Category:Canadian science fiction writers
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The following 138 pages are in this category, out of 138 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Margaret Atwood – Margaret Eleanor Atwood, CC OOnt FRSC is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is a winner of the Arthur C, in 2001, she was inducted into Canadas Walk of Fame. She is also a founder of the Writers Trust of Canada, among innumerable contributions to Canadian literature, she was a founding trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize. Atwood is also the inventor, and developer, of the LongPen and she is the Co-Founder and a Director of Syngrafii Inc. a company that she started in 2004 to develop, produce and distribute the LongPen technology. She holds various patents related to the LongPen technologies, while she is best known for her work as a novelist, she has also published fifteen books of poetry. Many of her poems have inspired by myths and fairy tales. Atwood has published stories in Tamarack Review, Alphabet, Harpers, CBC Anthology, Ms. Saturday Night. She has also published four collections of stories and three collections of short prose works. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Atwood was the second of three children of Margaret Dorothy, a dietitian and nutritionist from Woodville, Nova Scotia and Carl Edmund Atwood. Because of her father’s ongoing research in forest entomology, Atwood spent much of her childhood in the backwoods of northern Quebec and travelling back and she did not attend school full-time until she was eight years old. She became a reader of literature, Dell pocketbook mysteries, Grimms Fairy Tales, Canadian animal stories. She attended Leaside High School in Leaside, Toronto, and graduated in 1957, Atwood began writing plays and poems at the age of six. Atwood realized she wanted to write professionally when she was 16, in 1957, she began studying at Victoria College in the University of Toronto, where she published poems and articles in Acta Victoriana, the college literary journal. Her professors included Jay Macpherson and Northrop Frye and she graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in philosophy and French. In late 1961, after winning the E. J. Pratt Medal for her privately printed book of poems, Double Persephone, she began graduate studies at Harvards Radcliffe College with a Woodrow Wilson fellowship. She obtained a degree from Radcliffe in 1962 and pursued doctoral studies at Harvard University for two years, but did not finish her dissertation, The English Metaphysical Romance. F. A. Chair, and New York University, where she was Berg Professor of English, Atwood, who was surrounded by the intellectual dialogue of the female faculty members at Victoria College, often portrays female characters dominated by patriarchy in her novels. She also sheds light on womens oppression as a result from patriarchal ideology
2. Robert Barr (writer) – Robert Barr was a Scottish-Canadian short story writer and novelist, born in Glasgow, Scotland. Barr emigrated with his parents to Upper Canada at age four and was educated in Toronto at Toronto Normal School, Barr became a teacher and eventual headmaster of the Central School of Windsor, Ontario. While he had that job he began to contribute short stories—often based on personal experiences—to the Detroit Free Press, in 1876 Barr quit his teaching position to become a staff member of that publication, in which his contributions were published with the pseudonym Luke Sharp. This nom de plume was derived from the time he attended school in Toronto, at that time he would pass on his daily commute a shop sign marked, Luke Sharpe, Undertaker, a combination of words Barr considered amusing in their incongruity. Barr was promoted by the Detroit Free Press, eventually becoming its news editor, in 1881 Barr decided to vamoose the ranch, as he stated, and relocated to London, to establish there the weekly English edition of the Detroit Free Press. In 1892 he founded the magazine The Idler, choosing Jerome K. Jerome as his collaborator and he retired from its co-editorship in 1895. In London of the 1890s Barr became a more prolific author—publishing a book a year—and was familiar with many of the authors of his day, including Bret Harte. Most of his output was of the crime genre, then quite in vogue. Despite the jibe at the growing Holmes phenomenon Barr and Doyle remained on good terms. Robert Barr died from disease on 21 October 1912, at his home in Woldingham. In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories The Face and the Mask In the Midst of Alarms From Whose Bourne One Days Courtship Revenge, a Woman Intervenes is a story of love, finance, and American journalism. Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online Bleiler, Everett
