2010 Prix Aurora Award winners

The winners of the 2010 Prix Aurora Awards were announced over Victoria Day weekend at a gala banquet in Winnipeg concluding Keycon, this year's Canadian National Science Fiction Convention. Liana Kerzner was mistress of ceremonies. The winners are:
  • Best Novel in English: Wake by Robert J. Sawyer (published by Penguin Canada)
  • Meilleur Roman en Français (Best Novel in French): Suprématie by Laurent McAllister (pen name for Jean-Louis Trudel and Yves Meynard) (published by Bragelonne)
  • Best Short-Form Work in English: “Pawns Dreaming of Roses” by Eileen Bell (from Women of the Apocalypse)
  • Meilleure Nouvelle en Français (Best Short-Form Work in French): «Ors blancs» by Alain Bergeron (from Solaris 117)
  • Best Work in English (Other): Women of the Apocalypse by the Apocalyptic Four (Eileen Bell, Roxanne Felix, Billie Milholland, and Ryan McFadden) (published by Absolute Xpress)
  • Meilleur Ouvrage en Français (Autre) / (Best Work In French (Other): Revue. Joël Champetier, éditeur
  • Artistic Achievement: Dan O’Driscoll, cover of Steel Whispers (published by Bundoran Press)
  • Fan Accomplishment (Fanzine): WCFSAZine, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
  • Fan Accomplishment (Organization): David Hayman, organization Filk Hall of Fame
  • Fan Accomplishment (Other): Ray Badgerow, astronomy lecture at USS Hudson Bay

2010 Constellation Award nominees

The Constellation Awards are Canada's annual science fiction awards focused on rewarding excellence in science fiction film and television. Now in its fourth year, The Constellation Awards celebrate and honour the actors, writers, and technical artists behind the best of today's science fiction film and TV works -- with an added focus on Canadian contributions to science fiction film and television. The 2010 nominees are here

Sawyer, Wilson, Watts, Penney, Nicoll, Taral nominated for Hugos

Details are in the Hugo Awards blog here and in Sawyer's blog here. Pictured: Robert J. Sawyer and Robert Charles Wilson with their previous Hugo trophies.

Happy birthday, Canadian SF Works Database!

Now we are three! The Canadian SF Works Database, founded by Marcel Gagné and Robert J. Sawyer, turned three years old on Friday, March 19, 2010. Over 235 legitimate users have accounts here and many dozens have contributed to the wikis. Thank you all for making this site work! This year, the Prix Aurora Awards had three times as many people casting nominating ballots as in any previous year. Much credit for that goes to Clint Budd and the Aurora team -- but I'd like to think that having easy reference lists of potential nominees here at the Canadian SF Works Database contributed, too. Again, many thanks to everyone who has helped! We couldn't have done it without you. :)

Aurora Award finalists for 2010 announced

The nominees for the 2010 Aurora Awards are as follows. Winners will be announced at KeyCon 27/Canvention 30 during the May 21-24 weekend.

BEST NOVEL IN ENGLISH
The Amulet of Amon-Ra, by Leslie Carmichael, CBAY Books
Druids, by Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy
Wake, Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada
Steel Whispers, Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press
Terra Insegura, Edward Willett, DAW Books

MEILLEUR ROMAN EN FRANÇAIS (Best Novel In French)
Le protocole Reston. Mathieu Fortin, (Coups de tête)
L’axe de Koudriss. Michèle Laframboise, Médiaspaul
Suprématie. Laurent McAllister, (Bragelonne)
Un tour en Arkadie. Francine Pelletier, Alire
Filles de lune 3. Le talisman de Maxandre. Élisabeth Tremblay, (De Mortagne)

BEST SHORT-FORM WORK IN ENGLISH
“Pawns Dreaming of Roses”, Eileen Bell, Women of the Apocalypse. Absolute Xpress
“Here There Be Monsters” Brad Carson, Ages of Wonder, (DAW)
“Little Deaths” Ivan Dorin, Tesseracts Thirteen
“Radio Nowhere” Douglas Smith, Campus Chills
“The World More Full of Weeping” Robert J. Wiersema, ChiZine Publications

MEILLEURE NOUVELLE EN FRANÇAIS (Best Short-Form In English)
«Ors blancs» Alain Bergeron, (Solaris 171)
«De l’amour dans l’air» Claude Bolduc, (Solaris 172)
«La vie des douze Jésus» Luc Dagenais, (Solaris 172)
«Billet de faveur» Michèle Laframboise, (Galaxies 41)
«Grains de silice» Mario Tessier, (Solaris 170)
«La mort aux dés» Élisabeth Vonarburg, (Solaris 171)

