The Marrow Thieves

In Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves, the cautioned consequences of climate change have arrived.  The Northern Ice has melted shifting coastlines inward, storms have become more powerful than ever causing numerous fossil fuel disasters and populations have begun to cluster in larger areas leaving small towns and communities behind. Many people have lost the ability…

Forgiveness

In Forgiveness, Mark Sakamoto tells the story of his maternal grandfather, Ralph MacLean, who had spent a number of years clinging to life as a POW in a Japanese prison camp during the second World War and his paternal grandmother, Mitsue Sakamoto, who had been forced from her home and province following the bombing of…

The Boat People

When a cargo ship carrying several hundred Sri Lankan refugees arrives off the coast of Vancouver, those aboard hope for a new beginning in Canada.  The problem?  You just can’t walk into the country (or sail in for that matter).  There’s a long, drawn out process in claiming refugee status and it doesn’t always work…

American War

The United States of fifty years from now is a vastly different place – physically, not just politically.  Climate change has ravaged the country with coastal cities becoming lost to the sea.  They even packed up and moved the capital inland from Washington, D.C. to Columbus, Ohio. A train derailment and subsequent oil spill have…

Fifteen Dogs

One night in Toronto, Greek Gods Hermes and Apollo are having drinks at a pub. Apollo wagers a years servitude that any animal, any animal of Hermes choosing, would become more miserable if gifted human intelligence. After some discussion, the pair choose a group of dogs at a local veterinary clinic as the subjects for…

Nostalgia

Nostalgia takes place in a future where mankind has seemingly discovered immortality.  As humans live longer and longer, they take on more and more mental baggage.  Rather than live for decades with painful memories, humans have parts of their minds erased and replaced with fictional, more pleasant histories.  Doctor Frank Sina specializes in Leaked Memory…