3. H. Bedford-Jones – Henry James OBrien Bedford-Jones was a Canadian historical, adventure fantasy, science fiction, crime and Western writer who became a naturalized United States citizen in 1908. After being encouraged to try writing by his friend, writer William Wallace Cook, Bedford-Jones began writing dime novels, Bedford-Jones cited Alexandre Dumas as his main influence, and wrote a sequel to Dumas The Three Musketeers, DArtagnan. He wrote over 100 novels, earning the nickname King of the Pulps and his works appeared in a number of pulp magazines. In addition to writing fiction, Bedford-Jones also worked as a journalist for the Boston Globe, Bedford-Jones was a friend of Erle Stanley Gardner and Vincent Starrett. Bedford-Jones at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Ashley, Mike, whos Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction. King of the Pulps, The Life and Writings of H. Bedford-Jones
4. Alain Bergeron – Alain Bergeron is a Québécois science fiction author and political scientist. Born in Paris, France, he has won the Prix Aurora Award and he has written seven books, beginning with Un été de Jessica. Bergeron is also an essayist who writes works concerning the genre, with Laurine Spehner, he co-wrote a work about The X-Files. Alain Bergeron at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
5. Eleanor Cameron – Eleanor Frances Cameron was a childrens author and critic. S. National Book Award in category Childrens Books Eleanor Cameron was born in Winnipeg and her family moved to South Charleston, Ohio when she was three years old, and then to Berkeley, California when she was six. A few years later, her parents divorced, at age 16, she moved with her mother and stepfather to Los Angeles. Cameron studied at UCLA and the Art Center School of Los Angeles and she joined the Los Angeles Public Library in 1930 and later worked as a research librarian for the Los Angeles Board of Education and two different advertising companies. She married Ian Cameron, a printmaker and publisher, in 1934, camerons first published book, The Unheard Music, was partially based on her experience as a librarian and was positively received by critics, though it didnt sell particularly well. Cameron did not turn to writing childrens books until eight-year-old David asked her to write a story featuring him as the main character. That book, The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, proved to be popular, spawning four sequels. With the success of the Mushroom Planet books, Cameron focused on writing for children, between 1959 and 1988 she produced 12 additional childrens novels, including The Court of the Stone Children and the semi-autobiographical five book Julia Redfern series. In addition to her work, Cameron wrote two books of criticism and reflection on childrens literature. The first, The Green and Burning Tree, was released in 1969 and she was also a member of the founding editorial board for the childrens magazine Cricket, which debuted in 1973. Her second book of essays, The Seed and the Vision, On the Writing and Appreciation of Childrens Books and it is her final published book. From late 1967 until her death Cameron made her home in Pebble Beach and she died in hospice in Monterey, California on October 11,1996 at the age of 84. From October 1972 to October 1973 a controversy spawned by Cameron over Roald Dahls Charlie and the Chocolate Factory embroiled the pages of The Horn Book Magazine. In the first of a three part essay titled McLuhan, Youth, and Literature, Cameron labeled Charlie one of the most tasteless books ever written for children, finding it to be sadistic and she was especially chagrined at its use as a classroom read-aloud. Dahl replied in the February 1973 issue of Horn Book and he wrote that Cameron was entitled to her opinion about his book, but he felt that she had attacked his character as well. This lady is completely out of touch with reality and she would be howled out of the classroom. In her essay, Cameron also decried the Oompa-Loompas, who were portrayed as abused, half-naked and it is funded largely by DucKon, a yearly science fiction convention in the Chicago region. Horn Book 39 Of Style and the Stylist, Horn Book 40 The Dearest Freshness Deep Down Things
