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January 4, 2023 A review by Richard Graeme Cameron of issue 34 is posted at: https://amazingstories.com/2022/11/clubhouse-review-neo-opsis-magazine-34/


A 21 second video of playing Star Wars in the snow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWeA1DzrrQw


December 31, 2022 A video showing how Canadians test pond ice before skating, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJgSRCF0FNY



November 29, 2022 Editor Karl Johanson was interviewed by CTV News about a possible brontosaurus sighting. He got to show off a couple issues of Neo-opsis (showing cover art by Dan O’Driscoll and Jim Beverage), and a good point about the importance of biohabitats was made. Some animation by Stephanie Ann Johanson was featured in the interview as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Osjn0teiN60 CTV contacted Karl because of his video “What Giant Creature Did This?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-bJ-OntFgc


November 5, 2022. A video excerpt of the Justify the Science Flaw panel at VCon 2015, “Science Flaw in Star Trek and the Bible.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaehJ-7yKq4


October 27, 2022 Issue 33 of Neo-opsis is published. Get your copy at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Store.htm  A write up about the issue is at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Thirty-Four.htm


October 12, 2022 New videos are available to be watched at: https://www.youtube.com/user/KarlJohanson42 and https://www.tiktok.com/@neoopsissciencefiction . Subscribe to the video channels for regular updates.


August 10, 2022 The 2022 Aurora Awards ceremony will be held 5pm MDT, on August 13, 2022. Links for livestreaming of the event are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO7p4geRW6k



August 4, 2022 The city of Winnipeg, Manitoba is one of the sites with a bid for the 15th NASiIC (North American Science Fiction Convention), which will be held in 2023. The location of NASFiC is decided by a vote of the members of the Worldcon held one year earlier. The site for 2023 will be decided at Chicon 8, the Worldcon for 2022. NASFiC is held in years when the World Science Fiction Convention is held outside of North America. The proposed date for the convention is July 20 – 23, 2033. The website for the convention bid is http://main.winnipegin2023.ca

          Winnipeg has been the site of numerous science fiction / fantasy conventions, including nearly 40 Keycons, and the 1994 World Science Fiction Convention.


April 20, 2022 10 years editor Karl Johanson was asked to contribute to an article by Vinay Menon, in which science fiction writers made suggestions on methods of dealing with climate change. It was published on April 20, 2012. The other contributing writers were: Genevieve Valentine, Tobias S. Buckell, Ryan Oakley, Madeline Ashby, Paolo Bacigalupi, Teddy Wilson, Rob Ziegler, Robert Charles Wilson, Suzanne Church, Rob Kutnerriter, Hayden Trenholm, Julie Czerneda Robert J. Sawyer and Jean-Louis Trudel. https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2012/04/20/earth_day_2012_15_scifi_writers_tackle_climate_change.html


April 9, 2022 We are proud to announce that Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine has been nominated for the 2022 Aurora Awards (for work in 2021) in the category Best Related Work. The Auroras are a people's choice award for works of science fiction or fantasy by Canadians or residents of Canada, with nominations and voting also by Canadians or residents of Canada.



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Description automatically generatedWe have the honour of being nominated in our category along with:

-Alias Space and Other Stories, Kelly Robson, Subterranean Press.

-Food of My People, edited by Candas Jane Dorsey and Ursula Pflug, Exile Editions.

-Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, issue 32, edited by Karl Johanson.

-On Spec magazine, #116, #117, and #118, managing editor Diane L. Walton, Copper Pig Writers’ Society.

-Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories, edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law, Laksa Media Groups.


A write up about the contributors and contents of issue 32 is available at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Thirty-Two.htm


April 4, 2022 Neo-opsis on TikTok. In 2 weeks: 85 videos, 171 followers, 2,761 likes, and more than 72,000 views. neoopsissciencefiction (@neoopsissciencefiction) TikTok | Watch neoopsissciencefiction's Newest TikTok Videos


March 12, 2022 R. Greame Cameron published a review of issue 33 of Neo-opsis: https://amazingstories.com/clubhouse-review-neo-opsis-magazine-33-march-2022/


March 10, 2022 Issue 33 of Neo-opsis is published. Get your copy at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Store.htm A write up about the issue is at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Thirty-Three.htm




January 14, 2022 R. Graeme Cameron has published a review of Karl Johanson’s novel The Game Designers in Amazing Stories.










