2015 Prix Aurora Award Winners

This year’s Aurora award for Best English Novel went to A Play of Shadow by Julie E. Czerneda published by DAW books.

There was a tie for this year’s Best English Young Adult Novel award.  The winners are Lockstep by Karl Schroeder published by Tor books and Out of This World by Charles de Lint published by Razorbill Canada.

Eric Choi won for Best Short Fiction for his story, “Crimson Sky”, published in the July/August issue of Analog magazine.  The Best Poem/Song award went to Tony Pi for “A Hex, With Bees”, published in Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, EDGE.

For 35 years the Aurora awards have been given out for Canadian literary and fan works that members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) feel are exceptional. This year the awards ceremony was held in Toronto, Ontario on November 22nd in conjunction with SFContario 6. A total of eleven awards were given out.

The following is the complete list of winners:

Best English Novel:  A Play of Shadow by Julie E. Czerneda, DAW Books
Best English YA Novel: TIE:
Lockstep by Karl Schroeder, Tor Books
Out of This World by Charles de Lint, Razorbill Canada
Best English Short Fiction: “Crimson Sky” by Eric Choi, Analog, July/August
Best English Poem/Song: “A Hex, With Bees” by Tony Pi, Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, EDGE
Best English Graphic Novel: It Never Rains by Kari Maaren, Webcomic
Best English Related Work: On Spec published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
Best Artist: Dan O’ Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press and On Spec magazine
Best Fan Publication: Speculating Canada edited by Derek Newman-Stille
Best Fan Music: Kari Maaren, YouTube Channel
Best Fan Organizational: Sandra Kasturi, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Toronto
Best Fan Related Work: Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM

Voting and Nomination numbers are here

2015 Special General Meeting Results

The results of the three votes at the Special General Meeting held Saturday.

Hal-Con was voted as the host convention for Canvention 2017.

The new Aurora Award for Best Dramatic Presentation was approved. This new Aurora award would recognize excellence in visual presentations, including but not limited to TV series, TV specials, motion pictures and stage presentations. The Award shall be made on the quality of the overall presentation and so will take into account the acting, direction, cinematography and production as well as the writing. It will be first presented in 2016 and a new category will be added to the eligibility list shortly.

The new Aurora Award for The Best in a Decade was approved. This Aurora Award will be given out once per decade to honour novels and multi-volume works (Adult or YA) that have stood the test of time.  The award would span a full decade. We also propose that the award for 2001 through 2010 to be first presented in 2017. The date that this award will be given out in future years will be chosen by the CSFFA board but will happen in the latter part of each decade.

2016 Eligibility Lists Available

The list of works eligible for the 2016 Prix Aurora Awards are now ready for your additions.

Please add any works from the calendar year 2015 that are eligible for an award. The lists can be found under the Aurora Awards Menu item.

Remember you must be logged in to make an addition. You don’t have to pay but we do ask you to register in order for us to both limit SPAM and also to get in touch with you in case we have questions about your entry.

Thanks!

– The Prix Aurora Award Board

SGM Update

The CSFFA Special General Meeting location has changed. It is now in the Courtyard Room.

Same Date and Time Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10:00 A.M. EST.

2015 SGM Online voting now open

On-line voting for the Special General Meeting (SGM) for the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association is now open.  There are three items that we would like you to vote on.  On-line voting is open until 9 pm PST on November 18th, 2015.  That is a Wednesday night.  It is open to all paid CSFFA members.

If you are unable to vote on-line you can also vote in-person.  The SGM will take place at 10 am in the Gardenview Courtyard Room (Room changed)  at SFContario 6, 300 Jarvis Street, in Toronto.

The full agenda can be viewed at:

http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/2015-agm-agenda/

The first item to be voted on is the site selection for Canvention 37 in 2017.  Hal-con has put in a bid.  A copy of their bid is on-line for you to review from the agenda page.

We are also asking you to vote on two new awards.  The first is for Visual Presentations.  This covers Canadian made TV shows or movies along with plays or radio shows.  We found that over the past few years more and more shows are being produced in Canada such as Orphan Black, Continuum, Bitten, Supernatural, Dark Matters, and Killjoys.  We are finding more of our members are nominating them and we felt they deserved their own award.

The second new Aurora will be given out once per decade to honour novels and multi-volume works (Adult or YA) that have stood the test of time.  The award would span a full decade. We also propose that the award for 2001 through 2010 will be presented in 2017.

Last day to vote!

LAST CALL FOR VOTES!

No, not for the federal election; for the Prix Aurora Awards.

You only have until midnight EDT today, Saturday, to vote for your Prix Aurora favourites. Use the Join/Nominate/Vote menu item.

Voter’s Package is available

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Aurora Awards are now open.  For those that have a 2015 CSFFA membership we would also like to mention that the voter’s package is available to download so you can start reading.

Voting is open until October 17th 2015 at midnight EDT.  There are a lot of great works to read this year and we are very pleased with the fantastic response we have had from the nominees and their publishers helping us get almost all of the eligible works for the voter’s package.

If you have not seen this year’s ballot go here

If you are wondering what is in this year’s package go here.

To download the voter’s package log into your account and go here or go to the link on the Aurora Awards dropdown menu item on the main page.  You must be a paid member to access it.

When you are ready to vote just log into your account, pay if you have not already done so, and then go the vote form from the join/nominate/vote menu item or just click here,

Happy reading,

Yours,

Clifford Samuels
2015 Aurora Awards administrator
 
Note: By accepting this package you agree not to share the works therein with anyone other than the CSFFA members in your household. Your agreement will make a difference in convincing authors and publishers to contribute to this package in the future.

