... or is the closest thing that a work of fiction can be to alive - it's available and in print. Tesseracts Eleven (edited by Cory Doctorow and Holly Phillips), the latest edition of the venerable Canadian speculative fiction anthology, is on the shelves, at least here in Canada, and my story "Swamp Witch and the Tea-Drinking Man" (excerpted here) is on the shelves with it.
So by all means, if you're an instant-gratification type, rush right out and buy it. If you're one of those people who never buy books if you're not at a party, then stop by Bakka Phoenix Books November 24 and bring some money. That's the Toronto launch, and I'll be there (there being 697 Queen Street West, just west of Bathurst Street, after 3 p.m.) signing books and talking too loudly.
Or, if you're one of those people who never buy books at a party in Toronto but might consider doing so at parties in other cities, here are the westerly launches that Edge has set up:
Tesseracts Eleven Calgary Book Launch
Nov. 30, 7 p.m.
Part of Hot off the Press Fall Book Launch
Historiic Fire Hall
1111 Memorial Drive
Tesseracts Eleven Vancouver Book Launch
Dec. 2, 3 p.m.
White Dwarf Books
3715 West Tenth Ave.