 Copies of the novel are available on the Neo-opsis site at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/BuyGameDesignerDigital.htm.

December 27, 2021 Karl Johanson tests the thickness of some pond ice like a true science fiction fan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr42eXSQ9xw

November 12, 2021 Karl discusses the Woo Hoo dance some writers do when they make a sale. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg4-N9G4mdM

October 18, 2021. Editor Karl Johanson’s short story “The Airlock Scene,” is available on Manawaker Studio’s flash fiction podcast. http://www.manawaker.com/podcast/the-airlock-scene-ffp-0637/

October 5, 2021. Neo-opsis on TikTok. In 2 weeks: 10 videos, 38 followers, 979 likes, and just over 22,000 views. https://www.tiktok.com/@neoopsissciencefiction?lang=en

October 2, 2021. Neo-opsis is now closed for submissions. We received quite a few story submissions this cycle, and we’re continuing to read through them to decide on which ones are right for the magazine.

September 19, 2021. Check out Neo-opsis on TikTok. https://www.tiktok.com/@neoopsissciencefiction?lang=en.

September 17, 2021. We’re reading through submitted stories.

September 14, 2021. Neo-opsis is open for submission of short stories and poems until October 1, 2021. Submission guidelines are listed at http://www.neo-opsis.ca/guidelines.htm.

September 6, 2021. The science fiction convention VCon has announced that it will be virtual (online) only for the 2021 convention.

August 15, 2021. R. Graeme Cameron has posted a review of issue 32 of Neo-opsis: https://amazingstories.com/2021/08/clubhouse-review-neo-opsis-magazine-32

August 4, 2021. The science fiction convention VCon has a venue for its 2021 convention, the Holiday Inn and the Element Vancouver Metrotown, in Burnaby (Vancouver), BC. They mention on their web site, “2021 marks 50 years since the first VCON, held at UBC in 1971.” https://vcon.ca/vcon2021-home/

July 22, 2021 Episode 3 of the new Star Trek related talk show A Captain’s Log includes an interview with Neo-opsis editor Karl Johanson. Episodes are added to YouTube about 10 days after airing on TV. The episode featuring the interview can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUxqIagCVlw. The show features host Bryan Kreutz , Co-Host Lili Fox-Lim, and animated Co-Co-host Rogg. Other episodes are posted at their YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCbjkD128Jpn60doIP_rrIhQ.


July 20, 2021 Issue 32 of Neo-opsis is complete. We’re working on sending out copies to subscribers, contributors, and reviewers. Click on BUY above or here www.neo-opsis.ca/Store.htm to get your copy, or to get a copy to have emailed to a friend. A write up about the contents of and contributors to issue 32 is at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Thirty-Two.htm.


July 5, 2021 Karl Johanson did some ray trace style animation for the introduction to the new Star Trek related talk show A Captain’s Log. The show features host Bryan Kreutz, his co-host Lili, and animated alter ego Rogg. Episode one can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3uK0_CGf_w

April 10, 2021 Nominations are open for the Aurora Awards until April 24, 2021. The Auroras are a people’s choice award for works of science fiction or fantasy, and can be voted on by Canadians or permanent residents in Canada. To see a complete list of potential nominees in all categories (under Eligibility Lists), or to nominate, or later to vote, go to: https://prixaurorawards.ca/ We invite you to consider nominating Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine in the category Best Related Work, and/or Karl Johanson’s science fiction related videos In the category Best Fan Related Work (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRKfDCNaz3DiIW6u0gfPXFzbWs5KN5lJq).

April 9, 2021 A video with an animated cover of The Game Designers is posted at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etrictYPSCw.

February 15, 2021 Neo-opsis has released Karl Johanson’s science fiction / fantasy novel The Game Designers. Digital copies can be purchased at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Store.htm.

