Penguin Canada looking for full-time editor to work with Robert J. Sawyer, Guy Gavriel Kay, and others

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American Library Association lists Gibson, Kay, Mackay, Sawyer, and Wilson on Year's Best SF/F lists

For the first time ever, the American Library Association has released a list of the Best Adult Genre Fiction of the Year, and FOUR of the ten Science Fiction titles they single out are by Canadians: William Gibson's Spook Country, Scott Mackay's Phytosphere, Robert J. Sawyer's Rollback, and Robert Charles Wilson's Axis. Meanwhile, Guy Gavriel Kay's Ysabel was short-listed in the fantasy category. The full ists are accessible here.

Deadline for Aurora nominations

The deadline for online Aurora Award nominations is Monday 17 March 2008. You can nominate online here. If mailing a paper ballot, it must be postmarked by Monday 10 March 2008. URL updated. Due date updated. -- RJS

Aurora Award nominations are now open!

Yes, already! Nominations are now being accepted online for the Aurora Awards to be given in May 2008 at Keycon; these nominations are for work first published or done in 2007. You must be a Canadian citizen (not necessarily resident in Canada) or a Canadian resident to nominate; there is no charge to do so. Nomination Form The Official Aurora Awards Web Site Many thanks to Aurora coordinator Clint Budd for getting us up and running so early!

2007 Aurora Finalists and Winners with Hyperlinks


2007 Finalists (book links)

Best Long-Form Work in English
Meilleur livre en anglais

Meilleur livre en français
Best Long-Form Work in French

  • Samuel de la chasse-galerie, Michel J. Lévesque (Médiaspaul)
  • Les îles du Zodiaque 3. Le maître des bourrasques, Laurent McAllister (Médiaspaul)
  • Reine de Mémoire 3. Le Dragon fou, Elisabeth Vonarburg (Alire)
  • *** WINNER ***: Reine de Mémoire 4. La Princesse de Vengeance, Elisabeth Vonarburg (Alire)

Best Short-Form Work in English
Meilleure nouvelle en anglais

  • "All the Cool Monsters at Once", James Alan Gardner (Mythspring, Red Deer Press)
  • "This Ink Feels Like Sorrow", Karin Lowachee (Mythspring, Red Deer Press)
  • "Marked Men", John Mierau (Slipstreams, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers, DAW)
  • *** WINNER ***: "Biding Time", Robert J. Sawyer (Slipstreams, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers, DAW [and also in The Penguin Book of Crime Stories, edited by Peter Robinson])
  • "Lumen Essence", Hayden Trenholm (Neo-opsis SF Magazine 9)

Meilleure nouvelle en français
Best Short-Form Work in French

  • «Le vol de l'abeille», Michèle Laframboise (Solaris 159)
  • «Stiletto», Julie Martel (Solaris 160)
  • *** WINNER ***: «Le regard du trilobite», Mario Tessier (Solaris 159)

Best Work in English (Other)
Meilleur ouvrage en anglais (Autre)

  • The Hidden Path, Heather Dale ( [music cd]
  • Jousting with Jesters : An ABC for the Younger Dragon, Martin Springett (Orca Book Publishers) [children's alphabet book]
  • Mythspring : From the Lyrics and Legends of Canada, Julie E. Czerneda and Genevieve Kierans, editors (Red Deer Press) [anthology]
  • *** WINNER ***: Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, Karl Johanson, editor ( [sf magazine]
  • Tesseracts Ten : A Celebration of New Canadian Speculative Fiction, Edo Van Belkom & Robert Charles Wilson, editors (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) [anthology]

Meilleur ouvrage en français (Autre)
Best Work in French (Other)

  • La Décennie charnière, Claude Janelle (dir.) (Alire)
  • Solaris, réd. Joël Champetier (
  • Mario Tessier, Les Carnets du Futurible (Solaris 157-160)
  • *** WINNER ***: «Aux origines des petits hommes verts», Jean-Louis Trudel (Solaris 160)

Artistic Achievement
Accomplissement artistique

Fan Achievement (Publication)
Accomplissement fanique (Publication)

Fan Achievement (Organizational)
Accomplissement fanique (Organisation)

  • Debbie Hodgins (Avenging Dragon Squadron, KAG/Kanada)
  • Roy Miles (I.D.I.C.)
  • *** WINNER ***: Cathy Palmer-Lister (Con*Cept) [and see note here]
  • Joan Sherman (I.D.I.C.)
  • Geoffrey Toop (DWIN)

Fan Achievement (Other)
Accomplissement fanique (autre)

A Call for On-Site Aurora Voting at Con*Cept

I'm calling on the Aurora Award administrators to have on-site voting not just at VCon in Vancouver but also at Con*Cept in Montreal this year. See my blog for details. Robert J. Sawyer in Beijing

Aurora final ballot delayed -- again

Dennis Mullin has yet again delayed release of the final Aurora ballot for 2007. It was to have been released in July; he then changed that to today, Saturday, August 18 -- handily making sure that no ballots or copies of work could be available for Con-Version, the Calgary regional con, which is happening this weekend (and, save Con*Cept, the last Canadian regional prior to VCon where the awards will be given this year). But that's not delay enough, apparently. He's just now announced: "The 2007 voting ballot should become available on the website during the August 21-27 time period." That puts the release date of the Aurora ballot two full months after the originally announced date for the close of nominations; the Hugo administrators normally turn around the ballot within two weeks. [continued ...]

On-site voting at this year's Aurora Awards

V-Con, this year's CanVention, has announced a break from CanVention tradition and is having on-site voting for the Aurora Awards (in addition to mail-in voting). Says V-Con Progress Report #2:
Vote at VCON

Help bring the Worldcon to Canada!

Linda Ross-Mansfield sends the following: After three years of effort and hard work (not to mention conventions and parties) we are almost at the point of knowing if the Worldcon will be in Montreal. The vote to decide the location of the 67th Worldcon will be taking place this coming Labour Day weekend at this year's Worldcon, Nippon 2007, in Yokohama Japan, just a few weeks away.

I've made the headings more promiment

If you like the way the category headings now look on the "2006 - Publications in English" and "2007 - Publications in English" pages, I invite someone to copy the formating to the French pages. :) I was finding the category headings very hard to pick out from the listings. :)


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