Sawyer Named to Order of Ontario

Canadian SF author Robert Sawyer will be one of 23 appointments into the Order of Ontario, the Canadian province’s highest honour. Sawyer, who is already a member of the Order of Canada, is the first person in the science fiction field to attain this honour. The Order of Ontario recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond. Investiture will take place on February 27.
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Sunburst Awards

The 2017 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. The jurors for the 2017 award were Nancy Baker, Michel Basilières, Rebecca Bradley, Dominick Grace, and Sean Moreland.

  • Sunburst Award: Spells of Blood and Kin, by Claire Humphrey
  • Sunburst Young Adult Award: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, by Jonathan Auxier
  • Sunburst Short Fiction Award: “The Sailing of the Henry Charles Morgan in Six Pieces of Scrimshaw (1841),” by A. C. Wise

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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: Company Town, by Madeleine Ashby
  • Young Adult Award: The Skids, by Ian Donald Keeling

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Aurora Award Winners

The winners of the 2017 English Language Prix Aurora Awards were announced on September 23 at Hal-Con 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • Best English Novel: Quantum Night, by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Best English Young Adult Novel: Icarus Down, by James Bow
  • Best English Short Fiction: “Marion’s War,” by Hayden Trenholm
  • Best English Poem/Song: No award was given out in this category in 2017 due to insufficient eligible nominees
  • Best English Graphic Novel: Angel Catbird, Volume One, by Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas, and Tamra Bonvillian
  • Best English Related Work: Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts, edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law
  • Best Visual Presentation: Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • Best Artist: Samantha M. Beiko for the cover to Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts
  • Best English Fan Writing and Publications: Speculating Canada, edited by Derek Newman-Stille
  • Best Fan Organizational: Randy McCharles, chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Best Fan Related Work: Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM
  • Best of the Decade: The Neanderthal Parallax, Robert J. Sawyer

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Sunburst Shortlist

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 Fall 2017 and include a prize of Can$1,000 and a trophy. This year’s jurors include Nancy Baker, Michel Basilières, Rebecca Bradley, Dominick Grace, and Sean Moreland..

Adult Fiction

  • Spells of Blood and Kin, by Claire Humphrey
  • The Witches of New York, by Ami McKay
  • Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel
  • Necessity, by Jo Walton
  • Last Year, by Robert Charles Wilson

Young Adult Fiction

  • Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, by Jonathan Auxier
  • Worlds of Ink and Shadow, by Lena Coakley
  • The Inn Between, by Marina Cohen
  • Julia Vanishes, by Catherine Egan
  • The Skids, by Ian Donald Keeling

Short Story

  • “La Corriveau,” by K.T. Bryski
  • “The Dog and the Sleepwalker,” by James Alan Gardner
  • “Caro in Carno,” by Helen Marshall
  • “The Men from Narrow Houses,” by A.C. Wise
  • “The Sailing of the Henry Charles Morgan in Six Pieces of Scrimshaw (1841),” by A.C. Wise

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Obituary: David Widdicombe

Canadian screenwriter, playwright, and director David Widdicombe (b.1962) died on July 8. Widdicombe won the Aurora Award in 2001 for his stage play Science Fiction. His comedy Santa Baby was named best film comedy at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival in 2006. Other works included the plays Dinosaur Dreams, Swamp Baby & Other Tales, and The River Lady. Widdicombe had suffered a series of small strokes and died from a large stroke.

Aurora Nominations

The 2017 Aurora Award ballot for English language has been announced. Members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association can vote between July 15 and midnight September 2. The awards will be presented at Canvention 37 in Halifax the weekend of September 22-24. This year, a special category for best work published between January 2001 and December 2010 has been added.

