Tag: YA fiction

The Space-Time Continuum: “Dammit, Jim, I’m a storyteller, not a social worker!”

My latest “Space-Time Continuum” column from the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild‘s newsletter Freelance… *** This column I want to return to the World Fantasy Convention held in Toronto last November…and a panel that rubbed me the wrong way. Entitled “The Changing Face of YA Fantasy,” the panel was described this way: “Fantasy works for young adult …

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Saturday Special from the Vaults: The City Must Die

Chapter One of a YA novel I hope to finish someday…The City Must Die (that’;s an entirely fictitious cover). Why is it unfinished? Well, because I sold Masks instead, I guess. But reading this over again for the first time in months, I realized I really want to write this one. There’s actually a different …

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Saturday Special from the Vaults (a bit late): Chapter 1 of The Chosen

This week’s Saturday-special-I’m-actually-posting-on-Monday is the first chapter of the YA science fiction novel (dystopian before dystopian YA SF was cool!) I just epublished last week: The Chosen. The original version of this book was only the second novel I wrote out of university, but I rewrote it sometime in the last few years. It never …

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Saturday Special from the Vaults: The Minstrel

This week, another early story of mine. This is one of the earliest stories I sold, to a long-defunct Canadian children’s magazine called JAM. In fact, it was the cover story, and if I ever figure out where I put the magazine I’ll post the cover art here. It’s of roughly the same era as …

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Saturday Special from the Vaults: Janitor Work

This was one of the first, if not the very first, science fiction short stories I ever sold. It appeared in the 1984 Canadian Children’s Annual, the year I turned 25. The photo of the lunar surface is from Apollo 17. Darryl Norton looked glumly at the dust-covered object before him.  It seemed to him …

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