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The ChiSeries is pleased to invite James Alan Gardner, Rio Youers, Ursula Pflug and Kari Maaren on the ukulele!
James Alan Gardner is a two-time Aurora award winner, a two-time
Nebula and Hugo finalist, and a one-time winner of the Asimov's Readers' Choice award. He has published numerous SF&F novels and short stories hither, thither, and yon. Although he has his M.Math in Applied Math, he has recently consummated a love of rocks and is pursuing a B.Sc. in geology...while also continuing to write, teach kung fu, and work at training his rabbit not to chew the window sills (don't ask).
Rio Youers has drawn praise from some of the most noteworthy names in the speculative fiction genre. He is the author of two novellas, Mama Fish (Shroud Publishing) and Old Man Scratch (PS Publishing)
—the latter earning him a British Fantasy Award nomination in 2010. His short fiction has been published by, among others, Cemetery Dance, IDW Publishing, and Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy.
Rio’s debut novel, End Times, was released by PS Publishing in 2010. His first short story collection, Dark Dreams, Pale Horses, followed in autumn 2011, and his new novel, Westlake Soul (ChiZine Publications), is scheduled for release in the spring of 2012.
Rio lives in Southwestern Ontario with his wife, Emily, and their daughter, Lily Maye.
Ursula Pflug is author of the novel Green Music and the story collection After the Fires. As well as the Aurora and Sunburst, she has been nominated or shortlisted for the 3 Day Novel contest, the Pushcart Prize, the Descant Novella contest, the MK Hunter, and other awards. Her non fiction, plays and award winning short fiction have been funded by The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, and The Laidlaw Foundation. She has sold a new story collection Harvesting the Moon, to PS Publishing in the UK. Like After the Fires, it will be a selection from dozens of stories published internationally in both mainstream and genre publications, including Strange Horizons, LCRW, Now Magazine, Quarry, Bamboo Ridge, The Antigonish Review, Postscripts and Fantasy. Formerly an art reviewer for NOW Magazine, she has in the last few years published dozens of book reviews in Canada and the US, mainly because she likes to help promote her fellow Canadians. She has also worked extensively in multi-disciplinary arts, collaborating with actors, dancers, film-makers and installation artists. Currently she edits short fiction for The Link, Peterborough and Northumberland Counties’ premiere lifestyle magazine, teaches creative writing at Loyalist College, and organizes a reading series in Norwood, Ontario, which is supported by The National Public Readings Program of the Writer’s Union of Canada.
Kari Maaren uses her ukulele and her innocent demeanor to lure love songs into her clutches. Then she kills them, drains their blood, and sets their desiccated corpses on fire with the power of her disdain. She also teaches undergraduates about poetry.