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 HaysCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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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.