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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Mosaic Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889628645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889628649
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,936,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally slated for publication just before the millennium rollover, the sequel to Mosaic's first all-Canadian collection, North of Infinity (1998), examines the many manifestations and often-dire consequences of change. Working with so open-ended a theme gives Ontario-based editor Leslie the freedom to range widely through the sf universe and make colorful, if sometimes uneven, findings. In one story a cancer patient receives a controversial lease on life via a genetically engineered transfusion from a serial killer on death row. Andrew Weiner's "Identity Factory" offers clients the chance to revamp their personalities and lead happier lives. In Bruce Golden's "I Found Love on Channel 3," the volume's wackiest entry, a working stiff becomes enamored of a Japanese heroine who leaps from his TV screen. With a few exceptions, including Canada's dean of sf, Robert J. Sawyer, most of the authors are lesser-known voices in the genre. If only a few gems really stand out, the diversity of styles and ideas makes the collection a good yardstick for the current topography of Canadian sf. Carl Hays
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About the Author

Mark is the Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations at Kobo where he was part of the team that launched Kobo Writing Life. A past president of the Canadian Booksellers Association, Mark currently sits on the BookNet Canada Board of Directors. An author, bookseller, editor and avid reader, he often says the term Book Nerd is an apt term.

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Mark Leslie is a writer of dark fiction that is often described as "Twilight Zone" style fiction.

His first book, ONE HAND SCREAMING (2004) collected mostly previously published short stories and poetry along with a few original tales.

He is also the editor of the science fiction anthologies NORTH OF INFINITY II (2006), TESSERACTS SIXTEEN: PARNASSUS UNBOUND (2012) and the horror anthology CAMPUS CHILLS (2009).

Mark's first non-fiction book, HAUNTED HAMILTON: The Ghosts of Dundurn Castle & Other Steeltown Shivers (2012) is an appreciation of his hometown told in a combination of historic journeys combined with ghostly legends. His second non-fiction paranormal title SPOOKY SUDBURY: True Tales of the Eerie & Unexplained (2013) is co-authored with Jenny Jelen, about the city they both grew up in. Mark's third paranormal book, coming Fall 2014 is TOMES OF TERROR: Haunted Bookstores & Libraries.

Mark continues to publish short fiction in small press horror magazines and anthologies and his first full length horror novel I, DEATH is on track to be published in October 2014.

Born in Sudbury Ontario, Mark has courted with a serious addiction to reading and writing his entire life. He called Ottawa, ON home for more than a decade and has lived in Hamilton, ON since 1997.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Weiss on November 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Imagine a large pie, if you will, whose filling, pastry and sumptuous mouth-watering flaky crust represent the finest speculative fiction that Canada's authors have to offer. Suppose that this pie is cut into three generous pieces - one piece being horror, another fantasy and the third representing modern sci-fi in its many different styles and guises. "North of Infinity II", an anthology of 12 short stories edited by Mark Leslie and written by the very best that contemporary Canadian fiction in this genre has to offer is a fascinating three legged beast standing at the very centre of this pie with one foot firmly planted in each of its pieces.

Although this fabulous little collection can be read through the course of a single sitting in front of the fire, Leslie has collected lots of meat for a wondering reader to chew on - a scientist sends himself messages in his own past in order to alter his destiny; a deeper understanding of the functions of a brain; a somewhat horrific bizarre future for reproductive technology; an alternative paleontological history of the demise of the dinosaurs; an anthropological imagining on the discovery of fire; oft-repeated but always entertaining philosophical musings on the sentience of robotic intelligence; the nature of a society in which one can alter one's own personality for a fee; and, my personal favourite, a very disturbing story involving the ethics of capital punishment.

With the possible exception of Robert Sawyer, a winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards in the sci-fi genre, these authors are, sadly, not well known names in literature. But, if this collection is a typical example of their output, then they certainly should be. Highly recommended for fans of sci-fi, particularly in the short story format.

Paul Weiss
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Burgoine on February 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have to admit to being a little surprised that an anthology of Canadian Science Fiction was so dark. It's not that I have anything against dystopia, but I was taken aback - surely the True North Strong and Free would have at least one glimmer of happiness? No? Okay then.

What this anthology does have, however, is some very high quality entries into short fiction.

Obviously, some names - Robert J. Sawyer - spring to the forefront of attention, and his story, "Forever," is both clever and quite moving.

"Walter's Brain," by Kimberley Footit, was absolutely charming, and made me smile throughout - one of the few science fiction stories I've read that gave me a sense of "feel-good."

The strongest of the set in my opinion was Stephen Graham King's "Pas de deux" which echoed with a grim realism and gave me a shiver-in-the-spine sensation with its closing moments.

While the tales were varied, and I'll admit to not "getting" one or two of them, as a collection, the anthology is definitely worthwhile. Kudos to Mark Leslie for gathering some Canadian talent and making a strong whole.
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