Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations to the Hall of Fame may be made by any Canadian citizen (or Landed Immigrant) as long as the nominee is Canadian.

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

Each year the Jury considers Nominations received that year along with all the Nominations from previous years. Here are the existing Canadians who have been nominated, along with the  information in their nomination(s).  You are invited to add information by making a new Nomination.

Kelley Armstrong
Photo Credit: Kathryn Hollinrake
Photo Credit: Kathryn Hollinrake

Kelley Armstrong:  Kelley is known for both her fantasy novels and her Young Adult fantasy novels.  Her works include urban fantasy, horror, romance and crime.  She has been nominated for three Aurora awards and has one for Best YA Novel.  She is best known for her Women of Otherworlds series which ran for three seasons on TV.
She has written dozens of novels as well as numerous short stories and collections of those works.  Kelley currently lives in Ontario.
More details about her career can be found on Wikipedia at:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelley_Armstrong

Margaret Atwood
I would like to put forward Margaret Atwood for the CSFFA Hall of Fame.  Ms. Atwood is a novelist, poet, essayist, public personality and a literary critic.  She is one of the most decorated authors in Canada and has been instrumental in showing that Science Fiction can be literary art form.  She has won over 55 awards.  Her genre awards include the Nebula (1986), the Arthur C Clarke (1987) and the Prometheus (1987).
She is a recipient of the Governor Generals award in Canada plus numerous awards around the world.  She is one of a handful of author distinctly recognizable as Canadian and has been a powerful voice for Canadian literature.  
She has been controversial in the past with her opinions about genre writing and how her works fit into them.  She currently has modified her views and now does feel that she writes genre novels.  She is having an amazing career and has been so important to Canadians I feel we should recognize her and be inducted into the CSFFA Hall of Fame.
An extensive bio can be found on Wikipedia at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Atwood
R. Graeme Cameron

Graeme Cameron

Graeme has been deeply involved with science fiction and fantasy fandom all of his life. He was a “founding member” of VCON – Vancouver BC’s premier science fiction and fantasy convention – being on the organizing committee for the event held in 1971 that would, retroactively, become known as “VCON 1” and continues to attend and participate as a member of the ConCom and a program participant to this date. Most recently, over the past few years he has held the position of moderator for VCON’s “clarion style” writers’ workshops which bring together published pro writers with unpublished writers and their short stories or start of a novel and has also been responsible for the content of VCON’s program book.   Graeme is also the “archivist” for VCON and several other fannish organizations including the West Coast Science Fiction Association (VCON’s parent non-profit organization), the BC Science Fiction Association, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and the Canadian Fanzine Fanac Awards Society. As the archivist for these groups he has been collecting documents and artefacts from each of these groups for decades, keeping them all well filed and organized. He has been doing it long enough that he has dedicated an entire room of his home to these archives!   Graeme is also a long-time Fanzine Editor who has been nominated for and even won Aurora Awards for his various fan publications. He is also the curator of the Canadian Science Fiction Fanzine Archive and In 2013 he started up web site for the archive where he has begun the time consuming task of scanning and uploading the many, many (yes many!) fanzines in his collection to the internet for all the world to see.   And finally, Graeme is the man who has kept VCON’s “infamous” Elron Awards (given out for the most dubious “achievements” in science and science fiction) alive and is also behind the more recently (and more serious) FanEds (or Canadian Fanzine Fanac Awards).

John Robert Columbo Jrcolombo.jpg

John Robert Colombo was born in Kitchener, Ontario, in 1936. He attended the University of Toronto, where he began to organize literary events in the late 1950s. He began writing and publishing poetry in the early 1960s; his very first book of poetry Lines for the Last Days was illustrated by William Kurelek. His imprint Hawkshead Press published Margaret Atwood‘s first collection of poetry in 1963. He also facilitated the appearance of first books of fiction written by Hugh Hood and Alice Munro and the first mass-market publication of a science-fiction story by Robert J. Sawyer. He served as literary manager of the old Bohemian Embassy in Toronto and wrote poetry and also pioneered “found poetry” in the country. He then moved into editorial positions with some of Toronto’s large publishing houses, including McClelland and Stewart and Hurtig. During that period, he edited George Grant‘s Lament for a Nation, and served as managing editor of the Tamarack Review, at the time the leading literary quarterly.           <http://colombo.ca>

Julie Czerneda

Photo: Julie E Czerneda

Julie is a multiple Aurora winning author with over a dozen published works in both Science Fiction and Fantasy.  She has been a guest of honour at numerous conventions.  Julie has also edited a large number of anthologies and published numerous short stories.

