Debra Yeung has been selected as this year’s CUFF delegate. She will travel westward to attend thie year’s Canvention, “When Worlds Collide,” in Calgary the weekend of August 10-12. Yeung defeated Jane Garthson, 29-12-1 to win this year’s Canadian United Fan Fund.
The English language nominations for the Prix Aurora have been announced by the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association. Voting for the awards will begin on April 16.
Professional Award Nominations
Best Novel – English
- Enter Night, by Michael Rowe
- Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, by David Nickle
- Napier’s Bones, by Derryl Murphy
- The Pattern Scars, by Caitlin Sweet
- Technicolor Ultra Mall, by Ryan Oakley
- WWW: Wonder, by Robert J. Sawyer
Best Short Fiction – English
- “The Legend of Gluck,” by Marie Bilodeau
- “The Needle’s Eye,” by Suzanne Church
- “One Horrible Day,” by Randy McCharles
- “Turning It Off,” by Susan Forest
- “To Live and Die in Gibbontown,” by Derek Künsken
Best Poem / Song – English
- “A Good Catch,” by Colleen Anderson
- “Ode to the Mongolian Death Worm,” by Sandra Kasturi
- “Skeleton Leaves,” by Helen Marshall
- “Skeleton Woman,” by Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps
- “Zombie Bees of Winnipeg,” by Carolyn Clink
Best Graphic Novel – English
- Goblins, webcomic, created by Tarol Hunt
- Imagination Manifesto, Book 2, by GMB Chomichuk, James Rewucki, and John Toone
- Weregeek, webcomic, created by Alina Pete
Best Related Work – English
- Fairytale, CD by Heather Dale
- The First Circle: Volume One of the Tenth Circle Project, edited by Eileen Bell and Ryan McFadden
- Neo-Opsis, edited by Karl Johanson
- On Spec, published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
- Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales, edited by Julie Czerneda and Susan MacGregor
Best Artist (Professional and Amateur Nominations)
- Janice Blaine, “Cat in Space,” Cover art for Neo-Opsis, Issue 20
- Costi Gurgu, cover art for Outer Diverse
- Erik Mohr, cover art for ChiZine Publications
- Dan O’Driscoll, “Deep Blue Seven,” cover art for On Spec magazine, Summer issue
- Martin Springett, Interior art for The Pattern Scars
Fan/Volunteer Award Nominations
Best Fan Publication
- BCSFAzine,edited by Felicity Walker
- Bourbon and Eggnog, by Eileen Bell, Ryan McFadden, Billie Milholland, and Randy McCharles
- In Places Between: The Robin Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest Book, edited by Reneé Bennett
- Sol Rising newsmagazine, edited by Michael Matheson
- Space Cadet, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
Best Fan Filk
- Stone Dragons (Tom and Sue Jeffers), concert at FilKONtario
- Phil Mills, Body of Song-Writing Work including FAWM and 50/90
- Cindy Turner, Interfilk concert at OVFF
Best Fan Organizationa
- Andrew Gurudata, chair of the Constellation Awards committee
- Peter Halasz, administrator of the Sunburst Awards
- Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi, chairs of the Chiaroscuro Reading Series (Toronto)
- Randy McCharles, founder and chair of When Words Collide (Calgary)
- Alex von Thorn, chair of SFContario 2 (Toronto)
- Rose Wilson, for organizing the Art Show at V-Con (Vancouver)
Best Fan Other
- Lloyd Penney, letters of comment
- Peter Watts, “Reality: The Ultimate Mythology” lecture, Toronto SpecFic Colloquium
- Taral Wayne, Canadian Fanzine Fanac Awards art
The judges for this year’s World Fantasy Awards have been announced. The World Fantasy Awards are presented at World Fantasy Con on November 4 in Toronto, Canada. This year’s judges include John Berlyne, James P. Blaylock, Stephen Gallagher, Mary Kay Kare, and Jacques Post.
Editor Mark Leslie has put out a call for short fiction by Canadian authors for Tesseracts 16, the theme of which is Parnassus Unbound. Stories should have art, music, literature, and cultural elements that is central to the story. Stories can be a maximum of 5,000 words and the deadline for submissions is February 29, 2012.
Corrected the name of the editor and removed an erroneous $ sign.
LucasFilm has announced that a new Star Wars exhibit, Star Wars: Identities, will open at the Montréal Science Centre on April 19, 2012. The interactive exhibit will examine the biological and social forces which determine identity and will also include numerous iconic props and costumes for the Star Wars series.
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
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, 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.
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