Prix Aurora Nominees

The Prix Aurora is presented annually at Canvention, the Canadian National Convention, to recognize the best Canadian science fiction of the year. This year’s Canvention will be held in conjunction with Anticipation, the Worldcon.

Best Long-Form Work in English/Meilleur livre en anglais

  • After the Fires, by Ursula Pflug
  • Identity Theft and Other Stories, by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Impossibilia, by Douglas Smith
  • Defining Diana, by Hayden Trenholm
  • Marseguro, by Edward Willett

Meilleur livre en français/Best Long-Form Work in French

  • Une fêlure au flanc du monde, by Éric Gauthier
  • Les vents de Tammerlan, by Michèle Laframboise

Best Short-Form Work in English/Meilleure nouvelle en anglais

  • “All In,” by Peter Atwood
  • “Back,” by Susan J. Forest
  • “Ringing in the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta,” by Randy McCharles
  • “A Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase by Van Gogh,” by Douglas Smith
  • “Doorways,” by Douglas Smith

Meilleure nouvelle en français/Best Short-Form Work in French

  • « Ballade sur Pallide », by Michèle Laframboise
  • « La révolte des gilets-malins », by Michèle Laframboise
  • « Le Dôme de Saint-Macaire », by Jean-Louis Trudel
  • « Jos Montferrand et le Grand Brigand des routes », by Alain Ducharme

Best Work in English (Other)/Meilleur ouvrage en anglais (Autre)

  • The Gaslight Grimoire, edited by Jeff Campbell & Charles Prepolec
  • Neo-opsis magazine, edited by Karl Johanson
  • Tesseracts Twelve, edited by Claude Lalumière
  • Through the Window: a Journey to the Borderlands of Faerie, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff
  • On Spec magazine, Diane Walton

Meilleur ouvrage en français (Autre)/Best Work in French (Other)

  • Jean-Louis Trudel, Sophie Beaulé
  • Solaris, Joël Champetier, édition et direction littéraire

Artistic Achievement/Accomplissement artistique

  • Looking for Group, Lar deSouza
  • cover Neo-Opsis #14, Stephanie Ann Johanson
  • Imagination, Michèle Laframboise
  • Fear Agent #22, Ronn Sutton
  • cover JEMMA7729, David Willicome

Fan Achievement (Fanzine)/Accomplissement fanique (Fanzine)

  • The Original Universe, edited by Jeff Boman
  • Opuntia, edited by Dale Spiers
  • Clair/Obscur, edited by François-Bernard Tremblay
  • Brins d’éternité, edited by Guillaume Voisine

Fan Achievement (Organizational)/Accomplissement fanique (Organisation)

  • Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, Renée Bennett (Administrator)
  • World Fantasy 2008, Kim Greyson (Guest Liaison)
  • FilKONtario 19, Judith Hayman, & Peggi Warner-Lalonde (Co-chairs)
  • World Fantasy 2008, Randy McCharles, (Chair)
  • Anime North 2008, David Simmons (Organizer)

Fan Achievement (Other)/Accomplissement fanique (autre)

  • World Fantasy 2008 Podcasts, Kurt Armbruster, & Ryah Deines (Producers/Ed./Hosts)
  • Impulse, news bulletin of MonSFFA, Keith Braithwaite (Ed.)
  • Through the Keyhole 25 years of Keycon Memories, Jennifer Ennis (Ed.)
  • Fan Writing, Lloyd Penney
  • Heather Dale Concert, Joan Sherman (Organizer)

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Compton Crook Nominees

The nominees for the Compton Crook Award, presented for the new author for the best novel, have been announced. The winner will be announced at Balticon 43 the weekend of May 22-25. The Compton Crook Award is presented annually by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society.

  • Into the Storm, by Taylor Anderson
  • Black Ships, by Jo Graham
  • Singularity’s Ring, by Paul Melko
  • The Way of Shadows, by Brent Weeks

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Dinosaur News

Scientists have announced the discovery of the remains of a previously unknown species of pliosaur that lived during the Jurassic period. The pliosaur was discovered on the arctic island of Svalbard and is estimated to have been 15 meters long and weighing 45 tons. Its head was twice as large as a Tyrannosaurus’ head. A different team of scientists have announced the discovery of the smallest carnivorous dinosaur discovered in North America. They’ve found a chicken-sized creature that ran on two legs and lived during the late Cretaceous. The tiny dinosaur has been named Hesperonychus. Originally discovered in 1982, the bones were thought to have belonged to an immature dinosaur and only recently began to be studied.

