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2021 Nominations are open for
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).
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
- 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
2020 Video: “Talking with Dave Duncan
about Dialogue.” Excerpt from an interview done in May 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEZdNPErCU0
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Dave authored more than 60
fantasy and science fiction novels. Dave died on 29 October 2018.
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.”
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
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
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.
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.”
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
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
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
2020 Karl Johanson
will be a guest speaker at Capital
City Comic Con, in Victoria, BC, March 20 – 22, 2020.
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
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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 1, 2019 We still
have some of these cool stamps. Happy new
year all! We has seen the future, and it is now…
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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
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
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
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/
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
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
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.
March 10, 2017 -
Some additional videos from Tsukino-Con 2017. http://www.tsukinocon.com/
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/
February 13, 2017 -
We’ve added a page showing all of
covers. We animated a few of them for fun.
January 21, 2017 -
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
“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
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 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.
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/
2016 - A video of the VCon 41
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.
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.
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.
September 8, 2016 - Some new video links.
June 23, 2016 - Some new video links.
June 10, 2016 - Some
new video links.
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.
-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
-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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
-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
-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
-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
August 24, 2015 - Check out some new videos on Karl’s
YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/karljohanson42
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.
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
Information on the IFCon is available at:
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://
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.
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
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
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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