youngest son, abruptly becomes the Emperor Edrehasivar VII. Aided only by his secretary and bodyguards, the new half-goblin emperor fights to change the course of a thousand-year old empire. Fantasy combines with mystery, and politics with suspense, as Maia must identify the murderer of his father before the killer strikes again. Maia Drazhar, hero of The Goblin Emperor, is easily the most charming fictional hero since Lois Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan. Watching this likeable hero overcome all obstacles to establish himself is terrific fun.

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     The Goblin Emperor                                                        Sparrow Hill Road

"Go and talk to the girl in the green silk gown, Who died on Sparrow Hill Road." Teenage Rose Marshall was murdered on Sparrow Hill Road over sixty years ago. Now a ghost, she hitch-hikes along the roads of North America, helping travellers in danger. Not all the people who encounter Rose survive the experience, but most have reason to be grateful for her help. Eerie and charming, Rose's encounters in the afterlife are stories about justice, vengeance and love.

June Events at the Merril Collection

June 16, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (0)

  Hugh Howey; author of the groundbreaking novel "Wool"    
  Monday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m.
  239 College St. (Lillian H. Smith building)
  Lower level program room
 Hugh Howey is the author of "Wool", the first self-published e-book to sell over a million copies. The book  has also been published in hard copy and film rights have been sold to Twentieth Century Fox. Mr. Howey will be discussing his work; both writing and e-publishing. Copies of the book will be available at the event.
  This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of  the Merril Collection and Kobo.  
Coming Out & Speaking Up: Celebrate Gay World Pride at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy
Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m.
239 College St. (Lillian H. Smith building)
Merril Collection Reading Room, 3rd floor
 The Friends of the Merril Collection are pleased to be hosting an exciting panel discussion of LGBT issues in speculative fiction. Chris Butcher of The Beguiling will moderate a panel discussion between scholars Derek Newman-Stille and Stephen Kenneally and authors Gemma Files and A. M. Dellamonica.
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William Gibson at the Toronto Reference Library

December 14, 2011 | Lorna | Comments (0)

William Gibson will be interviewed by Robert J. Sawyer at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Free tickets are available starting December 15. More information is available here:  William Gibson at the Toronto Reference Library

A Game of Thrones

June 22, 2011 | Lorna | Comments (0)

Game of thronesA Game of Thrones, the first book in George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, has spawned a tv show, several graphic novels, a fantasy role-playing game, and an on-line game. It's a good sign when a novel gives rise to fiction in other forms; it means that the readers liked the people, enjoyed the imaginary universe, and want to go back there again. The HBO tv series made The Game of Thrones the best known of Martin's many popular creations, and has increased interest in Martin's series.




Hedgeknightcover The two-part graphic novel, The Hedge Knight, tells the story of a minor knight, not a major player, in The Game of Thrones. The story is set in Westeros, Martin's imaginary universe in  A Game of Thrones, and reminds the readers that all minor characters have their own voices and their own stories to tell.






A Game of Thrones (Role-Playing Game)The fantasy role-playing game based on the original novel was published before the television series was made. It gives extra information about the world of Westeros, the society, religion and noble families which play out the game of thrones. The creation of their own characters gives players a worm's-eye view of life in a quasi-medieval society.





Another game, The Maester's Path, is an on-line game accessible at   Players are trying to earn the chain of five metal links which identifies them as maesters, men of knowledge and good character who advise the noble families of Westeros.

Dancewithdragonscover A Dance With Dragons, the long-awaited next book in the series, will be published in the middle of July. I'm looking forward to reading it.



Pulp Fiction and Art

May 30, 2011 | Lorna | Comments (0)

144 people came to the 15th Fantastic Pulp Show on May 15. There were 28 tables of different pulps and related materials available in the basement of the Lilliam Smith building. For anyone who would like more access to pulp materials, Pulpfest 2011 will take place on July 29-31 in Columbus, Ohio. For a more academic approach, Sracuse University's Bird Library has a display on pulp fiction and art, The Pulp Magazine and Contemporary Culture, illustrated with original work by Norman Saunders. The show is open until June 17.



Science Fiction Display and a Short Story Contest

May 17, 2011 | Lorna | Comments (1)

boingboing provided a link to a new British Library Exhibit on science fiction entitled "Out of This World."

The International Aeon Award 2011 Short Fiction Contest is open to stories of up to 10,000 words in any speculative genre, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, or anything in between or unclassifiable. The aim of the contest is to promote new writers and writing in the speculative fiction genres.

15th Fantastic Pulps Show Saturday May 14

May 13, 2011 | Lorna | Comments (0)

The 15th Fantastic Pulps Show will take place on Saturday, May 14 between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. The lower level of the Lillian H.Smith building will be filled with tables displaying the pulp magazines published in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, loved for their exotic fiction and dramatic cover art.

At 1:30 PM, Neil Mechem of Girasol Collectables will give a lecture on pulp cover art, using images taken from his own collection. The lecture will take place in the reading room of the Merril Collection of Science Fiction on the 3rd floor of the Lillian Smith building, at 239 College Street. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Merril Collection.

The Merril Collection holds over 70,000 items, all science fiction, fantasy, or horror, as well as non-fiction about science fiction and fantasy. The materials are available for reading room use only. For more information call the Merril Collection at 416-393-7748.