Hall of Fame Inductees

The CSFFA Hall of Fame recognizes the Outstanding Achievements that have contributed to the stature of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

It can be awarded to Canadian Writers, Publishers, Editors, Poets, Artists, Graphic Novelists, Actors, Producers, Musicians/Filkers, Convention organizers, Fans, Scientists, Astronauts and others .

The Hall of Fame began with those who were previously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Since 2014 a jury has chosen the inductees each year.

Inductees for 2016

Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy started out in the genre working as anSilmarillion.  His first novel, The Summer Tree, beginning The Fionavar Tapestry, was published thirty years ago in 1984.

Guy’s technique of using historical settings from around the world and giving them a magical twist has allowed him  He has shown that Canadian authors can reach across international borders.  Guy, also a published poet, has a unique and lyrical writing style that invests readers emotionally in both the intimate lives of his characters, and the epic events of his stories.

Guy has won two Casper/Prix Aurora awards, for The Wandering Fire in 1987 and Tigana in 1991, and he has been nominated seven additional times.  At the World Fantasy Convention in 2008 Guy won the World Fantasy award for Ysabel, a juried award for which he also has received several nominations.  He is being honoured this year at the 2014 World Fantasy convention in Washington DC as a Guest of Honour. For more details on his career and works go to: Guy Gavriel Kay website:  http://www.brightweavings.com/ Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Gavriel_Kay

David Cronenberg

Born March 15, 1943 in Toronto, Cronenberg meets your eligibility requirement of Canadian citizenship. It should be noted that throughout his career, he has maintained his Canadian identity and residency, producing 19 of his 21 theatrical feature films in this country.

On the record as having been a science-fiction reader from childhood, he is today internationally recognized as an artist who has significantly influenced the genre. Although he has been the recipient of many honours over the years, the one most pertinent to this nomination is the online magazine Strange Horizons 2004 list of “The Ten Best Science Fiction Film Directors.” Cronenberg is ranked No. 2.

In the interests of full disclosure, I should note that, although we were both students at the University of Toronto in the mid-1960s, I am not personally acquainted with David Cronenberg. I have followed his career in my professional capacity as a Vancouver daily newspaper film critic, and have favourably reviewed many of his features.

In the manner of a true artist, Cronenberg did not follow trends. Instead, he created his own, often pushing the boundaries of audience acceptance within his chosen genre. Among the science fictional elements present in his work are genetic mutation and manipulation, precognition, human-machine interface, teleportation, telekinesis and virtual reality.

The evolution of his narrative interests proceeded through at least five distinct phases. His earliest features — including 1975’s Shivers, Rabid (1977) and The Brood (1979) — are explorations of biological horror in which his characters’ bodies are in rebellion. With 1981’s Scanners and his Stephen King adaptation The Dead Zone (1983), he applied his distinct aesthetic to issues of the paranormal.

In what I consider his most Canadian film, 1983’s Videodrome, Cronenberg anticipated one of the 21st century’s great questions, our relationship to media. In it, he applied his unique vision to the work of Canada’s celebrated media critic Marshall McLuhan. (This is discussed at some length in my 1983 review.)

In his fourth phase, Cronenberg brought his biological preoccupations together with technology to produce a disturbing remake of The Fly (1986), then added issues of identity and sexuality in a thoroughly disturbing medical malpractice fable, Dead Ringers (1988).

Identity within circumstances of social dementia has became his focus as a mature artist, and is evident in such subsequent features as his William Burroughs adaptation Naked Lunch (1991), his J.G. Ballard adaptation Crash (1996) and eXistenZ (1999).

Though his recent features have not been within strict genre boundaries, his contributions to science fiction and fantasy are substantial and deserve CSFFA recognition.

 

Inductees for 2015

Dave Duncan – Video: Dave Duncan receives Hall of Fame Plaque
H.A. Hargreaves
Michael Coney

First Hall of FameInductees for 2014

William Gibson
Spider & Jeanne Robinson

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Robert J SawyerRobert J. Sawyer – Lifetime Achievement: 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Mullin – Lifetime Achievement: 2008
Judith Merril – Lifetime Achievement: 1983 & 1986
Phyllis Gotlieb – Lifetime Achievement: 1982
Susan Wood – Lifetime Achievement: 1981
E. Van Vogt – Lifetime Achievement: 1980