2016 Nominee Bios

 

Anderson, Colleen

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  • Best English Related Work, Editor, Playground of Lost Toys, Exile Editions

Colleen Anderson has been twice nominated for the Aurora Award in poetry, in several “best of” anthologies, and longlisted for the Stoker Award. New or forthcoming works are in Clockwork Canada, Futuristica Vol 2, Digital Fiction, The Beauty of Death, Agnes and True and others. She also edited Tesseracts 17 and is currently working on an alternate history dark fiction novel and a poetry collection. www.colleenanderson.wordpress.com 

Ashby, Madeline

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  • Best English Related Work,   Editor, Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond, ChiZine Publications

Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer living in Toronto. She is the author of the Machine Dynasty series from Angry Robot Books, as well as the forthcoming novel Company Town from Tor. She has developed science fiction prototypes for organizations like Intel Labs, the Institute for the Future, SciFutures, the Atlantic Council, and others. You can find her at madelineashby.com or on Twitter@MadelineAshby.

Ashley, Charlotte

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  • Best English Short Fiction,       Author, “La Héron”, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April

Charlotte Ashley is a writer, editor, critic, and bookseller in Toronto. She is also the Contest Administrator for the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest. Her short fiction has appeared in F&SF, Kaleidotrope, The Sockdolager, Luna Station Quarterly, and Clockwork Canada. Her bookish ramblings can be found at http://www.once-and-future.com and on Twitter @CharlotteAshley.

Barnard, Jayne

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  • Best English Young Adult Novel, Author, Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond, Tyche Books

Jayne Barnard’s award-winning short fiction draws inspiration from history, mystery, and fantastical tales like those of HG Wells. Her full-length mysteries been shortlisted for both the Unhanged Arthur in Canada and the Debut Dagger in the UK.  A graduate in theatre and psychology, she regularly presents craft and vocal workshops for new authors. Her new book is Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond (Tyche Books, 2015), a Steampunk adventure for ages 12 to 92.

Barry, Simon

  • Best Visual Presentation, Creator, Continuum, Season 4, Reunion Pictures

 

Beiko, Samantha

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  • Best Fan Organizational, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Winnipeg

Samantha Mary Beiko has been writing and drawing strange, fantastical things since before she can remember. She currently works in the Canadian publishing industry as a freelance editor, graphic designer, and consultant. Her first novel, a young adult fantasy set in rural Manitoba called The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book, as well as the 2014 Aurora Award. Her next series, The Realms of Ancient, has been signed for a three book deal with ECW Press. The first book, The Scion of the Fox, will be out in Fall 2017. The sequels to follow are The Children of the Bloodlands and The Brilliant Dark. 

Samantha currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is the co-chair of the Winnipeg ChiSeries, a reading series that highlights Canadian speculative writers in various panels, readings, and workshops. She apologizes in advance if she suddenly ignores you when a dog walks by.

www.smbeiko.com

Bell, E.C.

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  • Best English Novel, Author, Drowning in Amber, Tyche Books

Eileen Bell (also known as E.C. Bell) is a writer from Edmonton. Her debut paranormal mystery, Seeing the Light  (2014)  won the BPAA award for Best Speculative Fiction Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Bony Blythe Award for Light Mystery. The second book in the series, Drowning in Amber, was released in 2015, and the third will be out in 2016. Her short fiction includes the Aurora Award winning fantasy anthologies Women of the Apocalypse and The Puzzle Box. In her spare time (!) she edits for On Spec, The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic. (And it is!)

 

Beveridge, James

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  • Best Artist, Artist, covers and poster art
Jim Beveridge, from Windsor, Ontario, has been fascinated with science since childhood and combined with an desire to draw that was akin to the need to breathe seemed inevitably, to lead him to illustrate Science Fiction and Fantasy. He moved to Edmonton, Alberta and began freelancing on band posters and album covers as well as airbrushed award-winning vehicles or anything that needed a slightly off-centered left-handed aesthetic. Jim also created and taught successful Drawing classes for 2 years with Edmonton’s Adult Education.
In 1991, in his spare time, he started illustrating for On Spec Magazine. His interest now is in the computer as an art tool which has led to working in game art and online web design. After
several nominations he won an Aurora Award in 2002. Jim is a member of both A.S.F.A and SFCanada. His first cover for a full length novel for Lisa Smedman’s “The Apparition Trail”(Edge Pub.) was published in June 2004. He is also one of the featured artists in “Visions From The Edge” a Sci-Fi Art documentary from Roadhouse Films. Jim’s art was also chosen as the CD cover and intro for the documentary. He was also the designer of the logos for the Nebula Award, Andre Norton  Award for S.F.W.A., as well as the associated group, Writer Beware.
Jim has been adding novel covers and design to his portfolio as well as creating unique t-shirts for Sane Clothing. He is curently working on covers for publishers Tyche, Five Rivers, as well as Lucky Bat Books, and looking forward to creating even more art for speculative stories in 2016.
  …and he lives in Edmonton tending his hedge, as well as its denizens.

