Allan Weiss  





Curriculum Vitae


Tesseracts 4 launch
Tesseracts 4 launch

Arrowdreams launch
Dad, Lorna Toolis, and Robert Whiteley join me at the launch of Arrowdreams
The Merril Collection, 1998

Living Room
Cover of Living Room (2001)

Living Room launch
At the launch of Living Room
Top of the Senator, 2001

New Orleans
Signing a fan's copy
New Orleans, 2002

Proceedings Volume

Proceedings of the 2003 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy

Making The Rounds (2016)


Telescope (2019)


Below is a list of most of my publications, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as links to some of my stories.  I have not included details about book reviews and other short pieces. 

I do love to play with language; perhaps the most obvious example of that in my writing is "The Domitable Knight Errant," which is based on the fact that English has a number of words that exist only with negative or other prefixes and suffixes.  My story contains the root words that logically should exist but don't--or are obsolete or obscure.  I've  learned since writing the first draft of this that a similar piece (mostly involving idiomatic expressions) appeared in The New Yorker, and that this is called "back-formation" (for the pedants among you).


  • Telescope (short stories). Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2019.
  • Making The Rounds (short stories). Edmonton: Edge Publishing, 2016.
  • Living Room. (short stories). Toronto: Boheme Press, 2001. (Publisher is defunct; all rights owned by author)
  • "A Tartan of Many Colours." Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People. Teaneck, NJ: Ben Yehuda Press, 2022. Available here
  • "Selfie." The Radiance of the Short Story: Fiction from Around the Globe. Ed. Maurice A. Lee and Aaron Penn. Lisbon: Humus, 2018. 721-28.
  • "Moving Day." Revue CMC Review 3.1 (2016)
  • "Bus Opera." Influence and Confluence: East and West: A Global Anthology on the Short Story. Ed. Maurice A. Lee. Shanghai: East China Normal School, 2016. 294-99.
  • "A Little Leavening." On Spec 26.3 (Fall 2014): 87-102.
  • "Lines." Unbraiding the Short Story. Ed. Maurice Lee. Charleston: CreateSpace, 2014. 346-51.
  • “Black Book.” Bridges: A Global Anthology of Short Stories. Ed. Maurice Lee. [North Little Rock]: Temenos, 2012. 209-23.
  • “The Whole Megillah.” On Spec 23.2 (Summer 2011): 50-69.
  • "Contracts." Wascana Review 40.1-2 (Spring 2005 [copyright 2008]): 46-57.
  • "Making Light." On Spec 19.1 (Spring 2007): 58-74.
  • "Heaven and Earth." Tesseracts Nine. Ed. Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman. Calgary: Edge, 2005. 361-76.
  • "The Missing Word." On Spec 13.2 (Summer 2001): 59-72.
  • Excerpt from Bread and Stone (a novel-in-progress). Rampike 12.1 (2001): 67-69.
  • "The Solomon Cheats." Tesseracts 7. Ed. Jean-Louis Trudel and Paula Johanson. Edmonton: Tesseract Books, 1998. 159-74.
  • "Exchange." On Spec 10.2 (Summer 1998): 17-28.
  • "The Last of the Maccabees." Arrowdreams. Ed. Mark Shainblum and John Dupuis. Winnipeg: Nuage Editions, 1998. 99-124.
  • "Fixed." NorthWords 3.1 (Spring 1996): 26-33.
  • "Journals." Prairie Fire 16.4 (Winter 1995-96): 97-107. Honourable mention, Speculative Fiction contest
  • "Living Room." Short Story 3.1 (Spr. 1995): 64-73.
  • "All the Birds That Fly." Windsor Review 27.1 (Spr. 1994): 3-13.
  • "Property." NeWest Review 18 (Aug.-Sept. 1993): 13-16.
  • "The Domitable Knight Errant." Communique 12 (May-June 1993): 6-7.
  • "Ants." Tesseracts 4. Ed. Michael Skeet and Lorna Toolis. Victoria: Beach Holme Press, 1992. 108-23. Nominated for an Aurora Award for best Canadian SF short story.
  • "Minorities." Fiddlehead 172 (Summer 1992): 35-48.
  • "The Doorknob." Green's Magazine 16:1 (Aut. 1987): 7-16.
  • "Jean Beliveau Was Number Four." Loomings 1.1 (1979): 2-12. Rpt. Short Story International: Seedling Series 4.13 (March 1984): 5-12.
  • "Tuparosh." Space and Time 40 (Jan. 1977): 14-20.
  • "Satanesque." Fantasy and Terror 1:6 (1974): 24-28. Rpt. Year's Best Horror Stories III. Ed. Richard Davis. New York: Daw Books, 1975. 98-108.


