Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and internationally published novelist of eco-fiction, science fiction and fantasy. In addition to eight published novels, Nina has written award-nominated short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which have been translated into several languages throughout the world. Recognition for her work includes the Midwest Book Review Reader’s Choice Award, finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, the SLF Fountain Award, and The Delta Optimist Reviewers Choice.
Her non-fiction book “Water Is…” is a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist. “Water Is…” was recently picked by Margaret Atwood in the NY Times as 2016 ‘The Year in Reading’.
Nina is a member of The Writer’s Union of Canada and SF Canada. She regularly publishes reviews and essays in magazines such as The New York Review of Science Fiction and Strange Horizons. Nina serves as staff writer for several online and print magazines, and was assistant editor-in-chief of Imagikon, a Romanian speculative magazine. She currently writes for Amazing Stories and is an editor for Eagle Publishing House (Romania) and Europa SF, a zine dedicated to informing the European science fiction community. Nina also co-judged the Writers and Editors Network 2017 short story contest.
Nina hosts the Age of Water Podcast with Claudiu Murgan. Age of Water interviews scientists, visionaries, authors of eco-fiction, environmental activists, and technologists on matters of the environment, climate change and water.
Teaching, Workshops, Editing and Coaching:
Nina teaches writing at the University of Toronto and George Brown College. She also gives writing workshops and courses based on her award-nominated guidebook “The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now!” (Starfire World Syndicate). The textbook is used in colleges and universities throughout North America and Europe. It was translated and published by Editura Paralela 45 in Romania. The next book in her writing guide series “The Journal Writer: Finding Your Voice” was released in winter of 2012 in Romanian by Editura Paralela 45 and in English in early 2013 by Starfire. Nina’s “Ecology & Story” world building workshop series is given across Canada to writers of eco-fiction, science fiction and fantasy. The third book in her writing guidebook series “The Ecology of Story: World as Character” on world building, place and use of metaphor was released in Summer 2019. Nina’s 2016 book “Water Is…The Meaning of Water” is an educational book on water and stewardship.
Nina has coached writers to successful publication for over twenty years (see “Testimonial Page”). She has mentored and coached writers of memoirs, science fiction and fantasy, contemporary fiction and children’s stories. Many have gone on to publish with a traditional publishing house, indie publisher or have self-published.
For more information about booking her workshops, online classes, individual consultations, or speaking appearances contact Nina or go to the “Lectures/Workshops” Page or the “Contact” Page on this website. Her award-winning blog The Alien Next Door hosts lively discussion on science, travel, pop culture, writing and movies. Her site The Meaning of Water features information on ecology, water, limnology and information related to her book “Water Is…“.
Age of Water Podcast
On November 22, 2019, Nina launched the Age of Water podcast with co-host Claudiu Murgan. The podcast covers anything of interest from breaking environmental news to evergreen material on water and the environment. We interview scientists, journalists, writers, academia and innovators who share their knowledge and opinions about the real state of the environment and what committed individuals and groups are doing to make a difference. We talk about the problems and we talk about the solutions.
Nina shares her time between Toronto and Vancouver.
Where You can find Nina (appearances, interviews, articles, press releases, social media):
Age of Water
Association for the Study of Literature & Environment
CBC Canada Writes
Dragon Page Cover to Cover
Facebook: Nina Munteanu Writer
Fantasy Fiction Focus
George Brown College
Internet Review of Science Fiction
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
Little Blue Marble
Liquid Lunch THAT Channel
Nina Munteanu Writer
SF Girl Reviews
The Alien Next Door
The Globe and Mail
The Meaning Of Water
The Toronto Star
The Vancouver Sun
University of Toronto, Engineering
University of Toronto, Health Sciences
World Poetry Cafe
Writers Union of Canada
Nina’s Novels and Short Story Collections include:
- A Diary in the Age of Water
- Natural Selection: a collection of short stories
- Metaverse (Book 3)
- Inner Diverse (Book 2)
- Outer Diverse (Book 1 of Splintered Universe Trilogy)
- The Last Summoner
- Darwin’s Paradox
- Angel of Chaos
- The Cypol
- Collision with Paradise
Nina’s guidebooks and other non-fiction include:
- Water Is…The Meaning of Water
- The Ecology of Story: World as Character
- The Journal Writer: Finding Your Voice
- The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now!
Nina’s short stories, essays and articles have appeared in the following magazines and anthologies:
- Amazing Stories
- Another Realm
- Armchair Aesthete
- Beautiful BC Magazine
- Boldface (EAC)
- Cats Magazine
- Clarion Foundation Blog
- Cli-Fi: Canadian Tales of Climate Change
- Country Woman Magazine
- Chiaroscuro (Chizine)
- Dreams & Visions
- Future Fiction: New Dimensions in International Science Fiction
- Fly Like an Eagle Anthology
- Hadrosaur Tales
- In the Moment Anthology
- Inspiring Hope Anthology
- Little Blue Marble
- Little Blue Marble 2019: Climate in Crisis
- Megan Survival Anthology
- Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine
- Niverville Citizen
- Nowa Fantastyka
- Pacific Yachting
- Polar Borealis
- Shared Vision Magazine
- Sky Songs Anthology
- Strange Horizons
- subTerrain Magazine
- The Best of Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine Anthology
- The Earth We Love
- The Internet Review of Science Fiction
- The Literary Connection Anthology Vol I
- The Literary Connection Anthology Vol 1V
- The New York Review of Science Fiction
Go to the publications page of NinaMunteanu.ca for a detailed list of Nina’s fiction (long and short), as well as her non-fiction, scientific/technical books and general articles.
Last updated: August, 2020