Bilodeau, Marie

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  • Best Fan Organizational, Executive, Can*Con 2015, Ottawa
  • Best Fan Organizational, Co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa

Marie Bilodeau joined Can*Con as Hotel Liaison in 2014, became Vice-Chair in 2015 and is now Co-Chair. 2015 was a great year for Can*Con with 6 novel publishers in attendance, the Editor of Analog Magazine, Author GOH Ed Willett, a Renaissance Studies GOH, a strong science track from Carleton University, expert presentations by police and historians, blue pencil cafes and novel pitches to publishers. Derek and Marie wish to thank all our attendees, panelists, guests and volunteers for making 2015 such a great year for Can*Con! Can*Con 2016 will be in downtown Ottawa 9-11 September! www.can-con.org @CanConSF

Bobet, Leah

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  • Best English Young Adult Novel, Author, An Inheritance of Ashes, Scholastic Canada/Clarion Books US

Leah Bobet is a novelist, editor, and bookseller with Bakka-Phoenix Books, Canada’s oldest science fiction bookstore. Her debut novel, Above, was short-listed for the Prix Aurora Award and the Andre Norton Award and commended by the CCBCs Best Books for Kids and Teens; her second, An Inheritance of Ashes, is an Ontario Library Association 2015 Best Bets selection and has been shortlisted for both the Canadian Library Young Adult Book Award and the Cybils Awards.

She lives and works in Toronto, where she dabbles in urban canning, knitting, and game design.  Visit her at www.leahbobet.com. 

Bowman, Morva

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  • Best Fan Related Work, Halsway Con Concert, Somerset, UK

Morva is a retired professional organizer, Alan is an almost retired electrical engineer. They have been attending their local F&SF convention, Keycon, for 20+ years, but only really got into filk music about 10 years ago, thanks to Decadent Dave Clement. They have been singing together since high school but retirement has given this vice more time so they have started spending more time singing and writing music. Morva came to F&SF the good old fashioned way through books. ( She reads almost as fast as Spencer Reid ) Alan was caught by the classic movies in the 60’s and 70’s. ( he’s really old ) So their musical inspiration is a mix of written and visual sources coloured by their folk background. They run the music hospitality suite at Keycon, the local gen-con along with the aforementioned Dave Clement and host house concerts featuring itinerant musicians from all over North America.
 

Braithwaite, Keith

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  • Best Fan Related Work, The Doctor and his Companion, Montreal Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (WARP)

 A life-long sci-fi fan, Keith Braithwaite has exercised his creativity as an artist, writer, and fan-film producer/director for over 30 years. The fanzine cover for which he has received an Aurora-Award nomination this year is one of numerous he has created over the years for Warp, the principal publication of the Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (MonSFFA), the club to which Keith belongs.
Keith has been active in organized fandom since he happened upon an advertisement for a Montreal-based Star Trek club that was launching in the late 1980s. He joined that club, which quickly expanded its sphere of interest to become MonSFFA, a group dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of SF/F in all of its myriad forms.
A former president, treasurer, and editor of Warp, Keith remains active in the club to this day, currently sitting as vice-president and editor of the organization’s one-sheet news bulletin, Impulse. For a number of years, he also served in various capacities on the concom of ConCept, the local SF/F convention founded by MonSFFA in 1989 and run by the group for several years. As well, Keith wrote and directed several of MonSFFA’s popular, award-winning fan films, including the FedEx Files series, Beavra, and MooseMan.

Campbell, J R

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  • Best English Related Work, Editor, Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places, EDGE

Here’s a bio. I make no mention of my sparkling wit, devastatingly handsome looks or Scottish heritage (which I trust the reader will infer from the name Campbell). In fact, looking at it I don’t think I mention my gender either. If you need more words, let me know and I’ll make stuff up. If you need less, cut as you see fit. Thanks, Jeff

J R Campbell is an Alberta based writer and editor whose short fiction has appeared in a variety of publications including Spinetingler Magazine, Wax Romantic, Fantasical Visions IV, the MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Vol’s II and IV, Rigor Amortis and Challenger Unbound. Additional works have also appeared on the radio via Imagination Theater. With his co-editor Charles Prepolec, his anthologies include the Aurora nominated Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places. 

Chomichuk, GMB

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  • Best English Graphic Novel,       Author, Infinitum, ChiZine Publications

GMB Chomichuk is an award winning writer, illustrator, mixed media artist, and public speaker living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His writing and art has appeared in comics, in magazines, on book covers, in art galleries, and in film and television. He leads a secret other life teaching high school art, drama, and English language arts. His past works include The Imagination Manifesto (1-3), Raygun Gothic, Ghost Doctor 13, Cassie & Tonk (with Justin Currie and Will Liddle), Infinitum, and Underworld (with Lovern Kindzierski). His written work has appeared in Long Hidden, Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Post-Apocalypse, Nickronomicon, and Moonshot. 

Clink, David

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  • Best English Poem/Song, Author, “Elegy for WLC”, The Dalhousie Review
  • Best English Poem/Song, Author, “Portrait”, On Spec Winter/Spring

David Clink is a poet, poker player, and punster. His poem, “A sea monster tells his story” won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song. In 2016, Chizine Publications will be publishing David’s speculative poetry collection, The Role of Lightning in Evolution.

