Category Archives: Sci-Fi from the Rock

Female Characters in Sci-fi and Fantasy | The Writer’s Block

51ptLF0akDL._SY346_The next Writer’s Block course we’d like to announce as happening during Avalon Expo is ‘Female Characters in Sci-fi and Fantasy,’ which is tentatively scheduled for Saturday August 26th from 1-1:50PM.

This panel will be essential to anyone looking to make sure they craft strong, reliable, and realistically-portrayed female characters into their genre fiction, a must in today’s market! It can be daunting — for writers of any gender — to get this delicate balance correct, partially because many of the traditions of genre writing are rooted in gender-norms that aren’t always reflective of today’s societies. How does one navigate the challenges of writing for today while respecting the greats that paved the way before you? The author-editor team behind As Fierce as Steel Christopher Walsh (the Gold & Steel Saga) and Erin Vance (editor of the From the Rock series) will help guide you through this path as an author… with a third special guest panelist yet-to-be-announced! Continue reading Female Characters in Sci-fi and Fantasy | The Writer’s Block

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I didn’t write The Six Elemental with any sequels in mind. It sounds crazy to me now – that I put all this effort into creating a future world with a detailed history and never thought of another story for it (“Twenty-One”, in Sci-Fi From the Rock, was adapted from a scene that got cut early on). But, to be fair, I had doubts that I would ever finish this novel – I mean, I’d worked on it for over a decade – so the thought of writing a second was crazy.

But, on the other hand, I’d created an entire future world! Was I ready to just let it go? Surely there’s at least one more tale in there that wants to be told…

For a while I wondered if there was another story to tell… Was there something I had missed?

Then I realized that there was a secret I’d placed in The Six Elemental that I never told the reader. It’s not an obvious secret – it’s more of a secret in the personal history of one character, which explains some of their actions – but it’s there. Continue reading Press ‘Enter’ to Continue…

Matt Daniels returns in Fantasy from the Rock!

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Matt Daniels (left) at the launch of Sci-Fi from the Rock

Returning to the From the Rock team is the incredibly talented Matthew Daniels, whose story Healer’s Hoards was one of the many fantasy entries in last year’s Sci-Fi from the Rock that inspired this year’s volume and alerted Engen Books to the talent for fantasy writing in this province!

“The treatment of the classic “dragon with a horde” is cool, and I enjoyed the writing style thoroughly. I hope to read more by Mr. Daniels in the future.” — Sam Bauer, author of ‘The Locket.’

Matt Daniels first caught the attention of Engen Books at the open-source book launch for Scott Bartlett’s Finished with Life But Unable to Die, where his work was noticed by senior partners Matthew LeDrew and Ellen Curtis for its vivid imagery and exceptional execution. He was asked to pen for the 2016 Sci-Fi from the Rock collection on the spot. Continue reading Matt Daniels returns in Fantasy from the Rock!

Engen Books available at Broken Books!

Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016
Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016

As a part of our buy local / support downtown initiative, Engen Books will now be available at Broken Books, the trendy coffee bar and bookshop of downtown St. John’s! Broken Books is a bookstore that offers up hand-brewed coffees and teas, baked goods, and quality books and magazines from some of the finest publishers around! Located at 183A Duckworth Street, right next to the War Memorial, it’s a perfect place downtown to chill out, grab a coffee and a snack at Fixed Coffee, and start your next favorite book. it’s open from 11am-7pm daily.

Because of limited space, Engen will be rotating the titles in stock. This month it’s this year’s surprise classic Sci-Fi from the Rock, featuring the prequel to The Six Elemental by Ali House, as well stories by Sam Bauer, Gold and Steel‘s Chris Walsh, Matthew LeDrew, Erin Vance, Jennifer Combden, renowned Canadian sci-fi legend Kenneth Tam, award-winning author Scott Bartlett, Tara Murphy, Jay Paulin, Melanie Collins, and the premiere story by both Matthew Daniels and Peter J. Foote, and much more! Not to be missed!

The collection is on sale at Broken Books now for $20, the same price as here on the Engen website and at our table! With the same amount of money you can support two great local businesses, have a great collection of new fiction, and feel good about your purchase! Pick one up today, and stay tuned to Engen Books as we announce future titles coming to Broken Books!

Just read ‘Flight from Dodge’… now what?

Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016
Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016

So you’re reading Sci-Fi from the Rock you just read Flight from Dodge, the preview to the first book in the cyberpunk satire series Out of Dodge by Scott Bartlett, and you’re wondering: what happens to Carl next? Where does the story go from here? Where can I get the rest of the series?

Fear not, “Flight from Dodge” was merely the first small snippet of a multi-volume work that will keep you interested for the foreseeable future. The first two novels in the series, Flight or Fight and Craven New World, are both available now, with more on the way!

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“‘The Six Elemental’: a compelling page-turner!” | Amanda Labonté

“In a grim future where peace can never be taken for granted, we are introduced to Kit Tyler, an ordinary young woman who receives extraordinary powers. As the possibility of war looms with ever increasing certainty, we follow Kit as she questions her new abilities and her role in the coming conflict.

Blending the worlds of science and mythology, The Six Elemental is a compelling page-turner with a heroine we can all relate to.”

Amanda Labonté, author of Call of the Sea.

Titles by Ali House

Ali House is the author of 2 works published through Engen Books.

Novels

The Six ElementalThe Six Elemental by Ali House

The Pitch: There is a legend that in times of great need, a person wielding the power of all six Elements will come forth to bring peace to New Earth. The myth of the Six-Elemental is almost seven hundred years old, and the possibility of someone having the power of more than one Element has been thoroughly disproven by science.

None of this matters, however, when Kit Tyler receives the power of all six Elements on her twenty-first birthday. Unsure of how the world will react, or how to wield her powers, Kit keeps this information a secret, swearing that she will reveal it when she is stronger and more worthy. After all, the only thing worse than being a walking myth is being a disappointing one.


Short Fiction

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)Sci-Fi from the Rock by Ellen Louise Curtis and Erin Vance
Series: From the Rock, #2016

The Pitch: Nineteen short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best science-fiction and fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans and some of them new to the craft for the first time. Edited by Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Kenneth Tam, Scott Bartlett, Jay Paulin, Ali House, & many more!

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promo_cover7_webFantasy from the Rock by Erin Vance & Ellen Curtis
Series: From the Rock, #2017

The Pitch: Twenty-One short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans of their field and some of them new to the craft! Edited by Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Nick Morine, Christopher Walsh, Shannon Green, Heather Reilly, Ali House, Amanda Labonté, Paul Carberry & many more!

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