Best Novel

  • Children of Earth and Sky, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Company Town, by Madeline Ashby
  • The Courier, by Gerald Brandt
  • The Nature of a Pirate, by A.M. Dellamonica
  • Quantum Night, by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Stars like Cold Fire, by Brent Nichols

Best Young Adult Novel

  • Day of the Demon, by Randy McCharles
  • Door into Faerie, by Edward Willett
  • Heir to the Sky, by Amanda Sun
  • Icarus Down, by James Bow
  • Mik Murdoch: Crisis of Conscience, by Michell Plested
  • The Wizard Killer – Season One, by Adam Dreece

Best Short Fiction

  • “Age of Miracles,” by Robert Runté
  • “Frog Song,” by Erika Holt
  • “Living in Oz,” by Bev Geddes
  • “Marion’s War,” by Hayden Trenholm
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” by Amal el-Mohtar
  • “When Phakack Came to Steal Papa” A Ti-Jean Story,” by Ace Jordyn

Best Poem/Song

No award will be given out in this category in 2017 due to insufficient eligible nominees

Best Graphic Novel

  • Angel Catbird, Volume One, by Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillian
  • Crash and Burn, by Kate Larking and Finn Lucullan
  • Earthsong, by Crystal Yates
  • It Never Rains, by Kari Maaren
  • Weregeek, by Alina Pete

Best Related Work

  • Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction, edited by Dominik Parisien
  • Enigma Front: Burnt, edited by Celeste A. Peters
  • Lazarus Risen, edited by Hayden Trenholm and Mike Rimar
  • Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts, edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law
  • Superhero Universe (Tesseracts Nineteen), edited by Claude Lalumiére and Mark Sheinblum

Best Visual Presentation

  • Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • Orphan Black, Season 4, by John Fawcett and Graeme Manson
  • Killjoys, Season 2, by Michelle Lovretta
  • Dark Matter, Season 2, by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie
  • Murdoch Mysteries, Season 9, by Peter Mitchell and Christina Jennings

Best Artist

  • Samantha M. Beiko, cover to Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts
  • James Beveridge, covers and poster art
  • Melissa Mary Duncan, body of work
  • Erik Mohr, covers for ChiZine Publications and Company Town for Tor Books
  • Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press

Best Fan Writing and Publications

  • Amazing Stories Magazine, weekly column by Steve Fahnestalk
  • BCSFAzine #512 to #519, edited by Felicity Walker
  • The Nerd is the Word, articles by Dylan McEvoy
  • OBIR Magazine #4, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
  • Silver Stag Entertainment, edited by S.M. Carriére
  • Speculating Canada, edited by Derek Newman-Stille

Best Fan Organizational

  • Samantha Beiko and Chadwick Ginther, co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Winnipeg
  • R. Graeme Cameron, chair, VCON 41, Surrey, BC
  • Sandra Kasturi and Angela Keeley, co-chairs, 2016 Toronto SpecFic Colloquium
  • Derek Künsken and Marie Bilodeau, executive, Can*Con 2016, Ottawa
  • Randy McCharles, chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau, and Nicole Lavigne, co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa
  • Sandra Wickham, chair, Creative Ink Festival, Burnaby, BC

Best Fan Related Work

  • Ron S. Friedman, “Villains and Conflicts” presentation, When Words Collide, Calgary Comic Expo, and File 770
  • Kari Maaren, Concert, SFContario
  • Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada

Best of the Decade

  • Blind Lake, by Robert Charles Wilson, Tor Books
  • The Blue Ant Trilogy, by William Gibson, Berkley
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen, by Steven Erikson, Tor Books
  • The Neanderthal Parallax, by Robert J. Sawyer, Tor Books
  • The Onion Girl, by Charles de Lint, Tor Books
  • Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay, Viking Canada

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Sunburst Nominees

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 Fall 2017 and include a prize of Can$1,000 and a trophy. This year’s jurors include Nancy Baker, Michel Basilières, Rebecca Bradley, Dominick Grace, and Sean Moreland..