December 16, 2020 Editor Karl Johanson was interviewed by Moss Whelan, for Forget Reality, the podcast of the British Columbia Science Fiction Association. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hslHVio1Mf4

November 9, 2020 A review of issue 31 of Neo-opsis is available at: https://amazingstories.com/2020/11/clubhouse-review-neo-opsis-31-november-2020

November2, 2020 Issue 31 of Neo-opsis is complete. To purchase your digital PDF or EPub copy, go to http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Store.htm or Click “Buy” above. For a write up about the issue’s content, click here: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Thirty-One.htm.

October 9, 2020 Neo-opsis is going digital-only. Back issues will still be available in print as long as they are still in stock, but from issue 31 on Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine will become a digital-only publication. We regret having to make this decision, but increases to the costs of paper, printing, mailing/distributing, and the complications around running a business in the times of COVID-19, and other factors have made this decision a necessity. It was go digital or close down completely.

We have been having increasing problems with Canada Post, which includes the company returning some of our correctly addressed magazines, claiming they were invalid addresses. We were charged for the return of the magazines, even though the magazines they returned were each deliberately sliced through both the envelopes and the covers of the magazines inside. We had to send new copies to those subscribers affected. Canada Post did not take responsibility for either the damage or misdirection saying that the damage could have happened anywhere. Nor did they refund us for their errors.

Being a paper magazine was very important to us, but there are some advantages to a digital version.

- We can include more pages than we had with the print copies. Our first digital-only issue #31 has 104 pages, compared to the print issues with 84 pages (which include the cover, back and front and insides.)

- Internet hyperlinks can be included in the text of the magazine, making them easily clickable, instead of having to type in a link from a paper copy.

- Digital editions can include more colour photos and art, whereas with paper editions we had to do interior images in greyscale.

- With digital it is possible to enlarge text and/or images making it easier for people with vision problems.

We had two choices. We could have Neo-opsis come to an end as a magazine or we could move to a digital only format. We chose to keep going, and hope that our subscribers will be able to enjoy Neo-opsis Digital.

Issues 1 to 30 are available in print as long as our supplies last. They may be ordered online at: www.neo-opsis.ca/Store.htm

September 22, 2020 Video: “Talking with Dave Duncan about Dialogue.” Excerpt from an interview done in May 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEZdNPErCU0 Click Subscribe and hit the bell icon to get notices about more cool videos from Neo-opsis. Dave authored more than 60 fantasy and science fiction novels. Dave died on 29 October 2018.

August 16, 2020 Video “Worst Star Trek Villain Part 12.” This episode of the “Worst Star Trek Villain” video series compares Khan to the giant space amoeba from the original Star Trek episode “The Immunity Syndrome.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-sKf81fM0w

August 3, 2020 Once again playing “justify the science flaw,” Karl does a video where he tackles the question of why spaceships are almost always the same way “up” in Star Trek. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfVli9qkmKM

June 28, 2020 The Vancouver science fiction convention VCon had to cancel their 2019 convention, but have announced plans for a 50th anniversary convention, at the Hilton Metrotown, on October 15 -17, 2021. http://vcon.ca

June 25. 2020 As noted below CBS’ The Twilight Zone's season 2 episode “Downtime” was filmed here in Victoria, BC. This photo shows numerous Victoria actors and background performers (including editor Karl Johanson) working on the episode in front of Victoria’s iconic Empress Hotel. The episode premiered on June 25, 2020, and will be available on CBS All Access on July 2, 2020. Directed by JD Dillard. Written by Jordan Peele.

June 18, 2020 Video of science fiction and Fantasy author Dave Duncan read from his fantasy novel Children of Chaos at Bolen Books (Victoria, BC), October 19, 2007. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqeXU5S3lpI Spider Robinson read from Variable Star at the same event (this was a novel started by Robert Heinlein, and completed by Spider at the request of Heinlein’s estate). Photos at the end of the video include Dave Duncan, Spider Robinson, Stephanie Ann Johanson, Karl Johanson, Paula Johanson, Clint Budd, Martin Springett, Christian Sauvé, Jean-Louis Trudel, and Robert J. Sawyer.