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Sci Fi Channel Changes Name

The SciFi Channel has announced plans to change their name to SyFy. The rebranding is an attempt to more fully own the channel’s name, which can’t be done with the current “Sci Fi Channel” name since sci fi is in too widespread use to be trademarked. According to new Sci Fi President Dave Howe, Sci Fi was too limiting and didn’t include fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, action, or superheroes.

Ellison Lawsuit

Harlan Ellison has filed a lawsuit against Paramount Studios and the Writers Guild of America over the merchandising, publishing, or any other exploitations of his script to the classic Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever.” The lawsuit notes Paramount’s licensing of the Crucible series and includes the WGA with the claim that they failed to act on numerous requests. Ellison’s suit is based on the collective bargaining agreement entered into between the WGA and Paramount.

SFRA Awards

The Science Fiction Research Association has announced the winners of its annual awards. The awards will be presented at their annual conference, held this year in Atlanta, Georgia from June 11-14.

  • The Pilgrim Award: Brian Attebery
  • The Pioneer Award: “Giving An Account of Oneself: Ethics, Alterity, Air,” by Neil Easterbrook
  • The Clareson Award: Hal Hall
  • The Mary Kay Bray Award: Sandor Klapcsik for his review of Rewired
  • The Graduate Student Paper Award: “The Imperial Unconscious: Samuel R. Delany’s The Fall of the Towers,” by Dave Higgins

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Obituary: Ron Silver

Actor Ron Silver (b.1946) died March 15 of esophageal cancer. Silver appeared in numerous television shows and films, including “Time Cop,” “Oh God, You Devil,” and “The Entity.”

Rhysling Nominations

The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the nominees for the Rhysling Award. The winners will be announced at Readercon in Burlington, MA the weekend of July 9-12.

Short Poem Category:

  • “Frankenstein’s Ice Mirror,” by Diana Adams
  • “So Many Lullabies,” by Mary Alexander Agner
  • “The Deceptive Truth,” by Brian Aldiss
  • “Don’t Get Too Close to the Baby,” by Francis W. Alexander
  • “Midnight Rendezvous, Philly,” by Mike Allen
  • “Return of Zombie Teen Angst,” by Mike Allen
  • “Von Neumann’s Poem,” by Aaron Benson
  • “Piece of Mind,” by Anthony Bernstein
  • “Dystopian Dusk,” by Bruce Boston
  • “The Gnomes’ Spectacles,” by Chris Burdette
  • “Four Haiku Poems on Artificial Intelligence,” by Christopher M. Cevasco
  • “World’s Oldest Profession 2.0,” by G.O. Clark
  • “The Future,” by Billy Collins
  • “Pygmalion,” by Malcolm Deeley
  • “Emile’s Ghosts,” by James S. Dorr
  • “Songs to an Ancient City,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Songs were washing up,” by Francesca Forrest
  • “A Taxi Driver on Mars,” by Bryn Forley
  • “A Mother Speaks,” by Joshua Gage
  • “The Illuminator,” by Joshua Gage
  • “Aware for the Woman who Disappears in Silence,” by Jeannine Hall Gailey
  • “Green Willow Wife,” by Jeannine Hall Gailey
  • “Tammuz to Ishtar,” by Delbert R. Gardner
  • “[faint], Wanting the Mouth of a Lover,” by Charles Gramlich
  • “Collage,” by Todd Hanks
  • “Spell,” by Samantha Henderson
  • “The Seasons’ Dying,” by Samantha Henderson
  • “Animal Rescue,” by Deborah P. Kolodji
  • “Camera Obscura,” by Deborah P. Kolodji
  • “Six Miles from Nowhere,” by Deborah P. Kolodji
  • “In the Slipstream of the Levee’s Overflow,” by David C. Kopaska-Merkel & Kendall Evans
  • “Odysseus on the War Train,” by Rose Lemberg
  • “Green Cotillions,” by Sandra Lindow
  • “The A.I.’s Table Prayer,” by Sandra Lindow
  • “The Midwife’s Progress,” by Joy Marchand
  • “No Word for Goodbye,” by Pam McNew
  • “My Addiction,” by Edward Morris
  • “Pavlov’s Best Friend,” by Kristine Ong Muslim
  • “Internet Witch,” by Karen L. Newman
  • “Lovers,” by Rhonda Parrish
  • “To the Royal Society of Cryptozoologists from the Concerned Daughter of a Member,” by Caitlyn Paxson
  • “[eruptions],” by Terrie Leigh Relf
  • “There, where the universe begins,” by Terrie Leigh Relf
  • “Streamside,” by Mark Rich
  • “The Invisible Woman Runs for President,” by Karen A. Romanko
  • “Bats,” by Greg Schwartz
  • “Dear Giant Squid,” by Peter Sears
  • “The Astronaut’s Return,” by Marge Simon
  • “Lunaticus (in D Minor),” by J.E. Stanley
  • “A Sad, A Southern Face,” by Lynn Strongin
  • “Autopoiesis,” by Sonya Taaffe
  • “Cherries in Winter,” by Sonya Taaffe
  • “Logos,” by Sonya Taaffe
  • “The Devourer,” by Sonya Taaffe
  • “Some Random Hero,” by Marcie Tentchoff
  • “Becoming Fictional,” by Jen Valencia
  • “In the World,” by Sandy Walejko
  • “Screams,” by Ian Watson
  • “To the River,” by Jessica Paige Wick
  • “Smells,” by Jane Yolen

