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Last chance to see; Seeds of Wonder, Seeds of Hope

March 23, 2015 | Kim | Comments (0)

Seeds of Wonder, Seeds of Hope, an exhibit celebrating Black writers of science fiction and fantasy is finishing it's run at the Merril Collection, and the last day of the exhibit will be Friday, April 4, 2015.

Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, Lillian Smith Branch

239 College Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario

The Brothers Cabal, by Jonathan Howard

February 4, 2015 | Kim | Comments (2)

Cabal

Horst Cabal has returned! The world’s most amiable vampire was last seen disappearing in a suicidal puff of dust as he stepped into the sunlight, but he has been brought back from the dead by a group of diabolical conspirators bent on taking over the world (as they usually are). Unbeknownst to the conspirators, who require a “Lord of the Dead” for their nefarious plan, Horst has never actually killed anyone, and is far more concerned with the fit of his waistcoat than world domination.

 

 

The Brothers Cabal

Seeds of Wonder, Seeds of Hope; Celebrating Black Authors of Science Fiction and Fantasy

January 14, 2015 | Kim | Comments (1)

OkaraforJoin us in exploring the rich history of science fiction and fantasy by authors from African nations and countries of the African diaspora, including the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Speculative fiction by Black authors, or AfroFuturism, as it is increasingly called by its writers, is undergoing an explosive growth period, as is the case generally with speculative fiction. The writers themselves come from many countries, and varied backgrounds; some are professional writers, many are academics, and some worked in humble occupations while writing as a labour of love. AfroFuturism tends to be about social problems; oppression, racism, classism and relationships between people.

 

 

From zeppelins to zombies: WWI in science fiction

December 19, 2014 | Annette | Comments (0)

BlogIMG_6641 If you haven't yet seen the Merril Collection of Science Fiction's exhibit commemorating World War One, hurry in before the end of December!

2014 marked the one hundredth anniversary of World War One, (1914-1919), a battle which was intended "to end all wars" and bring world peace. Sadly, war continues to plague our planet. Is there a solution?  Science fiction writers have wrestled with this question for decades.

Our exhibit, The War To End All Wars, features rare 19th century examples of future war fiction, alternate history fantasies, contemporary illlustrated graphic novels, and everything in between. From H. G. Wells' airships to armies of the undead, science fiction and fantasy explore the horrors of war, the fearful spectre of nuclear destruction, and the dream of a peaceful future for humankind.

The War To End All Wars: SF Remembers WWI  is on display in the Merril Collection, on the third floor of the Lillian H. Smith building, until December 31, 2014.

CarbideTipped Pens at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00PM

December 15, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (0)

Carbide tipped pensToronto author and co-editor Eric Choi will moderate an evening spent with the local contributors to Carbide Tipped Pens, a new science fiction anthology. Authors Kate Story, David DeGraff, and Eric Choi will read brief sections from their stories in the anthology, followed by a question and answer session, and a signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The event will take place in the Merril Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, 3rd floor reading room in the Lillian Smith branch, 239 College Street, starting at 7PM.

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The Paradox Trilogy by Rachel Bach

October 29, 2014 | Kim | Comments (0)

Fortune's pawnFans of military science fiction can rejoice; there's a new writer joining the ranks of David Weber and Elizabeth Moon.

Fortune's Pawn introduces us to Deviana (Devi) Morris, a mercenary from the planet Paradox. The only things preventing Devi from tipping over from the huge chip on her shoulder are her lovingly described battle suit, which she has named the Lady Grey, and her outstanding combat skills.

Devi takes a job on a decrepit tramp freighter, but begins to wonder what exactly is going on; nothing is what it seems to be, not the ship, and certainly not the crew. The second novel, Honor's Knight reveals the truth behind the mysteries, and introduces some additional twists and the third; Heaven's Queen wraps up the invigorating action in a satisfying conclusion.

The writing is tight, the action never lags and the characters are engaging. The darkness of some of themes is lightened by Bach's dry sense of humour.

Diversity in Science Fiction

September 27, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (2)

Diversity in Science Fiction and Fantasy will be a roundtable discussion moderated by Léonicka Valcius, with panelists Charlotte Ashley, Leah Bobet, E.L. Chen, Malon Edwards, and Tonya Liburdis. The panel will offer a wide-ranging discussion about diversity in the Canadian and North American lit and spec fic fields, their various forms, what works, what doesn't, and wherever else the discussion goes from there.

The event will take place Saturday, the 27th of September, at 7:00 pm, in the basement auditorium of the Lillian H. Smith branch. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Merril Collection. The event is free.

Voices of the dispossed, speaking out

September 5, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (0)

Long_HiddenLong Hidden: Speculative fiction from the margins of history offers short fiction giving a voice to the silent spear carriers of history, letting the people who are supposed to suffer in silence speak out. "The Oud" by Thoraiya Dyer and "It's War" by Nnedi Okorafor reveal the personal pain and cultural devastation caused by military actions. Standout stories include "Ogres of East Africa" by Sofia Samatar and "Diyu" by Robert William Iveniuk. The short stories show people in a wide range of different cultures coming to grips with their problems and resolving them as best they can, providing an absorbing view of history from the other side of the mirror.  

 

Circus Noir; It's never a good day when the circus comes to town …

August 19, 2014 | Kim | Comments (1)

Night circus cover.aspxA new exhibit at the Merril Collection celebrates the rich and dark history of creepy clowns, sinister sideshows, and alien extravaganzas. Science fiction and horror writers have known for a long time that circuses, not idle hands, are the devil's playground.

The exhibit features some unusual and beautiful books, such as early editions of The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles Finney and a variety of Ray Bradbury's circus-themed fiction.

Not for the faint of heart; explore the dark side of the circus, if you dare …

The Night Circus

 

 

June Events at the Merril Collection

June 16, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (0)

 
Wool
  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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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.