A Uniquely Canadian Take on Genre Fiction

Well, it is once again Canada Day, the 2nd most important day of the week (my birthday, of course, being the 1st most important). Actually, I was supposed to be born on Canada Day, but since that would have been too much awesome for any one day to contain, I chose to make a graceful early entrance into the world. Besides, I'm a bit of an introvert, and a parade in my honor just seemed a bit much.

Anyway, in honour of our nation's birthday, I thought I'd take a few moments to celebrate my top 10 authors who put a uniquely Canadian spin on the SF/Fantasy/Horror genres.

🍁 Kristi Charish - begin with Owl and the Japanese Circus (Adventures of Owl #1) and indulge your inner Indiana Jane
🍁 Nick Cutter - you could begin with The Troop, but I'd skip right to The Deep and enjoy something truly terrifying
🍁 Julie E. Czerneda - begin with Reap the Wild Wind (Stratification #1) if your tastes run more to SF, or A Turn of Light (Night's Edge #1) if they run to fantasy


🍁 Steven Erikson - begin with Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) and enjoy a truly massive fantasy epic where you won't have to wait 6 years for the next book
🍁 Michael R. Fletcher - begin with Beyond Redemption and prepare to enjoy the madness
🍁 Tanya Huff - begin with Blood Price (Blood Ties #1) if you're in the mood for horror, or Valor's Choice (Confederation #1) if SF is more your taste


🍁 Guy Gavriel Kay - begin with The Summer Tree (The Fionavar Tapestry #1) for a taste of classic fantasy, or Under Heaven for something wonderfully epic
🍁 J. Kent Messum - begin with Bait and . . . well, take the bait of this chilling tale
🍁 Fiona Patton - begin with The Stone Prince (Branion #1) and prepare yourself for a different side of fantasy
🍁 Michael Slade - begin with Headhunter (Special X, #1) and forget everything you know about polite Canadians or friendly Due South mounties


Get reading, eh?


  1. No parade in your honor? Jheez. :D have a fabulous birthday, and I need to check out some more of these authors because the ones I have read I've enjoyed

  2. Happy birthday Canada, and happy belated birthday Bob!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  3. Happy Birthday again and happy Canada Day too! I wish I lived in Canada!


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