Crowe, Jonathan

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  • Best Fan Publication, Editor, Ecdysis

Jonathan Crowe blogs about maps at The Map Room and reviews books for AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review. His fanzine, Ecdysis, was an Aurora Award finalist in 2015. He lives in Shawville, Quebec with his wife, their three cats, and an uncomfortable number of snakes. Visit his website at jonathancrowe.net.
 

Dellamonica, A.M.

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  • Best English Novel, Author, A Daughter of No Nation, Tor Books

A.M. Dellamonica‘s first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her fourth, A Daughter of No Nation, is the sequel of Lambda Award finalist  Child of a Hidden Sea. She is the author of over thirty-five short stories in a variety of genres; these can be found on Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and in numerous print magazines and anthologies, most recently the barely-legal ChiZine James Bond anthology License Expired. She is married to the luminous Nebula nominee Kelly Robson and hopes to have many opportunities to be arm-candy for Kelly this year and in the future. She also teaches writing in person at UTSC and online through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.  Her website is at http://alyxdellamonica.com.

Fahnestalk, Lynne Taylor

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  • Best Artist, Artist, body of work: Robot sculptures made from upcycled metal objects

Lynne spent her childhood mostly drawing dinosaurs and bunnies. She has won a basketball in a colouring contest, repaired a printing press with a bobby pin, and created a comic strip for cows. Lynne’s first professional job as an artist was in the early 1970s illustrating an Ichthyological key for $1.75 per hour.

Lynne’s current passion is creating one-of-a-kind robot sculptures from upcycled metal objects. Her Bots have been described as 3-D cartoons and she likes that comparison. Each Bot is securely constructed using drilling and screws and she uses the metal pieces as she finds them, never polishing, painting or shaping. The search for parts is also a part of the creative process. Garage sales and flea markets are her friends.

The question Lynne is asked most often about her Bots is, “Do they move?”

And her answer is, “Not when I’ve been looking.”

Before making Bots, Lynne was a professional illustrator and cartoonist for over 30 years. She has served as Art Director for a printing company and various magazines  and was co-owner of a small printing company which specialized in producing art prints for artists.

Lynne refers to her work as ‘Quality Art with a Smile’. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, the lovely and talented Steve Fahnestalk, and a house full of robot parts.

She invites you to visit this site to see her eligible body of work for this nomination:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1708981502647742.1073741831.1600317160180844&type=3

Other sites:  www.facebook.com/rivetofrobots.com

www.smilingdragonflystudio.com

Fahnestalk, Steve

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  • Best Fan Related Work, weekly column , Amazing Stories Magazine

Steve Fahnestalk has been reading and writing science fiction since he was a Space Scout. He’s had fiction published in a couple of Rat Tales anthologies, Pulphouse Reports (and one sold to Pulphouse magazine just before it folded), a couple of books from New Venture press and, most recently, R. Graeme Cameron’s Polar Borealis Magazine. He’s also published fanzines and was the fan columnist for Amazing Stories print magazine in the late 1980s. He now writes a review/opinion column for Amazing Stories Online.

 

Fawcett, John

  • Best Visual Presentation, Creator, Orphan Black, Season 3, Temple Street Productions

 

Frey, J.M.

  • Best English Graphic Novel, Author, Bloodsuckers, Toronto Comics, Vol 2 (ed  Steven Andrews)

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J.M. is a voice actor, SF/F author, fanthropologist and professional smartypants on AMI Radio’s Live From Studio 5. She’s appeared in podcasts, documentaries, and on television to discuss all things geeky through the lens of academia. She also has an addiction to scarves, Doctor Who, and tea, which may or may not all be related. Her life’s ambitions are to have stepped foot on every continent (only 3 left!)

Her debut novel TRIPTYCH was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards,  won the San Francisco Book Festival award for SF/F, was nominated for a 2011 CBC Bookie, was named one of The Advocate’s Best Overlooked Books of 2011, and garnered both a starred review and a place among the Best Books of 2011 from Publishers Weekly.

Her sophomore novel, an epic-length feminist meta-fantasy titled The Untold Tale, (book one of the Accidental Turn Series), debuted December 2015. The Skylark’s Song, book one of The Skylark’s Saga, a steampunk action novel about a girl vigilante and her mysterious rocketpack, soars into book stores in 2017.

http://jmfrey.net/about/

Friedman, Ron

  • Best English Short Fiction, Author, “Game Not Over”, Galaxy’s Edge, January

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Ron’s short stories have appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Daily Science Fiction, and in other magazines and anthologies.  Ron co-edited two anthologies and he received seven Honorable Mentions in Writers of the Future Contest.

Ron was a presenter and a panelist at When Words Collide, Con-version, Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and VCON.

Winner of the Aurora Awards – Fan Related category, Ron is a member of SFWA, SFCanada, IFWA and Toastmasters International.

Originally from Israel, Ron is living with his loving wife and two children in Calgary, Alberta. Ron is currently working on his second novel.

