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Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  7 reviews
ChiZine Publications and Tightrope Books unite in a joint venture to produce a yearly anthology of speculative short fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and magic realism). Canadian speculative fiction has been increasingly recognized internationally for the calibre of its authors and their insight into the nature of social and cultural identities, the im ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Chizine Publications (first published July 15th 2012)
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Nov 18, 2012 Alan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Future-facers
Recommended to Alan by: Cover, theme and list of contributors
I cut my teeth on the sf anthologies that appeared as if by magic on the shelves of my local branch library and biweekly bookmobile—those thick compendia of wonder, their spines usually broad enough to display all of their red and yellow rocket-ship-and-atom label. Great ones like Robert Silverberg's The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 1 and its successors, compiling the Nebula and Hugo Award winners; Anthony Boucher's two-volume A Treasury of Great Science Fiction (with those striking dus ...more
I did like this anthology, I genuinely did, but there was nothing that stood out for me. And usually the very fact that something is Canadian gives it a leg up for me. Of course, this also means there was nothing that stood out for me in the bad way either, which was refreshing because usually there are at least a couple of stories that I actively dislike.
Of the 37 short stories and poems in this collection, I only liked 9 (so 25%). Here are a few of the stand outs:

"Clockwork Fagin" by Cory Doctorow -- an interesting story of crippled orphans who kill their keeper and construct a clockwork replacement.

"The Kiss of the Blood-Red Pomegranate" by Kristin Janz -- a pseudo-retelling of the classic Persephone myth.

"To Live and Die in Gibbontown" by Derek Kunsken -- a tale of assassinations and euthanasia...and monkeys.

Even though I only liked a quarter
Matt Moore
Full Disclosure: I know a lot of the writers and the editors.

With that out of the way, this anthology is a mix of poems and poetry, offering up horror, SF, fantasy, bizarro, new weired, what have you. While some of the stories knocked my socks off, others didn't do it for me.

But such is an anthology. But, unlike other anthos were I disliked stories, every one of these tales will make you think, open your eyes to new possibilities, and leave you glad you read it.

A great anthology.
This was crazy good! I love short stories, and this collection of speculative fiction has to be oneof the best collections I've ever read. Funny, creepy, scary, and thrilling - something here for everyone.
Timothy Reynolds
May 10, 2014 Timothy Reynolds rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
A great collection and hopefully the beginning of an annual tradition in Canadian speculative fiction.
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This was great. Definitely going to look up several of the authors.
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Author of The Animal Bridegroom (Tightrope Books; introduction by Neil Gaiman). Co-Publisher of ChiZine Publications. Co-organizer of the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium and the Chiaroscuro Reading Series. Founder of the CZP/Rannu Fund for Writers of Speculative Literature. Co-editor (with Halli Villegas) of the yearly series Imaginarium: Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Founding member of the Algonq ...more
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