Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pixl Press at Literary Fest at Gladstone Hotel in Toronto

Melody Bar of the Gladstone Hotel
PIXL PRESS CANADA is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the Small Press Literary Festival put on by the Toronto Indie Arts Market (TIAM) at the Gladstone Hotel on Sunday May 25th from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

PIXL PRESS was recently featured by TIAM and you can read about us as a FEATURED VENDOR.

PIXL PRESS is described as a small press in British Columbia that features works in the environment, nature, science and science fiction & fantasy.

Cheryl Kirby, co-founder of TIAM
Pixl Press and Vancouver/Toronto author and ecologist Nina Munteanu will showcase her latest eco-fiction, science fiction and fantasy works (which examine the role of evolution and humanity in the context of Nature and technology). Nina teaches writing at the University of Toronto and George Brown College and her guidebooks on how to write (used in colleges and universities throughout North America and Europe) will also be available for sale.

We will be featuring the complete Splintered Universe Trilogy with the recent release of Metaverse this past March.

We will also showcase Toronto author and editor Merridy Cox's latest book on animal care, a charming annotated book on Edwardian pet care: "Edwardian Annotated Pets and How to Keep Them: Part 1 Beasts".

Admission: Pay What You Can with proceeds donated to to the Children's Book Bank.

Venue: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West (Ballroom and 2nd Floor Gallery) admission pwyc

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Third Book in Nina Munteanu's Space Thriller Trilogy Now Out!

Pixl Press is pleased to announce the release of Metaverse, Book 3 of The Splintered Universe Trilogy.  The entire trilogy is now available in print and digital formats through Toronto's premier science fiction bookstore Bakka Phoenix Books, Chapters-Indigo (Canada), Barnes & Noble (United States) and Amazon (the world).

Nina with Vali and Costi Gurgu
Nina celebrated the completion and release of  Metaverse in an exclusive launch party April 24th in The Beaches, Toronto.  Several guests joined Nina and two other authors to celebrate local talent.  Celebrated Romanian author and graphic artist Costi Gurgu, who created Aurora-finalist covers for the trilogy and his wife, Vali Gurgu, who modeled as Rhea Hawke, also made an appearance.

Metaverse concludes the metaphysical journey of detective Rhea Hawke, a complex heroine on a quest of justice in a shape-shifting universe of intrigue and paradox.  Rhea Hawke's unlawful quest throws her into a treacherous storm of politics, conspriacy and self-discovery.  The Splintered Universe is a high-paced thriller with a mystery of cosmic proportions that explores the nature of the universe and the human psyche through paranormal phenomena such as multi-dimensionality, clairvoyance, quantum entanglement, morphic resonance and synchronicity.

The three books of The Splintered Universe Trilogy include: Outer Diverse, Inner Diverse, and Metaverse.  You can buy them in print and digital formats at a major book retailer near you.  You can also get Outer Diverse and Inner Diverse as audiobooks, narrated by Dawn Harvey, through  Discussions are underway to make Metaverse available as an audiobook soon, so the entire trilogy can be heard as well as seen.

For more about the trilogy and how to purchase an autographed box set, visit and this site in the near futhre.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Nina Munteanu's Natural Selection Compared to Niven's Tales of Known Space

Nina with friend Siko on Vancouver Island, B.C.
Nina Munteanu's short story collection Natural Selection (Pixl Press, 2013), about the evolution of humanity, received high praise recently from David Merchant, English Instructor at Louisiana Tec University.

In his review on, Merchant compared Munteanu's collection of nine interconnected stories to Niven's Tales of Known Space. Niven's collection of  thirteen interconnected stories range from the 20th Century to the 31st and trace Humanity's expansion and colonization throughout the galaxy.

"Like Larry Niven's Tales of Known Space, many of the stories in [Nina's] collection involve the same universe.  Nina's stories tease you, though. I want to know more about this universe of hers. My goodness, but she can write. I just love her writing, her characterizations, her ability to draw you in and leave you wanting more. A beautiful writer. I highly recommend anything she writes."

"By the way," Merchant adds, "she writes books on how to write fiction. Those are also well written."

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Read the Scintillating Conclusion of The Splintered Universe Trilogy

Nina's much anticipated third book of her Splintered Universe Trilogy is now out!

In Metaverse (Pixl Press), the third and final book of The Splintered Universe Trilogy (Starfire World Syndicate), renegade Galactic Guardian Rhea Hawke travels back to Earth to convince an eccentric mystic to help her defend humanity from an impending Vos attack. Of course, things don't go as planned for Rhea in her unlawful quest. She finds herself trapped in a deception that promises to change her and her two worlds forever.

Metaverse was released in print form March 10th, 2014 and is available on Amazon and other quality bookstores. The Kindle version of Metaverse was released by Pixl Press for download on April 12, 2014.

Cover Art by Aurora-finalist Costi Gurgu

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Natural Selection by Nina Munteanu Eligible for Aurora Award

Nina Munteanu's short story collection about evolution Natural Selection is eligible for an Aurora Award.

Described by Canadian editor and author Steve Stanton as a "fine showcase of gritty and powerful short fiction" in which "the author envisions a bleak future of warfare and scarcity as she entertains some interesting ideas from the fringe of science."

The Aurora Award is given by the members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association to works deemed the best for that year. Publications in 2013 will be awarded this year.  Nominations are open until April 12th for any Canadian wishing to celebrate excellence in Canadian science fiction and fantasy literature.

Find out how to nominate your favourite works in this genre by going to the Prix Aurora Award website or visit them on Facebook.

You can read five of Nina's short stories, which appear in the collection, in various online venues:

The Arc of Time
A Butterfly in Peking
Julia's Gift
Mark of a Genius
Neither Here Nor There

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Natural Selection Imaginative SF Written With Flare and a Conscience

A recent review in called Nina Munteanu's Natural Selection a shining light:

"I've decided I really like the short story collection format. It's like unwrapping a new gift every day! Natural Selection is a collection of imaginative science fiction stories written with flare and a conscience. Munteanu shines a light on human evolution and how the choices we do or don't make today, may impact our planet and future generations. The science is fascinating and so are these nine short stories. The fact that Munteanu is able to explain these complex concepts through her characters in a short-story format is a testament to her skill as a writer."--J.P. McLean, author of The Gift Trilogy

Here is the back jacket description for the book:
This short story collection by acclaimed SF author and ecologist Nina Munteanu explores humanity's co-evolution with our environment and technology. A man uses cyber-eavesdropping to make love. A technocratic government uses gifted people as tools to recast humanity. The ruins of a city serve as battleground between pro-technologists and pro-naturalists. From time-space guardians to cybersex, GMO, and biotech implants, this short story collection is a journey of great scope, imagination and vision. "...a stunning example of good storytelling with an excellent setting and cast of characters."--Tangent Online