For more information, please visit Ron’s website:  http://ronsfriedman.wordpress.com/

Fryklind, Daegan

  • Best Visual Presentation, Producer, Bitten, Season 2, No Equal/eOne/Hoodwink

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Daegan Fryklind is one of Canada’s most sought-after Executive Producers.  Most recently, she wrapped the third and final season of Bitten as Creator/ Executive Producer/ Showrunner of the hit one-hour, dramatic genre series based on the “Otherworld” novels by Kelley Armstrong (SyFy/ Space/). Her previous credits include Motive, The Listener, Being Erica, The Guard, jPod, Robson Arms, Falcon Beach and Cold Squad. She was also part of the inaugural CFC’s Showrunner’s Program.

Daegan was nominated for a 2014 Leo Award for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series for Bitten and won a 2008 Leo Award for Best Dramatic Series Screenwriting for jPod. She was nominated as a producer for Best Drama Series for Motive at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Her feature film EDISON & LEO, co-written with George Toles, won Best Animated Feature at the Bangkok International Animation Film Festival. She has also written animated television for YTV, Studio B, Family Channel and Teletoon. 

Ginther, Chadwick

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  • Best English Novel, Author, Too Far Gone, Ravenstone Books
  • Best Fan Organizational, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Winnipeg

Chadwick Ginther is the author of the Thunder Road Trilogy (Ravenstone Books). His short fiction has appeared recently in Tesseracts, The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir, and Grimdark Magazine. He lives and writes in Winnipeg, Canada, spinning sagas set in the wild spaces of Canada’s western wilderness where surely monsters must exist. 

Gurgu, Costi

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  • Best English Short Fiction, Author, “Cosmobotica”, Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, Running Press

Costi Gurgu was born in Constanta, the 2600-year-old Greek city on the Black Sea shore, and lives in Toronto with his wife, on the Ontario Lake shore. Large bodies of water help Costi glimpse into other realms. That and some Dacian magic. His fiction has appeared in Canada, the United States, England, Denmark, Hungary and Romania. He has sold three books and over fifty stories for which he has won twenty-four awards. His latest sales include the DAW Books anthology “Ages of Wonder” edited by Julie Czerneda, the Wildside Press anthology “The Third Science Fiction Megapack”, EDGE’s anthology “Tesseracts 17”, “The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk” edited by Sean Wallace, and the anthologies “Dark Horizons” and “Street Magick” edited by Charles Zaglanis.

To find out more about Costi Gurgu visit www.costigurgu.com or visit him on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads. 

Kasturi, Sandra

  • Best English Poem/Song, Author, “Typhon & Echidna: A Love Story”, Gods, Memes and Monsters: A 21st Century Bestiary
  • Best English Poem/Song, Author, “Venice Letting Go”, Postscripts to Darkness 6

Kilpatrick, Nancy

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  • Best English Related Work, Editor, nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery & the Macabre, EDGE

Award-winning author and editor Nancy Kilpatrick has published 18 novels, over 220 short stories, 6 collections of her stories, 1 non-fiction book, and has edited 15 anthologies, all in these genres:  horror/dark fantasy; fantasy; mystery; erotica.   Her most recent works are the co-edited anthology (with Caro Soles) nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery & the Macabre–an homage to Edgar Allan Poe; the short story collection  Vampyric Variations, and the upcoming graphic novel Nancy Kilpatrick’s Vampyre Theater.  She lives in Monreal with her calico cat Fedex.

Website (badly-in-need-of-updating):  nancykilpatrick.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nancy.kilpatrick.31

Titter:  @nancykwriter

Kotowych, Stephen

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  • Best English Short Fiction, Author, “Super Frenemies”, Caped: An Anthology of Superhero Tales, Local Hero Press

STEPHEN KOTOWYCH is a winner of a Writers of the Future Grand Prize; Spain’s Ictineu Award; and is a past finalist for the Prix Aurora Award. His stories have appeared in Interzone, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, StarShipSofa, numerous anthologies, and been translated into a dozen languages. His first collection of short stories, Seven Against Tomorrow, is available now in ebook and dead tree formats. He enjoys guitar, tropical fish, and writing about himself in the third person. For more information about Stephen and his writing visit his website www.kotowych.com

Künsken, Derek

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  • Best Fan Organizational, Executive, Can*Con 2015, Ottawa

Derek Künsken first volunteered in fandom in 2012 as Programming Director of Can*Con and became Co-Chair with one of Can*Con’s founders Farrell McGovern in 2013. Derek became the Chair for 2014 and 2015. Marie Bilodeau joined Can*Con as Hotel Liaison in 2014, became Vice-Chair in 2015 and is now Co-Chair. 2015 was a great year for Can*Con with 6 novel publishers in attendance, the Editor of Analog Magazine, Author GOH Ed Willett, a Renaissance Studies GOH, a strong science track from Carleton University, expert presentations by police and historians, blue pencil cafes and novel pitches to publishers. Derek and Marie wish to thank all our attendees, panelists, guests and volunteers for making 2015 such a great year for Can*Con! Can*Con 2016 will be in downtown Ottawa 9-11 September! www.can-con.org @CanConSF

Larking, Kate

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  • Best English Graphic Novel, Author, Crash and Burn: Prologue, Astres Press

Kate Larking is the trade book buyer for an indie bookstore. Off hours, between binge-watching anime and leveling-up game characters, she writes speculative fiction for both YA and adult markets, as well as the comic Crash and Burn, found at http://www.cb-comic.com. She cofounded Anxiety Ink, a community of writers dealing with the stress and challenges of writing. She resides in Calgary, AB. 