6. John Clute – John Frederick Clute is a Canadian-born author and critic specializing in science fiction and fantasy literature who has lived in both England and the United States since 1969. He has been described as an part of science fictions history and perhaps the foremost reader-critic of sf in our time. He was one of eight people who founded the English magazine Interzone in 1982, Clutes articles on speculative fiction have appeared in various publications since the 1960s. He earned the Pilgrim Award, bestowed by the Science Fiction Research Association for Lifetime Achievement in the field of science fiction scholarship, in 1994. Clute is also author of the collections of reviews and essays Strokes, Look at the Evidence, Essays and Reviews, Scores, Canary Fever and Pardon This Intrusion. His 2001 novel Appleseed, an opera, was noted for its combination of ideational fecundity. In 2006, Clute published the essay collection The Darkening Garden, the third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction was released online as a beta text in October 2011 and has since been greatly expanded, it won the Hugo Award for Best Related Work in 2012. The Encyclopedias statistics page reported that, as of March 24,2017 Clute had authored the majority of articles,6,421 solo and 1,219 in collaboration. The majority of these are Author entries, but there are also some Media entries, notably that for Star Wars, Clute was a Guest of Honour at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, from 14 to 18 August 2014. Raised in Canada, Clute lived in the United States from 1956 until 1964 and he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at New York University in 1962 while living with writer and artist Pamela Zoline. Clute married artist Judith Clute in 1964 and he also spends time each year in Maine with science fiction and fantasy author Elizabeth Hand. Clutes first professional publication was a long poem entitled Carcajou Lament. His first short story was A Man Must Die, which appeared in New Worlds in 1966. In 1960, he served as Associate Editor of Collage, a Chicago-based slick magazine which ran two issues, it published early work by Harlan Ellison and R. A. Lafferty. In 1977, Clute published his first novel, The Disinheriting Party, though not explicitly a fantasy, this story of a dysfunctional family has a fantasy feel, rather like much postmodern literature. Freer meets a man calling himself Johnny Appleseed, who rejoins Freer with his lost lover, meanwhile, a terrifying, data-destroying plaque is threatening the galaxys civilizations. Clute has proposed it as the first novel in a trilogy, Science fiction and fantasy author Paul Di Filippo called it a space opera for the 21st century. Keith Brooke suggested that Clute himself would be the best reviewer for this multilayered novel, Clutes first significant science fiction reviews appeared in the late 1960s in New Worlds
7. Julie Czerneda – Julie E. Czerneda is a Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. She has written novels, including the Prix Aurora winner In the Company of Others, a number of short stories. Czerneda is a biologist by education, and has active in writing and editing non-fiction. She has edited and authored a number of books about career guidance. In the Company of Others ISBN 0-88677-999-5 This continuity was formerly called the Trade Pact Universe, ISBN0756401763 ReVisions, edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Isaac Szpindel ISBN0756402409 Space, Inc. ISBN 075640147X Fantastic Companions ISBN1550418637 Mythspring, From the Lyrics and Legends of Canada edited by Julie E. Czerneda, ISBN0889953406 Under Cover of Darkness, edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Jana Paniccia ISBN0756404045
8. Chandler Davis – Horace Chandler Davis is an American-Canadian mathematician, writer, and educator. He was born in Ithaca, New York, to parents Horace B. Davis, in 1948 he married Natalie Zemon Davis, they have three children. His father was a member of the CPUSA and he moved to Canada in the early 1960s and began teaching at the University of Toronto. In 1950 he received a doctorate in mathematics from Harvard University and his principal research investigations involve linear algebra and operator theory in Hilbert space. Furthermore, he has made contributions to analysis, geometry. He is one of the eponyms of the Davis–Kahan theorem and Bhatia–Davis inequality, the Davis–Kahan–Weinberger dilation theorem is one of the landmark results in the dilation theory of Hilbert space operators and has found applications in many different areas. A PhD thesis titled Backward Perturbation and Sensitivity Analysis of Structured Polynomial Eigenvalue Problem is dedicated to this theorem, Davis has written around eighty research papers in mathematics. Davis was a professor in the department of University of Michigan. He is currently one of the co-Editors-in-Chief of the Mathematical Intelligencer, in 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He began his career in Astounding Science Fiction in 1946. From 1946 through 1962 he produced a spate of science fiction stories and he also issued the fanzine Blitherings