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For Release Thursday, January 29, 1998
New Canadian SF Anthology
Tesseracts 6, the latest volume in the acclaimed
series of anthologies of Canadian science fiction and fantasy,
was launched jointly Thursday, January 29, 1998, at Bakka, the
science-fiction specialty store in Toronto, and Friday, January
30, at Nebula, the science-fiction specialty store in
This edition is the first on the anthology series's new annual
publication schedule. It's also the first volume in the series
to contain nothing but new material (no reprints).
Tesseracts 6 contains
19 short stories and 11 poems
by authors from all across Canada.
The editors of Tesseracts 6 are the
husband-and-wife team of
Robert J. Sawyer and
Carolyn Clink, who live in
Thornhill, Ontario. Sawyer is Canada's
only native-born full-time science-fiction writer. He won the
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's
Nebula Award for
Best Novel of the Year for his
The Terminal Experiment;
his latest novel is Illegal Alien,
just out in hardcover from Ace Books, New York. Clink is an
Their anthology features work by some of Canada's biggest
names in SF, including Philip K. Dick Award winner
Robert Charles Wilson, accomplished short story writer
Andrew Weiner, Aurora Award and
Writers of the Future Grand Prize
winner James Alan Gardner, well-known poet Edward
Baranosky, and Élisabeth Vonarburg, Quebec's
leading SF writer.
Also included are several brilliant first sales by new writers,
including Katie Harse of Calgary and Douglas Smith
of Markham, Ontario.
The anthology is rounded out with an
introductory essay by Sawyer
on the state of Canadian SF.
The Tesseracts anthology series began 1985 with the original
volume edited by legendary science-fiction editor
That volume was a great critical success, but
Merril said that no one editor should be defining the state of
Canadian SF; she insisted on a rotating editorship for future
volumes. Tesseracts 2 appeared in 1987; it was
edited by SF novelist Phyllis Gotlieb and publisher Gerry
Truscott. Tesseracts 3 came out in 1990; it was
edited by Candas Jane Dorsey (now the publisher of Tesseract
Books) and critic Douglas Barbour. Tesseracts 4
appeared in 1992; its editors were Lorna Toolis, head librarian
at the Toronto Public Library's Merril Collection of Science
Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, and her husband, Aurora
Award-winning author Michael Skeet. Tesseracts 5
(1996) was edited by Dr. Robert Runté, an SF fan,
and Yves Meynard, a major Quebecois SF writer.
Tesseracts 6 is published by Tesseract Books, an
imprint of The Books Collective, based in Edmonton, Alberta. The
book has been released simultaneously in quality trade paperback
(ISBN 1-895836-32-8, Cdn$8.95) and limited-edition collectors'
hardcover (ISBN 1-895836-33-6, Cdn$21.95).
The Books Collective
214 - 21 10405 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5J 3S2
A snow storm forced several people to miss
the Toronto launch of Tesseracts 6.
Here are the contributors who made it out to Bakka on January 29, 1998.
From left to right: Douglas Smith, Scott Mackay, Edward Baranosky,
Robert J. Sawyer (back), Carolyn Clink, Peter Bloch-Hansen, and
Andrew Weiner (back).
Many thanks to John Rose at Bakka for providing the venue, staff, coffee, and cookies.
Photo by Edo van Belkom
The event was covered by Space: The Imagination Station, Canada's
national science-fiction specialty channel, and featured
on the February 3, 1998, segment of SPIN ("Space Information
and News"). Pictured is interviewer Mark Askwith and videographer
Photo by Carolyn Clink
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Introduction to Tesseracts 6
Afterword to Tesseracts 6
About the Contributors to Tesseracts 6
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