She has won the Aurora award for both long and short fiction and as an editor for two different anthologies.  She has won the Aurora award six times and been nominated 25 times.

Julie currently lives in rural Ontario.  She was just a guest of honour at KeyCon in Winnipeg and will be a guest of honour at When Words Collide this year as well as being this year’s Aurora award MC.

More details about her career can be found on Wikipedia at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Czerneda

 Hubert Rogers

SF Golden Age pulp magazine artist Hubert Rogers (1898-1982) was born in Alberton, P.E.I. He attended Central Technical High School in Toronto.

Between 1939 and 1952 Hubert Rogers’s paintings appeared on the covers of fifty-eight issues of Astounding Science-Fiction, the dominant SF magazine of the 1940s, edited by John W. Campbell.

Golden Age SF art collector Stephen Korshak says that “Hubert Rogers’ work is known for its subdued quality and color palette with an emphasis on the dramatic posing of figures rather than scenes of action or violence. He often used symbolism to capture the content of the stories he illustrated and he will be remembered as one of the most important and influential science fiction artists of the 1940s.”

The editors of the SF Encyclopedia write “Rogers entered sf publishing with a cover painting for Astounding Science-Fiction in 1939 and went on to provide the magazine with numerous covers and interior illustrations until 1952. He and William Timmins dominated the covers of Astounding during the 1940s, a period when his serious, sombre style gave the magazine something of the dignity John W. Campbell Jr craved, to contrast with the more garish covers of his magazine’s competitors.”

List of the many Rogers paintings and drawings which decorated the covers and interior pages of pulp magazines:
Charles de Lint

Charles is, in my view, is one of the fathers of Urban Fantasy.  He started writing in 1983 and has introduced us to fantastical worlds where the mundane and the magical meet.  He has used Canadian native mythology along with European mythos to weave amazing tales.

Charles musical talents have made him a popular guest and conventions across Canada.

He has won numerous awards for both adult  He won the inaugural year for the Aurora award’s YA best novel category.  He currently lives in Ottawa.

A full bio can be found:



Candas Jane Dorsey

is the award-winning author of Black Wine, A Paradigm of Earth, Machine Sex and other stories (includes the Aurora Award winning story “Sleeping in a Box”) as well as other mainstream and slipstream books and stories. She is internationally known for these works, which have brought a fresh voice to the discussion of gender and sexuality in SF&F as well as demonstrating high literary quality. She also won the 1985 Three-Day Novel Contest with Nora Abercrombie for an SF novel. Her shorter works have appeared in The Norton Book of Science Fiction ed. Ursula K. leGuin and Brian Attebery, The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women, ten of the Tesseracts anthologies, Northern Stars, Women of Other Worlds, Firebirds Soaring and many other venues.

Dorsey co-edited Tesseracts3, Tesseracts8, the Prairie Fire WorldCon1994 special edition, and Land/Space. From 1994, when it was acquired from Porcepic/Beach Holme Books in Victoria, until 2003, she co-owned and co-published Tesseract Books, which at the time she acquired it was Canada’s only dedicated English-language SF&F publisher. During her time at the helm, Tesseract Books arranged for distribution in the US, Australia, and the UK. In 2003 the imprint was sold to Brian Hades with a solid backlist of hardcover and softcover titles. She kept the press going during the collapse of mass-market publishing (in part by not taking a salary during her entire ownership so that the press could break even), and continued the iconic Tesseracts anthology line as well as publishing the work of Peter Watts, Ursula Pflug, Karl Schroeder and David Nickle, Élisabeth Vonarburg, Phyllis Gotlieb, Michael Barley, Heather Spears,Tanya Huff and others. She also maintained a tradition of intriguing Canadian art on the covers. She is an accomplished editor of short and long fiction. She consulted on the inaugural issue of OnSpec magazine and she worked with Gerri Cook and Steve Moore to develop and publish the Dinosaur Soup series of children’s books, cut short after three volumes by the untimely death of Ms. Cook.  Dorsey has written essays and critical work, travels widely in Canada and internationally to speak about Canadian SF as well as do readings and panels, and teaches writing, including SF&F. She also freelances as a manuscript editor, and mentors worthy new writers and editors on occasion. She was a founding member and the founding president of SFCanada, the professional Canadian SF&F writers’ organisation, and is still an active member. She was involved with SFWorkshop Canada Ink from its inception under Judith Merril in 1985. She has contributed her SF collection to the University of Alberta and her papers are in the UofA Archives. She was also approached to write the speculative fiction course now offered by Athabasca University. One of the elements of Candas Jane Dorsey’s career that should not be overlooked is the way she has consistently served not only the SF community but the wider literary community, bringing the SF&F voice into the mainstream discussion and refusing to allow other literary traditions to dismiss SF&F. Her role as a builder, whether of local (the Edmonton Bullet alternative weekly paper), provincial (Writers Guild of Alberta; The Books Collective) or national organisations, Candas Jane Dorsey has brought eloquence and intelligence to bear on the ways SF&F relates to the wider literary and public community. Candas Jane Dorsey’s contribution to the Canadian SF&F scene in Canada and beyond has been exceptional. In some ways, if not for her, there wouldn’t be a “scene” at all as it appears today, as she was tireless and self-sacrificing on behalf of the community, including at the expense of her own writing time. She deserves to be honoured and recognised for the immense contribution she has made to SF&F in Canada.

