Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginative content such as futuristic settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, parallel universes and extraterrestrial life. Learn from the industry's hottest up and coming literary stars on the craft of being a Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction writer. Come join our panel of experts:
Tony Pi - Originally from Taiwan, Tony Pi is a Toronto-based writer with a Ph.D. in Linguistics. A past nominee for the Aurora Awards, he is again nominated this year in two categories: Best English Short Fiction (for “No Sweeter Art”, set in Song Dynasty China) and Best English Poem/Song (“A Hex, With Bees”, based on the I Ching). He is also a past finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and a second place winner of the Writers of the Future Contest. He has been published in Ricepaper, Clarkesworld Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many other venues.
JF Garrard is the President of Dark Helix Press, an Indie publisher of Multicultural Fantasy, Science Fiction and Raw Non-Fiction. She is interested in increasing awareness of diversity issues and breaking down cultural stereotypes through her dark stories. Her novel, The Undead Sorceress, is a blend of Eastern and Western vampire mythologies. She was a guest co-editor and contributor of Designing Fate, a sci-fi story, for Ricepaper Magazine’s 19.3 Speculative Fiction issue. A germaphobe with a Nuclear Medicine background, you can find her at different Sci-Fi/Japanese Animation conventions throughout the year.
Eric Choi is a Hong Kong born writer and editor currently living in Toronto. His short story “Túshūguăn”, which appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Ricepaper, will be reprinted in the retrospective anthology AlliterAsian: Twenty Years of Ricepaper Magazine. “Dedication”, his Asimov Award winning novelette, appeared in Japanese translation in The Astronaut from Wyoming and Other Stories. With Derwin Mak, he co-edited the Aurora Award winning anthology The Dragon and the Stars, the first collection of speculative fiction by authors of the Chinese diaspora. He is also the co-editor, with Ben Bova, of the new anthology Carbide Tipped Pens.
Wesley Robert Lowe has been writing fiction and non-fiction professionally since the early 1990’s. Many of his stories integrate elements of his Chinese heritage: infusing contemporary worlds with ancient mysticism; colluding and colliding worlds that grab readers, keeping them awake at night, long after they’ve turned the last page. Vancouver’s Chinatown is important to him and it figures prominently in his writing, and his community activities. He appreciates and writes in several genres including urban fantasy, action thrillers and family drama. When not writing, he roasts his own coffee and plays his 1908 Steinway Grand Piano.
Derwin Mak lives in Toronto. His short story “Transubstantiation” won the Aurora Award, Canada’s national science fiction award, for Best Short Form Work in English in 2006. He and Eric Choi co-edited The Dragon and the Stars (DAW Books, 2010), the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy by overseas Chinese. It won the 2011 Aurora Award for Best Related Work in English. His two novels are The Moon Under Her Feet and The Shrine of the Siren Stone, which are science fiction that deal with religious themes in Christianity, Shintoism, and Buddhism. He co-edited the Speculative Fiction Issue of Ricepaper with JF Garrard in 2014.