Lavigne, Nicole

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  • Best Fan Organizational, Co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa

Nicole Lavigne writes fantasy and science-fiction in Ottawa, Ontario. Her short fiction recently appeared in Second Contacts by Bundoran Press, and she is now working on her first novel for The Ed Greenwood Group. She is also a professional oral storyteller, Editorial Assistant for Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine and Co-Chair for the Ottawa ChiSeries. The rest of the time she daylights as a (mostly) mild-mannered government employee. nllavigne.wordpress.com

 

Lovretta, Michelle

  • Best Visual Presentation, Producer, Killjoys, Season 1, Temple Street Productions

KILLJOYS is Michelle’s second original series. As a long time fan of action, humor and genre entertainment, Michelle combined all three in LOST GIRL, a progressive urban fantasy series she created, showran and executive produced for Showcase/Syfy, which just finished shooting its fifth and final season.  Michelle next worked as producer and writer on the CW’s supernatural drama THE SECRET CIRCLE, from 2011-2012. Other television writing and producing credits include ROGUE, MUTANT X, RELIC HUNTER, INSTANT STAR, and made-for-TV movies SORORITY WARS, (2009), TO BE FAT LIKE ME (2007), PLAYING HOUSE (2006), and HUNT FOR JUSTICE (2005).

Lovretta was nominated in 2011 for a Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series for her series LOST GIRL, which recently won the 2014 “Fan Favourite” award at the CSAs.  Prior to that, and in a marked departure from her more comedic work, Michelle was nominated for the 2006 Gemini Awards in the category of Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for the made-for-TV movie HUNT FOR JUSTICE (2005).  A docudrama about Louise Arbour, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, HUNT FOR JUSTICE  starred Wendy Crewson, John Corbett, and Oscar-winner William Hurt, and has won multiple international awards.  Her feature film THE FISHING TRIP (1998) premiered at the Toronto International Film Fest and was nominated for three Genie Awards, winning one.

 

Lucullan, Finn

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  • Best English Graphic Novel, Author, Crash and Burn: Prologue, Astres Press

Finn Lucullan is an agender creator and illustrator from Calgary, AB. They enjoy finding collaborative, multimedia projects and rubbing their queer little hands over every genre they can find. They are currently working on Crash and Burn, a queer space opera webcomic, found at http://www.cb-comic.com. Connect with them on twitter @khialest or at luculfi@gmail.com.

 

Maaren, Kari

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  • Best English Graphic Novel, Author, West of Bathurst: The Complete Collection
  • Best Fan Related Work, Everybody Hates Elves (album), Bandcamp and CD

Kari Maaren is a wandering English professor who has turned grumpiness into an art form.  She has a completed webcomic, West of Bathurst, and an active one, It Never Rains.  She writes and performs geeky ukulele music about Batman, genre literature, and various types of monsters, and she has produced three CDs, the solo albums Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off and Everybody Hates Elves and the compilation (with the band Copy Red Leader) Pirate Elves in Space. She has won Aurora Awards for her music (2013 and 2015) and comics (2015). Her first novel, a YA fantasy, is due out from Tor in the fall of 2017.

 

Mallozzi, Joseph

  • Best Visual Presentation, Creator, Dark Matter, Season 1, Prodigy Pictures

 

Manson, Graeme

  • Best Visual Presentation, Creator, Orphan Black, Season 3, Temple Street Productions

 

Marcone, Vincent

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  • Best English Graphic Novel, Author, The Lady ParaNorma, ChiZine Publications

“My Pet Skeleton” is the pseudonym for the award-winning graphic artist Vincent Marcone. This curious-sounding epithet caught on, crept in and slowly replaced his own name.  As “My Pet Skeleton,” Vincent catapulted to early success when his work and online worlds caught the attention of David Bowie, Guillermo Del Toro, Clive Barker, and the Godfather of Goth himself, Peter Murphy. His particular approach to painting album covers, and directing music videos has earned him awards from places as diverse as the Emmys, the Junos and even a Canne Film Festival nomination for his short film “The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow.”

Vincent developed his unique style by combining his affection for the 600-year-old art of intaglio printmaking with his love of computer graphics. Early in his studies he would scrape and etch and carve his images onto zinc plates of all shapes and sizes, then send them hurtling through antiquated hand-turned presses. This experience and love of an old world aesthetic is what sets him apart from other digital artists. He handles his digital paintings as he handled his etchings, focusing in on the line work and meticulously placing each pixel to convey a sense of mood and ambiance. Drawing from a personal library of over 500 original textures (each created with metal plates and hand-wiped inks) Marcone uses his computer to fuse together media of all sorts to create imagery that is part of a larger story.