Long Poem Category:

  • “Mondrian’s War,” by Mike Allen
  • “Zombie Bombs,” by Mike Allen & Ian Watson
  • “Sedna,” by C.S.E. Cooney
  • “Wild Over Tombs Does Grow,” by C.S.E. Cooney
  • “Tentacle 1,” by Camilla DeCarnin
  • “Oracle,” by Malcolm Deeley
  • “Orpheus and Eurydice,” by Malcolm Deeley
  • “The Leviathan,” by Malcolm Deeley
  • “Damascus Divides the Lovers by Zero, or, The City Is Never Finished,” by Amal El-Mohtar & Catherynne M. Valente
  • “Death and Life on Enceladus,” by Kendall Evans & David C. Kopaska-Merkel
  • “Mrs. Margaret Lovett, Her Book,” by Gemma Files
  • “Isotope Ballerina,” by Cornelius Fortune
  • “The White Doe of Nara,” by Joshua Gage
  • “The Dispossessed,” by Lyn C.A. Gardner
  • “Hungry: Some Ghost Stories,” by Samantha Henderson
  • “Reveal,” by Linda Hogan
  • “Man’yoshu at Galactic Edge: Poems from the Courtesan,” by Deborah P. Kolodji
  • “Search,” by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • “The Night Market,” by Beth Langford
  • “Living on Burrowed Time,” by Patrick Lawler
  • “3 Poems Called Cosmic,” by JM McDermott
  • “Disciples of Paradox,” by David Memmott
  • “Another Fairy Tale Ending,” by Marcy Rockwell
  • “Transformation,” by J.C. Runolfson
  • “The Love Song of A. Alhazred Azathoth,” by William Browning Spencer
  • “On Waking,” by Marcie Tentchoff
  • “Lessons in Thermodynamics,” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “The Ballad of All the Things I Might Have Written,” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “The Girl with Two Skins,” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “The Sea Wife,” by JoSelle Vanderhooft
  • “How Wizards Duel,” by Jessica Paige Wick
  • “Through the Looking-Glass, Darkly,” by Stephen Wilson

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Superman Sells

A mint condition, unretouched issue of Action Comics #1, which introduced the world to Superman, sold at auction for $317,200 to John Dolmayan, the drummer for the band System of a Down. The previous owner had purchased the comic second hand in the 1950s for 35 cents. Dolmayan is also a rare comic dealer and says he purchased it for an unidentified client.

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FAAN Awards & Corflu News

Corflu Cobalt will take place in Winchester, England at the Winchester Hotel from March 19-21, 2010. It will be chaired by Rob Jackson. The FAAN Awards were announced at Corflu Zed on March 15.

  • Best Fanzine: eI by Earl Kemp
  • Best Fan Writer: Bruce Gillespie
  • Best Fan Artist: Dan Steffan
  • Best Letterhack (Harry Warner, Jr., Memorial Award for Best Fan Correspondent): Lloyd Penney
  • Best Online Fanac Site:
  • Best New Fanzine Fan: Jean Martin & Katrina Templeton (tie)

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