June 7, 2020 Karl Johanson has a brief bit of writing advice in the video, “Writing Advice: Is It All About The Characters?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLRzNTdwjvU The page listed below has links to additional writing advice videos, featuring advice from a wide variety of writers including Dave Duncan, Alyx Dellmonica, and Matthew Hughes: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Advice.htm

June 1, 2020 The Winners of the 2020 Nebula Awards have been announced: https://nebulas.sfwa.org/award-year/2019/

May 20, 2020 If COVID-19 has you missing science fiction conventions, here’s a collection of some convention panel photos: https://www.facebook.com/karl.johanson.3/media_set?set=a.35268456948&type=3

May 8, 2020 Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine is nominated for an Aurora Award, in the category “Best Related Work. The Auroras are a people’s choice award and can be voted on by Canadians or permanent residents in Canada. To see a complete list of nominees in all categories, or to vote, go to: https://prixaurorawards.ca/ The awards ceremony will be held on line in conjunction with the convention When Words Collide, on August 15, 2020. Information about When Word Collide is available at: https://www.whenwordscollide.org/

Hayden Trenholm's story “Modiglaini Paints the World,” from issue 30 of Neo-opsis, is nominated in the category Best Short Fiction.

Neo-opsis reviewer Robert Runte’s article “Dave Duncan’s Legacy,” Published in issue 111 of On Spec magazine, has been nominated in the category “Best Related Work.

May 2, 2020 The 11th video in the “Worst Star Trek Villain” series, is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8b3G5VZlI8 This time it’s about Nomad from the episode “The Changeling.”


March 26, 2020 The 10th video in the “Worst Star Trek Villain” series, this time about the doomsday machine, is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krYL7QWmSD8

March 24, 2020 We hope everyone is doing well, whether they are heroically maintaining essential services, self-isolating, or otherwise.

Numerous SF conventions are postponing or cancelling, due to concerns about COVID-19. If you’re curious about a specific convention, we have a list of conventions here: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Conventions.htm

March 12, 2020 Capital City Comic Con has announced it will be postponed. http://capitalcitycomiccon.ca/health-safety/

February 29, 2020 Karl Johanson’s panel “How to Run a Video Chanel” will be at 6:45 PM, Friday March 20th at Capital City Comic Con, at the Victoria Conference Centre, in Victoria, BC.

February 3, 2020 The 9th video in the “Worst Star Trek Villain” series is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqMgZY9k6_Q This video is about the neural parasites from the episode “Operation Annihilate.”

January 22, 2020 Karl Johanson will be a guest speaker at Capital City Comic Con, in Victoria, BC, March 20 – 22, 2020.

December 4, 2019 Due to a PhotoShop layering issue, a ship from the cover of issue 29 wound up on issue 30’s cover. It didn't look so bad, so I left it on the 30 cover. The issue 29 cover is by Karl Johanson. The issue 29 cover was mostly done by Stephanie Ann Johanson, with the ship mentioned above and a few other details added by Karl. This animated image shows where the ship is on the two covers.

November 29, 2019 Richard Graeme Cameron has a review of issue 30 of Neo-opsis on the Amazing Stories site. “I have endless fun reading Neo-opsis, till I get to the last page. Then it becomes a waiting game till the next issue comes out.

November 22, 2019 Part of an episode of the current Twilight Zone series was filmed here in Victoria, BC. Neo-opsis editor Karl Johanson was one of numerous background performers being filmed. Chek News has an article and a video clip about it: https://www.cheknews.ca/victorias-inner-harbour-transformed-for-twilight-zone-series-623463/

November 19, 2019 Issue 30 is in print! Copies are being sent to contributors, subscribers, and to our distributor Magazines Canada who will forward them to fine bookstores across Canada.

November 2, 2019 A write up about the contents of issue 30 is at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Thirty.htm

October 28, 2019 Issue 30 of Neo-opsis is at the printers.

October 15, 2019 Karl Johanson’s short science fiction story, “Hate Doesn’t Always Come Easy,” is available on line in issue 11 of Polar Borealis magazine.

May 28, 2019 A video of editor Karl Johanson speaking on “The Importance of Science Fiction,” is posted at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUNLU60_feo This was part of the launch event for the audio drama podcast Arca-45672.

