August 10, 2017 - Canadian science fiction writer H. A. Hargreaves died on July 27, 2017. Professor Robert Runté has a write up about him at: http://sfeditorca.blogspot.ca/2017/08/h-hargreaves-ph-1928-2017.html
July 18, 2017 - More SF related videos.
Clips of TV and movie characters saying the elements of the Periodic Chart. This goes along with the regular Neo-opsis column “A Walk Through the Periodic Chart.”
“What’s Going to Happen in the Future?: Part 4. Can We Stop Genetically Modified Organism’s?”
“A Problem With Neural Implants”
"What's Going to Happen in the Future? Part 1: The Decline of Future Shock."
"What's Going to Happen in the Future? Part 2: The Great Fizzle Before the Singularity."
October 3, 2016 - C J Jackman Zigante posted a video of closing comments from the Guests of Honour at VCon 41. https://www.facebook.com/VCON.canada/videos/1449886128361164/
Sept 30, 2016 - A video of the VCon 41 Opening Ceremonies.
September 20, 2016 - Stephanie and Karl will be participating on several panels and other events at VCon 41 (www.vcon.ca), September 30 – October 2, 2016. Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 104th Ave, Surrey, BC, Canada
Nonverbal Communications. Friday September 30, noon. “Do we include the nonverbal language of aliens and humans in our writing, shows, movies, and games? "Power poses... fake it until you become it." Panelists discuss the value of nonverbal language in storytelling.” With Stephanie Johanson, Aviva Bel'Harold, Karl Johanson, and Claire McCague
Are Games Art? Friday September 30, 3:00 PM “Roger Ebert set off an internet storm when he suggested that, unlike movies, video games were not art, and never would be. Are video games art? If not, will they ever be?” With Eric Chu, Joe Fulgham, Karl Johanson, Stephanie Johanson, Carlos Lozano, Isaiah Sweigard, and Lynda Williams.
How Did That Get on my Cover. Friday September 30, 4:00 PM. “The Author, Editor and Art Director GoHs discuss how cover art is chosen, what the artists are told, and which parts of the book are used for inspiration (if any).” With Rose Wilson, Karl Johanson, Stephanie Johanson, and Robert J. Sawyer.
Opening Ceremonies. Friday Sept 30, 5:00 PM. Welcome! Come be introduced to all our Guests of Honor and learn a little bit about what the rest of the convention has in store for everyone.
Minions. Friday September 30, 8:00 PM “Why follow the villain? Good wages? Benefits? Early retirement? A quick death? Panelists talk about the advantages and disadvantages of being a minion, and how important minions are to a villain and a storyline. Are minions just puppets, background, or is their role actually important to the plot?” With Rick Sutcliffe, BJ Allen, Stephanie Johanson, Randy McCharles, and Donna McMahon.
Neo-opsis Panel. Saturday October 1, 1:00 PM. “Join Stephanie and Karl Johanson as they discuss how they started, grew and developed their science fiction publication "Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine", from its first printing on October 10, 2003, to the issues out in 2016 and everything in between.” With Karl Johanson and Stephanie Johanson.
Justify the Science Flaw. Saturday October 1, 2:00 PM “The panelists and audience note science or technical flaws from stories, film and games, and the panelists try to get others to accept their plausible-sounding justifications for the flaws.” With Karl Johanson, BJ Allan, Joe Fulgham, Jaymie Matthews, Judy McCrosky, Robert J. Sawyer, Lynda Williams.
Blue Pencil Café. Saturday October 1, 2:30 PM. “The is an opportunity for you to have your work reviewed by a professional writer.”
New Era Publishing. Saturday October 1, 4:00 PM. “How does a new era publisher make money, engage readers, and reward creatives? How is 'new era publishing' defined? This session will invite attendees to gather into groups to share and imagine new era publishing ideas.” With Lynda Williams, Brian Hades, Karl Johanson, Ellen Michelle, and Rick Sutcliffe.