in the 1940s. Davis came from a family and has identified himself as a socialist. Davis was then sentenced to a prison term where he was able to do some research. A paper from this era has the following acknowledgement, Research supported in part by the Federal Prison System, opinions expressed in this paper are the authors and are not necessarily those of the Bureau of Prisons. The Federal government released Davis from prison in 1960, after his release, Davis moved to Canada, where he currently resides. In 1991, the University of Michigan Senate initiated the annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic, recent speakers have included, Cass Sunstein, Nadine Strossen, Bill Keller, Floyd Abrams, and Noam Chomsky
9. A. M. Dellamonica – Alyxandra Margaret Dellamonica is a Canadian science fiction writer who has published over thirty short stories in the field since the 1980s. Dellamonica writes in a number of subgenres including science fiction, fantasy and her stories have been selected for Years Best science fiction anthologies in 2002 and 2007. She attended Clarion West Writers Workshop in 1995, Dellamonica teaches creative writing online at the UCLA Extension Writers Program. She also reviews science fiction books and science fiction related websites for SciFi. com and her first novel, Indigo Springs, was published by Tor Books in November 2009. Her fourth novel, A Daughter of No Nation, was published in December 2015, dellamonicas Joan of Arc alternate history story A Key to the Illuminated Heretic was nominated for the 2005 Sidewise Award for Alternate History and was on the 2005 Preliminary Nebula Ballot. In 2005, she received the Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Emerging Artists, dellamonicas first novel, Indigo Springs, was awarded the 2010 Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. In 2016, her fourth novel A Daughter of No Nation won the Prix Aurora Award for Best Novel. Indigo Springs,2009 Blue Magic,2012 Child of a Hidden Sea,2014 A Daughter of No Nation,2015 The Nature of a Pirate,2016 Lucres Egg, in Crank
10. Cory Doctorow – Cory Efram Doctorow is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics. Doctorow was born in Toronto, Ontario and his father was born in a refugee camp in Azerbaijan. Although he is an admirer of acclaimed novelist E. L, Doctorow, the two are of no known relation, contrary to popular belief, the surname Doctorow is somewhat common among Jewish people of Eastern European descent. In elementary school, Doctorow befriended Tim Wu and he received his high school diploma from the SEED School, and attended four universities without attaining a degree. He later served on the board of directors for the Grindstone Island Co-operative in Big Rideau Lake in Ontario, in June 1999, he co-founded the free software P2P company Opencola with John Henson and Grad Conn. The company was sold to the Open Text Corporation of Waterloo, Ontario, upon his departure, Doctorow was named a Fellow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The professorship included a one-year writing and teaching residency at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and he then returned to London, but remained a frequent public speaker on copyright issues. In 2009, Doctorow became the first Independent Studies Scholar in Virtual Residence at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and he was a student in the program during 1993–94, but left without completing a thesis. Doctorow is also a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Open University in the United Kingdom, in 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from The Open University. Doctorow married Alice Taylor in October 2008, and together they have one daughter named Poesy Emmeline Fibonacci Nautilus Taylor Doctorow, Doctorow became a British citizen by naturalisation on 12 August 2011. These two facts are not unrelated and he rejoined the EFF in January 2015 to campaign for the eradication of digital rights management. He served as Canadian Regional Director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1999, on October 31,2005, Doctorow was involved in a controversy concerning digital rights management with Sony-BMG, as told in Wikinomics. Doctorow was the speaker at the July 2016 Hackers on Planet Earth conference. Doctorow began selling fiction when he was 17 years old and sold several stories followed by publication of his story Craphound in 1998, the electronic edition was released simultaneously with the print edition. In March 2003, it was re-released with a different Creative Commons licence that allowed derivative works such as fan fiction and it was nominated for a Nebula Award, and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2004. A semi-sequel short story named Truncat was published on Salon. com in August 2003, Doctorow released the bestselling novel Little Brother in 2008 with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike licence. It was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2009. and won the 2009 Prometheus Award, Sunburst Award, and his novel Makers was released in October 2009, and was serialized for free on the Tor Books website