May 15, 2019 The movie Dawn of the Living Socks premiered at Imagine con, at the University of Victoria in February of 1981. A digital re-release of the movie is now available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krr-Jt18Fyw Originally produced on Super 8mm film, it was transferred to ¾” video, where most of the editing and all of the sound dubbing was done. Some dialogue and sound effects have been added in this digital re-release, and a few bits of dialogue have been corrected from mistakes made during the original dubbing (we only had a few nights to do the sound and video editing). The additions are intended to better hold the story together, and hopefully at no point hurt the flavor of the original version. More information about the movie is available at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/DOTLS.htm The IMDB page for Dawn of the Living socks is at: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10514850/.

May 14, 2019 Google My Business has let us know that Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine has a 5 star rating on Google.

May 8, 2019 Karl Johanson sold his short science fiction story, “Hate Doesn’t Always Come Easy” to Polar Borealis magazine. It should be in issue 11, summer of 2019.

May 8, 2019 Editor Karl Johanson will be a guest speaker at a launch event for the audio drama podcast Arca-45672. Actors will be do a live reading from the podcast script and discuss the podcast. No ticket or cover fees. All ages. Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM, at the Victoria Event Centre 1415 Broad Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 2B2 https://www.facebook.com/events/2338376839820707/

April 12, 2019 R. Graeme Cameron (editor of Polar Borealis) posted a review of issue 29 of Neo-opsis at: https://amazingstories.com/2019/04/clubehouse-reviews-neo-opsis-magazine-29-and-a-body-of-work-by-colleen-anderson/ (Excerpt: “This issue, typical of the magazine, features an impressive variety of fiction which makes for interesting and entertaining reading.”

April 9, 2019 Some reviews of August Von Orth’s story “A Matter of Nurture” (published in issue 29 of Neo-opsis), are available on line.

TheGirlOnTheGo’s blog review is at:  https://wordscantfathom.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/book-review-a-matter-of-nurture-by-august-von-orth/ (Excerpt: “In a nutshell, I would like to acknowledge that I feel honoured that I was offered a chance to review this amazing magazine and this extraordinary story.”)

Another review is at Readers Rant: https://readersrant.com/2019/01/16/a-matter-of-nurture-a-must-read-short-story/ (Excerpt: “If this was a full-length novel I would read it in a heartbeat…”)

A third review of August’s story is by sralgeron: https://sralgernon.wordpress.com/2018/12/30/sci-fi-saturday-hidden-pasts-in-science-fiction/

          A fourth review is at the Lit Lemon Books site: https://litlemonbooks.com/2019/01/17/a-matter-of-nurture/


April 6, 2019 Kevin Fletcher has rated and included a comment about issue 29 of Neo-opsis on Goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42876097-neo-opsis-issue-29.


February 27, 2019 Robert Runté has posted Karl Johanson’s editorial from issue 8 of Neo-opsis on his blog Essential Edits, at: https://sfeditorca.blogspot.com/2019/02/guest-post-karl-johanson-on-suggested.html . Several reviews by Robert Runté have been published in Neo-opsis, and we’ll be printing a story by him in an upcoming issue. If you’re a writer, his blog is definitely worth checking out. Print copies of issue 8 are still available at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Store.htm




February 5, 2019 Canadian fantasy and science fiction writer Dave Duncan (https://www.daveduncan.com/) died on October 29, 2018. Dr. Robert Runté made a presentation at Dave’s memorial, at Windsor Park Pavilion, Oak Bay (Victoria), BC, Canada, on February 2, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VMnVm_Z9X4 Following this is an excerpt of an interview Karl Johanson did with Dave Duncan in 2015. Dave wrote over to 60 novels, two of which won Aurora Awards (West of January in 1990, and Children of Chaos in 2007). He also wrote short stories, including “Boy at Heart” in the premier issue of On Spec magazine (www.onspec.ca), and “Son of Abish,” in issue 22 of Neo-opsis.

