Copper Cylinder Awards

The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the Copper Cylinder Award, a popular vote award for the best Canadian fantastic literature. The award’s name comes from James de Mille’s “A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder,” widely considered to be the first work of Canadian science fiction.

  • Adult Award: The Back of the Turtle, by Thomas King
  • Young Adult Award: The Door in the Mountain, by Caitlin Sweet

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SMOFCon Scholarships Available

CanSMOF has announced a call for applicants for this year’s scholarships to SMOFCon 33, to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, December 4-6, 2015. This year, CanSMOF has added a third scholarship for non-North American residents. One scholarship is available to a Canadian citizen interested in learning more about con-running, a second scholarship is being offered to any non-North American con-runner, with a third scholarship available to any fan. The deadline for applications is October 9th 2014.

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On Spec Suspends Print Magazine

The Canadian science fiction magazine On Spec has announced that they will be suspending their print magazine, beginning with the delayed Spring 2015 issue. The magazine will still be available in a digital format, and they hope to relaunch the print magazine when funding allows. The decision was made in the aftermath of a second year in which On Spac did not receive funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.
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Sunburst Award Nominations

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is presented for the best in Canadian fantastic literature. The awards will be presented in the fall of 2015 and include a prize of Can$1,000 and a trophy. This year’s jurors include S.M. Beiko, Gerard Collins, Paula Johanson, Corey Redekop and Sherryl Vint.

Adult Category

  • The Troop, by Nick Cutter
  • The Back of the Turtle, by Thomas King
  • Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
  • My Real Children, by Jo Walton
  • Will Starling, by Ian Weir

Young Adult

  • The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier
  • Tin Star, by Cecil Castellucci
  • A Breath of Frost, by Alyxandra Harvey
  • Sophie, In Shadow, by Eileen Kernaghan
  • The Door in the Mountain, by Caitlin Sweet

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Aurora Award Nominations

The 2015 Aurora Award ballot for English language has been announced. Mmbers of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association can vote between June 1 and midnight October 17. The awards will be presented at Canvention 35 in Toronto the weekend of November 20-22.

Best Novel – English

  • Echopraxia, by Peter Watts
  • The Future Falls, by Tanya Huff
  • My Real Children, by Jo Walton
  • The Peripheral, by William Gibson,
  • A Play of Shadow, by Julie E. Czerneda

Best Young Adult Novel – English

  • Lockstep, by Karl Schroeder
  • Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf, by Sherry Peters
  • Out of This World, by Charles de Lint
  • Rain, by Amanda Sun
  • Sea of Shadows, by Kelley Armstrong
  • Twist of the Blade, by Edward Willett
  • The Voices in Between, by Charlene Challenger

Best Short Fiction – English

  • “Crimson Sky,” by Eric Choi
  • “Jelly and the D-Machine,” by Suzanne Church
  • “Mecha-Jesus,” by Derwin Mak
  • “No Sweeter Art,” by Tony Pi
  • “Soul-Hungry,” by Suzanne Church

Best Poem/Song – English

  • “A Hex, With Bees,” by Tony Pi
  • “Aversions,” by Helen Marshall
  • “The Machine,” by David Clink
  • “The New Ways,” by Amal el-Mohtar
  • “The Perfect Library,” by David Clink

Best Graphic Novel – English

  • Cassie & Tonk, by Justin Currie and GMB Chomichuk
  • It Never Rains, by Kari Maaren
  • Raygun Gothic Vol. 2, by GMB Chomichuk
  • Treadwell, by Dominic Bercier
  • Trillium, by Jeff Lemire

Best Related Work – English

  • Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction, by Suzanne Church
  • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, by Helen Marshall
  • Lackington’s Speculative Prose, edited by Ranylt Richildis
  • On Spec, published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
  • Strange Bedfellows, edited by Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press

Best Artist

  • James Beveridge, cover for Tantamount and Out Dweller
  • Erik Mohr, cover for The Door in the Mountain and ChiZine Publications
  • Derek Newman-Stille, cover for Elephants and Omnibuses
  • Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press and On Spec
  • Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk & Steve Fahnestalk, “Walking on the Moon”, cover for On Spec, No. 95 (Vol. 25 No. 4),

Best Fan Publication

  • Broken Toys, edited by Taral Wayne
  • Ecdysis, edited by Jonathan Crowe
  • Pubnites & Other Events, edited by Yvonne Penney
  • Space Cadet, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
  • Speculating Canada, edited by Derek Newman-Stille

Best Fan Music

  • Brooke Abbey, Weirdness from 2014
  • Copy Red Leader, Crossing the Streams CD
  • Debs & Errol (Deborah Linden and Errol Elumir), OVFF Concert
  • Kari Maaren, YouTube Channel
  • Stone Dragons, Dream of Flying CD

Best Fan Organizational

  • Sandra Kasturi, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Toronto
  • Derek Künsken, Farrell McGovern, Caycee Price and Elizabeth Buchan-Kimmerly, Executive, Can*Con 2014, Ottawa
  • Randy McCharles, Chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne, Co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa
  • Alana Otis-Wood and Paul Roberts, Co-chairs, Ad Astra Convention, Toronto

Best Fan Related Work

  • R. Graeme Cameron, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Steve Fahnestalk, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Kevin B. Madison, Thunder Road Trip
  • Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM
  • Lloyd Penney, fan writing for fanzines and e-zines

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CUFF Nominations Open

The Canadian Unity Fan Fund is looking for nominees to run for a visit to SFContario 6 in Toronto in November. Fans who wish to nominate should contact administrator Debra Yeung before May 31 and need three nominators from Eastern Canada and three from Western Canada. Voting will run through the month of June.

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SMOFCon Scholarships from CANSMOF

CANSMOF has announced that Jean-Louis Trudel (Québec City, Canada) and Jared Dashoff (Washington, DC) are the recipients of this year’s SMOFCon scholarships. Both recipients will receive aid to attend this year’s SMOFCon in Manhattan Beach, CA and are required to write a report about the event for CANSMOF.

CUFF Resignation

Travers Milo, who won the Canadian Unity Fan Fund (CUFF) in an unopposed race, was unable to attend VCon as part of his CUFF duties, has now resigned as fund administrator, citing previous volunteer and personal commitments. Former CUFF winner Debra Yeung has agreed to pick up the administrator duties until a new successor can be selected.

Faned Awards

The winners for R. Graeme Cameron’s Faned Awards for Canadian fandom have been announced. This year, Cameron expanded the voting pool.

  • Best Writer: Taral Wayne
  • Best LOC Writer: Brad Foster
  • Best Artist: Brad Foster
  • Best Canadian Fanzine: Broken Toys, editor Taral Wayne
  • Faned Hall of Fame: Fred Hurter Jr., editor of Censored from June 1941 to 1951, a fanzine noted for its high quality silkscreen covers and wide-ranging variety of content. Surpassed Light and inspired the creation of the fanzine Canadian Fandom.

Obituary: Ann Methe

Canadian fan Ann Methe died on October 5 following a battle with cancer. Methe was a Canadian con-runner who chaired Con*Cept Boreal in 1998 and won the Aurora Award for fannish achievement in 1999, as well as being nominated for the award in 1998 and 2000. She was married to artist Jean-Pierre Normand.