Call for Pulp Sci-Fi Submissions!

Over the last four years, the From the Rock series has become one of the preeminent anthology series’ in Atlantic Canada. We have been home to some amazing established talent and helped some new authors break through that have gone on to dominate their fields, becoming genre bestsellers in their own right. From the Rock is a title readers consistently ask for, review well, and is a great way for avid readers to get introduced to indie talent they might find interesting. In March 2018 the series’ third entry, Chillers from the Rock, went Bestseller on pre-orders alone!

We are currently accepting submissions for the sixth entry in this series: Pulp Sci-Fi from the Rock, to be available in Winter of 2020. Continue reading Call for Pulp Sci-Fi Submissions!

Engen to release novel from Gareth Mitton!

Gareth MittonEngen Books is proud to announce the upcoming release of Gareth Mitton’s first novel, Pedestal, a philosophical science-fiction novel set in a far-future where expanding technology has altered the human condition.

“We are exceptionally proud to have Gareth on board,” says Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “His work is thoughtful and elegant, and he brings a style to the genre that few others have.”

A native of Rochdale, England, Mitton made his fiction debut in Dystopia from the Rock with his tale: Watcher. He also contributed to About Face from Breakwater Books, and is one of the founders of Some Good Living.

Look for further announcements regarding Pedestal in the coming weeks and months.

Introducing Sara Burke, Flights from the Rock author!

Engen Books is proud to introduce Sara Burke, one of the exciting new authorial talents joining us for Flights from the Rock!

Born in Alberta and a long-time resident of Newfoundland, Burke has had two writing credits thus far, both in Kit Sora: The Artobiography. She won both the May and August 2019 Kit Sora Flash Fiction contests with her stories “Bubbly” and “One Up, One Down.” Both were later included in the collection. Continue reading Introducing Sara Burke, Flights from the Rock author!

Author Shannon Green returns for Flights from the Rock!

Engen Books is proud to reveal one of the true talents in Newfoundland genre fiction will be joining us again in 2019’s Flights from the Rock collection: Shannon Green!

A gifted author with a talent for the strange, Green has been recognized in both the genre community and the contemporary literary community for his pursuits. In the past he has been shortlisted for the 1996 Arts and Letters Award and well as won the 2015 Audience Choice Steampunk Newfoundland Showcase.

Green received praise last year for his short story “The Wine Dark Sea” in Chillers from the Rock,  and has also had short fiction published in Fantasy From The Rock, Dystopia from the Rock, and January 2019’s The Hamthology.

In Flights from the Rock he brings with him his new short story “Sadie’s Mechanical Bird,” a steampunk story perfectly capturing the excitement of early flight.


Six other authors will be joining Shannon Green, Sherry D. Ramsey, Jennifer Shelby, Matthew Daniels, Heather Reilly, Peter Gillet, Amanda Labonté, Paul Moffett, Jennifer Combden, Jeff Slade, Bronwynn Erskine, Peter J. Foote, Lindsay Kitson, Stacey Oakley, Teresita Dziadura, Nicole Little, Carolyn R Parsons, Lisa Daly, Ellen Curtis, & Erin Vance for the 2019 Flights on the Rock collection! They include pilots, award-winning talent, and bestselling novelists! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


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Author Sherry D. Ramsey joins Flights from the Rock!

Engen Books is proud to reveal the next Flights from the Rock author: bestselling speculative fiction author Sherry D. Ramsey, author of the Nearspace series!

Ramsey’s books include One’s Aspect to the Sun (named Speculative Fiction Book of the Year for 2014 by the Book Publishers’ Association of Alberta); a sequel, Dark Beneath the Moon; a new middle grade fantasy, The Seventh Crow; the urban fantasy The Murder Prophet; and To Unimagined Shores–Collected Stories. With her partners at Third Person Press, she has co-edited five anthologies of regional short fiction to date. A member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia Writer’s Council, Sherry is also a past Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer of SF Canada, Canada’s national association for Speculative Fiction Professionals.

Sherry is a nervous flyer who lives in Nova Scotia with her husband, children, and dogs. You can visit her online at http://www.sherrydramsey.com, find her on Facebook, and keep up with her on Twitter @sdramsey.

 


Seven other authors will be joining Sherry D. Ramsey, Jennifer Shelby, Matthew Daniels, Heather Reilly, Peter Gillet, Amanda Labonté, Paul Moffett, Jennifer Combden, Jeff Slade, Bronwynn Erskine, Peter J. Foote, Lindsay Kitson, Stacey Oakley, Teresita Dziadura, Nicole Little, Carolyn R Parsons, Lisa Daly, Ellen Curtis, & Erin Vance for the 2019 Flights on the Rock collection! They include pilots, award-winning talent, and bestselling novelists! Who will join them? Stay tuned and Never Look Back!


For exclusive content and FREE books, be sure and check out the Engen Books Patreon.

Plotters vs Pantsers: Prior Planning Prevents Proper Piss-offs

I liked the Game of Thrones finale. Fight me.

Much like the last episode of Lost, it couldn’t absolve all the sins of the final season(s), but the episode in itself was satisfying. In my last post, I was critical of the last two seasons of Game of Thrones, arguing that the writers were prioritizing spectacle over storytelling. And now, looking back over how it all went down, it’s really perplexing to me that they didn’t use all this time to better set the ground for Dany’s heel turn.

In a post that’s gone viral, Daniel Silvermint suggests that the series has moved away from the “pantser” ethos of GRRM towards the “plotter” approach of showrunners D&D. Silvermint does a great breakdown of what these terms mean, so I suggest reading it, but I’ll do a brief summary for you: “plotters” are writers who list out the major plot points of a story before they start fleshing it out; whereas “pantsers” discover the story as they write it, they fly by the seat of their pants. Tolkien is often referred to as the ultimate plotter because he designed the maps, languages, and lore of Middle Earth before writing LOTR. Conversely, GRRM is the ultimate pantser because he claims that he loses interest in a story once he learns the ending. Continue reading Plotters vs Pantsers: Prior Planning Prevents Proper Piss-offs

Jennifer Shelby announced as a Flights from the Rock author!

Engen Books is proud to reveal the next Flights from the Rock author: Jennifer Shelby!

Jennifer Shelby was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and currently resides in Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick. She is the author of many works of short fiction, including ‘Borrowed Wings’ for Spaceports and Spidersilk, ‘Mrs. Coleman’s Backyard Refugee Camp’ for Andromeda Spaceways, and ‘Toby’s Alicorn Adventure’ for Cricket. Continue reading Jennifer Shelby announced as a Flights from the Rock author!

Returning Rocker: Matthew Daniels writes for Flights from the Rock

Engen Books is proud to announce the triumphant return of author Matthew Daniels to this year’s From the Rock collection, Flights from the Rock.

Daniels has been in every From the Rock book thus far. His story ‘Healer’s Hoards’ appeared in 2016’s Sci-Fi from the Rock, ‘Living and Learning’ in 2017’s Fantasy from the Rock, ‘Grow Gold Together’ in 2018’s Chillers from the Rock, and ‘Eggshell Revolution’ in 2019’s Dystopia from the Rock. Continue reading Returning Rocker: Matthew Daniels writes for Flights from the Rock