Wikipedia page about Dave Duncan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Duncan_(writer)


Dr. Robert Runté is retired from the University of Lethbridge and is now Senior Editor at www.EssentialEdits.ca. He has been a reviewer, critic, editor, and author of Canadian speculative fiction. Robert was the editor on twelve of Duncan's books, and inherited several incomplete Duncan manuscripts to finish up. (There are more Duncan books coming!) Runté's Curriculum Vita is available at: http://www.essentialedits.ca/cv.htm Dr. Runté is involved in the Leftbridge writing conference Wordbridge. https://wordbridgeconference.com/


January 30, 2019 This is a video on the importance of getting human feedback on written works, rather than only using a word processor’s spelling and grammar check. An excerpt from the panel "Selling Your Creative Works," presented at Tsukino Con, at the University of Victoria, at Tsukino Con, Feb, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MMrOJ5jDK8


January 10, 2019 SFRevu has a review of Neo-opsis issue 29 by Sam Tomaino at: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=18325


January 9, 2019 There’s a review of August von Orth’s story, “A Matter of Nurture,” which was published in issue 29 of Neo-opsis, at: https://foxingfae.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/a-matter-of-nurture-by-august-von-orth-short-story-review/


January 1, 2019 We still have some of these cool stamps. Happy new year all! We has seen the future, and it is now…

November 21, 2018 Neo-opsis on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OpsisNeo


November 13, 2018 Today issue 29 was been mailed out and copies sent to our distributor Magazines Canada.


November8, 2018 Issue 29 is back from the printers. On Tuesday Nov 13 issues will be going out to subscribers and to our distributor Magazines Canada, who will be getting them to fine bookstores across Canada. Click BUY at the top and bottom of the page to get your copy. See a write up about the issue at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Twenty-Nine.htm


October30, 2018 Karl posted a short Halloween video: Really Short Science Fiction: The Pumpkin Thief. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbkdGPYiwQw


October29, 2018 We’re sad to pass on the news that Canadian fantasy and science fiction novelist Dave Duncan has passed on October 29, 2018. His son Nick Duncan let us know that Dave was able to say goodbye to his wife and children.


I’m throwing a few thoughts together about Dave, but my mind doesn't feel completely up to the task.


We included a news item about Dave in Neo-opsis issue 29, which is currently at the printer. “Canadian science fiction and fantasy author Dave Duncan has sold his sixtieth novel. The SF novel Pillar of Darkness will be published by Five Rivers Publishing in January 2019. Dave’s short story "The Son of Abish" was in issue 22 of Neo-opsis.” Over the years Dave sometimes said to us, “This is the last novel I’m writing.” but he always seemed to do another, and it felt as if he’d do another sixty or more.


Dave was an amazing writer, but I confess I enjoyed much more talking with him than reading. Since Dave moved to Victoria we’d sometimes grab lunch and trade stories about writing, publishing and everything. The first time I went back to my day job and showed some co-workers a review copy of a novel he’d given me at lunch. A co-worker asked, “Has he written very much?” I replied, “I think it’s his thirty-second novel.” They asked, “How can you have a thirty second novel?” I said, “You write thirty-one novels, then you write another one.” They laughed, “Oh, I thought you meant a novel you could read in thirty seconds.”

In addition to being an extremely accomplished writer, Dave was an excellent speaker at conventions. One time when he was reluctant to participate on a panel discussion, I said to him, “You at your worst are a better speaker than many panelists at their best.”


Dave was a good friend. We’ll miss him. Our sympathies to his family.


October23, 2018 Issue 29 is at the printers! See a write up about the issue at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Twenty-Nine.htm


September 23, 2018 We are hoping to get issue 29 to the printers in October. As usual we have some quality fiction by a number of talented writers. Stephanie has put a great deal of effort into some art for the cover. Our apologies for delays for the issue; we are working on a number of things related to the magazine, including this website, and examining the possibility of augmenting the magazine with digital editions.

September 14, 2018. Karl posted a short video that fans of Babylon 5 might appreciate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8dXsQomlzM


August 29, 2018 The contents of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction are available at: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/ The entry on Neo-opsis can be seen at: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/neo-opsis_science_fiction_magazine The entry includes, “The magazine also shows a healthy strain of humour and the fiction is generally of good quality with original ideas.


