Aurora Award Winners

The English language Aurora Awards for Canadian Science Fiction were presented this weekend in Toronto at SFContario 2. The Francophone winners were announced on May 15 in Montreal. The winners are listed below.

  • Best Novel – English: WWW: Watch, by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Best Short Form – English: “The Burden of Fire,” by Hayden Trenholm
  • Best Poem/Song: “The ABCs of the End of the World,” by Carolyn Clink
  • Best Graphic Novel – English: Goblins, by Tarol Hunt
  • Best Related Work – English: The Dragon and the Stars, edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi
  • Best Artist: Erik Mohr
  • Best Fan Filk: Dave Clement and Tom Jeffers
  • Best Fan Organizational: Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi for Toronto SpecFic Colloquium
  • Best Fan Other: John Mansfield and Linda Ross Mansfield, Aurora Award pins

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First Faneds Announced

The first Faned Awards, a Canadian award presented for fanzine activity, were presented on October 2 at VCON 36 in Vancouver, Canada by R. Graeme Cameron. Each winner will receive the Faned, a sculpture created by Lawrence Prime and a certificate designed by Taral Wayne. The first year’s awards were entirely selected by Cameron, who hopes to garner peer input in future years.

  • Best Fan Artist: Taral Wayne
  • Best Fan Writer: Garth Spencer
  • Best LoC Hack: Lloyd Penney
  • Best Fanzine: WARP, Cathy Palmer-Lister, Editor
  • Life-Time Achievement: “The Unknown Faned” who published Canada’s first SF fanzine in early 1936 under the title The Canadian Science Fiction Fan.

Con-Version Cancelled

Con-Version, a Calgary, Canada science fiction convention, has announced the cancellation of both their 2011 and 2012 conventions with no announced plans for events beyond that time. Con-Version was founded in 1984 and in 1996 hosted the Canvention. The 2005 Con-Version was held in conjunction with Westercon.

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Sawyer in Ottawa

Robert J. Sawyer will speak at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa on October 19. The free lecture will run from 7:00-8:00 and is part of the museum’s National Science and Technology Week.

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Sunburst Winners

The 2011 Sunburst Award winners have been announced. The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a juried award given to a Canadian writer for a book length work of SF. The prize comes with a hand-crafted medallion and Can$1,000.

  • Sunburst Award: Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Sunburst Young Adult Award: Bookweirder, by Paul Glennon

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Sunburst Nominations

The jury for the tenth annual Sunburst Awards has announced the short-lists for 2011. The awards will be presented on September 14, 2011 at the Harbourfront Reading Series. Winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a hand-crafted medallion which incorporates the “Sunburst” logo, designed by Marcel Gagné. This year’s jury includes Kate Freiman, Mark Leslie, Christopher Roden, and Alison Sinclair.

Adult Category:

  • Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • WWW: Wake, by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Chimerascope, by Douglas Smith
  • A Taint in the Blood, by S.M. Stirling
  • Stealing Home, by Hayden Trenholm

Young Adult Category:

  • Shapeshifter, by Holly Bennett
  • Plain Kate, by Erin Bow
  • The Painted Boy, by Charles De Lint
  • Bookweirder, by Paul Glennon
  • Dust City, by Robert Paul Weston

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CUFF Winner Announced

Kent Pollard has been announced as the winner of this year’s Canadian Unity Fan Fund race. Pollard defeated Danielle Stephens 20-18-2 and will travel to CanVention, which is being held this year in conjunction with SFContario 2 in Toronto from November 18-20.

Lapses Contest

The Mariposa Writers’ Group is holding a writing contest in conjunction with the Lake County Literary Lapses. Entrants should not have been commercially published and pieces (no longer than 2,000 words) may be fiction or non-fiction. There is a Can$15 entry fee for each submission and the deadline is July 15.

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SF Receives Alberta Readers Choice Nomination

The novel Cinco de Mayo, by Michael Martineck has been named a finalist for the Alberta Readers Choice Awards, presented for favorite work published by an Alberta, Canada-based publisher. Despite being a regional award, anyone may vote. The deadline for voting is the end of May. This is the first time a science fiction novel has made it to the finalists for this award. The nominees include:

  • Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, by Clem and Olivier Martini
  • Cinco de Maya, by Michael Martineck
  • The Grizzly Manifesto, by Jeff Gailus
  • Letters from the Lost: A Memoir of Discovery, by Helen Waldstein Wilkes
  • Too Bad: Sketches Toward a Self-Portrait, by Robert Kroetsch

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Prix Aurora Winners and Nominees

The French language winners of the Prix Aurora were announced on May 15 in Montreal and the nominees in the English categories were announced at the same time.

French winners:

  • Best French Novel:
  • La tueuse de dragons, by Héloïse Côté

  • Best French Short Story: “Pour l’honneur d’un Nohaum,” by Philippe-Aubert Côté
  • Best French Related Work: Solaris (Revue. editor in chief: Joël Champetier)

And the English language nominations:

Professional Awards
Best English Novel

  • Black Bottle Man, by Craig Russell
  • Destiny’s Blood, by Marie Bilodeau
  • Stealing Home, by Hayden Trenholm
  • Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Watch, by Robert J. Sawyer

Best English Short Story

  • “The Burden of Fire,” by Hayden Trenholm
  • “Destiny Lives in the Tattoo’s Needle,” by Suzanne Church
  • “The Envoy,” by Al Onia
  • “Touch the Sky, They Say,” by Matt Moore
  • “Your Beating Heart,” by M. G. Gillett

Best English Poem / Song

  • “The ABCs of the End of the World,” by Carolyn Clink
  • “Let the Night In,” by Sandra Kasturi
  • “Of the Corn: Kore’s Innocence,” by Colleen Anderson
  • “The Transformed Man,” by Robert J. Sawyer
  • “Waiting for the Harrowing,” by Helen Marshall

Best English Graphic Novel

  • Goblins, by Tarol Hunt
  • Looking For Group, Vol. 3, by by Ryan Sohmer
  • Stargazer, Volume 1, by by Von Allan
  • Tomboy Tara, by Emily Ragozzino

Best English Related Work

  • Chimerascope, by Douglas Smith
  • The Dragon and the Stars, edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi
  • Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick
  • On Spec, edited by Diane Walton
  • Tesseracts Fourteen, edited by John Robert Colombo and Brett Alexander Savory

Best Artist (Professional and Amateur)

  • Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk
  • Erik Mohr
  • Christina Molendyk
  • Dan O’Driscoll
  • Aaron Paquette

Fan / Amateur Awards
Best Fan Publications
No award will be given out in this category due insufficient eligible nominees

Best Fan Filk

  • Dave Clement and Tom Jeffers of Dandelion Wine for “Face on Mars” CD
  • Karen Linsley; concert as SFContario Guest of Honour
  • Phil Mills, for “Time Traveller” (song writing)

Best Fan Organizational

  • Andrew Gurudata, organizing the Constellation Awards
  • Brent M. Jans, chair of Pure Speculation (Edmonton)
  • Liana Kerzner, chair of Futurecon (Toronto)
  • Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi, chairs of Toronto SpecFic Colloquium (Toronto)
  • Alex Von Thorn, chair of SFContario (Toronto)

Best Fan Other

  • Tom Jeffers, Fundraising, FilKONtario
  • John and Linda Ross Mansfield, Conception of the Aurora Nominee pins
  • Lloyd Penney, Articles, columns and letters of comment – fanzines

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