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Nineteen short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best science-fiction and fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans and some of them new to the craft for the first time.


Edited by Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Kenneth Tam, Scott Bartlett, Jay Paulin, Alison House, & many more!

Sci-Fi from the Rock

  • “At a time like this with things looking so grim financially for our province, it was comforting to read so many amazing stories and to see the level of creativity and storytelling we have right here at home.”
    Jeff, GoodReads reviewer
    April 17,2016

    “Melanie Collins was the last [story I] read and I wasn’t disappointed. Melanie Collins has a wonderful way with words. Reading the stories makes me want to write again.”
    Jeremy Bulloch
    Boba Fett

    “Darren Hann can really write and he has an active imagination… he is inclined to include everything but the kitchen sink. I will definitely watch out for his prose in the future.”
    John Robert Colombo
    Colombo & Company

    “A wonderful testing ground for new authors. Not only do we get to see what stories work, but readers get an easily accessible venue to see what authors they enjoy following and might enjoy following in the future. The work of all three authors was fantastical and imaginative, each in their own special way.”
    Matthew LeDrew
    author of Black Womb and Infinity

    “Each story has its own merits, but Hann’s interested me the most… This tale envisions a twisted sense of Canadiana that I found refreshing.”
    David Reynolds,
    author of Superheroes: Popular Culture’s Modern Myths

    “[Scott] Bartlett’s writing has an effortless originality.”
    The Telegram

    “Kenneth Tam is able to take 150 characters and give us what we need. We get exciting battles, characters we care about, and we worry when the odds get to great. We feel for the RNR and the mysterious girls.”
    42 Webs

    “Such a pleasure…[Scott] Bartlett has been meticulous.”
    Downhome Magazine

    “[Speaking on Super Galactic Space Explorers] My favorite IWC publication: Fun, punchy dialogue; great gags; Easter egg references; a swiftly moving plot… just fantastic.”
    Peter Chiykowski
    Rock, Paper, Cynic

  • Ellen Curtis was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her aptitude for the written word began at a young age, when she began filling paper with stories and other scribbles. Those scribbles eventually began to make more sense, and in 2008 she published her first collection of short stories. Since then, she has gone on to co-author the Infinity series with Matthew LeDrew, among her other literary endeavors.

    Ellen earned her Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2015, and was under the illusion that completing her studies would mean she would have more free time. In reality, it simply means she does more reading, albeit for work. When she actually does find a spare moment, she enjoys spending time near the ocean nursing an espresso and daydreaming about the day she can fill her home with the happy bleating of Pygmy goats.


    Erin Vance is an editor and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program.

    Erin won the Arts and Letters competition when she was just 14 years old in 2007 with her short story, “Something White.” She is featured in the Nelson Literacy 7 Homegrown (Newfoundland Edition) with her poem “Rough Draft.”

    Erin wrote her Honors thesis paper, Song of the Mockingjay on exploring the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. She is creative, spiritual, and loves reading, writing, and anything to do with words.

    Erin is the co-editor of the From the Rock anthology series, which highlights Newfoundland talent in genre writing.

    Erin is the editor-in-chief for Engen Books.

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