Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"Living Under the Conditons" published in Megapack

My sci-fi story, "Living Under the Conditions" has been published in The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack (epub or Kindle). I am in good company. Fiction from Isaac Asimov, Ayn Rand, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and Philip K. Dick appear in the anthology. Other contributing luminaries, for those who know the business, include Theodore Sturgeon and Henry Kuttner. Kuttner was one of Ray Bradury's mentors. At a price of only 99 cents, The Megapack is worth purchasing.

"Living Under the Conditions" originally appeared in On Spec: The Canadian magazine of the fantastic in 2007 and made the longlist for the Writers' Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Feature - Jeffrey Round's Lake on the Mountain

The latest assignment off my desk - my feature on mystery/thriller/literary author Jeffrey Round appeared on the national site of Xtra: Canada's gay & lesbian news on Thursday, April 26. Round possesses an eye for literary asthetics and observations, but also an enthusiasm for a great caper and mystery, as evidenced in his latest novel, Lake on the Mountain.

3:10 to Yuma Capsule Review

Notes on the 2007 film 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Ben Foster

This contemporary western, the second remake of an Elmore Leonard novel (the first was in 1957), grinds out a low, character-establishing pace at first, but compensates for this overindulged classical feel in the second half. Ben Foster stars as ambiguously gay, tough-as-nails Charlie Prince, while Russell Crowe, as outlaw Ben Wade, winks, nods and flirts with Christian Bale's character (Dan Evan) throughout. Evans is supposed to put Wade on the proverbial 3:10 to Yuma train. It is like Crowe, playing the obviously bisexual Wade right down the middle, is making up for being unable to play the John Nash character as openly bisexual in the film A Beautiful Mind. With a marvelously surprising ending, Yuma has a lot to offer, either way the viewer looks at it.