Susan Forest

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Calgary, Canada

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Susan Forest

Three-time Prix Aurora Award finalist, Susan Forest is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and a freelance fiction editor. Her stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tesseracts, AE Science Fiction Review, OnSPEC Magazine, and The Urban Green Man, among others. Her collection of short fiction, Immunity to Strange Tales, was published by Five Rivers Press. Susan acted as judge for the Endeavour Award, and the Robin Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, and she contributes to Calgary’s annual literary festival, When Words Collide. Susan is also Secretary for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She teaches creative writing at the Alexandra Centre, and has appeared at numerous local and international writing conventions.

Bibliography

Collection: Immunity to Strange Tales, Five Rivers Publishing, 2012: 52,000 words

Short Stories:

"The Gift," Urban Green Man (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Calgary, Alberta) 2013: 1250 words

"Digging Deeper," Blood and Water (Bundoran Press, Prince George, B.C.), August, 2012: 4200 words

"Rent in Space," Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Dell Publications, New York, USA) September, 2012: 10,000 words

"7:54," ONSpec (Copper Pig Society, Edmonton, Alberta) Summer, 2012: 4750 words

"To Go Home to Leal," Beneath Ceaseless Skies (Firkin Press, Virginia, USA) May, 2012: 6300 words

"The Most Invasive Species," Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Dell Publications, New York, USA) April, 2012: 10,200 words

"Turning it Off," Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Dell Publications, New York, USA)  2011: 4750 words

"Lucy," winner of The Galaxy Project (Rosetta Books, USA) 2011: 20,000 words

"Orange," AE – SF Review (Ontario, Canada) 2010; reprint, Drabblecast (Maryland, USA) 2011: 2500 words

"The Director's Cut," Tesseracts Fourteen (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Calgary, Alberta)  2010: 4250 words

"The Right Chemistry," ONSpec (Copper Pig Society, Edmonton, Alberta) 2010: 1700 words

"Back," Analog Science Fiction and Fact (Dell Publications, New York, USA)  2008: 5200 words

"Tomorrow and Tomorrow," Tesseracts Eleven (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Calgary, Alberta)  2007: 4000 words

"Paid in Full," Asimov's Science Fiction (Dell Publications, New York, USA)  2007: 3500 words

"Angel of Death," Tesseracts Ten (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Calgary, Alberta) 2006: 4750 words

"Immunity," In Places Between (Imaginative Fiction Writers' Association, Calgary, Alberta) 2005; reprint, Asimov's Science Fiction (Dell Publications, New York, USA) 2006: 4900 words

"Playing Games," ONSpec (Copper Pig Society, Edmonton, Alberta) 2005: 1625 words

 

Novels: The Dragon Prince, Gage Educational Publishers, 1990: 47,000 words

Awards and Memberships

Professional Memberships:

  • Science Fiction Writers of America
  • SF Canada
  • CAFE (Calgary Association of Freelance Editors)
  • Shadow Ascension Workshop
  • Imaginative Fiction Writers' Association
  • Kensington Writers' Group

Awards

  • Prix Aurora Award, 2013, Finalist
  • Prix Aurora Award, 2012, Finalist
  • Galaxy Project, 2011, Winner (jury: Robert Silverberg, David Drake, Barry Malzberg)
  • StorySouth Million Writers Award, 2010, Notable Online Story
  • Prix Aurora Award, 2008, Finalist
  • Robin Herrington Short Story Contest, 2005, Second Place
  • Children's Choice Book Award, 1990, Winner

Related Experience

  • Speaker: School Programs
    • Montgomery Junior High School
    • Kingsland Elementary School
    • Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School
    • Vista Heights Elementary School
  • Calgary Young Writers' Conference: guest author (student category) annually since 1990
  • Artist in Residence:
    • William Reid Elementary School, January – May, 2013
    • Chaparral Elementary School, April, 2012
    • Chaparral Elementary School, December, 2011
  • Adult Education
    • Alexandra Writers' Centre: Year Long course (20 weeks)
      • "A Novel Approach" 2012 – 2013
    • Alexandra Writers' Center: 10 Week courses:
      • “A Novel Idea” 2014 (twice)
      • “Speculative Fiction” 2014
      •  “Science Fiction” 2012
    • Alexandra Writers' Centre: Weekend Intensive course:
      • "Show, Don't Tell" 2012, 2013, 2014
    • Alexandra Writers' Centre: One Day courses:
      •  “Scene Construction” 2015
      • “Crafting Magical Worlds” 2015
      • "Back Story Secrets” 2013, 2015 (twice)
      • "Writing for the Horror Market" 2012
    • World Science Fiction Convention:
      • Chicago, August, 2012: professional (critiquing new writers)
      • Reno, August, 2011: professional (critiquing new writers)

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