Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast

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A tesseract is a four-dimensional equivalent of a cube, or a hypercube, having sixteen corners. A tesseract was more than what it seemed, had more surfaces than you first thought, and had a depth that changed depending on how you looked at it.
In reading the many submissions we found that there were tales of Wendigo, werewolves, vampires and a host of reanimated dead, though not all of them zombies. There were gentle tales of transformation and other terrors of madness and encountering the demons we know and fear. Character faced the trials of space and the spaces within.
And indeed, from Canada’s inland border with the US, to the warmer Pacific waters, to the chilly depths of the Maritime Atlantic, and the mysterious tundra of the North, these are the reaches of Canada’s geography. But the mindset of Canada’s writers stretches farther. Tesseracts 17 is rich with tales about people: there are housewives and men who find themselves in unusual and terrifying circumstances, children who deal with the transformations of their lives and their worlds, potters, keepers of light, wine reviewers, out-of-work graduates, pilots, apprentice chefs, writers, yak herders, dead actors, game leaders, and those who just have a job to do.

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Colleen Anderson has been nominated for the Aurora Award, Gaylactic Spectrum Award, finalist in the Rannu competition and received several honorable mentions in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, the Year's Best SF, and Imaginarium. Her poetry and fiction have been published in Britain, Canada and the United States. She has attended both the Clarion West and the Centre for the Study of Science Fiction (CSSF) writing workshops and has a degree in creative writing. Colleen is a member of the Horror Writers of America and SF Canada.
 
First and foremost Steve Vernon is a storyteller. He has written traditional folklore collections such as Halifax Haunts and Haunted Harbours for Nova Scotia’s Nimbus Publishing. Secondly – and only because he typed it in that order – Steve is Nova Scotia’s hardest working horror writer. Check out his e-book novelette of hockey and vampires, Sudden Death Overtime. His short fiction has appeared in the pages of The Horror Show, Cemetery Dance, Flesh & Blood, and Tor’s Year’s Best Horror. His five page epic poem ""Barren - A Chronicle in Futility"" - detailing the 1820 presidentially-commissioned hunt for the Jersey Devil – took the first place prize in the 2010 Chizine Rannu Poetry Competition.

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INTRODUCTIONWhat is a tesseract? You can google it and go a little nutso perusing Wikipedia or try to find a simple definition: a four-dimensional equivalent of a cube, or a hypercube, having sixteen corners. But why, back when the Tesseracts anthologies began some twenty-plus years ago with Judith Merril editing the first one, did they name it Tesseracts? I think it was a funky new shape discovered in mathematics and the advent of the computer age. A tesseract was more than what it seemed, had more surfaces than you first thought, and had a depth that changed depending on how you looked at it.
 
Now here we are at Tesseracts 17, where Steve Vernon and I have spent buckets of time in the hypercube trying to pull out all those facets and surfaces, all those edges and corners, for you to look at and perceive. Tesseracts is somewhat like the Tardis—bigger on the inside than on the outside.
 
Every time we see an anthology with fiction by Canadian authors, the same question is asked: Is Canadian fiction different? It’s asked on panels, in magazines, on blogs. So…what, actually, is Canadian? A large landmass where the climate is diverse and often deadly, where the majority of the population lives along the southern border; where there is a rich myth and history from the first travellers (Plains, Coastal and Inuit cultures, not to mention those who moved farther south into Meso America) who traversed the Bering land mass over 40,000 years ago, where Norsemen sailed and Basque whalers settled, where French, English and Spanish landed and fought, where Irish, Italians, Scots and many more came for work or land or adventure. What is Canadian? Beavers and Smarties and poutine and Nanaimo Bars and tortiere, as well as Wendigo and Sasquatch and Ogopogoo. The Great Lakes and Banff and the Queen Charlottes and Peggy’s Cove.
 
I could go on but determining what is Canadian is the same as asking what is Russian or Egyptian or Chilean. It is many things, and those who live here, whether born to the land or having taken root, become Canadian, affected by the culture, climate and geography that shape us and our land.
 
But is “Canadian” different from American or English or anywhere else in the world? Of course it is. The stories here are as individual as the people that wrote them as are all the events and places that have affected their lives and coloured their imaginations. While one story takes place in a Tuktoyaktuk blizzard and another in the cold, lonely streets of Winnipeg, there are those that transport us to the mythical streets of Venera, or a time before in a land of sand and sultans. And yet, we all span into worlds unknown, both fantastical and frightening, illuminating and surreal.
 
We could not gather all the types of stories and poems that fill the voids in our minds, but we tried to give a good representation of what it means to be in Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast. In reading the many submissions (around 4500 from Canadians here and abroad, those born elsewhere but claiming Canada home, we found that there were tales of Wendigo, werewolves, vampires and a host of reanimated dead, though not all of them zombies. There were gentle tales of transformation and other terrors of madness and encountering the demons we know and fear. Character faced the trials of space and the spaces within.
 
And indeed, from our inland border with the US, to the warmer Pacific waters, to the chilly depths of the Maritime Atlantic, and the mysterious tundra of the North, these are the reaches of Canada’s geography. But the mindset of Canada’s writers stretches farther. Tesseracts 17 is rich with tales about people: there are housewives and men who find themselves in unusual and terrifying circumstances, children who deal with the transformations of their lives and their worlds, potters, keepers of light, wine reviewers, out-of-work graduates, pilots, apprentice chefs, writers, yak herders, dead actors, game leaders, and those who just have a job to do. 
 
Steve and I as editors, span from coast to coast. While he was shovelling snow in Halifax I was admiring daffodils in Vancouver, but our common ground was reading the cornucopia of stories and poetry that came in. And indeed we could have filled several anthologies with the amazing diversity of good tales we read.
 
While some of the yarn (as Steve likes to say) within these pages touch down on the land and streets of Canada’s provinces and towns, there are those that traverse the worlds we are familiar with and those that are truly alien. So…what is a tesseract—what is Tesseracts 17? You’ll have to take a stroll within, and see the many corners and facets, the true depths of the hypercube. Enjoy the journey.
 
Colleen Anderson, co-editor (Vancouver)

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