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2016—Year of the Cat?

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“ Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.”—Walt

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Interview with Simon Rose

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My guest today is Simon Rose , an author of science fiction and fantasy novels for children and young adults, with a recent novel, Future Imperfect that will thrill your socks off.

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New Moon … and Other Worlds

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After learning of my science fiction background, one of my writing coach clients very kindly gave me several 1950s issues of an SF pulp magazine Other Worlds Science Stories.

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Hubble Captures Jupiter’s Great Entourage of Moons

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Jupiter and its Entourage of Moons In anticipation of watching the new release of the science fiction/fantasy thriller Jupiter Ascending this weekend, I ran across this recent February 7 2015 article on Bad Astronomy , by author and astronomer Phil Plait.

Nature Cooperating & Laguna’s Bottlenose Dolphins

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Dolphins helping fishermen catch mullet A few posts back, I discussed the phenomenon called “ endosymbiosis ” by Dr. Lynn Margulis, who posited a cellular evolution based on ‘cooperation’ rather than simple ‘competition’ between viral or bacterial infection and host cell.

An Interview with Lucia Gorea Author of “The Impaler”

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Who was the real Count Dracula? A bloodthirsty vampire? A medieval prince? A ruthless tyrant? Or a famous voivode who skillfully defended his land? In 1442, on a somber morning in Wallachia, Vlad and his younger brother, Radu, bid farewell to their weeping, heartbroken mother.

Nina Teaching SF Writing Course at George Brown College Spring 2015

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I''m back at George Brown College, teaching my 12-week long writing course on how to write science fiction. Creating Science Fiction" is now part of George Brown''s Creative Writing Certificate. The course starts April and runs until June-end.

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The Way of Water (La natura dell’acqua)

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She imagines its coolness gliding down her throat. Wet with a lingering aftertaste of fish and mud. She imagines its deep voice resonating through her in primal notes; echoes from when the dinosaurs quenched their throats in the Triassic swamps. Water is a shape shifter.

Nina Munteanu on Panels and Doing Two Workshops at Ad Astra 2014

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I''ll be guesting at Ad Astra, one of the bestest science fiction and fantasy conventions in Toronto, this April 4-6, 2014. The convention is being held at the Sheraton Parkway North, 600 Hwy 7E in Richmond Hill, ON.

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Limestone Genre Expo—July 2015

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I recently attended the inaugural festival of the Limestone Genre Expo (July 25, 2015) in Kingston waterfront Kingston, Ontario. The festival gets its name from the city’s moniker, based on the many heritage buildings constructed there using local limestone.

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The Story Is Dead, Long Live The Story!

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The word out there—at least according to The Economist Group—is that “smart is the new cool”. John Parker of Intelligent Life (sister magazine to The Economist ) posits that, “in its appetite for culture, the world is wising up more than it is dumbing down.”

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2015: Year of the Sheep (Ram)

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Starting February 19 th 2015, we enter the Year of the Sheep (Ram) on the Chinese calendar. More specifically it is the Yin (female) Green Wood Sheep (as with last year’s Horse).

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The Christmas Truce of WWI—A Moment of Great Disobedience

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On Christmas Eve of 1914—a hundred years ago this month and in the midst of brutal trench warfare—a moment of peace broke out on the Western Front. It was a great moment of disobedience.

Writers Workshop in Leslieville (Toronto) on Self-Editing & Revisions

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I''ll be giving my next writing workshop in the WRITERS TAKE FLIGHT Series (last Saturday of each month) on Self-Editing and Revisions this coming March 29th at 6-8 pm (Saturday). The workshop will be held in FLIGHT CAFE (Any Direct Flight) on 1382 Queen St. just east of Greenwood Avenue.

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Spiritual Ecology and the Lesson of Crete

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If Gaia is our “Natural Mother” then Ecology is her language —Nina Munteanu.

Hot-Desking Dehumanizes Work Place

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The "Doc" Hot desking on "Doc Zone" In my 2006 science fiction short story Virtually Yours , Kathryn works, drone-like and faceless, in a corporation where workers like her typically find random virtual workstations and access virtual support and form virtual relationships.

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Creating Science Fiction with Nina Munteanu at George Brown College

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I am again teaching my workshop-style course on how to write science fiction this fall at the St. James Campus of George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. Called "Creating Science Fiction" the 12-week course runs Wednesday nights from 6:15 to 9:15 starting September 17 through to December 3.

Embracing Your Future: Flying Algal Ships

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Hydrogenase by Vincent Callebaut It’s July 2030. You are heading to Vancouver Island to deliver a presentation to the International Community Planning Committee in Victoria on your innovative biomimetic design for an organic self-organized wellness centre and recreation complex in Sydney.

The Brave New World of Orphan Black

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“ Oh, Brave New World that has such people in it!”— Minerva in Shakespeare’s The Tempest and John the Savage in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World Human cloning recently made a media comeback when three different research groups created embryonic stem cells out of embryos cloned from adult cells.