Adult Fiction

  • The Spawning Grounds, by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
  • Company Town, by Madeline Ashby
  • Three Years With the Rat, by Jay Hosking
  • Spells of Blood and Kin, by Claire Humphrey
  • The Witches of New York, by Ami McKay
  • Certain Dark Things, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel
  • The Angels of Our Better Beasts, by Jerome Stueart
  • Necessity, by Jo Walton
  • Last Year, by Robert Charles Wilson

Young Adult Fiction

  • Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, by Jonathan Auxier
  • The Hill, by Karen Bass
  • Transferral, by Kate Blair
  • Worlds of Ink and Shadow, by Lena Coakley
  • The Inn Between, by Marina Cohen
  • Julia Vanishes, by Catherine Egan
  • The Skids, by Ian Donald Keeling
  • Flickers, by Arthur Slade
  • Sheldon Unger vs The Dentures of Doom, by Jeff Szpirglas
  • The Road to Ever After, by Moira Young

Short Story

  • “Naïve Gods,” by Brad C. Anderson
  • “La Corriveau,” by K.T. Bryski
  • “The Dog and the Sleepwalker,” by James Alan Gardner
  • “The Seven O’Clock Man,” by Kate Heartfield
  • “All That Robot…,” by Rich Larson
  • “Caro in Carno,” by Helen Marshall
  • “Until There is Only Hunger,” by Michael Matheson
  • “The Night Stylist”,” by Peter Norman
  • “The Eye of The Swan,” by Kelly Robson
  • “The Second Waltz,” by Madeleine Thien
  • “The Men from Narrow Houses,” by A.C. Wise
  • “The Sailing of the Henry Charles Morgan in Six Pieces of Scrimshaw (1841),” by A.C. Wise

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Prix Aurora/Boréal Nominations

The 2017 Aurora/Boréal Award ballot for French language has been announced.

Meilleur roman

  • Le crépuscule des arcanes 3. Le sorcier de l’Île d’Orléans, by Sébastien Chartrand
  • Les monstres intérieurs, by Héloïse Côté
  • La chambre verte, by Martine Desjardins
  • Les Cendres de Sedna, by Ariane Gélinas
  • La rue du Lac-Frisson 1. L’arbre maléfique, by Frédéric Raymond

Meilleure nouvelle

  • La maison verte, by Raphaëlle B. Adam
  • Angle mort, by Dave Côté
  • Éclairer l’origine, by Éric Guathier
  • La Cousine entropie, by Michèle Laframboise
  • Consortium : L’initiation, by Isabelle Lauzon
  • Le guerrier aveugle, by Yves Meynard
  • Je ne suis pas mort, by Éric Simard
  • Le sommeil de la raison, by Mario Tessier
  • Tempus fugit, by Mario Tessier
  • Le printemps de Krijka, by Élisabeth Vonarburg

Raphaëlle B.

  • Bulle Contagion T5 – Pandémie, by Jean Philippe, Damien et al.
  • Hiver nucléaire T2, by Cab
  • Turbo kid T1, by Dion, RKSS

Meilleur ouvrage connexe

  • Brins d’éternité
  • La République du Centaure
  • Solaris
  • Les murmurantes, by Ariane Gélinas
  • Les Carnets du Futurible, by Mario Tessier

Création artistique audiovisuelle

  • Émilie Léger for Illustrations in Solaris, 198-99; covers of Les Cendres de Sedna, etc.
  • Mary Khaos for the cover of Brins d’éternité 43, etc.
  • Pascal Blanché for the cover of Brins d’éternité 45, etc.
  • Grégory Fromenteau for the covers for Les Monstres intérieurs, Le Sang de Mirial, and La Chute de Mirial, etc.
  • Laurine Spehne for illustrations for Solaris, 197, 199-200

Fanédition

  • Clair/Obscur
  • Geneviève Blouin for the blog La Plume et le poing
  • Savante Folle
  • Culture des Futurs
  • La Horde Geek

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Obituary: Leslie Lupien

Montreal fan Leslie Lupien (b.1921) died on October 25. Lupien was active in MONSFFA, the Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, and at the time of his death was the organization’s oldest member. Lupien also published several short stories, beginning in 1996 with “Sanitary Zone” and continuing through 2009 with “Wotan.”