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Announcing 2015 Guest of Honour Nnedi Okorafor

International award-winning novelist and professor, Nnedi Okorafor will be headlining the 2015 Toronto SpecFic Colloquium. A novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism . . . The New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning”.

Aurora Award

Winner of the 2011 Aurora Award

We are pleased to announce that Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi won  the 2011 Aurora Award for their work on the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium. We have been nominated once again for a 2012 Aurora Award — you can vote for us here!

Tony Burgess

Praise for the Colloquium

“What a terrific event for both the connoisseur of specfic and those seeking initiation. …The Toronto Specfic Colloquium is the arrival party for genre fiction in a country with a deep talent pool.”

-Tony Burgess, author of Pontypool Changes Everything

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Our Mandate 

The Toronto SpecFic Colloquium is hosted by the Chiaroscuro Reading Series and sponsored by Toronto-based press, ChiZine Publications.

Emerging from early magic realism, mythology and fable, from the work of science fiction authors who cut their teeth during the 1950’s golden age of pulp science fiction, and from the disturbing literary forays of horror writers inspired by Shelley, Poe, and Stoker, Canadian speculative fiction has begun to move in strange and provocative new directions, becoming something altogether different from its American counterpart and wholly itself.

We believe that Canadian authors may well prove to be the kind of rejuvenating force necessary to revitalize the “pulp” genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror writing.  As Canadian publications including Neo-OpsisOnSpecIdeomancerChallenging Destiny, the long-running Tesseracts collections, and our own ChiZine Publications become increasingly prominent markets for speculative fiction, we want to establish a dialogue between senior and junior authors, between authors and editors, and between authors and readers in order to encourage the growth of this important literary domain.