How to Start Your Own Pro Fiction Zine. Saturday October 1, 7:00 PM. “You like to read SF&F fiction magazines. Ever wonder what it would be like to publish your own paying market fiction zine? Want to learn how to start one up? Come discover what's involved!” With R. Graeme Cameron, Karl Johanson, Stephanie Johanson, and Isaiah Sweigard.
The Art of Finishing. Sunday October 2, 10:00 AM. “One of the biggest challenges as a creator is taking something out of the sexy early development stages and into being a finished product. Members of this panel will share their experience, tools, and advice on getting things done.” With Devon Boorman, Katrina Archer, Brenda Carre, Karl Johanson, Stephanie Johanson, and Isiah Sweigard.
Closing Ceremonies. Sunday October 2, 5:00 PM. “Come and join us to say goodbye to VCON for another year! We hope you all had fun!” With Spider Robinson, Jamie Anderson, R. Graeme Cameron, Eric Chu, Stan Hyde, Karl Johanson, Stephanie Johanson, and Robert J. Sawyer.
May 21, 2016 - On June 8 – 11, 2016 Scrumpy Theatre, at Paul Philips Hall 1923 Fernwood Road, Victoria BC Canada, is presenting a new play “The Hidden City,” adaption by Julian Cervello. The play is based on Stanley K. Freiberg’s book “The Hidden City, A Poem of Peru.” Neo-opsis art director, Stephanie Ann Johanson, with the assistance of Karen E. Lightbody, illustrated “The Hidden City, A Poem of Peru” book back in 1988. The play’s website is: scrumpyproductions.com, and tickets may be purchase from: the-hidden-city-a-play-of-peru-tickets.
-Saturday May 21. 11:00 AM. “What is a Magazine Editor Looking For?”
-Saturday May 21. 2:00 PM. Up-To-Date in Science. A Discussion on What is New!”
-Saturday 3:00 PM. Editor Guest of Honour Blue Pencil Session 1.
-Saturday 3:00 PM. Editor Guest of Honour Blue Pencil Session 2.
April 6, 2016 - Karl’s new video “The Worst Star Trek Villain: Part Two” is available on YouTube. This video series examines various adversaries in the original Star Trek series and compares them to Khan (from the episode "Space Seed," and the movie Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan") who is claimed in the movie Star Trek: Ascent into Darkness to be "the most formidable adversary the Enterprise ever faced." This second video compares Khan to the adversaries in the second pilot episode, "Where No Man has Gone Before."
April 1, 2016 - All copies of issue 26 have been sent out to subscriber, contributors, reviewers and to our distributor Magazines Canada. Editor Karl Johanson is reviewing some of the stories Assistant editor Stephanie Johanson has passed on to him.
Mar 30, 2016 - Issue 26 is back from the printers. We’re printing and sorting envelopes and getting them mailed to subscribers, contributors, reviewers, and to our distributor Magazines Canada who will get copies to fine bookstores across Canada. Here’s a look at the cover, “First jump,” by Ron Sanders who also did the cover for issue 22. Click here to buy your copy of issue 26!
A write up about the contents of the issue is at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Twenty-Six.htm
Mar 12, 2016 - Writer Nina Munteanu (whose story “Virtually Yours” appears in issue 3 of Neo-opsis) has an article on her blog about “Ecology, Women and Science Fiction.” The article includes interviews with Neo-opsis assistant editor / art director Stephanie Johanson, as well as On Spec editor Diane Walton, and writers Lynda Williams and Sara Kades. The article is available at: http://csmaccath.com/
Mar10, 2016 - Issue 26 is at the printers! We should be able to send out copies soon.
Feb 25, 2016 - Karl Johanson has been invited to be the editor guest of honour for KeyCon 33, May 20, 22, Winnipeg, MN. www.keycon.org
Feb 22, 2016 - We would like to thank all of the people who submitted stories and poems to Neo-opsis during our submission period, Jan 15, to Feb 15, 2016. We received 287 submissions. Editor Karl Johanson at this time is still working on the final selection.
