2014 Award voting deadline coming

Voting for this year’s Aurora awards ends at Midnight, at the end of day, Eastern Daylight Time on September 6th, 2014.  That’s the first Saturday of the month.  If you live in Vancouver it will be 9pm, Saturday evening.  This allows the awards team who live out west time to make sure everyone gets a chance to vote and still get to bed before the sun comes up.

If you have not seen the ballot go to,

http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awards/2014-aurora-nominees/.

If you have not already downloaded the voter’s package you still have time to do this too.  It contains almost all of the eligible works.  You still have time to read a lot of what has been nominated.

The awards will be presented at our host convention. VCON 39, in Vancouver (www.vcon.ca/) on October 4th.  There will be a High Tea that afternoon followed by the awards ceremony.  The awards ceremony is open to the public and is free but if you wish to attend the High Tea you must purchase a ticket, http://www.vcon.ca/canvention-34/2014-aurora-awards-ceremony.

The new Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame will also be unveiled at the awards ceremony. Along with past Aurora Lifetime Achievement award winners a special jury selected three additional names to be inducted. Names were submitted by CSFFA members. This year’s inductees are: William Gibson, Phyllis Gotlieb, Judith Merril, Dennis Mullin, Spider and Jeanne Robinson, Robert J. Sawyer, A.E. van Vogt, and Susan Wood

For those that have not heard, this is the last year that the current Aurora award design will be given out.  Frank Johnson’s design has been used for the past 23 years.  We appreciate Frank’s dedication and hard work.  Frank will also be joining us at the awards ceremony.

To vote or download the voter’s package, log into your account and select the relevant item from the menu bar.

Vote for what you know.  You don’t have to vote in every category and you don’t have to vote for all the items in a category.  Please remember, if you are unfamiliar with a category or its nominated works leave all boxes blank.  The “No award” option is only to be used if you don’t approve of one or more of the nominated items.

This year’s ballot is a great one and I hope you take the time to review, read and get to know the nominated works.

2014 Aurora Award Voting Is Open

UPDATE: The Voter’s Package is Ready! Again this  year, CSFFA is pleased to offer a voters package package of candidate’s works. Many thanks to the authors, publishers, artists and performers who generously make this possible. If you like what you see, please support these good folks by buying their works.

You will need to be a member for the current year to  get the package. Login first , if you aren’t already, and then the package is here.

Want to see a full list of all the great material in the package?

Voting for the 2014 Aurora Awards is now open BUT you do have until September 6 to vote.

The 2014 Nominee Bios are here.

Annual General Meeting

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) is pleased to announce that the Annual General Meeting will be held June 7, 2014 at 6:00p.m.  at the Sentry Box bookstore, 1835 – 10th Ave SW, Calgary. Federal law no longer allows the AGM to be later than six months after year-end, or June 30th for CSFFA. We expect to have online advance voting as well as Internet access to the AGM.

Watch this space for AGM documents.

Pingbacks on the CSFFA website

Ping-backs:  For those that don’t know, a ping-back is connection between two related websites.  While ping-backs are not a bad thing they are not appropriate for Aurora award related pages.  CSFFA and the awards committee must show impartiality.  We can not have any links on our site to websites that promote someone’s personal choices for the awards.

For this reason we are turning off the Ping-back option on our site.  In the future we may create a special page for us to put news and related website links on for articles and blogs.  This page would have a disclaimer that all comments or blogs on those sites do not reflect the opinions of CSFFA or the awards.

Fan Category Nominations

Attention members:  When you nominate for any of the Fan categories please remember that they are only for work done by non-professionals.  This means that a writer who has sold books, stories or acted as an editor can not be nominated for work similar to that in the Fan Publication category.  If you are professional in one area but are being nominated for work done in a totally different area then you would be eligible.  It would be like professional writers who either did art or music.

Who have been the greatest contributors to Canadian SF & F over the years?

Here’s your chance to nominate the greatest Canadian SF Writers, Publishers, Editors, Artists, Graphic Novelists, Musicians/Filkers, Actors, Convention organizers, Fans, and Scientists and Astronauts to the CSFFA Hall of Fame.

You will nominate them not as just for this year’s novel, or con-running or whatever but for their long-term contribution to Canadian Science Fiction and/or Fantasy in one or more of the categories above and any others that you .

Nomination is straight-forward; you need to write out a description of the contributions your nominees have made that would make them eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Then email it to <HallofFame<at>prixaurorawards.ca>

(Replace the <at> with an @ in the above to get a real email address)

or mail it to CSFFA Hall of Fame c/o 1432 Velvet Road, Gibsons BC V0N 1V5 … before July 1st, 2014.

For more info go to <http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/hall-of-fame/>

Recruiting New Board Members

CSFFA seeks candidates for the Board of Directors, to be part of governing the society which manages the Aurora Awards and the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. We have good representation from the west. Individuals from the eastern half of Canada are particularly encouraged to come forward.

In accordance with the new bylaws as approved by members on October 5, 2013, candidates for election and re-election must advise the President of their intent to stand no later than 35 days before the Annual General Meeting (AGM). This year, that deadline is May 3, 2014. Candidates must include a signed Code of Conduct and may provide a bio and photo to be part of the AGM information.

For further information, see the Board Recruitment page under About Us at www.prixaurorawards.ca.

Under the new bylaws, nominations may not be accepted from the floor. All information must be available to voters in advance to facilitate online voting.

We encourage new candidates to speak with Cliff Samuels or Jane Garthson, Chair of Governance, well in advance of the cut-off date. Please send an email to admin<at>prixaurorawards.ca and/or jane<at>garthsonleadership.ca to arrange a chat. (replace the <at> with “@” before you reply.

 

New CSFFA website

Welcome to the new Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Website

The new site runs the member functions on WordPress  as well as the general content so:

  • It looks better on more types of devices
  • It has real, changeable passwords
  • It should be easier to maintain and to add new material

If you are a returning CSFFA member who has come to renew for 2014 or someone who wishes to join, use one of the links under the Membership menu above. We have transferred all paid members from the years 2011 through 2013 to the new site so you should be able to Log in using your existing information if you were a paid member in at least one of those years. Note that the member number now goes on top rather than on the bottom as it did on the old site.

Some users with older versions of Internet Explorer have reported oddities in the layout appearing on this site. If this occurs, please try an alternate browser.

You can reach the web team by email at:

webster{at}prixaurorawards.ca. (Remember to change the bit in the middle to a real @ sign.)