On Spec Funding Cut

Canadian SF magazine On Spec has received word that it will nto receive a government arts grant from the Canada Council for the forthcoming year, which will result in a decrease of funds between $20-25,000. The funding cut is for a single year and there is no means of redress, although next year’s jury may elect to reinstate the funding.

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CUFF Winner

Travers Milo has been announced as the CUFF (Canadian Unity Fan Fund) delegate to Canvention 34 in Vancouver, which will be held concurrently with VCON 39 the weekend of October 3-5. Because Milo was unopposed, CUFF raised no money during the selection process and the current administrators are requesting donations via Cash, Cheque, PayPal, or email to debra.yeung@gmail.com in order to help fund Milo’s delegate’s trip.

Order of Canada Honours

Author Guy Gavriel Kay and astronaut Chris Hadfield are among those listed as recipients of the Order of Canada Honour. Kay is being named a Member of the Order of Canada and Hadfield is being named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Director David Cronenberg, already a member, has been named a Companion to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada was created in 1967 to celebrate the country’s 100th anniversary and is considered one of the country’s highest civilian honours.

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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 2014 and include a prize of Can$1,000 and a trophy. This year’s jurors include Camille Alexa, Paul Glennon, Bob Knowlton, Nicole Luiken, and Derek Newman-Stille.

Adult Category

  • Sister Mine, by Nalo Hopkinson
  • River of Stars, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • This Strange Way of Dying, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki
  • The Demonologist, by Andrew Pyper

Young Adult

  • Sorrow’s Knot, by Erin Bow
  • The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, by Charles de Lint
  • Homeland, by Cory Doctorow
  • The Path of Names, by Ari Goelman
  • Urgle, by Meaghan McIsaac

Honourable Mentions

  • The n-Body Problem, by Tony Burgess
  • The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton
  • The Oathbreaker’s Shadow, by Amy McCulloch
  • Wild Fell, by Michael Rowe
  • Beyond the Rift, by Peter Watts

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Prix Aurora-Boréal Nominations

The 2014 Aurora Award ballot for French language has been announced. Members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association can vote between May 3 and midnight September 6. The awards will be presented in Quebec the on May 5.

Meilleur roman

  • Le crépuscule des arcanes 1. L’ensorceleuse de Pointe-Lévy, by Sébastien Chartrand
  • Les villages assoupis 2. L’île aux naufrages, by Ariane Gélinas
  • Malphas 3. Ce qui se passe dans la cave reste dans la cave, by Patrick Sénécal

Meilleure nouvelle

  • Vortex, by Dave Côté
  • Les mystères d’Innsmouth, by Yves Meynard
  • La légende de McNeil, by Jonathan Reynolds

Meilleur ouvrage connexe

  • Brins d’éternité
  • Le sabbat des éphémères, by Ariane Gélinas
  • Solaris
  • Les Carnets du Futurible, by Mario Tessier

Création artistique audiovisuelle

  • Grégory Fromenteau
  • Nathalie Giguère
  • Émilie Léger
  • Laurine Spehner
  • Sybiline (Chantal Lajoie)


  • Geneviève Blouin for the blog La Plume et le poing
  • Michèle Laframboise for the blog Savante Folle
  • Mariane Cayer for the blog Les lectures de Prospéryne
  • Jean-Louis Trudel for the blog Culture des Futurs

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Aurora Nominations Announced

The 2014 Aurora Award ballot for English language has been announced. Mmbers of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association can vote between May 3 and midnight September 6. The awards will be presented at V-Con in Vancouver the weekend of October 3-5.

Best English Novel

  • Red Planet Blues, by Robert J. Sawyer
  • River of Stars, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • The Tattooed Witch, by Susan MacGregor
  • Tombstone Blues, by Chadwick Ginther
  • A Turn of Light, by Julie E. Czerneda

Best English YA (Young Adult) Novel

  • The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate, by Marty Chan
  • Ink, by Amanda Sun
  • The Lake and the Library, by S.M. Beiko
  • Out of Time, by D.G. Ladroute
  • Resolve, by Neil Godbout
  • The Rising, by Kelley Armstrong

Best English Short Fiction

  • “A Bunny Hug for Karl,” by Mike Rimar
  • “Angela and Her Three Wishes,” by Eileen Bell
  • “The Awakening of Master March,” by Randy McCharles
  • “Ghost in the Machine,” by Ryan McFadden
  • “The Gift,” by Susan Forest
  • “Green Man She Restless,” by Billie Milholland
  • “Living Bargains,” by Suzanne Church

Best English Poem/Song

  • “A City of Buried Rivers,” by David Clink
  • “Awake,” by Peter Storey
  • “The Collected Postcards of Billy the Kid,” by Helen Marshall
  • “Lost,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Night Journey: West Coast,” by Kernaghan, Eileen
  • “Turning the Leaves,” by Amal El-Mohtar

Best English Graphic Novel

  • Looking for Group, by Ryan Sohmer and Lar DeSouza
  • Rock, Paper, Cynic, by Peter Chiykowski
  • Weregeek, by Alina Pete
  • Wild Game: Sweet Tooth Vol. 6, by Jeff Lemire

Best English Related Work

  • The Puzzle Box, by The Apocalyptic Four
  • Urban Green Man, edited by Adria Laycraft and Janice Blaine
  • On Spec, published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
  • Suzenyms, by Susan MacGregor
  • Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, edited by Sandra Kasturi and Samantha Beiko

Best Artist

  • Erik Mohr, cover art for ChiZine Publications
  • Melissa Mary Duncan, illustrations and cover art
  • Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press and the SF Aurora banner
  • Apis Teicher, body of work
  • Tanya Montini, cover design for The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate

Best Fan Publications

No award will be given out in this category in 2014 due to insufficient eligible nominees

Best Fan Music

  • Brooke Abbey for writing and publishing 12 songs
  • Debs & Errol for CTRL+ALT+DUETS
  • Chris Hadfield for his performance of “Space Oddity”
  • Kari Maaren for Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off,
  • Devin Melanson, Leslie Hudson and, Kari Maaren for Pirate Elves in Space

Best Fan Organizational

  • Evelyn Baker and Alana Otis-Wood, co-chairs Ad Astra, Toronto
  • S.M. Beiko and Chadwick Ginther, co-chairs Chiaroscuro Reading Series, ChiSeries Winnipeg
  • Sandra Kasturi and James Bambury, co-chairs Chiaroscuro Reading Series, ChiSeries Toronto
  • Randy McCharles, chair When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Matt Moore, chair Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading Series, ChiSeries Ottawa
  • Rose Wilson, Art Show Director, VCON 38, Vancouver

Best Fan Related Work

  • R. Graeme Cameron, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Steve Fahnestalk, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Robert Runté, ”Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading”, Scholar Keynote Address at ACCSFF ’13, Toronto

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Obituary: Leslie Carmichael

Canadian YA author Leslie Carmichael (b.1960) died on January 9 following a battle with cancer. Carmichael wrote the novel The Amulet of Amon-Ra and the short story “Something Plucked This Way Comes.”

Aurora Awards

The English language Aurora Awards were presented on October 6 at Can-Con in Ottawa, Canada. In addition to the standard Auroras, Robert J. Sawyer received a Lifetime Achievement Award, only the fourth author to receive the distinction.

  • Novel: The Silvered, by Tanya Huff
  • YA Fiction: Under my Skin, The Wildlings, by Charles de Lint
  • Short Fiction: “The Walker of the Shifting Borderland,” by Douglas Smith
  • Poem / Song: “A Sea Monster Tells His Story,” by David Clink
  • Graphic Novel: Weregeek, by Alina Pete
  • Related Work: Blood and Water, by Hayden Trenholm
  • Artist: Erik Mohr – Cover Art for ChiZine Publications
  • Fan Publication: Speculating Canada Blog, by Derek Newman-Stille
  • Fan Filk: Kari Maaren for her Body of Work
  • Fan Organizational: Randy McCharles for When Words Collide
  • Fan Related Work: Ron Friedman for the Aurora Awards Voter Package
  • Lifetime Achievement: Robert J. Sawyer

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Faned Awards

R. Graeme Cameron has announced the winners of the third annual Faned Awards, which, for the first time, were selected by popular vote. Cameron invented the Faneds to recognize work being done by Canadians in fanzines.

  • Hall of Fame: Leslie A. Croutch (for 1940s/50s fanac, & zine Light)
  • Best Fan Artist: Taral Wayne
  • Best Letter of Comment Writer: Lloyd Penney
  • Best Fan Writer: R. Graeme Cameron
  • Best Fanzine: Space Cadet, by R. Graeme Cameron

Sunburst Winners

The 2013 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: Maleficium, by Martine Desjardins, translated by Fred A. Reed and David Homel
  • Sunburst Young Adult Award: Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman

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