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: Signal to Noise, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Young Adult Award: An Inheritance of Ashes, by Caitlin Sweet

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SMOFCon Scholarships Awarded

CanSMOF has announced the recipients of three scholarships to help convention runners attend this year’s SMOFCon, scheduled to be held in Rosemont, IL the weekend of December 2-4.

  • Canadians Scholarship: Patricia Widish of Manitoba, Manitoba
  • Non-North American Scholarship: Ester MacCallum-Stewart of Southville, Bristol, UK
  • Unrestricted Scholarship: Katharine Bond of Seattle, Washington

Sunburst Award Winners

The 2016 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 2016 award were Timothy Anderson, Sylvia Bérard, Virginia O’Dine, Dale Sproule, and Myna Wallin.

  • Sunburst Award: Experimental Film, by Gemma Files
  • Sunburst Young Adult Award: An Inheritance of Ashes, by Leah Bobet
  • Sunburst Short Fiction Award: “Hide and Seek,” by Catherine MacLeod

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Aurora Award Winners

The winners of the 2016 Aurora Awards for English language were were announced at When Words Collide, held in conjunction with Canvention 36, in Calgary.

  • Best English Novel: A Daughter of No Nation, by A.M. Dellamonica
  • Best English Young Adult Novel: An Inheritance of Ashes, by Leah Bobet
  • Best English Short Fiction: “Waters of Versailles,” by Kelly Robson
  • Best English Poem/Song: “Origami Crane / Light Defying Spaceship,” by Naru Dames Sundar
  • Best English Graphic Novel: The Lady ParaNorma, by Vincent Marcone
  • Best English Related Work: Second Contacts, edited by Michael Rimar & Hayden Trenholm
  • Best Visual Presentation: Orphan Black, Season 3, John Fawcett and Graeme Manson
  • Best Artist: Erik Mohr, covers for ChiZine Publications
  • Best Fan Publication: 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

Note: No award was given out for the Best Music category this year due to insufficient eligible nominees.

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Sunburst 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 on September 14, 2016 and include a prize of Can$1,000 and a trophy. This year’s jurors include Timothy Anderson, Sylvie Bérard, Virginia O’Dine, Dale Sproule, and Myna Wallin.

Adult Fiction

  • The Little Washer of Sorrows, by Katherine Fawcett
  • Experimental Film, by Gemma Files
  • Signal to Noise, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Daydreams of Angels, by Heather O’Neill
  • The Affinities, by Robert Charles Wilson

Young Adult Fiction

  • An Inheritance of Ashes, by Leah Bobet
  • Sight Unseen, by David Carroll
  • The Unquiet, by Mikaela Everett
  • The Nest, by Kenneth Oppel
  • Boo, by Neil Smith

Short Story

  • “La Héron,” by Charlotte Ashley
  • “The Glad Hosts,” by Rebecca Campbell
  • “Stuck in the Past,” by Mike Donoghue
  • “Hide and Seek,” by Catherine A. MacLeod
  • “Two-Year Man,” by Kelly Robson
  • “Get the Message,” by Peter Wendt

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Obituary: Maurice G. Dantec

French author Maurice G. Dantec (b.1959) died on June 26. Dantec’s first novel, La Sirène rouge, was published in 1993 and won the 813 Award for best crime novel. Two years later, Les Racines du mal won the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire and Prix Rosny-aîné. In the late 90s, Dantec moved to Canada. His story “Babylon Babies” was filmed as Babylon A.D..

Sawyer Honoured

Robert J. Sawyer has been named a Member of the Order of Canada for his accomplishments as a science-fiction writer and mentor and for his contributions as a futurist. The Order of Canada is on the the highest civilian honours and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation
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Aurora Nominees

The 2016 Aurora Award ballot for English language has been announced. Members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association can vote between June 15 and midnight July 23. The awards will be presented at Canvention 36 in Calgary the weekend of August 12-14.