Vincent lives in Kitchener, Ontario where he is currently painting new pictures and crafting new tales. “The Lady ParaNorma” is his very first book.

McCharles, Randy

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  • Best English Novel, Author, Much Ado about Macbeth, Tyche Books
  • Best Fan Organizational, Chair, Chair, When Words Collide, Calgary

RANDY MCCHARLES is a full-time author with a focus on speculative and mystery fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada’s most prestigious award for speculative fiction) and in 2013, his short story Ghost-B-Gone Incorporated won the House of Anansi 7-day Ghost Story Contest. Randy’s most recent publications include Much Ado about Macbeth, from Tyche Books and Murder at the Mall from Coffin Hop Press. In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events including The Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, A Taste of Local Authors, Writers in the House, and the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers. 

McFadden, Ryan T.

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  • Best English Novel, Author, Cursed: Black Swan, Dragon Moon Press

Ryan T. McFadden is fantasy and horror writer. His novella Ghost in the Machine won the 2014 Aurora Award for Short Fiction. His first novel Cursed: Black Swan was published in 2015 through Dragon Moon Press. Additional fiction can be found in numerous collections published by Bundoran Press, Absolute Xpress, Edge SF&F, and Dragon Moon Press.

His motley past involved such dangerous work as database administration, ice cream flavouring (seriously, that’s a thing), hockey league administration, screen printing, web design, furniture building, and home renovations. He lives in London with his two beautiful, but sometimes diabolical daughters. 

Minkevics, Jeff

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  • Best Artist, Artist, covers for Five Rivers Press

Jeff Minkevics was born in Winnipeg Manitoba, at which point he realized he’d made a horrible mistake and moved to Calgary Alberta at the age of 3. He is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design’s Drawing program, and is currently the Art Director for Five Rivers Publishing as well as a Graphics Designer for a Calgary-based software company. His digital photo work has appeared in several international publications, including Science Magazine and National Geographic. He’s allergic to cats, and thus tries to ensure he’s around one at all times, probably just to prove a point of some sort.

Mohr, Erik

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  • Best Artist, Artist, covers for ChiZine Publications

Erik Mohr is easy to work with, leads by example, contributes to the debate, gets things done – on time, on budget and with flare, celebrates a job well done, brings people together, enjoys playing Lego with his kids on sunny Sunday mornings, goes for long runs, loves camping and canoeing, purposely gets lost in design bookstores and art galleries, enjoys challenges such as baking cookies in toaster ovens and building complicated folded and glued paper toys. He has not only been crafting ChIZine Publications’ book covers since 2007, but he also works as an art director and designer in a myriad of other platforms, including print and online media. 

Moore, Matt

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  • Best Fan Organizational, Co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa

Matt Moore is a horror and science fiction writer who believes good speculative fiction can both thrill and make you think. His short fiction, poetry and columns have appeared in a number of print, electronic and audio markets. He’s a multiple Aurora Award finalist, frequent panelist and presenter, Communications Director for ChiZine Publications, and Co-Chair of the Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading Series.

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia

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Photo by Shimon
  • Best English Novel, Author, Signal to Noise, Solaris

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel, Signal to Noise, about music, magic and Mexico City, appeared on seven year’s best lists in 2015: B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, RT, BookRiot, Buzzfeed, i09, Vice, and Tor.com. Her second novel, Certain Dark Things, featuring narco vampires, will be out October 2016. Her first collection, This Strange Way of Dying, was a finalist for The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. She has edited several anthologies, including She Walks in Shadows, Dead North and Fractured.

Mullie, Paul

  • Best Visual Presentation, Creator, Dark Matter, Season 1, Prodigy Pictures

 

Newman-Stille, Derek

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  • Best Fan Publication, Editor, Speculating Canada
  • Best Fan Related Work, Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM

Derek Newman-Stille is a PhD student in Canadian Studies at Trent University. He believes that the role of an academic should be to open conversations about ideas wherever possible, which is why he created Speculating Canada, a website focused on opening Canadian Speculative Fiction to critical questions. On Speculating Canada, Derek reviews Canadian Spec Fic, writes editorials about various issues in genre fiction, and conducts interviews with authors. You can explore Speculating Canada at http://speculatingcanada.ca/ . In order to create a forum for discussion and exploration on the air, Derek Newman-Stille created Speculating Canada on Trent Radio (92.7 FM) to invite conversations about Canadian Speculative Fiction. Each week, Derek appears on the radio to raise critical questions about genre fiction, talking about current issues and how these are portrayed through our fiction. This will be the 3rd year Derek has been on Trent Radio talking about Canadian Spec Fic. Trent Radio can be reached at http://www.trentu.ca/org/trentradio/ . Derek archives past shows at http://speculatingcanada.ca/category/on-air/ .

Nickle, David

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  • Best English Related Work, Editor, Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond, ChiZine Publications

David Nickle is the author of several novels and numerous short stories—most recently collected in Knife Fight and Other Struggles. He is a past winner of the Bram Stoker Award, Aurora Award, and Black Quill Award. He co-edited The Exile Book of Canadian Noir with Claude Lalumière. He lives in Toronto, where he works as a journalist. He can be found on Twitter at @bydavidnickle, or online at his blog / website The Devil’s Exercise Yard.