BEST WORK IN ENGLISH (OTHER)
Women of the Apocalypse (the Apocalyptic Four) Editor, Absolute Xpress
Ages of Wonder Julie E. Czerneda, & Robert St. Martin, Editors, DAW Books
Neo-Opsis Magazine, Karl Johanson, Editor
On Spec Magazine, Diane Walton, Managing Editor, The Copper Pig Writers’ Society
Distant Early Warnings: Canada’s Best Science Fiction Robert J. Sawyer, Editor, Robert J. Sawyer books

MEILLEUR OUVRAGE EN FRANÇAIS (AUTRE) (Best Work In French (Other))
Critiques. Jérôme-Olivier Allard, (Solaris 169-172)
Revue. Joel Champetier, éditeur, Solaris
Le jardin du general, Manga. Michele Laframboise, ,Fichtre, Montréal
Rien à voir avec la fantasy. Thibaud Sallé, (Solaris 169)
Chronique «Les Carnets du Futurible». Mario Tessier, (Solaris 169-171)

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT
Kari-Ann Anderson, for cover of “Nina Kimberly the Merciless”,Dragon Moon Press
Jim Beveridge, “Xenobiology 101: Field Trip’” Neo-opsis #16
Lar de Souza, “Looking for Group” online Comic
Tarol Hunt, “Goblins”. Webcomic
Dan O’Driscoll, Cover of Steel Whispers , Bundoran Press

FAN ACCOMPLISHMENT (Fanzine)
Jeff Boman, The Original Universe
Richard Graeme Cameron,WCFSAZine
Dale Speirs, Opuntia
Guillaume Voisine, éd. Brins d’Éternité
Felicity Walker, BCSFAzine

FAN ACCOMPLISHMENT (Organization)
Renée Benett, for “In Spaces Between” at Con-Version 25
Robbie Bourget, and René Walling, Chairs of “Anticipation”, the 67th WorldCon
David Hayman, organization Filk Hall of Fame
Roy Miles, work on USS Hudson Bay Executive
Kirstin Morrell, Programming for Con-Version 25

FAN ACCOMPLISHMENT (Other)
Roy Badgerow, Astronomy Lecture at USS Hudson Bay
Ivan Dorin, “Gods Anonymous” (Con-Version 25 radio play)
Judith Hayman and Peggi Warner-Lalonde organization, Filk track @Anticipation
Tom Jeffers and Sue Posteraro, Filk Concert, Anticipation
Lloyd Penney, Fanwriting

Peter de Jager receives Lifeboat Foundation's Guardian Award

Peter de Jager -- a past columnist for the Aurora Award-winning fanzine Voyageur -- has just received the Lifeboat Foundation's Guardian Award for his efforts to avert the Y2K problem; Peter lives in Brampton, Ontario. Details are here and here.

Sawyer script wins prize; public performance at NFB Theatre in Toronto 27 November

All the details are here.

R.I.P, Made in Canada

The Aurora Award-winning website MADE IN CANADA -- Don Bassie's elaborate and detailed repository of information about Canadian science fiction and fantasy -- is no more. It had been hosted on Yahoo's Geocities service, and, in a spectacular act of online genocide, Yahoo wiped out all free Geocities sites on 26 October 2009. Don's site had been an enormous asset to us all, and it's terrible that it's gone. For the record, the URL for it was www.geocities.com/canadian_SF. Don had stopped updating the site -- which won Auroras in 2000, 2003, and 2004 -- some time ago, but it was still an enormously valuable historical resource. Thank God for the Internet Archives. The most recent version from there, dated August 2004, can be accessed here. Sadly, it only contains bits and pieces of the now-gone full site, though.

2009 Prix Aurora Award winners announced

All the winners (and the nominees) are listed here. Congratulations to all -- and special congrats to Liana Kerzner for running a flawless, wonderful Aurora banquet.

Cory Doctorow wins Prometheus

Cory Doctorow's Little Brother has just won the Prometheus Award (for Libertarian SF); it will be presented to him at the Worldcon in Montreal. Details are here. (And it should be noted that Montrealer Donald Kingsbury's 1982 Courtship Rite was a finalist this year for the Prometheus Hall of Fame award.)

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