2018 Aurora Awards Ballot Announced

The Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association has announced this year’s Aurora Award ballot for works done in 2017 by Canadians. We are very pleased to note that numerous SF Canada members are included in the ballot in various categories:

In Best Young Adult Novel, S.M. Beiko (Scion of the Fox)

In Best Poem/Song, Rhea Rose (Cruising Glaciers)

In Best Related Work, Spider Robinson(Compostela (Tesseracts 20)), Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law (The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound), and  Lucas K. Law (Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy)

In Best Artist, Samantha M. Beiko (cover for Laksa Media)

In Best Fan Writing and Publications, Krista D. Ball (Reflections on Community and Gender in Canadian SFF), and Ron S. Friedman (Science literacy for Science Fiction Readers and Writers)

In Best Fan Organizational, Marie Bilodeau (executive, Can*Con), and Marie Bilodeau (co-chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series)

In Best Fan Related Work, S.M. Beiko (Business BFFs podcast)

As well, various members are associated with other nominated projects and anthologies.

Voting has begun and will end on September 8, 2018. The awards ceremony will be held at VCON 42, October 5-7, 2018, in Richmond, BC (www.vcon.ca). If you would like to join CFFSA to be eligible to vote on the shortlisted nominees, you can do so at their website: www.prixaurorawards.ca.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

Five Rivers Publishing round-up

SF Canada member Lorina Stephens, publisher and senior editor of Five Rivers Publishing, shares some news:

Five Rivers’ cover artist, Ann Crowe, has been shortlisted for a Prix Aurora Award for Best Artist, for her cover for Timothy Gwyn’s fascinating young adult SF novel, Avians.

D.G. Valdron’s grim-dark fantasy novel, The Mermaid’s Tale, was shortlisted for the Kevin Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction, through the Manitoba Book Awards.

Lorina Stephens’ historical fantasy novel, Shadow Song, is now available in audiobook.

Lorina Stephens’ spec-fic novel, Caliban, is now available in print and eBook.

Michael Skeet’s novel, A Poisoned Prayer is now available in audiobook.

Ann Marston’s Western King is now available in audiobook.

Aaron Kite’s A Touch of Poison is now available in audiobook.

D.G. Laderoute’s 2014 Prix Aurora shortlisted Out of Time, is now available in audiobook.

SF Canada congratulates Five Rivers Publishing on its recent tenth anniversary and its ongoing contributions to Canadian speculative fiction.

2017 Aurora Awards Ballot Announced

The Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association has announced this years’ Aurora Award ballot. We are very pleased to note that twelve SFC members are included in the ballot in various categories:

In Best Young Adult Novel, Edward Willett (Door into Faerie) and James Bow (Icarus Down)

In Best Short Fiction, Robert Runté (“Age of Miracles”) and Hayden Trenholm (“Marion’s War”)

In Best Related Work, Dominik Parisien (Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction), Hayden Trenholm (Lazarus Risen), Susan Forest (Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts), and Lucas K. Law (Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts)

In Best Artist, Samantha M. Beiko (cover to Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts),  and Jim Beveridge (covers and poster art)

In Best Fan Organizational, Samantha M. Beiko (co-chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Winnipeg), Sandra Kasturi (co-chair, 2016 Toronto SpecFic Colloquium), and Sandra Wickham (chair, Creative Ink Festival, Burnaby)

In Best Fan Related Work, Ron S. Friedman (Villains and Conflicts presentation, When Words Collide, Calgary Comic Expo, and File 770)

Voting begins July 15th and will end on September 2nd. This gives CSFFA members plenty of time read the many books and stories. Canvention 37 and the Aurora Awards will be hosted this year in Halifax, NS, during Hal-Con 2017. If you would like to join CFFSA to be eligible to vote on the shortlisted nominees, you can do so at their website: www.prixaurorawards.ca.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

 

Short Story Published

Paul Marlowes short story “The Grinsfield Penitent” has been published in the Indian literary magazine The Affair. (Click the links to read the story for free on-line.) Ether Frolics cover

The story, about a priest confessing and recollecting a supernatural incident connected to the First World War, also appears in Marlowe’s collection Ether Frolics, which was short-listed for the 16th annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best début collection of short fiction by a Canadian author.

Reviews of Ether Frolics

Marlowe’s sense of place is dynamic and fresh, for all that his writing is set in the past… what Marlowe has written is a creation well worth the read, revealing a major Canadian talent.” – Chadwick Ginther, The Winnipeg Review

This collection of nine short stories is a true jaw-dropping jewel of a book…
Aly Grauer, Doctor Fantastique’s Show of Wonders

SF Canada Members on Alberta Book Awards Shortlists

The recently-released shortlist for the 2014 Alberta Book Awards features a number of SF Canada members.

Sherry D. Ramsey’s debut novel, One’s Aspect to the Sun, published by Tyche Books, is one of three titles shortlisted in the Book of the Year – Speculative Fiction category.

Another Tyche title in this category is Masked Mosaic, an anthology of Canadian superhero tales. SFC contributors to the anthology include Claude Lalumiere (co-editor), David Perlmutter, Marie Bilodeau, Michael Matheson, Mike Rimar, Rhea Rose, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

SFC member Simon Rose’s non-fiction work, Canada in World War I: Roots of the Conflict, published by Weigl Educational Publishers, has also been shortlisted in the Education Book category.

The award recipients in ten categories will be announced during the Alberta Book Awards Gala on Friday, June 6, at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary. Awards for Publisher of the Year, Book Illustration, and Lifetime Achievement will also be presented.

Full details of the awards and finalists can be found on the BPAA website at http://bookpublishers.ab.ca/

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