O’Driscoll, Dan

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  • Best Artist, Artist, covers for Bundoran Press

Dan O’Driscoll is a freelance illustrator based in Calgary, Alberta.  His early forays into art involved sketching dinosaurs in the margins of school exercise books, which garnered the predictable critical response.

Dan has always considered art a medium of exploration, allowing him to give visual form to his imaginary worlds and provide a means to share them with others. Working in illustration has also allowed him to explore and interpret worlds that exist in the minds of other creatives, and to open a window on their stories. The resulting works have been featured in magazines and on book covers in both Canada and the United States.

Otis, Alana

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  • Best Fan Organizational, Co-chairs, Ad Astra 34 Convention, Toronto

Alana went to her first SF convention in 1999 and has been hooked ever since. She started on convention committees by seeing there was work to do and asking “How can I help?” She’s worked in a number of departments including volunteers, hospitality, programming and Chair.

Palmer-Lister, Cathy

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  • Best Fan Publication, Editor, WARP issues 90-93

Cathy discovered SF while still in high school, way back in the ’60s when she ran across books by Isaac Asimov and Jules Verne, but fandom managed to escape her notice until a morning in 1991 when she heard a radio reporter casually mention she was going to a science fiction convention after her last broadcast of the morning. Cathy fed the dogs and ran away to Con*Cept, then in its second year. A year later, she was a member of four SF/F clubs and a gopher at Con*Cept, which she later chaired for 10 years. Currently, she is president of the Montreal Science Fiction Association (MonSFFA) as well as editor of WARP, its clubzine, She founded the Canadian Con-Runners Group on Yahoo, and remains its moderator. Now retired, she has lots of time for her S/SF interests, so she has taken on a new challenge as webmaster for www.monsffa.ca .

Peters, Sherry

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  • Best English Young Adult Novel, Author, Mabel the Mafioso Dwarf, Dwarvenamazon

Sherry Peters is a Certified Life Coach who works with writers at all stages of their writing career looking to increase their productivity through pushing past the self-doubt holding them back. Sherry graduated from the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2005 and earned her M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2009. Her debut novel Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf placed 1st in the 2014 Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards in the YA category. It has also been nominated for a 2015 Aurora Award.

Pflug, Ursula

  • Best English Related Work, Editor, Playground of Lost Toys, Exile Editions

Pi, Tony

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  • Best English Short Fiction, Author, “Cosmobotica”, The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk (Running Press)

Tony Pi is a writer with a Ph.D. in Linguistics in Toronto, Canada. Winner of the 2015 Aurora Award for Best English Poem/Song, he was also nominated twice prior for his short fiction. In 2009 he was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His work has appeared widely, most recently in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, and Clockwork Canada. tonypi.com 

Pollard, Alan

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  • Best Fan Related Work, Halsway Con Concert, Somerset, UK

Alan is an almost retired electrical engineer, Morva is a retired professional organizer. They have been attending their local F&SF convention, Keycon, for 20+ years, but only really got into filk music about 10 years ago, thanks to Decadent Dave Clement. They have been singing together since high school but retirement has given this vice more time so they have started spending more time singing and writing music. Morva came to F&SF the good old fashioned way through books. ( She reads almost as fast as Spencer Reid ) Alan was caught by the classic movies in the 60’s and 70’s. ( he’s really old ) So their musical inspiration is a mix of written and visual sources coloured by their folk background. They run the music hospitality suite at Keycon, the local gen-con along with the aforementioned Dave Clement and host house concerts featuring itinerant musicians from all over North America.

Prepolec, Charles

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  • Best English Related Work, Editor, Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places, EDGE

Charles Prepolec is a former bookshop owner, currently freelance editor, writer, artist and reviewer with published contributions in a variety of books and magazines. He is co-editor of five Sherlock Holmes anthologies (with J. R. Campbell) – Curious Incidents Vols. 1 & 2, Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2008), Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2011); as well as co-editor (with Paul Kane) of Beyond Rue Morgue: Further Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1st Detective (2013) for Titan Books. His most recent anthology (with J. R. Campbell) is Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places (2015) for EDGE SF&F. Website: www.sherlocknews.com 

Rimar, Michael

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  • Best English Related Work, Editor, Second Contacts, Bundoran Press

Mike Rimar is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His short story, A Bunny Hug for Karl, published in Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories was nominated for an Aurora award. He is also an associate publisher of Bundoran Press and co-editor of the anthology, Second Contacts. You can find more on Mike at www.mikerimar.com.

Roberts, Paul

  • Best Fan Organizational, Co-chairs, Ad Astra 34 Convention, Toronto

Robson, Kelly

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  • Best English Short Fiction, Author, “Waters of Versailles”, Tor.com

Kelly Robson grew up in Hinton, Alberta and graduated with a degree in English from the University of Alberta. She had the great good luck to write the Chatelaine Wine and Spirits column from 2008 to 2012. After many years in Vancouver, she and her wife, fellow SF writer A.M. Dellamonica recently moved to Toronto.

