Joe Mahoney is the author of the time travel novel A Time and a Place.
His short fiction has been published in Canada, Australia and Greece, and he’s been nominated twice for an Aurora Award, one of Canada’s top awards for science fiction and fantasy, for his work on CBC Radio. He is a member of SF Canada, Canada’s National Association of Speculative Fiction Professionals
“Mahoney’s work is great for those who like their speculative fiction thoughtful, eloquent, and messy. ”Publishers Weekly
He has also worked as a story editor on multiple radio, television and film projects including CBC Radio’s Steve the First and Steve the Second, both seasons of Canadia: 2056, Canadian author and filmmaker Susan Rodger’s feature film Still the Water, and more.
He currently works full-time for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where, for over more than three decades, he has worked in several roles including recording engineer, producer, and several operational management roles.
His second book, a collection of seven short stories entitled Other Times and Places, was published by Donovan Street Press in January 2020.
This little collection of stories is big on enjoyability. Highly recommended!frank Faulk, Amazon.ca
He lives in Whitby, Ontario with his wife and two daughters, and their golden retriever and Siberian forest cat.
He can be reached at [email protected]
(Five Rivers Press 2017)
Barnabus’s nephew is behaving oddly.
Calling upon Doctor Humphrey for assistance has not been particularly helpful, because the good doctor’s diagnosis of demonic possession is clearly preposterous. Even the demon currently ensconced on the front room couch agrees it’s preposterous. But then, how else to explain the portal to another world through which his nephew and Humphrey have just now disappeared? Barnabus knows their only chance of rescue is for Barnabus J. Wildebear himself to step up and go through that portal.
Thus begins an existential romp across space and time, trampling on Barnabus’ assumptions about causality, freewill, identity, good and evil. Can Barnabus save his nephew—and incidentally, all of humanity?
What do a thief, wizards, a platypus, ghosts, soft drink salesmen, God, the devil, and a spaceman all have in common? Together they will make you laugh, think, sleep better, open your mind, spark your imagination, and quite possibly improve your complexion* as Joe Mahoney brings them all vividly to life in this humorous and thoughtful collection of seven tales of the fantastic.
*Individual results may vary
Here’s a tongue-in-cheek short bio Joe wrote back in his mid-twenties in the style of Bob Johnstone’s Today in History series. This represents the first known instance of Joe referring to himself in the third person, an odd habit more or less de rigueur for those fancying themselves writers:
Despite the fact that Joe Mahoney’s parents lived in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, Joe was born about fifty miles downriver in the darn near as small community of Perth, because the only doctor in Plaster Rock was a drunk and Joe’s mother didn’t trust him.
Joe’s father, Thomas Aquinas Mahoney, was a practical man who dreamed of becoming an engineer, but became a schoolteacher instead when the cost of supporting his small family made it impossible for him to go back to school. When Joe was one, the family moved to Summerside in Prince Edward Island so that Tom could work. There, the Mahoney’s had three more children, all girls.
Joe experienced a comfortable, middle class childhood in P.E.I. When he was sixteen he got his first job in radio, announcing for CJRW, Summerside’s two hundred and fifty watt daytimer. In nineteen eighty-three young Joseph moved to Nova Scotia to go to university. He quickly decided that a Bachelor of Arts would be a wonderful degree in an ideal world, but not this one, so after completing only one year at St. Francis Xavier he moved to Toronto, Ontario. Ryerson Polytechnical Institute took him in. It spat him out again three years later with an Applied Arts Degree in Radio and Television, whatever that is.
Joe took his degree back to P.E.I. and landed himself a job in private radio, announcing at the biggest A.M. station east of Montreal. They wanted him to stay. They offered him thirteen thousand dollars a year if he’d stay. Joe said, “Double it and I’ll consider it.” They didn’t, and he didn’t.
Joe returned to the Big Smoke. He did a one year stint teaching at Ryerson, and he saved a lot of money. When that job finished he took some time off. In two months he’d spent all his money and had to look for another job. It just so happened that he lived across the street from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. They hired him as a radio technician. It wasn’t what he wanted to do with his life. He figured he’d work at the CBC a while, make some money, then quit and do what he really wanted to do: be an announcer and write fiction on the side. Everyone told him he’d get either comfortable or pigeon holed and die a technician for CBC radio.
And if he’s not careful, he damn near might.
For the rest of the story (or at least some of it), check out Joe’s CBC memoir in progress, Something Technical.
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