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Erin Vance & Sam Bauer signing, August 14th in Mount Pearl!

Erin Vance - Author / Editor
Erin Vance – Author / Editor

Ever wonder what Engen editor Erin Vance and newest author Sam Bauer are like without those pesky bosses around? What to ask them what it’s really like to work for Engen Books, without getting the stink-eye from the Engen founders? Your chance is here! On Sunday, August 14th at the Glacier in Mount Pearl, Erin Vance and Sam Bauer will have a table at the August Summer Fun Festival!

Bauer and Vance will be selling copies of all current Engen titles, including the complete Black Womb series, the Xander Drew series, and the Infinity series. They will also be signing copies of their April 2016 smash hit anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock, which Vance edited and both Vance and Bauer contributed short stories for!

Looking to get started as an author? Vance and Bauer will have information on the forthcoming Fantasy from the Rock collection and how you can get published in it, as well as information on getting published in both short story and novel formats though the local Newfoundland publisher.

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Samuel Bauer, reading at the University of Waterloo from “The Locket”

Sam Bauer is Engen’s youngest writer, from St. John’s Newfoundland. He states his inspiration as stemming from eating too much sugar-laden food, reading the works of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe until 4 am, and transcribing the ensuing nightmares.His first short story, The Locket, has been met with universal acclaim and he is currently hard at work on additional stories for future anthologies, as well as an upcoming novel.

Erin Vance is an editor, author, and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program. She has edited multiple novels and anthology collections for a variety of publishers, and has penned the short story Cast, Clutter, Pack, Murder as well as the soon-to-be-released publication of her Honor’s Thesis, Song of the Mockingjay, exploring the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series.

The August Summer Fun Festival  will run from 10am – 5pm on August 14th at The Glacier arena, 45 Olympic Dr, Mount Pearl.


Sci-Fi from the Rock!

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 English Honours Graduate and Professional Editor 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, Alison House, & many more!

Sci-Fi From the Rock (Paperback)
Ellen Curtis & Erin Vance (Editors)

Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016

Purchase:

Canada:
Sci-Fi from the Rock (amazon.ca)
Sci-Fi from the Rock (chapters.ca)

US:
Sci-Fi from the Rock(amazon.com)
Sci-Fi from the Rock (Barnes&Noble)

Kindle EBook: Sci-Fi from the Rock (amazon.ca)
Kindle EBook: Sci-Fi from the Rock (amazon.com)

Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1926903293
Release Date: April 01, 2016
Status: Available
Book Type: Paperback (5 x 8 in)
Price (CAD): Buy Local: $20 / EBook: $3.89
Page Count: 280

 Related Titles

Whitecoat Light-Dark Super Galactic Space Explorers - Volume 2

Sam Bauer reading Rocks Waterloo!

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Samuel Bauer, reading at the University of Waterloo from “The Locket”

Samuel Bauer performed a reading of his short story, The Locket, to a full house of participants of the Lloyd Auckland Invitational Mathematics Workshop at the University of Waterloo on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016. The young author read his short, which appeared in the 2016 anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock, to a reaction of “stunned silence and applause,” one attendee stated.

The Auckland Workshop is a week of mathematical stimulation for young intellectuals from all over Canada and across the globe. It features various activities, trips, lectures and problem solving workshops. Students are invited based off their performance on the CEMC’s Cayley and Fermat contest, further proving Samuel Bauer’s unique status as a mind in science fiction: the sort of intellectual-creative double-threat mixtures that created the liked of Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick.

The University of Waterloo has already produced some of the best modern voices in Canadian fiction, such as Kenneth Tam (His Majesty’s New World, Defense Command) and Conor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), and continues this trend by continuing to foster young smart-creatives like Sam Bauer.

Be sure and support Bauer as well as sixteen other Canadian authors by picking up Sci-Fi from the Rock, available now. 🙂

Sci-Fi From the Rock (Paperback)
Ellen Curtis & Erin Vance (Editors)

Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016

Purchase:

Canada:
Sci-Fi from the Rock (amazon.ca)
Sci-Fi from the Rock (chapters.ca)

US:
Sci-Fi from the Rock(amazon.com)
Sci-Fi from the Rock (Barnes&Noble)

Kindle EBook: Sci-Fi from the Rock (amazon.ca)
Kindle EBook: Sci-Fi from the Rock (amazon.com)

Title Information:

ISBN: 978-1926903293
Release Date: April 01, 2016
Status: Available
Book Type: Paperback (5 x 8 in)
Price (CAD): Buy Local: $20 / EBook: $3.89
Page Count: 280

 Related Titles

Whitecoat Light-Dark Super Galactic Space Explorers - Volume 2

Sam Bauer on Sci-Fi from the Rock

sammyYoung author Sam Bauer, who debuted in 2016’s stellar anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock has taken the time to share his thoughts and feelings about his neighboring stories in the collection.

