Far-Seer by Canadian author Robert J. Sawyer, a recipient of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, is the 1st novel in his Quintaglio Ascension trilogy of xenoanthropological science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself, in part to celebrate his receiving membership in the Order of Canada, one of our highest national honours.
This was originally published in 1992 by Ace Books and was the 1992 winner of the HOMer Award for Best Novel (this was apparently a Readers’ Choice prize given out by members of the old CompuServe service) as well as a nominee for the Aurora Awards. The included bonus short story did actually win both an Aurora and a HOMer. The trilogy is set on a planet of intelligent dinosaurs, who are about to make the leap from medieval-ish to modern times. This novel covers the beginnings of their age of scientific enlightenment, as their version of Galileo makes a startling discovery about their world, which is met by hostile resistance.
The Quintaglio Ascension trilogy is one of my personal favourite science fiction settings, and this novel is a great introduction to Sawyer’s award-winning work, as well as an interesting and enjoyable story in its own right.
Offered worldwide through the end of 2016, available at Kobo.
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In Memoriam by Canadian author ‘Nathan Burgoine, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, is his m/m paranormal romance novella, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
This is a second chance romance short with paranormal fantasy elements, starring a terminally ill man who appears to be slipping through time and memory to revive a missed opportunity with a lost love.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.
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Town & Train by Canadian author James K. Moran is his standalone supernatural horror novel, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
The story is set in a small town in Ontario, where an amnesiac teen and a recently-transferred Toronto cop must figure out the strange and terrible secrets behind the mysterious train which stole his memory.
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Gardens of the Moon by Canadian author Steven Erikson is the 1st novel in his popular Malazan: Book of the Fallen series of epic fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This series is set in a high fantasy world where the last of the remaining Free Cities holds out against the encroaching dysfunctional Malazan Empire. This installment pits the plucky survivors of a recent battle against the plans of a tyrannical Empress, and unbeknownst to them all are the varied forces gathering to take the stage against both players.
Offered DRM-free until September 7th, available in Canada & the US directly from the publisher, as their eBook of the Month Club selection.
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