Even great writers can get lost among the ever-growing stacks and stacks of genre literature or fade from memory in the course of time. Sometimes a writer’s talent far outweighs his or hers status among the reading public. With that in mind we asked our esteemed panel the following question…
The stories in The Apex Book of World SF 3 run the gamut from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror. Some are translations (from German, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Swedish), and some were written in English. The authors come from Asia and Europe, Africa and Latin America. Their stories are all wondrous and wonderful, and showcase the vitality and diversity that can be found in the field. They are a conversation, by voices that should be heard.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. I live in beautiful British Columbia with my family and two cats. I write speculative fiction (from magic realism to horror). My short stories have appeared in places such as The Book of Cthulhu and Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. My first collection, This Strange Way of Dying, was released in 2013. My debut novel, Signal to Noise, will be released in 2015 by Solaris.
I edited the anthologies Dead North and Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Apocalypse. I own Innsmouth Free Press and through it I published the anthologies Sword & Mythos, Fungi, Future Lovecraft, and many more books.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia is currently crowdfunding her first novel, Young Blood, about Mexican narco vampires. Her short stories have appeared in places such as The Book of Cthulhu and Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing . Her first collection, This Strange Way of Dying, is out this year. In 2011, Silvia won the Carter V. Cooper Memorial Prize (in the Emerging Writer category). She was also a finalist for the Manchester Fiction Prize. She blogs at silviamoreno-garcia.com and Tweets as @silviamg.
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
I always feel uncomfortable when people start bickering about whether literary fiction or speculative fiction is better. It’s like watching your parents fight at the dinner table. There is really no need to build brick walls around each category, though we are often eager to do so.
Recently, I was Guest of Honor at Keycon in Winnipeg. Talking to some aspiring writers, it became clear that the idea of boundaries between lit and spec is pretty strong, and sadly it keeps readers from sampling interesting material and writers from finding good homes for their short stories. Because literary magazines do publish speculative fiction.
Here’s the synopsis:
In Canada, the dead won’t lie quietly. After the apocalypse, a lone human chases zombies across an icy landscape. Whales return from the depths to haunt the southern coast of Labrador. Running a marijuana grow-op operation in British Columbia is made more difficult when the dead attack. A corpse is turned into a flesh puppet and forms part of a depraved sex show.
This enjoyable and rollicking ride of an anthology that contains – among the 20 all-but-three new stories – a broad spectrum of the undead, from Romero-style corpses to those zombies inspired by Canadian Aboriginal mythology, and more from coast to coast, all shambling against the back- ground of the Great White North.
Here’s the table of contents:
Here’s the synopsis:
Creatures that shed their skin and roam the night. Vampires in Mexico City struggling with disenchantment. An apocalypse with giant penguins. Legends of magic scorpions and tales of a ceiba tree surrounded by human skulls. Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s short stories are infused with Mexican folklore, yet firmly rooted in reality; a reality that is transformed as the fantastic erodes the rational.
Spanning a variety of genres (fantasy, science fiction, horror) and time periods, This Strange Way of Dying is an exceptional debut collection that will not easily be forgotten.
Here’s the table of contents:
Silvia Moreno-Garcia was born in the north of Mexico and moved to Canada several years ago. She lives in beautiful, rainy British Columbia with her husband, children and two cats. She writes fantasy, magic realism and Science Fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Futurismic, Shimmer and Tesseracts Thirteen. With the help of editor Paula R. Stiles and a band of eldritch writers she publishes the online zine Innsmouth Free Press. Silvia is also working on her first novel and be found online at www.silviamoreno-garcia.com.
Charles Tan: Hi! Thanks for agreeing to do the interview. What’s the appeal of science fiction for you?
Silvia Moreno-Garcia: The sense of surprise. Why didn’t I think of that? How didn’t I see that possibility?
CT: What made you decide to write science fiction?
SM-G: Well, I once said I wanted to be on the cover of something with a big phallic spaceship. In all seriousness, I never set out to write science fiction. I never thought I could. I’ve ended writing science fiction stories because the tale demanded it. Sometimes I can’t figure out what I’ve written. Classifying it can be a bit of a hassle.