In 2015, Kelly’s first fiction publications appeared in Clarkesworld, Tor.com, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and in the anthologies New Canadian Noir, In the Shadow of the Towers, and License Expired. Her novella “Waters of Versailles” was nominated for a 2015 Nebula Award. Three of her stories appeared on the 2015 Locus Recommended Reading list, and appear in five year’s best anthologies this year. Her gothic horror novelette “A Human Stain” is forthcoming at Tor.com. 

Sawyer, Robert J.

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  • Best English Short Fiction, Author, “Looking for Gordo”, Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft

Robert J. Sawyer has won the best-novel Hugo Award (for Hominids), the best-novel Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), and the top SF awards in Japan (three times), Spain (three times), China, and France. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his Aurora Award-winning novel of the same name, and in 2014 he was one of the nine initial inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. His 23rd novel, Quantum Night (March 2016), hit #7 nationally on the Maclean’s fiction bestellers’ list. Website: sfwriter.com.

Shaftoe-Durrant, Adam

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  • Best Fan Publication, Editor, The Page of Reviews

Bio: Adam Shaftoe-Durrant is a writer, critic, slush reader, and podcaster. His essays and reviews have appeared in On-Spec Magazine and Jamais Vu – The Journal of the Strange Among the Familiar. He is formerly the games editor for Dirge Magazine and a slush reader for Daily Science Fiction. He lives in St. Catharines, Ontario with his wife and their cats. During the day, Adam works as a labour market economist for a local NGO.

Soles, Caro

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  • Best English Related Work, Editor, nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery & the Macabre, EDGE

Caro Soles is the founder of Bloody Words, which closed in 2014. Her books include mysteries, dark fantasy, erotica, gay lit and science fiction. She received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada for her work in the mystery field and was short listed for the Lambda Literary Award. nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery & the Macabre, co-edited with Nancy Kilpatrick, showcases stories influenced by Poe.

Sundar, Naru

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  • Best English Poem/Song, Author, “Origami Crane / Light Defying Spaceship”, Liminality, Issue 5 Autumn

Naru Dames Sundar is a speculative fiction author and poet.  His fiction and poetry have appeared in Strange Horizons, Nature:Futures & Crossed Genres among other places.  You can follow him on his blog at www.shardofstar.info or on twitter at @naru_sundar.  Though he spent his formative years in Toronto, he now resides in the mountains of Northern California with his wife and son. 

Sweet, Caitlin

 

  • Best English Young Adult Novel, Author, The Flame in the Maze, ChiZine Publications

Caitlin Sweet’s first fantasy novel, A Telling of Stars, was published by Penguin Canada in 2003. Her second, The Silences of Home, was published in 2005. Her one and only short story, “To Play the Game of Men,” was included in Daw’s Ages of Wonder anthology in 2009. Her novel The Pattern Scars, came out from CZP in 2011, and was nominated for Sunburst and Aurora awards, and reviewed to much acclaim in the Huffington Post. She released a YA title in 2014 with CZP called The Door in the Mountain, which won the 2015 Copper Cylinder Award. The sequel, The Flame in the Maze, came out in 2015.

 

Trenholm, Hayden

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  • Best English Related Work, Editor, Second Contacts, Bundoran Press

Hayden Trenholm is an award-winning playwright, novelist and short story writer. His short fiction has appeared in On Spec, TransVersions, Neo-Opsis, Challenging Destiny, Talebones, and on CBC radio. His first novel, A Circle of Birds, won the 3-Day Novel Writing competition and was published in 1993 by Anvil Press; it was recently translated and published in French. His trilogy, The Steele Chronicles, was published by Bundoran Press and were each nominated for an Aurora Award. Stealing Home, the third book, was a finalist for the Sunburst Award. Hayden has won three Aurora Awards – twice for short fiction and once for editing the anthology, Blood and Water. He purchased Bundoran Press in 2012 and is its managing editor. In the last three years he has produced two additional anthologies, Strange Bedfellows and Second Contacts and edited eight novels. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and fellow writer, Elizabeth Westbrook.

Vadori, Suzy

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  • Best English Young Adult Novel, Author, The Fountain, Evil Alter Ego Press

Suzy Vadori is an Operations Executive by day, Writer by night. The Fountain is her debut novel for Young Adults. Suzy is an involved member of the Calgary Writers’ community, serving as When Words Collide (a Calgary Festival for Readers and Writers) Program Manager for Middle Grade and Young Adult since 2013. Suzy lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and three kids. 

Wayne, Taral

  • Best Fan Publication,, Editor, Broken Toys

Taral is better known behind a keyboard or drawing board than at the front of a room talking, but once started can talk about a wide variety of subjects – his experiences from over 40 years in fandom, his 11 Hugo nominations for best fanartist, his Rotsler Award, or his unimpressive career as a magazine illustrator and comic book artist. He can bore on the topics of animation, Fraggles, fossils, and planetology.   Also about his numerous off beat jobs, and hobbies ranging from model building to die-cast cars, to ancient Roman coins.  He can even – under pressure – talk about science fiction.