Flight Behavior

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In a world that’s quickly heating up and drying up, you can’t go home again—even if you never leave —Clive Thompson Barbara Kingsolver’s 2012 novel Flight Behavior was, according to The Globe and Mail , the first novel that dealt “specifically, determinedly and overtly with climate change.

Launch of "Water Is." Celebrates Our Connection With Water

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Abbas Jivaji offers smudging in water blessing On June 12th, Councillor Jim Tovey, Mississauga Nation knowledge keeper Nancy Rowe and others helped me celebrate the launch of my long-awaited book "Water Is." three years in the making!)

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Interview with Nina Munteanu on Fantasy Fiction Focus with Simon Rose

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Drinking Smoke and Peat with Mac & Cheese

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scotch on the Faculty Club patio It’s been a while since I drank scotch. The last time was more than several years ago in a dark bar at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. I had just come down the mountain, having barely reached the upper foothills.

Nina Munteanu Interviewed by Joseph Planta of The Commentary

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I was recently interviewed by Joseph Planta of "The Commentary" in Vancouver about my new book Water Is. Here's how he started the interview: I am Planta: On the Line , in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

A Metaphysical Meander Down a Scientific Stream

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Nina and an interested "reader" of Water Is.

Joyful Motherhood

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Kevin and Mom enjoy a hike When I gave birth to my son, Kevin, I felt a miracle pass through me. I felt divinity touch me with a kind hand and whisper its joy. I was humbled, awestruck and so overjoyed. A little miracle had emerged out of me, completely formed and so beautiful!

Interstellar: Is Love the God Particle?

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Miller''s planet with Gargantua in background Critical reception for Christopher Nolan''s science fiction blockbuster movie Interstellar was widely mixed. Reviews ranged from being dazzled and awestruck to thinking it utterly ridiculous and silly.

When New Embraces Old: Part 1, the Journey

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Breezeway of Knox College When I first came to the University of Toronto to teach, I felt an abiding sense of “home” braced with the thrill of adventure. It was like “falling in love.” Really. To fall in love is like coming home, after all.

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Ursula K Le Guin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at NBA

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Neil Gaiman presents lifetime achievement award to Ursula K. Le Guin at 2014 National Book Awards from National Book Foundation on Vimeo. Ursula K.

Blogging and Social Media Workshop for Writers

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My November 9 th workshop on Blogging & Social Media for Writers was held at the Mississauga Central Library. It was the second workshop in the “ Telling My Story ” workshop series conducted by Rise Up! Rise ABOVE ! ( RA!),

Friends of Merril Short Story Contest Now Open

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Calling all speculative short fiction writers! Charlotte Ashley just informed me that The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest is now open for submissions.

Telling My Story: Blogging & Social Media Workshop November 9, 2014 in Mississauga, ON

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Rise Up! Rise ABOVE! is holding its second "Telling My Story" Workshop on November 9th (2014) in the Mississauga Central Library from 2-4pm. The workshop specifically covers blogging and social media as story telling.

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Evolution, Digital Immortality and "Freenet"

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Steve Stanton’s fourth science fiction book Freenet explores humanity in the far future after we have created the “Macpherson Doorway” through folded space-time, and vaulted ourselves with the blink of an eye into a galaxy far far away and 12 million years into the future.

Anonymity: The Syndrome of Communicating More Only to Communicate Less

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Recently, I had a great conversation with good friend David Honigsberg as we sat in a Starbucks in Toronto, chugging back some coffee and watching the world go by.

Embracing Your Future: the EBM.

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Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain —Leonardo daVinci You pause at the front door of the eco-house that you and your partner designed in Vancouver’s Point Grey and pull up the collar of your jacket.

Surfing the Hybrid Wave of Publishing

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photo by Clark Little Bestsellers have been migrating online since Amazon.com opened its virtual doors in 1995. Now ¾ of them are online, e-books and print combined. Two years ago Borders shut its doors.

Orphan Black Clone Dance: Love the Water.

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This wonderfully choreographed scene from the Season 2 finale of Orphan Black, demonstrates some of what is the very best in this scintillating and compelling Canadian science fiction thriller: character.

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A Tardigrade Christmas (a different Christmas story.)

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Blika lived in Mossland with her clone sestras , gathering and sucking the delicious juices of detritus and algae. Never looking up or in much of a hurry, she lumbered from frond to front on eight stubby legs in a gestalt of feasting and being.

Publish Your Book with Toronto Public Library’s EBM

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Rhea Hawke emerges from EBM In 1448 Guttenberg invented the printing press, which shifted the zeitgeist of an entire world. Up to then books were large and heavy and painstakingly hand-copied by monks—sometimes over years.

Literary Fest at Gladstone Hotel May 25th

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Selling books in style in the Melody Bar of the Gladstone On Sunday May 25th the Small Press Literary Festival at the Gladstone Hotel will showcase over 50 vendors of diverse literature ranging from magazines, literary journals, chapbooks and comic books to hand-bound notebooks to write in.