2015 Aurora Award Nominees

We are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2015 Aurora Awards for best works and activities done by Canadians in 2014. The first seven categories are for professional works. Voting for this year’s awards will begin on June 1st. CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association) members have until Midnight, EDT on October 17th to cast their ballots. Membership is open to all Canadians and Landed Immigrants.

The awards will be given out at Canvention 35, hosted by SFContario 6 in Toronto, Ontario on the weekend of November 20 – 22nd. Full details about CSFFA, the awards and voting can be found at www.prixaurorawards.ca.

Best Novel – English

Echopraxia by Peter Watts, Tor Books
The Future Falls by Tanya Huff, DAW Books
My Real Children by Jo Walton, Tor Books
The Peripheral by William Gibson, Penguin Canada
A Play of Shadow by Julie E. Czerneda, DAW Books

Best Young Adult Novel – English
Lockstep by Karl Schroeder, Tor Books
Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf by Sherry Peters, Dwarvenamazon
Out of This World by Charles de Lint, Razorbill Canada
Rain by Amanda Sun, Harlequin TEEN
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong, Doubleday Canada
Twist of the Blade by Edward Willett, Coteau Books
The Voices in Between by Charlene Challenger, Tightrope Books

Best Short Fiction – English
Crimson Sky” by Eric Choi, Analog, July/August
Jelly and the D-Machine” by Suzanne Church, Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction, EDGE
Mecha-Jesus” by Derwin Mak, Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, EDGE
No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi, Beneath Ceaseless Skies #155, September 4, 2014
Soul-Hungry” by Suzanne Church, Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction, EDGE

Best Poem/Song – English
A Hex, With Bees” by Tony Pi, Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, EDGE
Aversions” by Helen Marshall, Goblin Fruit, October
The Machine” by David Clink, Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, EDGE
The New Ways” by Amal El-Mohtar, Uncanny Magazine, November
The Perfect Library” by David Clink, If the World were to Stop Spinning (Chapbook)

Best Graphic Novel – English
Cassie & Tonk by Justin Currie and GMB Chomichuk, Chasing Artwork
It Never Rains by Kari Maaren, Webcomic
Raygun Gothic Vol. 2 by GMB Chomichuk, Alchemical Press
Treadwell by Dominic Bercier, Mirror Comics
Trillium by Jeff Lemire, DC Comics-Vertigo

Best Related Work – English
Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction by Suzanne Church, EDGE
Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall, CZP
Lackington’s Magazine edited by Ranylt Richildis
On Spec
published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
Strange Bedfellows
edited by Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press

Best Artist
James Beveridge, cover for Tantamount and Out Dweller
Erik Mohr
, cover for The Door in the Mountain and ChiZine Publications
Derek Newman-Stille, cover for Elephants and Omnibuses
Dan O’Driscoll
, covers for Bundoran Press and On Spec magazine
Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk & Steve Fahnestalk, “Walking on the Moon”, cover for On Spec, No. 95 (Vol. 25 No. 4),

Best Fan Publication
Broken Toys edited by Taral Wayne
Ecdysis edited by Jonathan Crowe
Pubnites & Other Events edited by Yvonne Penney
Space Cadet edited by R. Graeme Cameron
Speculating Canada edited by Derek Newman-Stille

Best Fan Music
Brooke Abbey, Weirdness from 2014, Bandcamp
Copy Red Leader, Crossing the Streams CD, The Pond Studio
Debs & Errol (Deborah Linden and Errol Elumir), OVFF Concert (Ohio Valley Filk Fest)
Kari Maaren, YouTube Channel
Stone Dragons, Dream of Flying CD, Stone Dragon Studios

Best Fan Organizational
Sandra Kasturi, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Toronto
Derek Künsken, Farrell McGovern, Caycee Price and Elizabeth BuchanKimmerly, Executive, Can*Con 2014, Ottawa

Randy McCharles, Chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne, Co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa
Alana Otis-Wood and Paul Roberts, Co-chairs, Ad Astra Convention, Toronto

Best Fan Related Work
R. Graeme Cameron, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
Steve Fahnestalk, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
Kevin B. Madison, Thunder Road Trip
Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM
Lloyd Penney, fan writing for fanzines and e-zines

Online voting for the CSFFA AGM is now open.

Please note, this is NOT for the awards but for the society which is very important since these are the people who do all the behind the scenes work.

Like last year you don’t have to attend the AGM in person to participate.  Voting will be available online for paid CSFFA members.  There are a number of important items we need your support.  Unlike last year there will be no changes to the bylaws or the how we manage the awards.

Online voting closes on May 19st at 3am EDT (or Midnight, May 18th PDT).  This is a Monday night (or very early Tuesday morning for some) so we have time to tabulate the numbers.  There will be in-person voting at the AGM in Vancouver on May 23rd.

This is an outline of what you will be voting on.  Not a lot of items but your support is definitely needed.

  • Approval of Minutes from the 2014 AGM.
  • Selection of Canvention site for 2016 – Calgary’s When Words Collide.
  • Election of Directors
  • Ratification of Board Actions in 2014-15
  • Questions from Members and Attendees

For those in the Vancouver area, we will be holding CSFFA’s AGM on May 23rd, 2015 at The Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews) in Vancouver from 2 – 5 PM (PDT).  It is a few blocks from the Yaletown and Roundhouse SkyTrain station.  We are looking to make this a fun event with more than just the AGM.

Those who attend and are paid CSFFA members may vote then instead of online.  You will be first to see our new Hall of Fame trophy.  The trophy designer, sculptor/artist Gideon Hay, will be on hand for you to meet.  You will also be the first to know who will be on the 2015 Aurora award ballot.  These are just a few of the special things that will happen.  Full details about the AGM and what you will be voting on can be found online at our website.

We need your support so vote online or join us on the 23rd in person.

The AGM agenda can be found here.