Whitecoat by Kenneth Tam:
“After reading this, I definitely need to pick up a copy of the novel itself. Set in an alternate Newfoundland, with a somewhat nebulous difference from our own, the quality of this story promises great things from the novel.”

Sunny Days by Jennifer Combden:
“I love a good hard sci-fi piece. With this dealing with our own sun destroying us, it certainly fulfills the author’s purpose of informing people with literature.”

The Shoe by Matthew LeDrew:
“A brilliant story. This piece reminds us about how we may be viewed many years from now with other than human eyes.”

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)Immune by Jennifer Combden:
“Perspective plays a big role in literature, and the perspective chosen for this piece is excellent. The perspective of a child in a disaster is not one I often see, and it was used phenomenally in this piece.”

Hag Ridden by Tara Murphy:
“I love horror, as can be discerned from the fact I wrote a bit of horror in this anthology. This one is frightening because what happens in it could happen to anyone, without you being able to stop it. Brilliantly done!”

Invasion by Matthew LeDrew:
“Another chilling story by Engen’s resident horror writer. One of two horror stories by Matthew in this anthology, its unnerving tone and final reveal sent shivers down my spine.”

Continue reading Sam Bauer on Sci-Fi from the Rock

Author Peter J Foote to appear at East Coast Comic Expo May 20-21

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)Peter J Foote, author of the short story The Silence Between Moons from the 2016 Sci-Fi From The Rock anthology will be appearing with and signing copies of the collection at the East Coast Comic Expo in Moncton May 20-21st 2016.

Other guest include Canadian comics legend Sandy Carruthers, whose greatest success was illustrating The Men in Black, the comic which later became, Men in Black. Carruthers also worked on Captain Canuck,  was the Editorial Cartoonist for the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper, and published a book of editorial cartoons entitled Sh-It Happened.

Foote will be appearing not only to promote his work on “The Silence Between Moons” but also to promote his bookstore, FictionFirst.

Fictionfirst Used Books specializes is previously enjoyed Sci-fi & Fantasy Novels, Roleplaying Manuals and Graphic Novels. The store is run out of Foote’s home in the Annapolis Valley and open by appointment only, though they ship Canada wide. At over 5000 titles strong, interested parties are encouraged to request a copy of their inventory via his Facebook page.

 

Sci-Fi on the Rock: 10 years of awesome, dysfunction, and kentamination for the win.

April 1-3 this year was the tenth consecutive year for Sci-Fi on the Rock, a science-fiction convention that has become one of the largest fan and volunteer-run conventions of its kind. The Sheraton Newfoundland Hotel was filled to — from my understanding — near capacity and it resulted in one of the best weekends for the convention ever, by many metrics.

But not all metrics are measurable. This was the greatest weekend Engen Books has ever had by many metrics, not the least of which: sheer joy and pride. I’m going to attempt to explain why in a very stream-of-consciousness way.

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Kenneth Tam, Matthew LeDrew, and Ellen Curtis behind the Engen Books booth. Dreams = come true.

Life has an odd way — sometimes — of linking things back together in very cohesive ways. Life isn’t a narrative. Life isn’t narratively pleasing, everything circling back to form a complete story… except sometimes.

The return of Kenneth Tam to Sci-Fi on the Rock was one of those moments, on a personal level. Kenneth Tam was the first guest at the original Sci-Fi on the Rock in 2006, which is in and of itself an Engen Books anniversary. As Ken himself put it this year while we all attended the Most Dysfunctional Writing Panel: “Ten years ago Matthew LeDrew came to my panel on how to break into publishing and scribbled everything I said on a sheet of paper furiously. The next year he came back with his own company and novel. Now ten years later, we’re all in this room because of that.”

Which, to be fair, is a flattering lie. 😉 That is classic Ken Tam, because I think he knew I was planning on spinning all our individual successes back to him as the “root of all evil good” in the Atlantic Canadian small press publishing world, and turned it against me first. Kudos, Tammy. Kudos. (And thank you).

At one point I caught Ken surveying the Engen booth, chin clasped in his hand, in a look I mistook for maybe “where does the series continue” or perhaps “where are the links between series” and, after finishing with the customer I was speaking to, asked him what I could help him with. He said, if a far too-quiet voice: “Look at everything you’ve accomplished.”

He’s an amazing man whose accomplishments dwarf our own, but he still takes the time to think of others, congratulate others, and encourage others. If the measure of a man is in how he treats others, then Kenneth Tam is a giant among us.

