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The Hugo ceremony at World Con 75

WC 75 : We are happy to report that we have 3319 final ballot voters for the 2017 Hugo Awards! The third highest ever!
Can’t make it to Helsinki? Watch the Hugo ceremony on Youtube.

Just remember, it will be on Friday in Helsinki, not the usual Saturday. Watch for it around noonish.

Worldcon 75 Hugo Administrator Nicholas Whyte says: “We do plan to livestream, but won’t be able to share the link until the day of the ceremony.”

At the Hugo Awards Web Site, Kevin Standlee has compiled the available information about 2017 Hugo Ceremony coverage:

WHEN: The 2017 Hugo Awards Ceremony begins Friday, August 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3)

WHERE: Messukeskus (Convention Center) Hall 1 in Helsinki, Finland.

VIDEO: Worldcon 75 Helsinki plans to offer live video streaming of the Hugo Awards ceremony via their YouTube channel.

TEXT: The Hugo Awards web site will offer text-based coverage of the Hugo Awards ceremony via CoverItLive. The hosts will be Kevin Standlee, Cheryl Morgan, and Susan de Guardiola. You can sign up at the CoverItLive event site for an e-mail notification before the event starts.

2017 Mythopoeic Awards

From File 770, the Mythopoeic Awards

Personally glad to see the award go to McKillip’s Kingfisher. Great story!   –Cathypl

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the winners of the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • Patricia A. McKillip, Kingfisher (Ace, 2016)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • Adam Gidwitz, The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog (Dutton, 2016)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

  • Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Richard Firth Green, Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Alexei Kondratiev Award

  • Brittani Ivan, “Countries of the Mind: The Mundane, the Fantastic, and Reality in the Landscapes of Diana Wynne Jones’s Hexwood and Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom Series”.

Notice from the CSFFA regarding the Aurora Awards Ballot.

Membership in the CSFFA is only 10$ and gives you the right to download a small fortune’s worth of literature! I highly recommend getting involved. Besides the joy of all that summer reading, you get to vote for the winners of the award and thereby encourage our authors.  –Cathy

Notice from the CSFFA regarding the Aurora Awards Ballot.

This email is being sent out to CSFFA account holders who have requested notices but currently do not have a paid CSFFA membership.  If you have paid and your account does not reflect that please contact me ASAP and we will look into it.  Please remember, once you have paid your account should automatically be updated.  There should be no delay.

Aurora Awards:  If you had not heard, the 2017 Aurora Awards ballot is out.
A notice and the ballot are on our website,
rds-Ballot.pdf .  Congratulations to this year’s nominees.

There are two important things to take notice of.  This year we have a special new category, Best of the Decade.  This category is only given out once every ten years.  Full details about this can be found on this year’s ballot.  The other item is that due to a lack of eligible nominations in the Best Poem/Song category there will not be an award for it this year.  To be eligible a work must receive at least 5 (five) nominations.

Voters’ Package:  The package is open to all paid account holders.  The first release of this year’s voters’ package is out.  Please note the Best of the Decade and the Fan Organizational downloads are located above the other categories on the download page.  They work the same as the others by clicking on them you will start the download process.  Please be patient and wait for each download to complete before you start the next one.

Here is a link to what is in our package:

Once you have paid for this year’s membership can go to our “Voters Package Download” page from the “Join/Nominate/Vote” menu item or use this link:

We want to thank the nominees and their publishers for their generous donation of these works.  Remember, these downloads are for CSFFA members and only CSFFA members.  We request you do not share them with others.  The voters’ package will be available to download until voting closes on September 2nd, 2017.

This year’s awards will be presented at Hal-Con in Halifax ( on the weekend of September 22-24, 2017.

Happy reading.