  • The Mini-Cycle. London: Routledge, 2021. Available here
  • The Routledge Introduction to Canadian Fantastic Literature. London: Routledge, 2021. Available here
  • Editor, The Canadian Fantastic in Focus: New Perspectives. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2014.
  • Editor, Perspectives on the Canadian Fantastic: Proceedings of the 1997 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Toronto: ACCSFF, 1998.
  • [With Dean Baldwin]. Instructor's Resource Manual. The Riverside Anthology of Short Fiction: Convention and Innovation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
  • [Co-Editor,] Out of This World: Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature. Comp. Andrea Paradis. Kingston: Quarry Press; Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1995.
  • Canadian Literature Index 1985-88. Toronto: ECW Press, 1987-1992.
  • A Comprehensive Bibliography of English-Canadian Short Stories, 1950-1983. Toronto: ECW Press, 1988. 973p.
  • Book reviews in Canadian Literature, Literary Review of Canada, and elsewhere.
  • "The Mini-Cycle in Clark Blaise's Resident Alien." Clark Blaise: Essays on His Work. Ed. J. R. "Tim" Struthers. Toronto: Guernica (forthcoming).
  • "Baptisms by Fire: War in Early Canadian SF." Studies in Canadian Literature (forthcoming).
  • "`The True North Strong and Free': National Evolution and Race in Early English-Canadian Utopian Fiction." Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (forthcoming).
  • "Apocalypse: It's the End of the Word as We Know It." On Spec 24.4 (2012-13): 7-12.
  • “Disharmony and Dystopia: Music in Classic Dystopian Fiction.” Collision of Realities: Establishing Research on the Fantastic in Europe. Ed. Lars Schmeink and Astrid Boger. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012. 285-94.
  • “Future Vision: Time and Perspective in Margaret Atwood’s Speculative-Fiction Short Stories.” Time and the Short Story. Ed. Maria Teresa Chialant and Marina Lops. Bern: Peter Lang, 2012. 225-36. 
  • “The Form and Function of the Modern Fable in the Short Stories of Janet Frame.” Commonwealth Essays & Studies 33.2 (2011): 43-55.
  • “Aliens and the Alien in Canadian Science Fiction.” Managing Diversity and Social Cohesion: The Canadian Experience/Diversité culturelle et cohésion sociale: L’expérience canadienne. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of Central European Canadianists. Ed. Diana Yankova. Sofia: Masaryk University, 2010. 445-50.
  • “Between Collection and Cycle: The Mini-Cycle.” Short Story 17.2 (Fall 2009): 78-90.
  • “Cycles within Cycles: Mini-Cycles in Robert Olen Butler’s Fiction.” Short Story 17.1 (Spring 2009): 65-80.
  • “Offred’s Complicity and the Dystopian Tradition in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.” Studies in Canadian Literature 34.1 (2009): 120-41.
  • "Destiny and Identity in Canadian Urban Fantasy." Literary Environments: Canada and the Old World. Ed. Britta Olinder. Brussels: Peter Lang, 2006. 109-17.
  • “The Question of Genre.” Further Perspectives on the Canadian Fantastic: Proceedings of the 2003 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy.  Ed. Allan Weiss. Toronto: ACCSFF, 2005. 47-54.
  • “The Canadian Apocalypse.” Worlds of Wonder: Readings in Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature (Reappraisals Canadian Writers Series). Ed. Jean-François Leroux and Camille R. La Bossière. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2004. 35-45.
