SF Canada Supports Aurora Awards With $500 Prize For Winning Novels

SF Canada, Canada’s association of professional speculative fiction writers, and the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association are pleased to announce the SF Canada Award, a $500 prize that will be awarded annually to winners of the Best Novel category of the Aurora and Aurora-Boreal Awards, voted on each year by Canadian fans of speculative fiction to acknowledge the best of Canadian professional and fan activity in both official languages.

The first SF Canada Award will be awarded to the winner of the Aurora-Boreal Award, for best fantasy and/or science fiction novel published first in French in 2010 by a Canadian author, at the 28th Congrès Boréal in Montréal, May 13, 2011.

The second award, for the winner of the Aurora Award for best fantasy and/or science fiction novel published in English in 2010 by a Canadian author, will be presented at SFContario 2, November 18-20, 2011, in Toronto.

Since 1981, the Prix Aurora Awards have been nominated and voted on each year by the members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA), a federally incorporated non-profit society which exists to promote quality Canadian speculative fiction and the fan activity that surrounds it. Membership in the CSFFA is free, and open to any admirer of genre fiction who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

SF Canada was founded in 1989 as Canada’s National Association of Speculative Fiction in order to foster a sense of community among Canadian writers of speculative fiction, to improve communication, to foster the growth of quality writing, to lobby on behalf of Canadian writers, and to encourage the translation of Canadian speculative fiction.


SF Canada, l’Association nationale des auteurs professionnels de fiction spéculative, et l’Association canadienne de la science-fiction et du fantastique (ACSFF) sont heureux d’annoncer la bourse SF Canada, un prix de 500 $ qui sera remis aux gagnants des catégories du Prix Aurora du meilleur roman anglophone et du Prix Aurora-Boréal du meilleur roman francophone.  Ces prix sont décernés annuellement par vote des amateurs canadiens de fiction spéculative et visent à faire reconnaître en matière d’activité fanique ou professionnelle dans les deux langues officielles la première bourse SF Canada, remise au gagnant du Prix Aurora-Boréal pour le meilleur roman de fantasy ou de science fiction publié en français en 2010 par un auteur canadien, sera présentée au 28e Congrès Boréal, qui aura lieu à Montréal du 13 au 15 mai 2011.

La deuxième bourse remise au gagnant du Prix Aurora du meilleur roman de fantasy ou de science-fiction publié en anglais en 2010 par un auteur canadien, sera présentée à SFContario 2, qui aura lieu du 18 au 20 novembre 2011 à Toronto.

Depuis 1981, les prix Aurora ont été choisis par les membres de l’ACSFF, une société à but non lucratif qui vise à promouvoir la qualité de la fiction spéculative canadienne et les activités faniques qui l’entourent. L’adhésion à l’ACSFF est ouverte à tout citoyen canadien ou résident permanent au Canada qui est amateur de fiction spéculative.

SF Canada a été fondée en 1989. Cette association nationale a pour but de développer un sentiment de communauté parmi les écrivains de fiction spéculative, d’améliorer les contacts dans leur milieu professionnel, d’encourager une écriture de qualité, de défendre leurs intérêts  et de promouvoir la traduction de fiction spéculative canadienne.

Arthur Slade Wins $25,000 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

HBCANArthur Slade of Saskatoon has won the 2010 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for his book The Hunchback Assignments.

“A thrilling tale of an unusual and talented young man.” Publisher’s Weekly

“A full-steam-ahead spy thriller, complete with derring-do, a dastardly villain, and a suitably complex plot.” Quill & Quire starred review.

“The protagonists are likable, the villains are chilling, and the story is action packed.” School Library Journal

No stranger to the limelight, Arthur Slade won the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for his book Dust.


Forthcoming Works by SF Canada Members, November 2010

Forthcoming in October 2010 (plus some September)

Quite a few releases, through the rest of September and into October …

VCON 35, ongoing in Vancouver as I write, hosted a multi-book launch Friday (October 1) evening, celebrating new and recent releases.

The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation

bloodlight“Themes of transcendence and family love play out against backdrops of real and virtual worlds in Stanton’s slight neocyberpunk debut, the first speculative fiction title from Canadian indie ECW.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Grim and gritty, high-concept SF, with immortality on the line. Good stuff.” (Matthew Hughes)

“On the road much travelled of neo-cyberpunk, The Bloodlight Chronicles manages to tell a suspenseful and lean story not about glazing-eyes tech gone crazy but about gifted, yet human-sized characters we care about, with some welcome twists.” (Élisabeth Vonarburg)

“Mr. Stanton lands us in a vivid cyber world peopled by avatars, clones, V-pirates, escorts, hackers, sliders, guardians, machine intelligences, the white market, paladins of commerce and more… His characters are honest and real; their reactions to their situations, believable. His dialogue is tight and engaging. His pacing is excellent, and he kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Perhaps most important of all, he handles a difficult theme with sensitivity and courage.” (Susan MacGregor)

Zakariah Davis and his wife Mia are among those infected with an alien virus that vastly prolongs human life, and their blood has become a black-market staple due to its rejuvenating effects. Their teenage son Rix does not carry the Eternal virus, and Zakariah is consumed by the search for an “activated sample” with which to inoculate him. Living in a secret community of the infected, Zakariah is a legend among runners — his brain surgically wired for direct connection to the global computer system where economic activity is conducted by avatars in virtual cyberspace. A deal turns sour and Zakariah narrowly escapes as a fugitive, separated from his family. He is trapped by a power-group known as the Eternal Research Institute, and travels offplanet through a commercial wormhole along with his new business partner and surgical cyber-twin, Helena Sharp, who is seeking the Source of the virus for her own purposes. In the Cromeus colonies, on the other side of time and space, Zakariah will risk everything to give his son Eternal life.

The Bloodlight Chronicles: Reconciliation is now available from ECW Press.