Tanya Huff

Tanya is known for both her mysteries and for the military SF.  A lot of them have romantic overtones. Tanya has won an Aurora award twice; and has been nominated nine times. More details about her career can be found on Wikipedia at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanya_Huff

Monica Hughes (November 3, 1925 – March 7, 2003)

——— Order of Canada  – Invitation to the Game is the most accurate YA novel from recent history to express a dystopia that seems familiar to our actual circumstance. – Hughes’ work covered a broad range of topics from an accessible perspective, including environmental degratation, oceanic colonization, moon colonization, and drought. – Hughes’ lead characters were gender-balanced, frequently young ladies or young men.  – Hughes’ book “invitation to the game” could form the basis of this nomination alone, dealing with, as it does, issues of wealth inequality, how to effectively squat, what art might constitutes, american-apparel style clothing restrictions, food credits, e-readers, and virtual reality. In the same book she manages to accurately work in survival skills, chemistry lessons, a lesson on clay, and a vivid representation of the difference between a game and reality.  – Hughes’ other work handles virtual reality elegantly. Devil on my Back, despite being for seven-year-olds, adequately expresses the class issues of technological supervision decades before Cory Doctorow’s comparable “Little Brother.” She also prefigures Siri. – This is two of her books. She wrote 35 books before she was done, including The Crystal Drop, which deals with drought and food consumption in Canada decades before Atwood’s similar treatment, and The Golden Aquarians, which explains how amphibians can tell you about water pollution. Her other works, including Crisis on Conshelf 10 (Human genetic modification, freedom of choice), and Earthdark (water abuse, moon colonization) decades before adequate treatment was present elsewhere. – Throughout these books, she handles gender with an even hand, presenting male and female leads as people who have agency in their own lives. – Her most famous trilogy, The Isis Light, is similarly about xenophobia. Hughes is appropriate for the Hall of Fame because her books are accessible, and still resonate today with young people just getting into the discipline. I would argue harder for her, but I have to go talk to my sister about themes of disenfranchisement in Invitation to the Game.

Stan Hyde

I nominate Stan G. Hyde as an exemplar of passionate, lifelong devotion to SF&F fandom and fan activity, specifically in the areas of club organization, writing, film media, and model kit making, painting, and collecting.

–       Stan is a retired school teacher who has been a genre fan his entire life, attending his first convention (the Toronto Worldcon) in 1973.

–       He founded SFAV (the Science Fiction Association of Victoria) in 1975.

–       As founder (and occasional President) of SFAV, Stan wrote numerous columns under the title The Light-Hearted Vituperator and Jolly Reviler for the SFAV clubzines Phoenix and From the Ashes. These columns were primarily devoted to SF&F films past and present, but often discussed the state of contemporary fandom as well.

–       Later, on a monthly basis, he continued Light-Hearted in BCSFAzine (newsletter of the B.C. SF Association) from #193 (June 1989) to #269 (October 1995).

–       Harlan Ellison once phoned Stan long distance to thank him for comments he’d made in a particular Light-Hearted column in BCSFAzine.

–       Spider Robinson described one of Stan’s columns as a “Damn fine piece of work, moving and thoughtful …”

–       Stan also helped found Monster Attack Team Canada in 1989, a club consisting mostly of professional designers and artists in the local film industry (including VCON 41 Film Design Artist Eric Chu). M.A.T.C. specializes in building and painting rare “garage” kits (limited edition kits) which members have often displayed at VCON.

