"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." — Library Journal
"His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." — Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning author
"A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." — Charles de Lint, award-winning author
Hi! Thanks for visiting. I'm an award-winning Canadian author of fantasy, SF, horror, supernatural, and the ever popular "undefinable", with over a hundred story sales in thirty countries and twenty-five languages around the world.
I have won Canada's Aurora Award for speculative fiction three times (most recently in 2013), and have been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, the CBC Bookies award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. I've been an Aurora finalist nineteen times and have several honourable mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror.
My book length works include:
A complete list of my published fiction is available here along with my complete award history, reviews of my work, and some selected interviews.
Douglas Smith - Tue, 2015/10/06 - 8:29pm
A new interview with me is up at Festivale, an online arts and entertainment magazine created in Melbourne, Australia. The magazine has a long-running interview series called "The Usual Questions" that they've been asking of writers and other artists since they began the concept at the 1999 WorldCon in Melbourne, Australia.
The questions are always the same:
Has your interaction with fans, for example, at conventions, affected your work?
Is there any particular incident (a letter, a meeting, a comment that stands out?
Do you have a favourite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?
Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift (elevator) with? or a spaceship?
Who is the person you would most DISlike to be trapped in a lift with? Or a spaceship?
What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn't do without?)
What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?
What is the special satisfaction of your work?
Check out my answers here on the Festivale site.
Douglas Smith - Thu, 2015/10/01 - 7:18pm
I'd posted earlier that my Aurora Award winning story, "Scream Angel," was to be translated and reprinted in the Austrian magazine, Visionarium.
That issue (#6) is out, and my SF tale can now be read in German, alongside stories by Justin Isis, which received praise from none other than Thomas Ligotti, and a graphic novel adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's "The Music of Erich Zann." Very cool to be sharing a Table of Contents with the likes of those writers.
The issue 6 cover is to the left.
Douglas Smith - Fri, 2015/08/28 - 1:01pm
Kobo is running a 50% off sale this weekend only. Just use the code SALE50
at checkout to get any ebook at half price. This special sale starts today, Friday, August 28th and ends on Monday, August 31st and will be valid in Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and South Africa.
If you're interested, here is a list of some of my titles and their direct links at Kobo:
Novels and Collections
Short Stories and Novelettes - Aurora Award Winners
I hope you'll take advantage of the sale. Happy shopping!
Douglas Smith - Mon, 2015/08/24 - 3:22pm
Filip Wiltgren, writer and game designer, has just posted a great review of my writer's guide PLAYING THE SHORT GAME: HOW TO MARKET & SELL SHORT FICTION. You can read it yourself here, but I'll include one of his comments about the book:
"I can’t tell you what you should write. That’s entirely up to you. But if you are the least bit interested in having a career as a fiction writer then I can tell you what to read: Douglas Smith’s “Playing the Short Game: How to Market & Sell Short Fiction”. From now on this is my go-to book for all things related to starting and maintaining my fiction writing career." --Filip WIltgren
Thanks for the shout-out, Filip.
And if you're a short story writer, I'm not even going to try to be humble. I have put all of my knowledge and experience of how to leverage your short stories to build a writing career into this book. If you write short fiction or would like to, you need to read it. More info on the book is available here.
Douglas Smith - Fri, 2015/08/14 - 8:19pm
My SF novelette "Scream Angel" will be translated into German and published in the Austrian magazine, Visionarium. "Scream Angel" won the Aurora Award in 2004, and is one of the stories that fans often tell me is their favourite tale of mine. The story first appeared in the anthology Low Port (editors Steve Miller and Sharon Lee).
Visionarium editor / publisher Bernhard Reicher kindly provided me with a preview of the beautiful and haunting illustration that will accompany the story, pictured here at the right.
This is the fifth time I've been published in German, and Austria brings my country total to thirty-one. But who's counting? Oh, yeah. Right. I am.
Douglas Smith - Fri, 2015/08/14 - 7:43pm
My short SF story, "Jigsaw," has just been reprinted in the online magazine, Issues in Earth Science. IES is "dedicated to raising awareness of the science of our world and our place in it. It provides essays, challenges, a forum for discussion, and fictional stories related to the Earth and Space Sciences."
"Jigsaw" incorporates plate tectonics in a deep space adventure where Cassie Morant, our young geologist protagonist, races the clock to solve a planet-sized puzzle before time runs out for her crewmates. You can read the story at IES here. The very cool illustration that accompanies the story, pictured here at the left, is by Erin Colson of IES.
"Jigsaw" first appeared in the anthology Odyssey (edited by Julie Czerneda) in 2004 and was a finalist for the Aurora Award. I hope the story makes studying geology a little more fun for some students out there. Not that I'm saying that geology is boring — Cassie would never forgive me.
Douglas Smith - Sat, 2015/07/04 - 3:17pm
I posted a while back that my science fiction short story "Symphony" would be appearing in the upcoming anthology Le Variazioni Gernsback (The Gernsback Variations) in Italy. The anthology is now out, and you can check out the cover at the left and the full contents here (if you read Italian).
"Symphony" first appeared in the Canadian literary magazine, Prairie Fire, in 1999, where it won second prize in the magazine's SF contest to commemorate Canadian SF writer, A. E. van Vogt. The story was a finalist for the Aurora Award in 2000. I'm thrilled to have it translated into Italian and to have it appear with a host of fine Italian writers, as well as Michael Bishop and Robert Silverberg. Even better, "Symphony" is the closing story, one of the special slots for stories when editors put together an anthology.
If you haven't read "Symphony," you can pick up an ebook edition in all formats from any of the buying links at the top left of my site or directly from my online bookstore here. It's also included in my collection Chimerascope.
Douglas Smith - Sat, 2015/07/04 - 2:44pm
Simon Rose is a Calgary-based author of science fiction and fantasy for children and young adults. Simon's most recent book is Flashback, shown here.
Simon kindly interviewed me recently via Google Hangouts and has posted the video to YouTube here. I hope you'll take some time to check it out (the whole interview is about 25 minutes long).
And you can check out Simon's books at his website at http://simon-rose.com/.
Douglas Smith - Sat, 2015/05/16 - 1:09pm
Another post for the writers who follow me. I've just posted several updates to the FML. Here are the highlights:
New Markets: Parsek (Croatia)
Updates: Pulpcore (Germany): has switched to an invitation-only submission policy | Nowa Fantastyka (Poland): new editor has reversed the magazine's policy and now is no longer interested in receiving submissions
Check out the Foreign Market List for all the details.