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Aurora Ebook Bundle Spotlight: Starplex by Robert J. Sawyer

Starplex coverI blogged yesterday about the excellent ebook bundle of Aurora Award winners and finalists that  I'm curating. Over coming days, I'll highlight the individual books in the bundle, to give you a better idea of what you get with this package. Today, I'm picking Starplex by Robert J. Sawyer.

When I was putting this bundle together, I knew that I not only wanted to include a Robert J. Sawyer title, but that I had to. Rob has won the Aurora Award fourteen times, with another thirty final ballot appearances, more than any other Canadian writer. Rob is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world's top Science Fiction awards for best novel of the year: Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial Award. In 2013, Rob was also inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association Hall of Fame.

And personally, Rob was a mentor to me and gave me my very first professional sale when he and his wife, the poet Carolyn Clink, edited the Canadian anthology, Tesseracts6. Starplex was my introduction to Rob's writing and remains one of my favourites.

Starplex takes you onboard a giant exploration starship crewed by humans, dolphins, and extraterrestrials as it embarks on a journey covering billions of years of time and millions of light-years of space. It was also a finalist for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Here are some selected reviews:

Award-winning Canadian SF&F ebook bundle bargain

Aurora Ebook BundleHow would you like to own, at an incredible bargain, ten books that readers like yourself have already voted to be the best examples of speculative fiction by Canadian writers? Well, here's your chance. I'm curating an ebook bundle for that contains winners and finalists for Canada's premier speculative fiction award, the Aurora Award.

The Auroras are awarded annually by the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (CSFFA) for excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy. The award started in 1980 as the Casper and was renamed the Aurora for the 1990 awards. Auroras now include eight professional categories and four fan categories. I'm honoured to have won the Aurora three times and to have been on the final ballot another sixteen.

One of my goals when putting this bundle together, aside from offering the best books possible, was to have a gender balance in the selected authors. Mission accomplished. The bundle includes five female and five male authors. You'll also get a great mix of SF and fantasy, adult and YA novels, as well as a selection of short fiction. The bundle also reflects the long history of the Auroras, with titles spanning over twenty years of Canadian speculative fiction. Here's what you'll get in the bundle...

Kobo's 50% off sale on ALL books

Kobo is running a special sale from Jan. 28-31 in Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. You can save 50% on any Kobo title using the promo code JAN1650 an unlimited number of times.

Yes, that's *any* title. But in case you want to pick up any of mine for half-price, here are some links:

The Wolf at the End of the World:



Playing the Short Game:

Kobo sale: Buy 2, get 1 free (Jan 15 - Feb 1)

Kobo is running a "Buy 2 ebooks, Get 1 free" promotion from Jan 15 until Feb 1. I'm happy to say that they've included three of my books in the promotion: The Wolf at the End of the World, Chimerascope, and Impossibilia.

There are different links for each territory where the promotion is being offered.

The sale is now live, so pick your link from the above and check out the available books. 

My SFContario schedule

Yeah, okay. I'm a tad late posting this. The Toronto SF&F convention, SFContario, started tonight at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis St, Toronto. I'm doing a bunch of panels, one reading, giving a workshop on marketing and selling short fiction, and also will be one of the presenters at the Aurora Awards ceremony.  

Here's my full schedule:

Friday, Nov 20

8:00-9:00pm: Signing (yeah, too late for that one)

Saturday, Nov 21

1:00-2:00pm: Panel - The use of science in fantasy works (Gardenview Room)

3:00-3:30pm: Reading (Room 207)

4:00-5:00pm: Panel - Real world settings in urban fantasy (Room 209)

7:00-9:00pm: Workshop - How to market & sell short fiction (Gardenview Room)

Sunday, Nov 22

11:00am-Noon: Panel - Targeting short fiction markets (Courtyard Room)

1:00-3:00pm: The 2015 Aurora Awards ceremony. I'll be presenting the award for Best Short Fiction (Ballroom C)

I hope to see you there.

"The Walker of the Shifting Borderland" published in Estonia

Cover for The Walker of the Shifting BorderlandMy short story "The Walker of the Shifting Borderland," which won Canada's Aurora Award in 2013, has been translated and reprinted in the Estonian magazine, Reaktor. That is the thirty-second country and twenty-sixth language in which my work has been published. If you can read Estonian, you can check out the story here.

For the rest of you, you can get the ebook edition of the story, complete with the awesome cover art by award winning artist, Erik Mohr, in my bookstore here.

What's more, I'm offering the ebook FREE to the first five people. Just go to the bookstore link and use the coupon code FREEWALKER at checkout. 


Sale on IMPOSSIBILIA at Kobo this weekend only

Impossibilia coverrKobo is running a 30% off sale this weekend and is including my Aurora-award nominated collection, IMPOSSIBILIA, in the SF&F titles. IMPOSSIBILIA contains an Aurora Award winner ("Spirit Dance," the prequel story to THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD) and an Aurora finalist ("Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by van Gogh"). Use code OCT30 on checkout. Buying link is here.

It's not Halloween without MONSTERS!!!

Monsters ebook Storybundle coverI'm pleased to announce that I'm part of an exciting new ebook bundle of great stories all of which feature some sort of monster. Just in time for you to get your scare fix for Halloween!

Best-selling author, Kevin J. Anderson, has curated the MONSTERS ebook bundle for Storybundle, and he's put together a great lineup. You can read more on Kevin's blog here or go right to the Monster ebook bundle on the Storybundle site to check out this excellent set of titles.

Here's how the bundle works:

  • Pay whatever you feel the books are worth.
  • You decide how much of the money goes to the authors, to a charity (the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, in this case), or to administration costs to keep running.
  • Pay a minimum of $5.00 and get the basic set of six books 
  • For $15.00 or more, you get all twelve books (a dozen monsters!)
  • Your ebooks are delivered immediately, in whichever ebook format you prefer, DRM free.

Storybundles are great deals. Buy this for yourself or get some early holiday presents for friends and family, all at an incredibly low price. Great books, great price. What's not to like? This bundle is available for three weeks only, from October 15 until November 6 at midnight, so don't delay.

Special offer to my peeps: I have five FREE coupon codes for this bundle that I will give away. To be eligible, just share this post TODAY on Facebook or Twitter. Include my Facebook name (Douglas Smith ( or Twitter handle (@smithwritr), depending on where you post. I'll randomly select five winners and announce them tomorrow.

Thanks for the support! 


New interview: The Usual Questions

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

"Scream Angel" alongside Lovecraft in German

Visionarium #6 coverrI'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. 



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