11. James Doohan – James Montgomery Jimmy Doohan was a Canadian actor and voice actor best known for his role as Montgomery Scotty Scott in the television and film series Star Trek. He also made contributions behind the scenes, such as development of the Klingon. After the war, he had extensive experience performing in radio and television, Doohan was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the youngest of four children of Sarah Frances and William Patrick Doohan, who both emigrated from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. His father, born in Belfast, was a pharmacist, veterinarian, and dentist, William Doohan owned a chemist shop in Main Street in Bangor, beside Trinity Presbyterian Church. Doohans father reportedly invented a form of high-octane gasoline in 1923. Doohans 1996 autobiography recounted his fathers serious alcoholism, Doohans paternal grandfather, Thomas Doohan, was Head Constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary. The family moved from Vancouver to Sarnia, Ontario, Doohan attended high school at the Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School, where he excelled in mathematics and science. He enrolled in the 102nd Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in 1938, at the beginning of the Second World War, Doohan joined the Royal Canadian Artillery and was a member of the 14th Field Battery, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. He was commissioned a lieutenant in the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and he was sent to England in 1940 for training. He first saw combat landing at Juno Beach on D-Day, shooting two snipers, Doohan led his men to higher ground through a field of anti-tank mines, where they took defensive positions for the night. The bullet to his chest was stopped by a cigarette case given to him by his brother. His right middle finger had to be amputated, something he would conceal during his career as an actor, all three Canadian RCAF squadrons were manned by artillery officer-pilots and accompanied by non-commissioned RCA and RCAF personnel serving as observers. Although he was never actually a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, in the late spring of 1945, on Salisbury Plain north of RAF Andover, he slalomed a plane between telegraph poles to prove it could be done—earning himself a serious reprimand. After the war, Doohan moved to London, Ontario for further technical education, after hearing a radio drama that he knew he could do better, he recorded his voice at the local radio station, and learned about a drama school in Toronto. There he won a scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, where his classmates included Leslie Nielsen, Tony Randall. In 1946, he had roles for CBC radio, starting January 12. For several years, he shuttled between Toronto and New York as work demanded and he estimated he performed in over 4,000 radio programs and 450 television programs during this period, and earned a reputation for versatility. In the mid-1950s, he appeared as forest ranger Timber Tom in the Canadian version of Howdy Doody, coincidentally, fellow Star Trek cast member William Shatner appeared simultaneously as Ranger Bill in the American version
12. Candas Jane Dorsey – Candas Jane Dorsey is a Canadian poet and science fiction novelist who resides in her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. Dorsey became a writer from an age and works across genre boundaries, writing poetry, fiction, mainstream and speculative, short and long form, arts journalism. Dorsey has also written television and stage scripts, magazine and newspaper articles, Dorsey currently teaches and holds workshops and readings. She has served on the board of the Writers Guild of Alberta and is a founder of SF Canada. In 1998, Dorsey received the Prix Aurora Award, Dorsey was editor-in-chief of The Books Collective from 1992 through 2005