April 4, 2018 Karl Johanson’s short story “The Glow Around My House,” and his poem “Burning Rosemary” are part of issue 6 of Polar Borealis: http://polarborealis.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/POLAR-BOREALIS-6-Apr-May-2018.pdf


February 13, 2018 A video of Karl Johanson’s Tsukino Con panel “How to Run a Video Chanel” can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvnG0YSNwOg


February 8, 2018 Karl Johanson’s short story “Had a Life, Didn’t Like it, Went Back to Watching Star Trek,” is part of issue 5 of Polar Borealis: http://polarborealis.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/POLAR-BOREALIS-5-Jan-Feb-2018.pdf He also did the cover art.


January 13, 2018 Karl Johanson will be a guest speaker at the anime convention TsukinoCon at the University of Victoria, on February 10 – 12, 2018. http://www.tsukinocon.com/

Interstellar Propulsion with Known Physics: The Physics of Interstellar Travel. To one day, reach the stars. Karl Johanson guides us through how we can reach distant systems using what we know now and technology currently available.” Saturday February 10, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm Panel Room 2 (ECS 124) Engineering/Computer Science Building


“Running a YouTube Channel: Karl Johanson, editor of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, writer, designer and tester of games and YouTube personality is here to help you with the basics of creating a YouTube channel and gaining internet fame.” Sunday February 11, 2018 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM Engineering/Computer Science Building


November 30, 2017 Karl Johanson will be a guest speaker at the gaming convention Lantasy, March 10 – 11, 2018, Pearkes Arena, Victoria BC. https://www.lantasy.com/ (Update February 8, 2018. The people running Lantasy are sad to announce that they have had to cancel the event.)


November 5, 2017 All of the stories for issue 29 are in the PageMaker document, as are some of the News articles. Issue 28’s “A Walk Through the Periodic Chart” discusses some of the ways that Cobalt is presented in movies. We don’t have a cover picked out for issue 29 yet, but we can say that we aren’t planning to use this drawing Karl did of Zoltron Man.


Sept 1, 2017 - Issue 28 is back from the printers. We’ll be working at addressing, stuffing envelopes and getting them to the post office. We’ll also be sending copies to our distributor Magazines Canada.


August 22, 2017 - Issue 28 is at the printers! A write up about the contents of the issue is at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Twenty-Eight.htm


August 20, 2017 - The deadline for voting on this year’s Aurora Awards is midnight, EDT on September 2nd, 2017. http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/


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 the @#$% is Going on in Blade Runner?
Is there a huge plot hole in Blade Runner?


The Theme from Star Trek on a cardboard tube.



March 10, 2017 - Some additional videos from Tsukino-Con 2017. http://www.tsukinocon.com/


“What’s Going to Happen in the Future?: Part 4. Can We Stop Genetically Modified Organism’s?”


A Problem With Neural Implants”


February 21, 2017 - We’ve posted some videos from the anime convention Tsukino-Con, February, 2017, at the University of Victoria. http://www.tsukinocon.com/


"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."


February 13, 2017 - We’ve added a page showing all of the Neo-opsis covers. We animated a few of them for fun.



February 6, 2017 - The website SFREVU has a review of issue 27 of Neo-opsis by Sam Tomaino: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=17268


January 21, 2017 - Neo-opsis has now received over 7,000 story submissions since its start in 2003.


January 20, 2017 - Editor Karl Johanson will be a guest speaker at Tsukino Con, February 17 – 19, 2017, in the MacLaurin Building at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. http://www.tsukinocon.com/karl/

What’s going to Happen in the Future?” Room B143 Friday Feb 17, 5:00 PM. It’s been said that those who fail to study history are destined to repeat its mistakes. Science fiction writer and magazine editor Karl Johanson says, “Those who fail to consider the future are destined to create new mistakes.” Karl will provide some thoughts on where technology, humans, entertainment, and society may be headed.

Working in the Computer Game Industry” Saturday Feb 18, 1:00 PM. Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine editor Karl Johanson has some stories about what it was like working on computer games for Sanctuary Woods Multimedia, Disney Interactive, and freelancing. He also has some advice for people who want to work in the computer game industry.


January 18, 2017 - Copies of Neo-opsis are now available from The Vorpal Gnome, 556 B Pandora Ave, Victoria, British Columbia.


