Copper Cylinder Bestowed

Jo Walton and Lesley Livingstone have received the first Copper Cylinder Awards from the Sunburst Award Society. The Copper Cylinder Award is a member’s choice award selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society for books published during the previous year. The title comes from the first Canadian speculative fiction story, “A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder,” by James De Mille and the prize includes a trophy shaped like a copper cylinder.

  • Copper Cylinder Adult Award: Among Others, by Jo Walton
  • Copper Cylinder Young Adult Award: Once Every Never, by Lesley Livingstone

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SMOFCon Scholarships from CANSMOF

CANSMOF has announced that Danielle MacDonald (Ontario, Canada) and James Shields (County Meath, Ireland) are the receipients of this year’s SMOFCon scholarships. Both recipients will receive aid to attend this year’s SMOFCon in Philadelphia, PA and are required to write a report about the event for CANSMOF.

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ChiZine Announces Teen Imprint

ChiZine Publications has announced a new imprint focusing on Young Adult fiction. ChiTeen will launch in the Spring of 2014 with The Unlikely But Totally True Adventures of Floating Boy and Anxiety Girl, by Paul Tremblay and Stephen Graham Jones. ChiTeen will offer the same dark and weird stories as the works ChiZine has previously published, but with subject matter more suited for a younger audience.

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Montreal Joins 2017 Race

A group of fans have announced that they will bid to host the Worldcon in 2017 in Montreal, Canada. Japan has already announced a bid for that year. The last Japanese Worldcon was Nippon in 2007. The last Montreal Worldcon was Anticipation in 2009.

Aurora Awards

The English language Aurora Awards were presented at Canvention 32 the weekend of August 10. The Aurora Awards are presented for both English and French language works in Canada.

  • Best Novel – English: Wonder, by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Best Short Fiction – English: “The Needle’s Eye,” by Suzanne Church
  • Best Poem / Song – English: “Skeleton Leaves,” by Helen Marshall
  • Best Graphic Novel – English: Goblins, created by Tarol Hunt
  • Best Related Work – English: On Spec, published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
  • Best Artist: Dan O’Driscoll
  • Best Fan Publication: Bourbon and Eggnog, by Eileen Bell, Ryan McFadden, Billie Milholland, and Randy McCharles
  • Best Fan Filk: Phil Mills, Body of Song-Writing Work including FAWM and 50/90
  • Best Fan Organizational: Randy McCharles, founder and chair of When Words Collide
  • Best Fan Other: Peter Watts, “Reality: The Ultimate Mythology” lecture

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World Fantasy Award Nominations

The nominations for the World Fantasy Awards have been announced. The prizes will be presented at a banquet at World Fantasy Con, scheduled to be held in Toronto, Canada on November 4.


  • Those Across the River, by Christopher Buehlman
  • 11/22/63, by Stephen King
  • A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin
  • Osama, by Lavie Tidhar
  • Among Others, by Jo Walton


  • “Near Zennor,” by Elizabeth Hand
  • “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong,” by K.J. Parker
  • “Alice Through the Plastic Sheet,” by Robert Shearman
  • “Rose Street Attractors,” by Lucius Shepard
  • Silently and Very Fast, by Catherynne M. Valente

Short Story:

  • “X for Demetrious,” by Steve Duffy
  • “Younger Women,” by Karen Joy Fowler
  • “The Paper Menagerie,” by Ken Liu
  • “A Journey of Only Two Paces,” by Tim Powers
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,” by E. Lily Yu


  • Blood and Other Cravings, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • A Book of Horrors, edited by Stephen Jones
  • The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
  • The Weird, edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
  • Gutshot, edited by Conrad Williams


  • Bluegrass Symphony, by Lisa L. Hannett
  • Two Worlds and In Between, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • After the Apocalypse, by Maureen F. McHugh
  • Mrs Midnight and Other Stories, by Reggie Oliver
  • The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, by Tim Powers


  • John Coulthart
  • Julie Dillon
  • Jon Foster
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • John Picacio

Special Award Professional:

  • John Joseph Adams, for editing – anthology and magazine
  • Jo Fletcher, for editing – Jo Fletcher Books
  • Eric Lane, for publishing in translation – Dedalus books
  • Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi, for ChiZine Publications
  • Jeff VanderMeer & S.J. Chambers, for The Steampunk Bible

Special Award Non-Professional:

  • Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan & Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
  • Cat Rambo, for Fantasy
  • Raymond Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
  • Charles Tan, for Bibliophile Stalker blog
  • Mark Valentine, for Wormwood

Lifetime Achievement winners:

  • Alan Garner
  • George R.R. Martin

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Humanism in the Arts Award

Robert J. Sawyer received the Humanism in the Arts Award, presented for the first time by Humanist Canada at their conference in Montreal on August 4.

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World SF Travel Fund Recipients

Swedish authors Karin Tidbeck and Nene Ormes have been named the recipients of the World SF Travel Fund, which will permit the two women to travel to Toronto, Canada to attend this year’s World Fantasy Convention, with additional assistance from Cheeky Frawg Books, run by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. The selection board was comprised of Lauren Beukes, Aliette de Bodard, Nnedi Okorafor, Ekaterina Sedia, and Charles Tan. Lavie Tidhar and Sean Wallace administer the fund.

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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 the fall of 2012 and include a prize of Can$1,000 and a trophy. This year’s jurors include Douglas Barbour, Zsuzsi Gartner, Daniel Justice, Lorna Toolis, and Halli Villegas.

Adult Category

  • Blackdog, by K. V. Johansen
  • Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, by David Nickle
  • Technicolor Ultra Mall, by Ryan Oakley
  • Enter, Night, by Michael Rowe
  • Paradise Tales, by Geoff Ryman
  • The Pattern Scars, by Caitlin Sweet

Young Adult

  • Ultraviolet, by R. J. Anderson
  • All Good Children, by Catherine Austen
  • The Summer of Permanent Wants, by Jamieson Findlay
  • The Dead Kid Detective Agency, by Evan Munday
  • Blood Red Road: Dustlands: 1, by Moira Young

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Van Vogt Award Created

The Winnipeg Science Fiction Association (WINSFA) has announced the creation of the A. E. van Vogt Award, in honor of the Canadian author The award will spotlight the best in Canadian Science Fiction Writing over the past years. The first A. E. van Vogt Award will be presented in Winnipeg in Fall of 2012.