–       Stan is renowned, especially among model kit builders and collectors, for the incredible quality and fine detail of his paintwork on various model kits, so much so that he was Artist Guest of Honour at VCON 22 in 1997.

–       To further advance fan awareness of this particular sub-niche fandom, Stan has offered model construction and painting workshops and demonstrations at VCON for over twenty years, often organizing participation by other M.A.T.C. members.

–       This year at VCON 41 Stan is organizing a complete track of programming devoted to SF&F kits associated with movies, with particular focus on kits of stop-motion figures which appeared in the films of Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen (in keeping with VCON’ theme this year of “Muppets, Puppets, & Marionettes.”

–       Another example of “furthering the cause” would be the article featuring photographs of Stan’s young daughter Sarah playing with his models from his collection which appeared in the McDonald’s Restaurant Fun Times Magazine in 1991.

–       Stan is also noted for the numerous articles he has written for G-Fest, a magazine devoted to the topic of Godzilla, about whom Stan is a world-renowned expert and recognised as such by Toho studios where he is always welcome. (He visits once every two years on average.)

–       Stan is noted for his humour and enthusiasm in giving presentations, perhaps most notably in the Godzilla Sex Life Lecture which he co-wrote with R. Graeme Cameron and co-performed on at least twenty occasions at various conventions in the Pacific NorthWest.

–       Stan is also noted for his Monster Movie Sing Along sessions performed often at VCON and also at G-Fest conventions in Chicago.

–       To sum up, Stan is a master at using humour and light-hearted enthusiasm to stir up “a sense of wonder” among fans previously unfamiliar in detail with stop motion animation, men-in-suit monster films, rare B movies, model kits, and club organizations.

–       I would describe him as a one-man electric dynamo sparking interest and excitement in myriad aspects of SF&F fandom wherever he appears. This is why he has been made VCON 41Fan Guest of Honour this year.
– In my opinion Stan is precisely the sort of enthusiastic, dedicated fan SF&F fandom relies on to stay alive, recruit new members, and evolve into the future. He is the archetype, the perfect example, the exemplar, of the kind of fan fandom needs most. Love of the genre doesn’t get any better than Stan.

Sincerely yours,    R. Graeme Cameron

Eileen Kernaghan

Not only is Eileen a highly credited author, she’s also been giving back to the writing community for many, many years.

Awards •       Eileen has won multiple awards, including the Silver Medal Award for original fantasy from West Coast Review of Books, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (CASPAR) Award, an Aurora Award, and a Canada 124 Medal for community arts activism.   SF Canada •       Eileen has been an active member of SF Canada for many years and was one of the first published women science fiction writers in the country. Burnaby Writers’ Society •       Eileen has been involved with the Burnaby Writers’ Society since the mid-sixties and has worked tirelessly to provide market information and mentoring through the meetings and newsletter. She’s also a regular supporter of the Burnaby Writers’ Society reading series, Spoken Ink.   Writers Workshop •       Eileen has taught a Manuscript Workshop in Burnaby at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts since the early nineties, as well as at Port Moody’s Kyle Cente, helping many authors improve their skills.   VCon •       Eileen has been a part of VCon since the very beginning, attending almost every year as a participant on panels, as well as giving her time to the Turkey Readings in order to raise money for charity.   Eileen has been a mentor to so many in the writing community, including myself and other authors like Linda Demeulemeester. For me personally, Eileen has been a tremendous instructor, motivator and friend in the publishing industry. I believe she is deserving of this honour.

 Dr. Jaymie Matthews

    I would like to nominate Dr. Jaymie Matthews for the Hall of Fame, in the category of Science. Dr. Matthews’s contribution to science & science fiction is both amazing and appealing. He is a professor of Astronomy/Astrophysics at the University of British Columbia. He has an outstanding ability to explain all thing astro in a way that the layman or backyard astronomer can easily understand. He was one of my professors when I did my Astrophysics degree at UBC (2009) and is now a good friend.
    Dr. Matthews’s contribution to science fiction is equally impressive. One look in his UBC teaching office and you instantly see he is hard-core fan. His office is festooned with knickknacks & collectibles of almost every Sci-Fi character, spaceship, movie, etc out there. This catches everyone’s attention. He has been Science Guest of Honour at VCON, Vancouver’s long running fan-run Sci-Fi convention
(Twice) & is a regular panelist each year.
    He is affable & approachable & an all around nice guy, worthy of this honour. Please consider him for inclusion in the Hall of Fame.