Best English Novel

  • Cursed: Black Swan, by Ryan T. McFadden
  • A Daughter of No Nation, by A.M. Dellamonica
  • Drowning in Amber, by E.C. Bell
  • Much Ado about Macbeth, by Randy McCharles
  • Signal to Noise, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Too Far Gone, by Chadwick Ginther

Best English Young Adult Novel

  • The Flame in the Maze, by Caitlin Sweet
  • The Fountain, by Suzy Vadori
  • An Inheritance of Ashes, by Leah Bobet
  • Mabel the Mafioso Dwarf, by Sherry Peters
  • Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond, by Jayne Barnard

Best English Short Fiction

  • “Cosmobotica,” by Costi Gurgu & Tony Pi
  • “Game Not Over,” by Ron Friedman
  • “La Héron,” by Charlotte Ashley
  • “Looking for Gordo,” by Robert J. Sawyer
  • “Super Frenemies,” by Stephen Kotowych
  • “Waters of Versailles,” by Kelly Robson

Best English Poem/Song

  • “Elegy for WLC,” by David Clink
  • “Origami Crane / Light Defying Spaceship,” by Naru Dames Sundar
  • “Portrait,” by David Clink
  • “Typhon & Echidna: A Love Story,” by Sandra Kasturi
  • “Venice Letting Go,” by Sandra Kasturi

Best English Graphic Novel

  • Bloodsuckers, written by J.M. Frey, illustrated by Ryan Cole, edited by Steven Andrews
  • Crash and Burn: Prologue, by Kate Larking & Finn Lucullan
  • Infinitum, by GMB Chomichuk
  • The Lady ParaNorma, by Vincent Marcone
  • West of Bathurst: The Complete Collection, by Kari Maaren

Best English Related Work

  • Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond, edited by Madeline Ashby and David Nickle
  • nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery & the Macabre, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles
  • Playground of Lost Toys, edited by Colleen Anderson and Ursula Pflug
  • Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places, edited by J R Campbell and Charles Prepolec
  • Second Contacts, edited by Michael Rimar & Hayden Trenholm

Best Visual Presentation

  • Bitten, Season 2, Daegan Fryklind
  • Continuum, Season 4, Simon Barry
  • Dark Matter, Season 1, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie
  • Killjoys, Season 1, Michelle Lovretta
  • Orphan Black, Season 3, John Fawcett and Graeme Manson

Best Artist

  • James Beveridge, covers and poster art
  • Erik Mohr, covers for ChiZine Publications
  • Jeff Minkevics, covers for Five Rivers Press
  • Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press
  • Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, body of work: Robot sculptures made from upcycled metal objects

Best Fan Publication

  • Broken Toys, edited by Taral Wayne
  • Ecdysis, edited by Jonathan Crowe
  • The Page of Reviews, edited by Adam Shaftoe-Durrant
  • Speculating Canada, edited by Derek Newman-Stille
  • WARP, issues 90-93, edited by Cathy Palmer-Lister

Best Fan Organizational

  • Samantha Beiko and Chadwick Ginther, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Winnipeg
  • Derek Künsken and Marie Bilodeau, Executive, Can*Con 2015, Ottawa
  • Randy McCharles, Chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne, Co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa
  • Alana Otis and Paul Roberts, Co-chairs, Ad Astra 34 Convention, Toronto

Best Fan Related Work

  • Morva Bowman and Alan Pollard, Halsway Con Concert
  • Keith Braithwaite, The Doctor and his Companion
  • Steve Fahnestalk, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Kari Maaren, Everbody Hates Elves
  • Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada

Note: No award will be given out for the Best Music category this year due to insufficient eligible nominees. Eligible nominees were incorporated into the Best Fan Related Work.
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Prix Aurora Awards

The 2015 English language Prix Aurora Awards were presented on November 22 at Canvention 35, hosted by SFContario 6, in Toronto.

  • Best English Novel: A Play of Shadow, by Julie E. Czerneda
  • Best English YA Novel: (tie): Lockstep, by Karl Schroeder; Out of This World, by Charles de Lint
  • Best English Short Fiction: “Crimson Sky,” by Eric Choi
  • Best English Poem/Song: “A Hex, With Bees,” by Tony Pi
  • Best English Graphic Novel: It Never Rains, by Kari Maaren
  • Best English Related Work: On Spec, published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
  • Best Artist: Dan O’ Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press and On Spec magazine
  • Best Fan Publication: Speculating Canada, edited by Derek Newman-Stille
  • Best Fan Music: Kari Maaren
  • Best Fan Organizational: Sandra Kasturi for the Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Toronto
  • Best Fan Related Work: Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM

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CanSMOF Scholarships Awarded

CanSMOF has announced the recipients of three scholarships for use in attending SMOFcon 33. The scholarships allow conrunners to attend SMOFCon, which will be held this year in Dallas/Fort Worth TX, December 4-6, 2015.

  • Canadian Citizen/Resident Scholarship: Lisa Macklem (London, Ontario)
  • Non-North American Resident Scholarship: Maree Pavletich (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Unrestricted Scholarship: Split between Keri O’Brien (Overland Park, KS) and Deanna Sjolander (Kansas City, MO)