13. J.M. Frey – Jessica Marie Frey /ˈfraɪ/ FRY is a Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. While she is best known for her debut novel Triptych, Freys work encompasses poetry, academic and magazine articles, screenplays, Frey calls herself a professional geek. Her academic work focuses on gender in science fiction, the anthropology of fandom, fanfiction and fanworks, as well as the television programs Doctor Who and Stargate, Frey has appeared at Toronto-area science fiction conventions and is involved with charity and community fan groups and initiatives. She regularly appears on shows, television talk shows, and podcasts discussing fandom. Born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Frey is the first of three children of Donna Frey and Danny Frey, Frey began writing at the age of eleven. She began by writing fanfiction, which she calls her apprenticeship to the community. Freys academic and creative writing focused primarily on Japanese mythology, the Classics and she began her first novel while at Brock University, which has not yet been published, and first began to seriously study creative writing there. In 2007, Frey returned to Canada to attend Ryerson and York Universities for a Masters of Arts and she made her first professional sale upon returning to Canada, a novella titled, which she eventually expanded into the first third of her debut novel Triptych. Dragon Moon Press acquired Triptych in late 2009 after Frey and the acquisitions editor Gabrielle Harbowy met at a party at the Ad Astra science fiction convention, the book was released April 2011. Frey completed her Masters of Arts, Communications and Culture in 2009, where her thesis focused on fanfiction, creative writing and fandom, other papers Frey presented focused on cosplay, the anthropology and sociology of fandom, and the science fiction television program Doctor Who. Frey is currently represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, Inc, Triptych received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was named the #3 best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror book of 2011 by Publishers Weeklys Rose Fox. Triptych was also nominated for the CBC Bookie Award for Science Fiction, the Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction, and the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction. Triptych won best Science Fiction Book at the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival, Frey has frequently presented an academic view on the geek scene in documentaries, podcasts, radio interviews, and television interviews. Dragon Moon Press, July 2011 On His Birthday, Reginald Got, futureCon Publications, December 2011 Maddening Science, in When the Villain Comes Home, Dragon Moon Press. August 2012 The Moral of the Story, in Wresting With Gods, EDGE Publishing, January 2015 The Twenty Seven Club, in Expiration Date. Modern Mixed Media, Techniques for Using Online Fandoms for Teaching, water Logged Mona Lisa, Who Is Mary Sue and Why Do We Need Her. – Master of Arts thesis, Spring 2009, Ryerson University & York University Whose Doctor, in Doctor Who In Time And Space, McFarland Books, Fall 2012. Best Short Story, Dragon*Con 2007 for Zoh Onna Omote Degrees Bachelor of Arts, Brock University,2005 Master of Arts, Communications and Culture
14. William Gibson – William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian speculative fiction writer and essayist widely credited with pioneering the science fiction subgenre known as cyberpunk. Gibson notably coined the term cyberspace in his short story Burning Chrome and these early works have been credited with renovating science fiction literature after it had fallen largely into insignificance in the 1970s. In the 1990s, Gibson composed the Bridge trilogy of novels, which explored the sociological developments of urban environments, postindustrial society. These works saw his name reach mainstream bestseller lists for the first time and his more recent novel, The Peripheral, returned to a more overt engagement with technology and recognizable science fiction concerns. In 1999, The Guardian described Gibson as probably the most important novelist of the past two decades, while the Sydney Morning Herald called him the prophet of cyberpunk. His work has been cited as an influence across a variety of disciplines spanning academia, design, film, literature, music, cyberculture and his family moved frequently during Gibsons youth owing to his fathers position as manager of a large construction company. In Norfolk, Virginia, Gibson attended Pines Elementary School, where the lack of encouragement for him to read was a cause of dismay for his parents. While Gibson was still a child, a little over a year into his stay at Pines Elementary. His mother, unable to tell William the bad news, had someone else inform him of the death, tom Maddox has commented that Gibson grew up in an America as disturbing and surreal as anything J. G. Ballard ever dreamed. A few days after the death, Gibsons mother returned them from their home in Norfolk to Wytheville, at the age of 12, Gibson wanted nothing more than to be a science fiction writer. He spent a few