            Thank you,

   CHILAM,  Artist/Illustrator,
   The World of Varzuun

Karl Schroeder 

Like A.E. van Vogt, Karl comes from rural  He is a multi-Aurora award winner along with numerous other nominations and awards.

Karl is one of the few hard-SF authors in Canada bringing new and inventive ideas dealing with technology and humanity.   His stories are huge in scale and in popularity with Canadian and international readers.

A full bio can be found: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Schroeder http://www.kschroeder.com/

Lorna Toolis

With this email I am nominating Lorna Toolis to the CSFFA Hall of Fame. Lorna’s contributions to the Canadian SF community, both as a fan and as a professional, and from her initial forays into fandom in the 1970s to the recent conclusion of her professional career, are numerous and outstanding. The following highlights are in no particular order:

  • Lorna was an active member of the Edmonton Science Fiction and Comic Arts Society (ESFCAS) from its founding in 1976 until her departure for Toronto 10 years later, and an active participant in fannish activities throughout the North American northwest for over a decade
  • She was the chair of NonCon II and active on the con committees of several other NonCons
  • She edited the fanzine Neology (the ESFCAS clubzine) for several years
  • Lorna was the head of the Spaced Out Library / Merril Collection from March 1986 to April 2017
  • Though she did not found the Friends of the Merril (originally Friends of the Spaced Out Library) organization, she definitely revived it; it was moribund when she started work and getting the group active again was one of the first things she did as collection head
  • She played an active role on the public committee that lobbied for and guided the construction of a new home for the Merril Collection
  • She was a founding member of SF Canada and very helpful in arranging for the group’s incorporation in its first year of existence
  • As collection head she made a point of supporting the professional SF community both through helping the Friends to organize public events for authors, artists and editors; and through making the library a repository for manuscripts

The number of members of the community whose lives were positively affected by Lorna’s presence and activity is significant. I can think of nobody more deserving of a place in the hall of fame.

Elizabeth Vonarburg

I feel that Elisabeth would be an excellent candidate for the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. She is one of the few French Canadian authors that is known across Canada.  Her background, career and activities shows she cares deeply about the genre and has helped new and aspiring writers by running workshops.

Elisabeth’s is one of the few Canadian authors whose books are regularly translated from their original French to English.  She has been active as both an author, translator and as an editor.  She has translated dozens of English works to French by author such as Guy Gavriel Kay, Tanith Lee. R.A. Lafferty, Jack Williamson, Anne McCaffey, and Marion Zimmer Bradley.   She has been active as both a fan, organizing the first Quebecois SF convention in 1979 (which is still happening annually) and as a teacher giving writer’s workshops. From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89lisabeth_Vonarburg  Élisabeth Vonarburg (born 5 August 1947) is a science fiction writer. She was born in Paris (France) and has lived in Chicoutimi (now Saguenay), Quebec, Canada since 1973. From 1979 to 1990 she was the literary director of the French-Canadian science fiction magazine Solaris. Her first novel, Le Silence de la Cité (The Silence in the City), appeared in 1981. She has received several awards, including “Le Grand Prix de la SF française” in 1982 and a Philip K. Dick Award special citation in 1992 for In the Mothers’ Land the English version of Chroniques du pays des mères. She is the author of Cycle de Tyranaël.

Home page: http://evonarburg.neowp.fr/  Bio: http://evonarburg.neowp.fr/biography/

Lynda Williams


I am pleased to nominate Lynda Williams for the CSFFA Hall of Fame. I think you will agree that her longstanding
contributions to science fiction, as a writer and an innovator in reader engagement, qualify her for this award. She is a tireless promoter of good writing, involves and mentors new writers and artists, hosts workshops, attends cons and other venues and contributes generously and passionately to the field – as well as maintaining her “regular” job as a full-time e-learning expert at Simon Fraser University, and a part-time job teaching at the BC Institute of Technology. We don’t know how she does it, but we
are happy she has the energy and enthusiasm to make all this work!

Robert Charles Wilson

I would like to recommend Ontario author  I have been reading his books since the 1980s.  He has won many awards including the Aurora (3 times, 2 for novels, once for short fiction), the Hugo, the Campbell and the Philip K. Dick.

He has also won awards foreign countries Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis and the Seiun Awardas the Best Foreign Language Novel for Spin.

His books are read around the world and in numerous languages.

A larger bio and links to sites can be found on Wikipedia at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Charles_Wilson