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Since 1990, The Word On The Street has proudly hosted some of the finest talent in Canadian literature. Our 27th festival is shaping up to be one of our best yet. Check out all of the authors, performers, and storytellers below!
Madeline Ashby grew up in a household populated by science fiction fans. After meeting Ursula K. Le Guin in the basement of the Elliott Bay Book Company, she decided to start writing science fiction stories. While immigrating to Canada from the United States in 2006 , she joined the Cecil Street Irregulars–a genre writers’ workshop founded by Judith Merril. Since then she has been published in Tesseracts, Flurb, Nature, and Escape Pod. She has a masters degree in Manga and Anime and writes on such matters for io9, Tor.com, and Boing Boing. She works as a strategic foresight consultant in Toronto, and is also a regular columnist for the Ottawa Citizen.
New Arcadia is a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Maritimes owned by the wealthy, powerful Lynch family.
Hwa is of the few people on the rig to forgo bio-engineered enhancements–she’s the last truly organic person and, as such, an outsider. Still, her record as a fighter extraordinaire means her services are in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against death threats seemingly coming from another timeline?
Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders occurs. All signs point to a nearly invisible killer, but the murders seem to lead right to Hwa. Company Town has never been the safest place–but now, the danger is personal.