Finalists for the 2009 Prix Aurora Awards, given out annually for the best Canadian science fiction and fantasy literary works, artworks and fan achievements, were announced today.
The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("the Auroras") will be presented at Canvention 29, which will run concurrently with Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held Aug. 6-10, 2009, in Montreal.
The nominees are:
Best Long-Form Work in English
Best work of SF or fantasy in a novel or fiction collection in English by a Canadian writer, published in 2008
After the Fires, Ursula Pflug (Tightrope Books)
Identity Theft and Other Stories, Robert J. Sawyer (Red Deer Press)
Impossibilia, Douglas Smith (PS Publishing)
Defining Diana, Hayden Trenholm (Bundoran Press)
Marseguro, Edward Willett (DAW Books)
Best Long-Form Work in French
Best work of SF or fantasy in a novel or fiction collection in French by a Canadian writer, published in 2008
Une fêlure au flanc du monde, Éric Gauthier (Alire)
Les vents de Tammerlan, Michèle Laframboise (Éditions Médiaspaul, coll. Jeunesse-Plus)
Best Short-Form Work in English
For a published SF or fantasy novella, novelette, short story or poem in English by a Canadian writer, released in Canada in 2008
"All In," Peter Atwood (May-June, Weird Tales magazine)
"Back," Susan J. Forest (June, Analog magazine)
"Ringing in the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta," Randy McCharles (Tesseracts Twelve, Edge Science Fiction)
"A Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase by Van Gogh," Douglas Smith (Impossibilia, PS Publishing)
"Doorways," Douglas Smith (Postscripts Magazine #17, PS Publishing)
Best Short-Form Work in French
For a published SF or fantasy novella, novelette, short story or poem in French by a Canadian writer, released in Canada in 2008
« Ballade sur Pallide », Michèle Laframboise (Virages 44)
« La révolte des gilets-malins », Michèle Laframboise (QUAD9 6A)
« Le Dôme de Saint-Macaire », Jean-Louis Trudel (Solaris 167)
« Jos Montferrand et le Grand Brigand des routes », Alain Ducharme (Solaris 161)
Best Work in English (Other)
For SF or fantasy activity, in English, by a Canadian, in 2008 not encompassed by the previous categories
The Gaslight Grimoire, Jeff Campbell & Charles Prepolec, Réd. (Edge Science Fiction)
Neo-opsis magazine, Karl Johanson, ed.
Tesseracts Twelve, Claude Lalumière, ed. (Edge Science Fiction)
Through the Window: A Journey to the Borderlands of Faerie, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff (Double Edge Publishing)
On Spec magazine, Diane Walton, managing ed.
Best Work in French (Other)
For SF or fantasy activity, in French, by a Canadian, in 2008 not encompassed by the previous categories
Jean-Louis Trudel, Sophie Beaulé, (Éditions David)
Solaris, Joël Champetier, editing
For a work or body of work produced by a Canadian artist during 2008
Looking for Group, Lar deSouza (online comic)
Couverture, Neo-Opsis #14, Stephanie Ann Johanson
Imagination, Michèle Laframboise (Imagination contre les pigeons spammeurs, Vermillon)
Fear Agent #22, Ronn Sutton (Dark Horse)
Couverture, JEMMA7729, David Willicome
Fan Achievement (Fanzine)
For a Canadian fanzine or newsletter relating to SF or fantasy published in 2008.
The Original Universe, Jeff Boman, ed.
Opuntia, Dale Spiers, ed.
Clair/Obscur, François-Bernard Tremblay, ed.
Brins d'éternité, Guillaume Voisine, ed.
Fan Achievement (Organizational)
For individual contributions to Canadian SF convention or club activities during 2008
Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, Renée Bennett, administrator
World Fantasy 2008, Kim Greyson, guest liaison
FilKONtario 19, Judith Hayman, & Peggi Warner-Lalonde, co-chairs
World Fantasy 2008, Randy McCharles, chair
Anime North 2008, David Simmons, organizer
Fan Achievement (Other)
For Canadian fan activity in 2008 not encompassed by the previous two categories
World Fantasy 2008 podcasts, Kurt Armbruster, & Ryah Deines, producers/editors/hosts
Impulse, MonSFFA Newsletter, Keith Braithwaite, ed.
Through the Keyhole25 years of Keycon Memories, Jennifer Ennis, ed.
Fan writing, Lloyd Penney
Heather Dale Concert, Joan Sherman, organizer