Today Bulgaria, tomorrow the world

I've just posted ever so many updates to the FML, my Foreign Market List, where "foreign" means non-English. Thanks to everyone who assisted with tips and information, but especially to fellow writer, Gareth Jones, in the UK.

This seemed like a good time to check on the number of languages that I've had my stories translated into. Twenty-two, listed below in decreasing order of appearances. Nothing compared to Frank Roger, the Belgian multi-lingual writer, who I had the pleasure of meeting in August at Anticipation in Montreal. Frank (I believe) is over thirty languages and counting. I've also included some of my favourite covers and illos from my translated works below.

IMPOSSIBILIA: Another review

I recently came across a new review of my first collection, Impossibilia, this one from Kent Knopp-Schwyn on his Hellnotes site:

On the collection as a whole: "[The] three letter perfect stories behind the expressionist cover art admirably display Mr. Smith’s considerable creativity."

On "Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh": "…a beautiful and haunting tale of love, loss and remote viewing. "

On "Spirit Dance": "...an [example of] the author’s ability to place the possible and impossible side by side to excellent effect in an action packed story."

On "Going Down to Lucky Town": "…[an] enjoyable tale filled with broken and repaired familial ties bound together by a father’s love for his daughter."

Impossibilia was a finalist for the 2009 Aurora Award and can still be ordered in limited numbered signed editions from the publishers, PS Publishing, via my store.

CHIMERASCOPE: The cover! (woo hoo!)

Coolness! Here's the final cover (cover artist: Erik Mohr) for my upcoming "full" collection, Chimerascope, which I wrote about here. "Full" with quotation marks, since, much to my surprise, I have more published stories than I could fit into this second collection. The limited edition hardcover is available for pre-order now. The hardcover print run will be based solely on the pre-orders. A trade paperback edition will be available later.

CHIMERASCOPE: My new collection available for pre-order

I'm very excited to announce that my new collection of short fiction, Chimerascope, from ChiZine Publications, is now available for pre-order for the limited edition hardcover. This is my first full collection with sixteen of my favourite stories, covering a range of genres--fantasy, SF, horror, and stories that mix them all. The collection includes an Aurora Award winner, a Best New Horror selection, and nine Aurora finalists. It will also be available in trade paperback later but the limited edition hardcover will only be available to those who pre-order it, as the print run will be based on those orders. ChiZine Publications has also signed a distribution deal with The Literary Press Group of Canada (LPG), which will see ChiZine's books including Chimerascope available through Amazon and in Chapters/Indigo. I'll post the final cover as soon as I have it.

UPDATED: My WorldCon / Anticipation 2009 Schedule

Here's my schedule of panels and readings for this year's WorldCon (World Science Fiction convention), Anticipation 2009, in Montreal, Aug 6-10. I've added the times when I'll be signing at the SF Canada table. Hope to see you there!

Still more praise for IMPOSSIBILIA and "Bouquet of Flowers..."

And yet another great review for my first collection, Impossibilia, and its lead story "Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh," this one from Matt Cardin in the review magazine Dead Reckonings (No. 5, Spring 2009). Here's what he says:

On Impossibilia:
"Both thematically and stylistically, these stories sometimes recall the work of better known authors, including Harlan Ellison, Theodore Sturgeon, and Ray Bradbury. But Smith puts such a personal stamp on his stories, and invests them with such depth of feeling, that they transcend the dangers of … imitation and emerge as wholly original. … There is a certain exhilaration that comes from reading the book’s complex and powerfully emotional stories couched in that deft and smooth prose. It is easy to see why PS Publishing considers Smith an author who deserves more attention. … [Smith deserves] to be known to by a very wide audience indeed."

My Polaris 2009 schedule

Here's my schedule of panels, readings and signing for this weekend's annual and excellent Polaris 2009 convention in Toronto (formerly Toronto Trek). They have, as always, a number of great media guests, but they've continued the trend of recent years of including a very good literary track as well. Lots of author guests, of which I'm one. Hope to see you there!

Friday July 10:

  • 7:00pm – Panel: "Neil Gaiman, Cultmaster or Literary Phenomenon?"

Saturday July 11:

More praise for "Bouquet of Flowers..."

"Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by van Gogh" is the lead story in my collection, Impossibilia, and like Impossibilia, is also nominated for the 2009 Aurora Awards. Here are some new reviews of "Bouquet":

"the pièce de résistance of the collection and one of the best and most moving novellas I have read in a while. Haunting and evocative... Just astounding. ..."

Impossibilia: More great reviews

I just came across a couple more great reviews for my Aurora-nominated collection Impossibilia:

"Rarely have I seen such an apt title to any book! Douglas Smith has given us three amazing stories that are so unusual and beautiful that no other name than Impossibilia could possibly describe this collection. Each tale was rapture and ecstasy, magical and mysterious, perfect and implausible. In short, I loved them all from the first word to the last. ... I don’t know what else to say without spoiling things for you so I won’t say anything else, except READ THIS BOOK!!!"

— Jim Dodge Jr., Mass Movement Magazine, May 2009

"Impossibilia is a treasure to be savoured, like gourmet chocolates and fine wine. It includes three superb stories…each beautifully written and wondrously imagined. It took me several days to get through this book. Not because it is in any way difficult to read--far from it and quite the opposite: the stories in this collection are so wonderful, I wanted to take time to digest and enjoy each and every one."

Rainbow Dragon Recommends, May 2009

You can read all the reviews for Impossibilia along with excerpts of all the stories via the links below:

Spoken Word and GenreCon in Sarnia

On Saturday, April 25, I was a guest author and panelist at GenreCon, the annual one-day literary genre convention in Sarnia, hosted by the Sarnia Library and organized by Jeff Beeler and Ellen Dark. This year, Jeff arranged to have some of the GenreCon authors appear on Friday, the night before the con, at Spoken Word, an open microphone event held monthly at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts in downtown Sarnia. I was joined by mystery writers Vicki Delany (left) and Jean Rae Baxter (pictured here with Jeff and myself).

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