Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast Paperback – Sep 23 2013
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"Tesseracts Seventeen is a collection of new short stories and poems of horror, science-fiction and fantasy from authors in each of the provinces and territories of Canada. There is something for every taste. Well-written, and certainly varied in content, this volume follows in the tradition of the "Tesseracts" series and will appeal to lovers of the anthology format.
-- CM Magazine
About the Author
Colleen Anderson has been nominated for the Aurora Award, Gaylactic Spectrum Award, finalist in the Rannu competition and received several honorable mentions in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, the Year's Best SF, and Imaginarium. Her poetry and fiction have been published in Britain, Canada and the United States. She has attended both the Clarion West and the Centre for the Study of Science Fiction (CSSF) writing workshops and has a degree in creative writing. Colleen is a member of the Horror Writers of America and SF Canada.
First and foremost Steve Vernon is a storyteller. He has written traditional folklore collections such as Halifax Haunts and Haunted Harbours for Nova Scotia's Nimbus Publishing. Secondly — and only because he typed it in that order — Steve is Nova Scotia's hardest working horror writer. Check out his e-book novelette of hockey and vampires, Sudden Death Overtime. His short fiction has appeared in the pages of The Horror Show, Cemetery Dance, Flesh & Blood, and Tor's Year's Best Horror. His five page epic poem "Barren - A Chronicle in Futility" - detailing the 1820 presidentially-commissioned hunt for the Jersey Devil — took the first place prize in the 2010 Chizine Rannu Poetry Competition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
A new mother can't leave her baby alone for a second, out of fear that The Wall will devour the child. It's a creature that creeps along walls, looking like a shadow, and with very sharp teeth. On the other side of The Wall is a land of torment straight from Hell. Another story looks at the difference between people who are spiritual without believing in a specific religion, and those who are absolutely sure of the infallibility of religious doctrine, for instance, without being spiritual. What if all newborns are genetically tested, and the "non-believers" are killed?
A doll tells a little girl a story about vultures who go down chimneys, and kidnap little children as they sleep. They are taken to the deep, dark Underground, where the goblins live. The "lucky" ones are cooked and eaten, and the "unlucky" ones are sent to the mines as slaves. A young man visits his grandfather's grave, which now has an interactive video of Grandpa (the software needs some diagnostic help). He also burns his worthless Ph.D. in Education, because there no longer are any live school teachers.
All over the world, strange spheres appear and tell people "touch me and you will get twenty thousand dollars" (or win a cow, or save one hundred acres of rainforest, etc.). Their prizes come due in sixty days. Do they actually get their prizes?
As usual with this series, this is a first-rate group of stories. They are not specifically science fiction, or fantasy, or horror, but somewhere in the middle. They are the sort of tales that could easily be on a TV show like The Twilight Zone. It is very much worth reading.
The Kindle edition of Tesseracts Seventeen appears not to include the essential feature of a table of contents with story titles, authors names, and active links to each story's first page in the front, back, or middle of the file. It would be greatly appreciated if you would replace the current posted file with a new one that would include the table of contents (maybe in the front where it would be visible using Amazon's Look Inside feature). If this is done, I will go on to read the book and write a full review. Thank you.