Feb 22, 2016 - The Aurora Awards committee has asked us to pass this information along:
Welcome to the 2016 Aurora Awards season!
First of all - ELIGIBILITY ...
the lists can be found here <http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awa…/eligibility-lists/>.
Please check through them and, where you think something has been missed, add it.
PLEASE NOTE: We have a new category this year - The Dramatic Presentation Aurora <http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/…/elig…/dramatic-presentation/>
The definition for it is here <http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/award-categories/>.
On a different topic …Nominations for the Auroras opened January 1, 2016. They'll close March 19th, 2016 (11:59:59 EDT). So get nominating!
Finally ... Nominations are open for the CSFFA Hall of Fame (also since Jan 1, 2016 and will close July 1st 2016. The Hall of Fame's website page has been updated and the list of all the current nominees is there. If you see that a very important Canadian who has contributed to our genre (and that includes so-called "fringe" areas like horror, gaming, costuming etc.), PLEASE nominate.
Feb 21, 2016 - A new gaming convention Lantasy will have its first event March 12 – 13, 2016, at Pearkes Arena Victoria BC. https://www.lantasy.com/
Feb 18, 2016 - VCon has invited Karl Johanson to be the Editor Guest of Honour for the 41st VCon, September 30, to October 2, 2016. www.vcon.ca. VCon will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, in Surrey (Vancouver), BC, Canada.
Feb 17, 2016 - Some Videos from Tsukino Con.
Jan 22, 2016 - Editor Karl Johanson will be one of the guest speakers at Tsukino Con 2016. Tsukino Con will be held February 12, 14, at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada. Karl’s panels will be:
Selling Your Creative Works: Room ECS108. Friday at 20:00. Gets some pointers on selling art, writing and other creative works, from a person who buys works as an editor and who sells works as a freelancer.
So You Want to be an Animator: Room ECS125 Saturday at 15:00. Learn some techniques of animation from a hobby animator.
Unintended Consequences: Room ECS108 Saturday at 17:00. “Unintended Consequences: Sometimes scientific, technological or social changes have unintended consequences. Science fiction sometimes predicts or recognizes such unintended consequences. Here’s an opportunity to hear some thoughts on the topic by a science fiction magazine writer / editor.
Jan 19, 2016 - Work is proceeding on issue 26 of neo-opsis. Most of the articles are complete, and we’ve purchased a cover from Ron Sanders, and we’re deciding on which fiction and poetry to include.
Jan 18, 2016 - Editor Karl Johanson’s short story “The Airlock Scene” will appear in the first issue of Polar Boreal, edited by Richard Graeme Cameron. The title references a science fiction fan joke, that when an SF author asks what you think of their story that you haven’t actually read, you should answer, “I liked the airlock scene.” http://www.obirmagazine.ca/polar-boreal-magazine/
Jan 13, 2016 - OBIR Magazine has included a review of issue 25 of Neo-opsis: http://www.obirmagazine.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/OBIR-Magazine-4-Jan-2016.pdf OBIR Magazine describes itself as: “The Occasional Biased & Ignorant Review Magazine of Canadian Speculative Fiction Dedicated to Promoting the Absurd Personal Literary Taste of R. Graeme Cameron.”
Oct 25, 2015 - Ifcon, which was to be held in Victoria Oct 31 & Nov 1, has announced that they have had to cancel the event.
Oct 22, 2015 - The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association presented author Dave Duncan with a Lifetime Achievement Award, on October 4, 2015, at the convention VCon 40 in Vancouver BC.
A video of him receiving the award is available at: Dave Duncan's excellent short story "The Son of Abish" is available in issue 22 of Neo-opsis. Copies of this issue are still available. http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Twenty-Two
Dave Duncan has published more than 50 fantasy and science fiction
novels. Dave's excellent short story "The Son
of Abish" is available in issue 22 of Neo-opsis.
Copies of this issue are still available. http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Twenty-Two
Information on the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association , which also runs the Aurora Awards, is available at: www.prixaurorawards.ca.
