All posts by monsffa

Who Are We? MonSFFA is the Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, a club for fans of the science fiction and fantasy genres. We are your connection to the SF/F community, local, national and international. We have been active since 1987. What Are We Into? Our areas of interest span the full spectrum of the SF/F universe: literature, movies, television, comics, gaming, art, animation, scale-model building, costuming, memorabilia collecting, film/video production and more!

Near earth sensors detect…

  1. Happy news from our youngest MonSFFAan, Isis
  2. Fanzine to share: Download Fornax. I found it interesting, once I got past the politics.
  3. Titan’s new comic series: The Prisoner
  4. CSFFA (Aurora Awards) launches new site
  5. The dogs of SFF


  1. Happy news from our youngest MonSFFAan, Isis: Proud Grandma writes:  Just thought I would pass on the great news that one of our own (and youngest?) MonSFFA Members, through a gruelling competition has been selected to move forward to international talent competition in Las Vegas.
    Isis has grown up with MonSFFA and wanted to share this good news with you.
    Long story short, Isis took it upon herself to sign up online to audition for Undiscovered Talent Group (Modelling, acting, singing, dancing, etc). She passed the first selection and was sponsored to attend their workshop/training. Two weeks later she was in a competition where there were agents from LA, NY, Toronto and… I can’t remember. She had to get at least three out of four of the agents votes to move forward to the international competition in Las Vegas. They only select a few as room is limited and their reputation is on the line to send only those who they think will do well. Adults and children are selected. Out of all the children (and there were quite a few from Montreal and Ottawa), it appears that only 3 were chosen – one of them being Isis! I thought because of her height they would chose Modelling for her, but I was surprised (and secretly very pleased) that they found her strength was in … Acting!
    With a little luck Katreina and I will be able to raise the money in time to send her in July. We are determined!
    Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

2. Fanzine to share: Download Fornax. I found it interesting, once I got past the politics.

3. PRISONER COMICS. First shown on Canadian and UK TV screens in 1967, The Prisoner was co-created, written, directed and starred Patrick McGoohan (Scanners, Braveheart). Titan’s new comic series is released for the 50th Anniversary of the first US broadcast in 1968.

Titan Comics are excited to announce that they are partnering with print and poster house Vice Press to create a Diamond UK exclusive cover for The Prisoner Issue #1. This first-ever Vice Press exclusive cover for The Prisoner Issue #1 – designed by Star Wars movie concept artist, Chris Weston – is based on his original silk-screen poster created for Vice Press to mark the 50th Anniversary of The Prisoner hitting US TV screens.

4. CSFFA (Aurora Awards) launches new site: The site has had a major facelift. While there is still some work in progress, the site looks sleek and easy to navigate. I will be testing it shortly. Have a look.

5. The dogs of SFF: There was a presentation at World Con in Helsinki on the subject of dogs in SF. The presenter was discouraged to find how very few dogs were portrayed in SF, and when they did appear, they were often subjects of inhumane military type experiments. OTOH, there are lots of dogs in fantasy. This oddity, which seems to imply that humanity’s best friend is not destined to follow us into space but will happily trot after us into Oz, is very apparent in this list which I found on the Wertzone. 

Amazing aurora display

On March 18th, an unexpected crack opened in Earth’s magnetic field, sparking a brief but potent G2-class geomagnetic storm.

Space Weather News for March 19, 2018

SURPRISE GEOMAGNETIC STORM: On March 18th, an unexpected crack opened in Earth’s magnetic field, sparking a brief but potent G2-class geomagnetic storm. Bright auroras ringed the Arctic Circle while, in Europe, the light show descended as far south as Germany. With the northern vernal equinox less than a day away, this is the time of year when such cracks tend to form. Today’s edition of explains the phenomenon of springtime magnetic cracks and how you can monitor them online.

Remember, is on Facebook!
Above: Auroras over Denmark during the G2-class geomagnetic storm of March 18, 2018. Photo credit:  Ruslan Merzlyakov. For more sightings, visit’s Realtime Aurora Gallery.

Fanzine to download!