  • "Beyond Genre: Canadian Surrealist Short Fiction." The Postmodern Short Story: Forms and Issues. Ed. Farhat Iftekharrudin et al. Westport: Praeger, 2003.
  • "Beyond Dualities: Canadian Women's Fantastic Literature." Journal of Indo-Canadian Studies 2.1 (2002): 68-81.
  • Articles on Lesley Choyce and Donald Kingsbury. Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers. Dictionary of Literary Biography v. 251. Ed.Douglas Ivison. Detroit: Gale, 2002.
  • "Beyond the Here and Now: Canadian Utopias and Dystopias." Rediscovering Canadian Difference. Ed. Gudrun Bjork Gudsteins. Reykjavik: NACS, 2001. 230-39.
  • "Beyond Human: Fading Boundaries Between Human and Machine in Canadian Fantastic Literature." Foundation 81 (Spr 2001): 68-75.
  • Articles in A Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English. Ed. Erin Fallon et al. Westport: Greenwood P, 2001.
  • "Rediscovering the Popular Canadian Short Story." Dominant Impressions: Essays on the Canadian Short Story. Ed. Gerald Lynch and Angela Arnold Robbeson. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 1999. 87-97.
  • "SFC Interview: Robert Charles Wilson." Science Fiction Chronicle 20 (Feb.-Mar. 1999): 8, 38-42.
  • "Guardians of Earthy Delights: Sexual Humour in Canadian Immigrant Fiction." Canada and the Nordic Countries in Times of Reorientation: Literature & Criticism. Ed. Jorn Carlsen. Arhus: Nordic Association for Canadian Studies, 1998. 226-33.
  • "Separations and Unities: Quebec Separatism in English- and French-Canadian Science Fiction." Science-Fiction Studies 74 (Mar. 1998): 53-60.
  • "The 1997 Academic Conference on Canadian SF & Fantasy." Locus 39 (Sept. 1997): 57.
  • "Judith Merril: A Retrospective." Odyssey 2 (1997): 45-46.
  • "Not Only a Mother: An Interview with Judith Merril I." SOL Rising 18 (Apr. 1997): 1, 6-9;
  • "Beyond the Whole Jar: An Interview with Judith Merril II." SOL Rising 19 (Aug. 1997): 6-9; 20 (Jan. 1998): 14-15, 25.
  • Columnist, "Socially Speaking" North York Mirror 1995-1997
  • "An Interview with Sean Stewart." SOL Rising 13 (May 1995): 6-7; 14 (Sept. 1995): 9, 11.
  • "An Interview with Hal Clement." SOL Rising 10 (May 1994): 4-5.
  • "Politics and the Self: Themes and Techniques in Canadian Fantastic Literature." In Transcultural Travels: Essays in Canadian Literature and Society. Ed. Mari Peepre-Bordessa. Lund: Nordic Association for Canadian Studies, 1994. 89-99.
  • Articles in Reference Guide to Short Fiction. Chicago: St. James Press, 1994.
  • "Private and Public in Timothy Findley's The Wars." Canadian Literature 138/139 (Fall/Winter 1993): 91-102.
  • "Magazines and the English-Canadian Short Story, 1950-1970." Visions critiques 5 (1988): 223-30.
  • Book reviews in Books in Canada, 1986-1988.
  • "Professing Support: In Defense of Academia's Role in Canadian Literature." The Bumper Book. Ed. John Metcalf. Toronto: ECW Press, 1986. 130-39.
  • "Adele Wiseman's Technique and the Yiddish Tradition." World Literature Written in English, 24:2 (Aut. 1984): 397-407.
  • Articles in supplement to Canadian Selection (1978). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985.

Conference Papers

For a list of papers given at academic conferences click here.