Sept 19, 2015 - Stephanie and Karl will be guest speakers at VCon 40 in Vancouver BC (Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC). Below are their schedules.
-How Did That Get On My Book Cover: Artists, writers, and publishers discuss the choosing of the artist and the concept of a book or magazine cover.
Saturday Oct 3, 1:00PM. With Stephanie Ann Johanson, Rose Wilson, Randy McCharles, Tod McCoy, and Rick Sternbach,
-Good Villains: Why Do We Love Bad Guys: Darth Vader. The Master. Spike. Loki. They're evil, but they're so appealing. Is it just because they get all the good lines? Is it because they tell it like it is? Is it their keen fashion sense? Is it the feeling that, if they just found the right person, they could change? What makes bad guys so good?
Sunday Oct 4, 10:00 AM. With Stephanie Ann Johanson, Randy McCharles, and Kevin Harkness.
-Keeping Your Timelines Straight: There are many different types of time travel fiction, and many different mechanisms for time travel. The pitfalls of paradox are one of the many challenges of writing time travel fiction, and developing rules of travel. The best stories have set rules that are explained and adhered to. This panel will explore some of the different approaches to keeping the timeline straight, and the types of paradoxes one might encounter when hopping through time.
Saturday Oct 3, 4:00 PM. With Stephanie Ann Johanson, Catherine Girczyc, and Lynda William.
-What Makes Science Mad: What tips you over the edge, from scientist to mad scientist? Is it the laugh? The lightning? The hunchback?
Sunday, Oct 4, 12:00 noon. With Stephanie Ann Johanson, BJ Allan, Greg Bole, Don DeBrandt, Dara Korra’ti, and Claire mcCague.
-Food of the Future: So often in SF, food has changed. We've seen food pills, and little coloured jelly blocks, and "protein". Is food headed in that direction? How can we make food production sustainable, so we don't have to rely on Soylent Green?
Saturday Oct 3, 12:00 PM. With Karl Johanson, Layne Myhre, David Ng.
-Alien Biology & Evolution. Humans are carbon based. But what other ways could life evolve? When we finally make contact, will we discover silicon based life forms? What differences could we find?
Saturday Oct 3, 7:00 PM. With Karl Johanson, Jaymie Matthews, Lyne Myhre, and Jaimmie Que.
-Unintended Consequences. Indoor plumbing led to polio epidemics. Lead in paint and gas poisoned people. To what extent is modern science and technology responsible for figuring out whether something that seems good is also going to cause problems?
Sunday Oct 4, 3:00 PM. With Karl Johanson, Donna McMahon, Claire McCage, and Jaimmie Que.
-Justify the Science Flaw: Panelists are given a challenge. Come up with plausible explanations for the ridiculous science that shows up in movies, TV, and books.
Saturday, Oct 3, With Karl Johanson, BJ Allan, Greg Bole, Eric Choi, Joe Haldeman, Jamie Matthews, and Jaimmie Que.
August 24, 2015 - Check out some new videos on Karl’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/karljohanson42
Who was the worst villain in the classic Star Trek series?
The ultimate party trick involving a phaser! Impress your friends! Impress your relatives! Impress Dave!
Editor Karl Johanson discusses whether we have the technology to make a "sonic screwdriver" like The Doctor from Dr. Who uses.
A phaser prop used in Classic Star Trek is going up for auction. Karl is offering his phaser for a huge discount.
The Answer Might Surprise You.
August 12, 2015 - On May 22, 2015 there was a reunion concert featuring performers from the bands Prism, Jet, and Seeds of Time. We’ve added a review of the concert to the Reviews section of the web site. http://www.neo-opsis.ca/PrismReunion
June 24, 2015 - In addition to the presentation “Selling Your Creative Work,” Karl will be doing the following panel at Pearkes Recreation Centre, Victoria, BC): “THE SCI-FI REVOLUTION - Old & New: With Richard Hatch, Claudia Christian, Richard Harmon.” (Sunday November 1, 2015,
Information on the IFCon is available at: http:// http://ifcproductions.com/Welcome.html
June 16, 2015 - The finalists for the 2015 Aurora Awards (for works produced in 2014) are listed at: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/ The Auroras are a people’s choice award and can be voted on by Canadians or permanent residents in Canada. Voting closes Oct 17, 2015.