From George Philies:

The National Fantasy Fan,  Now in its 77th year of publication

Volume 77 Number 3 March 2018

Click here to download TNFF

In this issue:

New Neffy Nominations Needed Now
New Bureaus and Zines
Fandom Introduction Bureau — Origin
Anime and Comics Bureau — Mangaverse
Tightbeam—Eldritch Science —N’APA
Club Activities
Treasury — Membership—Birthday Card Bureau
Fan-Pro Coordinating Bureau—Fandom Introductory Bureau
Franking Service—Games Bureau—Round Robins
Recruiting Bureau—Video Scheduling Bureau—Welcommittee
Writers Exchange Bureau
Letters of Comment— Lloyd Penney
;N3F Founding Members: Henry Ackermann; Neglected Genre Authors: E Hoffmann Price
Cedar Reviews; Wars to End:, The D-Day Landing Has Failed
DragonCon Ad—Short Story Contest

Click here to download TNFF

Robert Sawyer, from the Gazette March 17

Never once did an American … push back against the Canadian content in my book. But constantly Canadians tell me, ‘You know you would sell better if you set yourself in Chicago or San Francisco.’ It’s that classic Canadian inferiority complex.

Award-winning sci-fi writer Robert J. Sawyer finds hope in ‘the Canadian example’

PETER J. THOMPSON “Fewer and fewer people are actually engaging with science fiction,” says novelist Robert J. Sawyer. “We have a culture that is fairly anti-intellectual at the moment.”

Does the future belong to Canada?  It does the way Robert J. Sawyer writes it.

The Ottawa native, who now lives in Mississauga, has been called the godfather of science fiction in this country. There’s a reason: His books bleed Canadian red and white.

A recent novel was set in Winnipeg and Saskatoon, drawing on everything from a Jets playoff game to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to the imagined election of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi as Canada’s next prime minister.

Speaking to Postmedia after being named to the Order of Ontario — the latest in what has become a litany of honours for the bestselling author — Sawyer was quick to wave the Maple Leaf, as he discussed the significance of being a sci-fi writer north of the border. It’s simple, really, he says. “I really do think Canada represents the future of the planet.” Sawyer has just finished watching an old episode of the original Star Trek television series, it should probably be noted. “The interesting thing about Canada is we are the bridge of the Enterprise, writ large,” he says, a nod to the classic TV show and its alien science officer, Scottish engineer, black communications officer, Russian ensign and Asian helmsman. “We have always been about inclusion and diversity in this country,” he said. “We’re only (36) million people, but that’s still a statistically relevant sampling to do an experiment to see if people from all cultures, from all faith groups, and lack of faiths as well, all gender orientations, can come together and collectively make something better than the sum of the parts.”

Sawyer doesn’t just talk a good game. He’s made a career of writing it. But surely at some point in the early days, some American exclaimed, “Enough with the Timmies and maple syrup?”

“Never once did an American editor, agent, publisher, book seller, reviewer or reader ever push back against the Canadian content in my book,” Sawyer says. “But constantly Canadians tell me, ‘You know you would sell better if you set yourself in Chicago or San Francisco.’

“It’s that classic Canadian inferiority complex.”

His career to date has validated his approach. He’s won the Hugo and Nebula awards, the industry ’s big prizes. He’s published 23 books, probing such themes as the nature of evil and the existence of divinity, along with the odd alien dinosaur. Before this latest provincial honour, he was already a member of the Order of Canada.

For someone who makes his living looking into the future during these days of global uncertainty, Donald Trump’s America, Brexit and more, Sawyer is an unabashed optimist.

But that doesn’t mean he’s without critique of the present, including the state of his beloved science fiction, a term he suggests has been hijacked by blockbusters.

Continue reading Robert Sawyer, from the Gazette March 17

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

 Warner Bros. Pictures

Published on Mar 13, 2018
 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – In Theaters November 16…… Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™. At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp. The cast also includes, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, and Poppy Corby-Tuech. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Free Anthology of Stories from 2018 Campbell Award Eligible Writers

Free Anthology of Stories from 2018 Campbell Award Eligible Writers

Event Horizon 2018, edited by Jake Kerr, with a quarter million words of fiction by 58 Campbell-eligible authors, is available as a free download. (Epub, mobi, and PDF formats are available.)

Nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer come from Hugo voters, who will need to read fast – votes must be in by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Friday March 16, 2018.

The book’s introduction reminds readers that the project was originally conceived by M. David Blake, and called The Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology. The first volume was published by Stupefying Stories in 2013 and contained stories by 43 authors. The next volume included over 111 authors and 1 million words.

Table of Contents

  • “Devil’s Due” By Percival Constantine
  • “Forestborn” By Sylvia Heike
  • “A Question Of Faith” By Tonya Liburd
  • “Shaman’s Quest” By Kevin L. O’Brien
  • “Memories to Come” By Paul Alex Gray
  • “Aspiration Value” By Mike Reeves-McMillan
  • “Of Puddings and Prophecies” By Helen French
  • “Dearly Departed” By Kelly Stewart
  • “Cyborg Shark Battle (Season 4, O’ahu Frenzy)” By Benjamin C. Kinney
  • “The Legendary Legend of the Darkly’s Slayer” By J.R. Dawson
  • “The Invisible Box” By J.J. Litke
  • “Termination Pending” By Rachelle Harp
  • “Eyes That See Everything” By Karen Bovenmyer
  • “Twisted Knots” By D.A Xiaolin Spires
  • “The Heart is a Lonesome Hunter” By Eugenia Triantafyllou
  • “The Fox, the Wolf, and the Dove” By Ville Meriläinen
  • “Dragon’s Trail” By Joseph Malik
  • “Spooky Action” By David A. Kilman
  • “Granite Requires” By TJ Berry
  • “Forgive Us Our Trespasses” By Bennett North
  • “The Best Busker in the World” By R. K. Duncan
  • “Like You, I am a System” By Nathan Hillstrom
  • “Darner” By Jonathan Laidlow
  • “First date with the Hive” By Gretchen Tessmer
  • “The Librarian” By Andrew Kozma
  • “The Stars and the Rain” By Emily McCosh
  • “London Calling” By Philip A. Suggars
  • “Analog Signals” By Shawn Proctor
  • “Fandom for Robots” By Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “The Spark That Starts The Flame” By Daniel Rosen
  • “These Constellations Will Be Yours” By Elaine Cuyegkeng
  • “The Nine” By Tracy Townsend
  • “I Remember Your Face” By E. K. Wagner
  • “Old Teacups and Kitchen Witches” Kate Baker
  • “The In Between Place” By Kat Day
  • “”A Matter of Interpretation” By M. Elizabeth Ticknor
  • “Baby Teeth” By Lina Rather
  • “The Awakening of Insects” By Bobby Sun
  • “”The Man in the Crimson Coat” By Andrea Tang
  • “Outburst” By B. Morris Allen
  • “Rushford Recapitulation” By Christopher Mark Rose
  • “A Heart in the Hand” By Jeremy M. Gottwig
  • “Moths To The Flame” By Daniel Rosen
  • “A Glowing Heart” By Anton Rose
  • “Demeter’s Regard” By Deborah L. Davitt
  • “The Ghosts of Europa Will Keep You Trapped in a Prison You Make for Yourself” By Matt Dovey
  • “The Lives Beneath” By Katherine Inskip
  • “Abyssal” By Lorraine Schein
  • “Starr Striker Should Remain Capitol City’s Resident Superhero, by Keisha
  • Cole, 10th Grade Student”” By Amanda Helms
  • “Baro Porrajmos, or Love in the Vardo” By Eileen Gunnell Lee
  • “Ora et Labora” By Theodore McCombs
  • “An Equal Share of the Bone” By Karen Osborne
  • “Phalium arium ssp anams” By Victoria Sandbrook
  • “The Broken Karwaneer” By Jeremy A TeGrotenhuis
  • “Seb Dreams of Reincarnation” By Aimee Ogden
  • “Snail Mail” By Steven Fischer
  • “The Arrow of Time” By Kate Dollarhyde
  • “Think of Winter” By Eleanna Castroianni


[Thanks to Mark Hepworth for the story.]