Clifford Samuels
Aurora Awards administrator

2017 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists

The annual Mythopoeic Awards were first presented at Mythcon II in 1971. They came in two categories: one for fantasy fiction and one for scholarship. In 1992 the categories were increased to four: fiction was split into adult and juvenile categories, and the original scholarship category in Inklings studies was joined by one for general myth and fantasy studies, reflecting the broadening basis of Society scholarship. Fiction awards go to a work published during the previous year that best exemplifies “the spirit of the Inklings”. The scholarship awards go to books published in the previous three years. Each year the Awards are chosen by volunteer juries of Society members, then announced and presented in a ceremony at the Mythcon banquet. The actual award is a reproduction of one of the lion statues that rest outside the entrance of the New York Public Library. Inevitably, it became known as the “Aslan.”

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the finalists for the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • Andrea Hairston, Will Do Magic For Small Change (Aqueduct Press, 2016)
  • Mary Robinette Kowal, Ghost Talkers (Tor, 2016)
  • Patricia A. McKillip, Kingfisher (Ace, 2016)
  • Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Cycle: The Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012); The Dream Thieves (Scholastic, 2013); Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Scholastic, 2014); and The Raven King (Scholastic, 2016)
  • Jo Walton, Thessaly Trilogy: The Just City (Tor, 2015); The Philosopher Kings (Tor, 2015); Necessity (Tor, 2016)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • Adam Gidwitz, The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog (Dutton, 2016)
  • S. E. Grove, The Mapmakers Trilogy: The Class Sentence (Viking 2014); The Golden Specific (Viking, 2015); The Crimson Skew (Viking, 2015)
  • Bridget Hodder, The Rat Prince (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2016)
  • Grace Lin, When the Sea Turned to Silver (Little, Brown, 2016)
  • Delia Sherman, The Evil Wizard Smallbone (Candlewick, 2016)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

  • Lisa Coutras, Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty: Majesty, Splendor, and Transcendence in Middle Earth (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016)
  • Sørina Higgins, ed. The Chapel of the Thorn by Charles Williams (Apocryphile Press, 2015)
  • Leslie Donovan, ed. Approaches to Teaching Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works (Modern Language Association, 2015)
  • Christopher Tolkien, ed. Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, together with Sellic Spell by J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin, 2014)
  • Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Aisling Byrne, Otherworlds: Fantasy and History in Medieval Literature (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • Richard Firth Green, Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)
  • Michael Levy and Farah Mendlesohn, Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
  • Gabrielle Lissauer, The Tropes of Fantasy Fiction (McFarland, 2015)
  • Jack Zipes, Grimm Legacies: The Magic Spell of the Grimms’ Folk and Fairy Tales (Princeton University Press, 2014)

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume, or single-author story collection for adults that best exemplifies the spirit of the Inklings. Books are eligible for two years after publication if not selected as a finalist during the first year of eligibility.

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature honors books for beginning readers to age thirteen, in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. Rules for eligibility are otherwise the same as for the Adult literature award.

The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies is given to books on Tolkien, Lewis, and/or Williams that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship. For this award, books first published during the last three years are eligible, including finalists for previous years. The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies is given to scholarly books on other specific authors in the Inklings tradition, or to more general works on the genres of myth and fantasy. The period of eligibility is three years, as for the Inklings Studies award.

The winners will be announced during Mythcon 48, to be held from July 28-31, 2017.

Sunburst Awards

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastika published during the previous calendar year. Winners receive a medallion that incorporates the Sunburst logo. Winners of both the Adult and Young Adult Sunburst Award also receive a cash prize of $1,000, while winners of the Short Story Sunburst Award receive a cash prize of $500.

We are proud to announce the longlists for the 2017 SUNBURST AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CANADIAN LITERATURE OF THE FANTASTIC.

Toronto, Ontario (May 29, 2017): The Sunburst Award Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 longlist for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. This year’s lists are comprised of a mixture of established authors, talented newcomers, and several past nominees.

Below are the works longlisted by the jury, with links to their publishers, books and stories (where possible).

The Sunburst Award official shortlist will be announced in late June. