At Boskone 51, the weekend of February 14-16, this year’s recipients of the Skylark award was announced. The Skylark Award is presented for significant contributions through work in the field of science fiction and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him. This year’s award was won by Robert J. Sawyer.
Robert Sawyer’s short story “Flashes” has been adapted into a play by Jae Dunphy. The one-hour long play will debut at Vancouver’s Fringe Festival and will run from September 7-15. Flashes explores the consequences of futureshock on a primitive society: ours.
McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., Canada will be hosting an academic conference entitled “Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre” from September 13-15 in honor of the donation of the Robert J. Sawyer archives to the school. In addition to Sawyer, the event will be attended by Julie E. Czerneda, Élisabeth Vonarburg, Robert Charles Wilson, John Robert Colombo, and David G. Hartwell. More than 30 papers will be presented on a variety of topics ranging from the hard sciences to philosophy to literature.
Robert J. Sawyer has been named a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Medal was established to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession. Recipients must have been alive on the Queen’s jubilee date, be a Canadian citizen, and have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.
The English language Aurora Awards for Canadian Science Fiction were presented this weekend in Toronto at SFContario 2. The Francophone winners were announced on May 15 in Montreal. The winners are listed below.
- Best Novel – English: WWW: Watch, by Robert J. Sawyer
- Best Short Form – English: “The Burden of Fire,” by Hayden Trenholm
- Best Poem/Song: “The ABCs of the End of the World,” by Carolyn Clink
- Best Graphic Novel – English: Goblins, by Tarol Hunt
- Best Related Work – English: The Dragon and the Stars, edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi
- Best Artist: Erik Mohr
- Best Fan Filk: Dave Clement and Tom Jeffers
- Best Fan Organizational: Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi for Toronto SpecFic Colloquium
- Best Fan Other: John Mansfield and Linda Ross Mansfield, Aurora Award pins
Susan Dunman reports that this past Friday (May 29, 2009) the annual Audie Awards (think Oscar awards for audiobooks) were presented to this year’s winners. Congratulations go to Neil Gaiman for winning “Audiobook of the Year” with The Graveyard Book. Narrated by the author, this title also took the “Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12″ category. The Science Fiction category was won by Robert J. Sawyer for his book, Calculating God. The narrator was Jonathan Davis.