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For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.
Outer space. Other worlds. Time travel. Meaghan McIsaac, James Bow, and Kevin Sylvester explore doors to the future, doomed space colonies, and incinerating suns in their latest science-fiction-themed young adult novels.
Three generations after the crash of the colony ship Icarus, Iapyx is barely hanging on: one of thirteen cities suspended halfway down deep chasms. The sun on the diamond lands above will kill a man in less than five minutes. The ticktock monsters in the fog forest below are a little slower — but quite a bit smarter. However, it all suits Simon Daud just fine. Simon likes the rules, and knows his place — in the shadow of his older brother, Isaac. All he wants is to earn his wings as an ornithopter pilot. But on his final test flight, something goes wrong, and Simon’s world will never be the same.
James Bow is the author of three fantasy novels and several science books for young readers. He works as a consulting writer and editor and writes a weekly column for the Kitchener Post community newspaper. James lives with his wife, author Erin Bow, and their two children in Kitchener, Ontario. Visit him online at www.bowjamesbow.com.
For most people, the future is an unknown. But not to Movers like Pat. Movers are born with a mental connection to their Shadows: strangers living years in the future. Some Movers can even bring their Shadows through time to the present, an action that is strictly prohibited and an offence that results in a terrible punishment. Movers are second-class citizens–closely monitored and despised by society; people blame Movers and their Shadows for the world’s overpopulated cities and strange new weather patterns. But although people in the present are just beginning to feel the pressure of limited resources, people in the future are desperate. War, disease, drought and famine have taken their toll, and the future is not a happy place. When a ruthless Shadow arrives intent on changing the present at any cost, Pat and his little sister are caught in the crossfire. They are in a race against time, and Pat has to turn to some unlikely sources for help. But will it be too late?
Meaghan McIsaac grew up in Canada. A sci-fi/fantasy nerd, she packed up all her movies and books, and shipped off to the UK to complete an MA in writing for children. Meaghan everntually returned to Canada broke and worked at a series of unpaid internships at publishing houses, magazines and gossip rags. Through it all, she was writing stories in the office, on the subway and on her lunch breaks. She is now the proud author of Urgle, Underhand and The Boys of Fire and Ash. Meaghan currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where you can find her writing and taking care of one noisy beagle and a very hungry Lab. The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.
They are coming to get you.
The children of Perses have been receiving this message on repeat, from Earth, for weeks. Christopher, Elena, and the other survivors of the attack on their space colony know two things: their victory over the Landers will be short-lived and a new wave of attacks is imminent.
New Landers arrive sooner than expected. Led by the ruthless Kirk Thatcher, and armed with a new lethal kind of digger, they vow to hunt down and destroy everyone.
Will Christopher be able to successfully lead the group back to Earth? Or will Thatcher make sure no one survives?
Kevin Sylvester is an award-winning writer, illustrator, and broadcaster. His books include MiNRS, MiNRS 2, the Neil Flambé series, Gold Medal for Weird, and Sports Hall of Weird. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.