years at basketball-obsessed George Wythe High School. Becoming frustrated with his academic performance, Gibsons mother threatened to send him to a boarding school, to her surprise. He resented the structure of the boarding school but was in retrospect grateful for its forcing him to engage socially. On the SAT exams, he scored 148 out of 150 in the section but 5 out of 150 in mathematics. In 1967, he elected to move to Canada in order to avoid the Vietnam war draft, at his draft hearing, he honestly informed interviewers that his intention in life was to sample every mind-altering substance in existence. Gibson has observed that he did not literally evade the draft, as they never bothered drafting me, after the hearing he went home and purchased a bus ticket to Toronto, and left a week or two later. He elaborated on the topic in a 2008 interview, After weeks of nominal homelessness, Gibson was hired as the manager of Torontos first head shop, a retailer of drug paraphernalia. He found the citys community of American draft dodgers unbearable owing to the prevalence of clinical depression, suicide
15. Glenda Goertzen – Glenda Goertzen is a Canadian author of childrens and young adult fantasy, including the best-selling childrens novel The Prairie Dogs. Glenda Goertzen commenced her career at the age of four, beginning with picture books. Her first act upon attending grade one was to vandalize her school books by adding her own characters to the pages, an annual project involved absconding with her mother’s copy of the Sears Christmas catalogue and creating her own little story within the pages. The plot involved a group of children trying to make their way to the toy section. There was a challenge on every page—trying to avoid getting stepped on in the section, for example. The first draft of The Prairie Dogs was written while she was in high school, the novel was based on the imaginary adventures of her childhood toys and the real adventures of dogs she had grown up with. When she attended university, however, it was to get a degree in Film and she enjoyed a brief career as a computer graphics and animation artist, then went to work for CKTV Regina in a variety of technical positions. Much of her writing took place during quiet graveyard shifts, early drafts of manuscripts were scribbled on the back of programming sheets for the Flintstones and other favourite shows. In the course of producing a short program, she met local children’s authors who encouraged her to pursue her own writing career. In 1998 she moved to Saskatoon to take the Library and Information Programme at SIAST and she dug up the old manuscript and started reworking it. Shortly after moving to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to launch her new library career, goertzens trademark style is a fast-paced balance of humour and suspense. Her love of biology and quirky ecosystems plays a role in her books. Meet Pierre, the abandoned agility champion, Dare, the terrier that nothing can scare, Mouse, the fainting Chihuahua, and Mew, together, they’re the Prairie Dogs, their mission to have fun and stay out of trouble. Quick wits and quick feet keep the little strays one step ahead of disaster until the night a friends life is in danger, to save him, the Prairie Dogs must leave the safety of their badger burrow hideout to venture deep into the heart of a rival pack’s territory. New companions and old enemies join the Prairie Dogs as they race through the city in an effort to be reunited with one another. With the help of a team of sled dogs and a magpie, they manage to elude a pair of ruthless thieves, television cameras. But time is running out—Dare’s new puppies are on the way, after meeting a group of Assistance Dogs, Pierre decides to train his troublesome puppies for this prestigious career. His efforts are sabotaged by his outrageously misbehaving companions, a band of cats who have a score to settle with Dare
16. Ed Greenwood – Ed Greenwood is a Canadian-born fantasy writer and the original creator of the Forgotten Realms game world. He has written many Forgotten Realms novels, as well as numerous articles, Ed Greenwood grew up in the upscale Toronto suburb of Don Mills. He began writing stories about the Forgotten Realms as a child, starting in the mid 1960s, they were his dream space for swords, Greenwood conceived of the Forgotten Realms as one world in a multiverse of parallel worlds which includes the Earth. He imagined such worlds as being the source of humanitys myths, Greenwood discovered the Dungeons & Dragons game in 1975 and soon became a regular player. He used the Realms as a setting for his campaigns, which centered arounds the fictional locales of Waterdeep and Shadowdale and he wrote voluminous entries to Dragon