Clockwork Canada Pre-Orders

We’re already one month into 2016, and Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction is getting closer and closer to publication (May 1st!). The book is near and dear to my heart, a passion project, really. I love Canadian history, I love steampunk, and I wanted to give Canadian authors a chance to write about Canada and engage critically with steampunk as a whole, and they did that wonderfully.

And now it’s possible to pre-order Clockwork Canada!


Directly from Exile Editions:
And here is the Goodreads page:


Just look at that list of contributors:

  • Colleen Anderson
  • Charlotte Ashley
  • Chantal Boudreau
  • Terri Favro
  • Kate Heartfield
  • Claire Humphrey
  • Karin Lowachee
  • Rati Mehrotra
  • Brent Nichols
  • Tony Pi
  • Rhea Rose
  • Holly Schofield
  • Kate Story
  • Harold R. Thompson
  • Michal Wojcik

I’m also very pleased to have received wonderful blurbs from two people I greatly admire, Ann VanderMeer and Helen Marshall:

“Steampunk with a Canadian accent – in Clockwork Canada Dominik Parisien has given us a wonderful new way to look at not just Steampunk but also some of the best new Canadian fiction being written.  Full of adventure, surprise, unusual inventions and, of course, steam, this anthology will make you remember why you fell in love with Steampunk in the first place.”— Ann VanderMeer, Hugo, World Fantasy, and British Fantasy award winning editor

“This is Canadian fiction like you’ve never seen it before: a buzzing, crackling, supercharged assemblage of thrills and derring-do, secret histories, incredible machines and fantastical creatures. Prepare yourself for a wild ride through a landscape that’s somehow recognizable and utterly, gloriously strange.” — Helen Marshall, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Gifts For The One Who Comes After



Project Updates

Readings are moving along nicely for Clockwork Canada. I’m developing a good list of shortlisted works, but keep those stories coming. The deadline is the end of this month. I’ve responded to all submissions up to March 21st with either a rejection, a rewrite request, or a hold. If you submitted before that and haven’t heard back from me, please query.

Some of the projects I’ve worked on with the VanderMeers have recently had their table of contents posted online. They’re really fantastic books, with exciting lists of contributors.

The first is Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, coming out in May from PM Press. It’s a really exciting retrospective from the 1970s onward, with contributions by Eleanor Arnason, Kelly Barnhill, Octavia Butler, Leonora Carrington, Angela Carter, L. Timmel Duchamp, Carol Emshwiller, Kelley Eskridge, Angelica Gorodischer, Hiromi Goto, Eileen Gunn, Nalo Hopkinson, Leena Krohn, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, Rose Lemberg, Pat Murphy, Nnedi Okorafor, Susan Palwick, Kit Reed, Anne Richter, Joanna Russ, Pamela Sargent, Vandana Singh, Rachel Swirsky, Karin Tidbeck (one of my favourite new writers of short fiction), James Tiptree Jr., Catherynne M. Valente, and Elisabeth Vonarburg.

The second is a anthology of original fiction by some of today’s best fantasists, The Bestiary. The book is a modern bestiary of made-up fantastical creatures organized from A to Z, with an ampersand and an invisible letter. Contributors are Karin Lowachee, Gio Clairval, Corey Redekop, Karen Lord, Dexter Palmer, Dean Francis Alfar, Michael Cisco, Brian Conn, Stephen Graham Jones, Brian Evenson, Joseph Nigg, Karen Heuler, Rochita Loenin-Riuz, Felix Gilman, Reza Negarestani, Catherynne M. Valente, Karin Tidbeck, Michal Ajvaz, L.L. Hannett, Micaela Morrissette, Cat Rambo, Eric Schaller, Rikki Ducornet, Amal El-Mohtar, Rhys Hughes, Vandana Singh, Richard Howard, and China Mieville. There are also gorgeous interior illustrations by Ivica Stevanovic. The anthology is a signed, limited edition book from Centipede Press.

I’m working on new anthologies, but more details on those later.

I’ve also had work published recently. My story “Spider Moves the World” was published in issue 6 of Lackington’s, and is now available free online. The story is illustrated by one of my favourite artists, Galen Dara. I’m incredibly pleased with Galen’s illustration for “Spider”. The issue also includes great work by Steven Earnshaw, David K. Yeh, Rhonda Eikamp, L.S. Johnson, and Michael Cisco, as well as illustrations by Tomasz Wieja, Cherry Valance, Carrion House, Likhain, Gregory St. John, and Kat Weaver.

Lastly, my poem “A Portrait of the Monster as an Artist”, written for Helen Marshall, was published in Mythic Delirium 1.4. The poem is available now to subscribers and will be free online in June. This month’s free stories and poems are by C.S. MacCath, Wendy Rathbone, and Jane Yolen, with more work available in the next few months by Jessy Randall, Jane Yolen again, Adam Howe, and Natalia Theodoridou.

Some Clockwork Canada Inspiration

Here is some inspiration for those interested in submitting to Clockwork Canada (or anyone simply interested in Steampunk).

Some free online stories:

Cory Doctorow – Clockwork Fagin (a Canadian steampunk story)

Samantha Henderson – Beside Calais 

Shweta Narayan – Eyes of Carven Emerald 

Amal El-Mohtar – To Follow the Waves (audio)

N.K. Jemisin – The Effluent Engine

Genevieve Valentine – Terrain


Steampunk Scholar (Mike Perschon)

Silver Goggles (Jaymee Goh)

Steampunk Canada

The Steampunk Bible


Abney Park (playlist)

Clockwork Canada Guidelines

I will be editing a new anthology, Clockwork Canada, for Exile Editions. I am interested in stories from 2,000 to 8,000 words. I pay 5 cents/word (CAD). Stories must be set in Canada and written by Canadian authors. Canadians living abroad must indicate their status in their cover letter. Please indicate if you consider yourself any of the following in the cover letter: Aboriginal writer, culturally diverse writer, Francophone writer, new generation writer (definitions below). You are welcome to indicate your gender and if you self-identify as LGBTQIA (otherwise called QUILTBAG).

The full guidelines can be found on the Clockwork Canada page. I will periodically be posting links to Steampunk resources and recommended stories here on my blog, including updates on the anthology.

Is This Thing On? Trent Radio

Here it is, my first post.

I was recently interviewed on Trent Radio’s Speculating Canada by my friend, the wonderful Derek Newman-Stille, an Aurora-winning blogger and radio host. Derek gently chastised me before and after the interview for not having a website – not the first to do so. I’ve finally caved in. Congratulations, Derek. Or, rather, thanks? Yeah, thanks.

The Speculating Canada website is a great online resource for thoughtful, and accessible, discussions of Canadian speculative fiction. It’s been running for a few years and Derek received the 2013 Aurora award for Best Fan Publication. The radio show is an extension of that, where Derek interviews Canadian authors (last week was Craig Davidson and before that was Gemma Files). I’ve been following Derek’s blog almost since its inception, and I tune in regularly for the radio show. Obviously, it was with tremendous pleasure that I accepted the invitation for the interview.

The interview itself runs about an hour. In it we discuss poetry, my editing, aging, disability, the human body, and several other things. I was a little awkward at first, but Derek quickly put me at ease.