Chad Ganske was born in Red Deer, Alberta in 1976, relocating with his family to Sidney in the late eighties. He published his first novel, a dark science fiction tale called Idyllic Avenue in 2014, followed by a sequel, Salus (2016). Twin suns have burnt so life on the planet Ultim is in peril. Stanford Samuels is chosen to lead mutants to sanctuary in a quest that makes him face personal demons. According to sci-fi writer G.S. Jensen, "Chad Ganske delivers a haunting, intensely personal tale of a dystopian society stratified along harsh, inescapable lines, and the determination of a people facing extinction to change their fate.";

[BCBW 2016]