(If you’re in Toronto, I recommend Bakka Books. They’re good people, know their shit and are a cornerstone of Canadian science fiction.)
Anyway, about the Tesseracts series . . .
The first Tesseracts anthology was edited by Judith Merril. Since its publication in 1985, 264 authors/editors/translators and guests have written 443 pieces of Canadian speculative fiction, fantasy and horror for this series. Some of Canada’s best known speculative fiction writers have been published within the pages of these volumes – including Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, Robert J. Sawyer, and Spider Robinson (to name a few). Tesseracts Sixteen is the seventeenth volume in the series. The entire series includes Tesseracts One through Sixteen, and Tesseracts Q, which features translations of works by some of Canada’s top francophone writers of science fiction and fantasy.
About number sixteen in particular . . .
Parnassus Unbound is a speculative fiction anthology inspired by literature, music, art and culture.
Featuring short stories and poems by: Neil Peart & Kevin J. Anderson, Robert J. Sawyer, Ryan Oakley, Steve Vernon, Hugh A. D. Spencer, Sandra Kasturi, Michael Kelly, Rebecca Senese, Randy McCharles, Chadwick Ginther, Stephen Kotowych, Carolyn Clink, J. J. Steinfeld, David Clink, Robert H. Beer, L. T. Getty, Scott Overton, Sean Costello, Virginia O’Dine, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Derwin Mak, Kimberly Foottit, Matthew Jordan Schmidt, Adria Laycraft, Jeff Hughes.
About the editor . . .
Mark Leslie is a writer, editor and bookseller who has worked for Indigo/Chapters Books and the McMaster University bookstore. He currently works at Kobo as Director of Self Publishing and Author Relations. Apart from being published in numerous publications, he occasionally writes reviews and conducts interviews. He was the series editor for the North of Infinity sci-fi anthology series. Mark sits on the board of directors for BookNet Canada and is president of Canadian Booksellers Association. As an active member of the book industry (both as a bookseller and writer), Mark regularly speaks at conferences, conventions and workshops about books, writing, and publishing. You can find a full biography and detailed listing of his written works on his website.
About my story, The Ghost in the Meme . . .
Basically, I’m just riffing on a sort of computer generated ghost of William S. Burroughs. If you like that sort of thing, dig in.
Annnnnd, About My Feelings . . .
I’m pretty happy to be in this collection. It’s the flagship of Canadian Speculative Fiction.
More than happiness, it’s just sort of strange to be included in an anthology that has featured Gibson, Atwood, Sawyer, been edited by Hopkinson and Doctorow and so on and so forth.
If I’m totally honest (a failing I’m not always above) my inclusion brings on a bit of imposter syndrome. But I’m starting to come to terms with that feeling. Getting used to it, I suppose.
Anyway, go buy the book. Hope you enjoy it.