Also, I give you the following greatest pun ever… “We have been Ken-Tam-inated.” [Drops the Mic].

 

Matthew Daniels and Sam Bauer, posing with “Sci-Fi from the Rock.”

Going from our oldest partner to our newest, I’m proud to say that we got to meet Sci-Fi from the Rock author Samuel Bauer as well. This young author — who wrote The Locket — seemed genuinely surprised who accepted he was in the indie-publishing community of Newfoundland and Labrador: sitting behind the table, talking about this work to fans, signing copies, and attending the unofficial tradition of the authors and artists picking a restaurant to go out to on Saturday night. Speaking on behalf of everyone Sam, the honor was ours.

This year’s Most Dynsfunctional Writing Panel Ever was our most-attended and filled our room to capacity, despite being at night, being 16+, being up against the at-least-equally-awesome Storytime with Fat Apollo, and featuring Matthew LeDrew. We feel we got more information across and were less dysfunctional than usual, and aren’t sure if that’s a win or a loss.

Authors in attendance included Ellen Curtis, Erin Vance, Kenneth Tam, Jay Paulin, and Scott Bartlett, all of whom also contributed to the Sci-Fi from the Rock 10th anniversary collection. At the event, we announced that next year Fantasy from the Rock was to be made a reality during Sci-Fi on the Rock 11.

Also I don’t think I can say much, but we have made great strides towards a visual representation of one of our stories with an artist I have been wanted to work with for some years. Nothing is set until it’s set, but I’m already getting sketches in and it seems like she will be a blast to work with. More on that as it unfolds.

There will be more posts on this wonderful event and the people there, but right now I’m still feverish with the con-plague and will post more at a later time. Y’all are lucky you got this month out of me. 🙂

Great job everyone who helped, and a big thank you to all our fans 🙂

Sci-Fi 10 starts tomorrow!

Sci-Fi on the Rock 10 starts tomorrow, April 1, and last until April 3 at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. In attendance will be Engen authors Matthew LeDrew & Ellen Curtis, as well as Engen Head-Editor Erin Vance!

Sci-Fi from the Rock (2016)The weekend is jam-packed with events and panels from your favorite Engen authors, contributors, and friends!

Friday, April 1

5:00-5:50pm in the Roddenberry Room:
Book Launch for Sci-Fi From The Rock!

Celebrating 10 years of Sci-Fi on the Rock with this special commemorative volume featuring over twenty short stories by some of Atlantic Canada’s most impressive indie talent in science-fiction!

Saturday, April 2

11-11:50am in the Nimoy Room:
Finding a Partner in Crime: A Guide to Story Collaboration
with Jay Paulin & Ariel Marsh!

Struggling to find a co-writer or co-creator for your project? Having a tough time compromising with a partner? Join the author of Spooky’s Gambit to learn the tricks that have allowed us to thrive together for five years.

3-3:50pm in the Tolkien Room:
Take Control: Why You Should Self-Publish Your Fiction and How to Do It
with Scott Bartlett, author of Flight or Fight

Full-time indie author Scott Bartlett will outline the benefits of independently publishing your fiction in today’s rapidly changing market and will also take you through how to do it. He’ll finish with a reading from book 1 in his new dystopian satire trilogy.

6-6:50pm in the Lucas Room
The Most Dysfunctional Writing Panel Ever
with Engen Books and friends

Join a convention tradition as an all-star cast of authors debate the merits of each other’s writing advice. Come with questions to ask, and stay for the laughter that ensues.

Sunday, April 3

9:30-10:20am in the Roddenberry Room
Ambassador Series: A New Era in Publishing
Kenneth Tam, author of Whitecoat

Sci-Fi from the Rock full lineup!

It’s been a long time coming, with information slowly being leaked here, on Amazon, Indigo, and Facebook, but we finally have the full, impressive list of the authors and stories featured in Sci-Fi from the Rock 2016!

In addition to editing the collection as a whole, Ellen Curtis has penned a heartfelt Forward chronicling her long and personal relationship with Sci-Fi on the Rock over the last ten years.

Kenneth Tam, a name familiar to all fans of science-fiction in Canada and known as the first guest ever to appear at Sci-Fi on the Rock returns for the landmark 10th year, bringing with him a prologue to Whitecoat, the first novel in his Champions series.

Jennifer Combden has given permission for us to reprint Sunny Days and Immune, out of print since a 2010 anthology collection. Jennifer is a meteorologist living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is a sponge for knowledge, and her love of learning is second only to her love of sharing that knowledge. She prefers to write science fiction, with a strong emphasis on the science, as a medium by which to explain complex ideas.

Continue reading Sci-Fi from the Rock full lineup!