May 11, 2015 – Copies of issue 25 have been sent off to subscribers, contributors and to the distributor for bookstores.
May 8, 2015 – Issue 25 is back from the printers! We will be sending out issues to subscribers, contributors, and bookstores shortly. http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Twenty-Five.htm
May 7, 2015 – Neo-opsis’ art director Stephanie Johanson will be one of the artists featured in the “Mother’s Day Art Show at the Legion.” The show will be held on May 9, 2015. 2pm – 6pm, at Brittania #7, 780 Summit Avenue, Victoria BC Canada.
April 2, 2015 – We’ve been doing updates on the Neo-opsis website. Have a look around please.
March 13, 2015 – Neo-opsis will have a table at IFCon, Oct 31, Nov 1, 2015, Victoria BC, at Pearkes Arena. Editor Karl Johanson will be doing a presentation on “Selling Your Creative Work.” Information on the convention is available at: http:// http://ifcproductions.com/Welcome.html
February 27, 2015 – Leonard Nimoy: 1931 – 2015.
December 23, 2014 – Sandra Scholes posted a review of issue 24 of Neo-opsis at: https://www.sfsite.com/00a/no406.htm.
October 5, 2014 – The Neo-opsis dealer table at VCon 39 (Surrey, Vancouver, BC), Oct 3 -5, 2014.
August 17, 2014 – Neo-opsis editor Karl Johanson will be one of the guests at IFCon 2015 (October 31 & Nov 1, 2015) Victoria BC. http://www.ifconvictoria.com/news.html
May 30, 2014 – Issue 24 of Neo-opsis is in print! The subscriber envelopes are printed and waiting to be stuffed with subscriber issues and the 6th Neo-opsis CD-ROM of Amazingly Neat Stuff. Copies are available in fine bookstores across Canada, as distributed by Magazines Canada. Order your copy today at the Buy page.
March 27, 2014 - Ann Dorothea Lightbody (Biddle) passed away on March 11, 2014. A Memorial service and reception will be held March 28, 2014 at 2:00pm at St. John the Divine Anglican church, 1611 Quadra St. Victoria, BC Canada. Ann was the mother of: Stephanie Ann Johanson (Lightbody) Art director, assistant editor, co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine; Karen E. Lightbody who contributed cartoons to the earlier issues of Neo-opsis; and Wendy P. Lightbody. Ann was a volunteer proof-reader for Neo-opsis. She was also the cover artist for Neo-opsis issue 18. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
March 2, 2014 – Panelists at the Gottacon panel , "Memorable Characters in Literature and Games," Stephanie Ann Johanson, Karl Johanson, Bryan Simmons. The convention continued its upward attendance figure, with over 2,600 people this year. www.gottacon.com
March 1, 2014 – Issue 24 is almost ready to go to print. In addition to working on issue 24, we are updating the website, preparing E-versions of back issues, and Karl is catching up on some submitted stories.
February 28, 2014 - Stephanie Ann Johanson and Karl Johanson will be participating on the panel discussion, "Memorable Characters in Literature and Games," at GottaCon, on Sunday March 2. GottaCon is taking place at the Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St. Victoria, BC, Canada. www.gottacon.com
Sunday Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Esquimalt Room
Panelists: Karl Johanson, Stephanie Johanson, Ryan Speck, Jordan Stratford.
“Join Neo-opsis editors Karl Johanson and Stephanie Johanson, and writers Ryan Speck and Jordan Stratford to discuss what makes a good character. Learn from these industry vets as they give examples of good characters, share their opinions as to why they’re good characters, and give advice on creating good characters."