January 9, 2016 - Issue 27 has been mailed out to subscribers, contributors, reviewers, and to our distributor Magazines Canada.


January 8, 2016 - Issue 27 is back from the printers. We’re getting issues enveloped up for shipping. Copies will be sent to our distributor, who will get copies to fine bookstores across Canada.


December 24, 2016


December 20, 2016 - Some video links. Most are panels from VCon 2016.



December 3, 2016 - A write up about the contents of issue 27 is available at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Twenty-Seven.htm.


December 1, 2016 - Issue 27 was dropped off at the printers today! As an added bonus, the printer moved next door to a really good bakery.


November 27, 2016 - Multiple factors, including a hard drive failure, have delayed issue 27. Karl had back-ups of the files for issue 27, but the hard drive with the most recent proofing corrections died before doing a back-up. Learn from our mistake, save early, save often. We are working on the final proofreading now.


November 16, 2016 - Videos of some of the panels at VCon 41 can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRKfDCNaz3Dg-78FLSX9TE8SBxrnx38pU.


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 Blue Pencil Café 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.

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September 8, 2016 - Some new video links.



June 23, 2016 - Some new video links.



June 21, 2016 - Advice to Writers page added to the Neo-opsis Web site. http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Advice


June 10, 2016 - Some new video links.



June 3, 2016 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsXcp83OUbU

A discussion of science fiction and the SF convention VCon (vcon.ca), on SoapBox Radio. Hosted by Victor Schwartzman, with Robert J. Sawyer, Richard Graeme Cameron, Stan Hyde, Eric Chu, Karl Johanson, and Laurie Smith. Co-op Radio 100.5 FM.


June 1, 2016 - Neo-opsis Art Director and Assistant editor Stephanie Ann Johanson has been invited to be the Art Director 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.


June 1, 2016 - Karl Johanson will be on SoapBox Radio, on June 1, 2016. 1:00 PM (PST), with host Victor Schwartzman, and other guests R Graeme Cameron, Stan Hyde, and Eric Chu. The show will be streamed live at: www.coopradio.org.


May 31, 2016 - Some Videos from KeyCon 33. Winnipeg, MB. May 2016.



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.


May 15, 2016 - A review of Issue 26 by Sam Tomaino is up on the SFRevu site at: http://www.sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=16820


May 12, 2016 - The Magazine Association of British Columbia has a write up about Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine: http://www.magsbc.com/karl-and-stephanie-johanson-editor-art-director-neo-opsis-science-fiction-magazine


May 8, 2016 - Karl’s panel schedule for Keycon 33 is listed at: https://keycon332016.sched.org/event/6tfe/goh-editor-up-to-date-in-todays-science-a-discussion-on-what-is-new
-Friday May 20, 5:00 PM. “How to Pitch to an Editor or Publisher.” With Laurie E. Smith.
-Friday May 20, 6:00 PM.
“Building a World for your Story.” With Julie Czerneda and Peter David.

-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 <

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 www.daveduncan.com
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


The Worst Star Trek Villain: Part One

Who was the worst villain in the classic Star Trek series?


The Phaser Trick!

The ultimate party trick involving a phaser! Impress your friends! Impress your relatives! Impress Dave!


Can We Make A Sonic Screwdriver?

Editor Karl Johanson discusses whether we have the technology to make a "sonic screwdriver" like The Doctor from Dr. Who uses.

Phaser Sale!

A phaser prop used in Classic Star Trek is going up for auction. Karl is offering his phaser for a huge discount.

Minions and Sharknado Sand Sculptures


Is The Mission to Pluto a Fake?

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 IFCon (Sunday November 1, 2015, Pearkes Recreation Centre, Victoria, BC): “THE SCI-FI REVOLUTION - Old & New: With Richard Hatch, Claudia Christian, Richard Harmon.”

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 13, 2015 – Issue 25 has been dropped off at the printers! A write up about the issue contents is at: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Twenty-Five.htm.  Buy a copy of this issue!


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 6, 2014 - The Neo-opsis online store has been updated to PayPal links, www.neo-opsis.ca/Store. This page can be reached by clicking the BUY link at the top of each webpage.


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."


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