magazine, using the Realms as a setting for his descriptions of magic items, monsters, and spells. According to Greenwood, Grubb asked him Do you just make stuff up as you go. He answered yes to both questions, TSR felt that the Forgotten Realms would be a more open-ended setting than the epic Dragonlance setting, and chose the Realms as a ready-made campaign for AD&D 2nd Edition. Greenwood agreed to work on the project, and began to prepare his Forgotten Realms material for official publication and he sent TSR a few dozen cardboard boxes stuffed with pencil notes and maps, and sold all rights to the Realms for a token fee. The following year, Greenwood used this material as a basis for writing the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set along with coauthor Jeff Grubb, the campaign setting was a major success, and Greenwood continued to be involved with all subsequent incarnations of the Forgotten Realms in D&D. He retained the rights to his universe and went on to write numerous Forgotten Realms novels. Many of these center around the wizard Elminster, whom Greenwood has frequently portrayed at conventions and gaming events. He found that it has been easy to keep his enthusiasm for the Realms over the years, as so many people care about it, ask him questions about the worlds lore, and share with him what they have done. He has stated that the Forgotten Realms, as run by him in his own games, is more dark, Greenwood has also been contributing editor and creative editor of Dragon magazine. Greenwood has written over thirty-five novels for TSR, and written, co-written, Greenwood has also contributed to The Book of All Flesh, an anthology based on All Flesh Must Be Eaten, and written short stories based on the Silver Age Sentinels role-playing game. Greenwoods Castlemourn setting was published by Margaret Weis Productions and he is co-creator of the Mornmist fantasy setting. He has also contributed to most Forgotten Realms gaming accessories, and he writes regular Realmslore columns for the Wizards of the Coast website. In addition to all activities, Greenwood works as a library clerk and has edited over a dozen small press magazines. When not appearing at conventions, he lives in an old farmhouse in the countryside of Ontario and he has stated that it is important for people who do freelance writing for roleplaying games to be active as both players and as dungeon masters
17. PJ Haarsma – Haarsma created a free, online role-playing game, also called the Rings of Orbis, set in the same universe. Both the book-series and the target young, often reluctant readers in an attempt to encourage them by rewarding them for reading. Haarsma developed a presentation program in which he discusses The Softwire books, astronomy. He is also one of the co-founders of Kids Need to Read, philip-Jon Haarsma was born on June 5,1964, in Georgetown, Ontario. Though he was named after his grandfathers, Philip and Jon, after he moved to the United States in 1989, Haarsma worked as a fashion and commercial photographer in New York City and Miami. He received many awards, including an honorable mention at the Cannes Lion Awards in 1996. Haarsma owned a production company called Redbear Films, Inc. The company produced one movie, and a series called Con Man starring Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion and several corporate ads for clients such as Hewlett Packard. For 15 years, Redbear Films focused on the production of advertisements, Haarsma lives in Los Angeles with his wife, sci-fi fantasy artist Marisa Grieco, and their daughters Skylar and Zoe. PJ Haarsma is the producer of the Con Man created by Alan Tudyk, at the age of 38, Haarsma was not satisfied with his professional life. He began to keep a journal, writing about anything that came to his mind—until eventually Johnny T came onto page. Johnny T is the character, Johnny Turnbull, of Haarsmas The Softwire series. The Softwire is actually a story that Haarsma began imagining in his childhood, as a teenager, he worked at his parents ceramic factory during the summers, hauling fifty pound molds around in the extreme heat of a kiln room. To Haarsma, it felt similar to what the children of his books might feel as slaves. In addition to these experiences, there is a prominent influence on the premise of The Softwire—that is, there is a mystery of a journey to a new. Growing up, Haarsma dreamed of moving to the United States, while there, living in New York, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Haarsma witnessed immigrants struggling to get by. He tried to imagine what caused them to risk everything, and to move to another country and it is this journey that is prevalent in The Softwire. In The Softwire, a group of children are orphaned in outer space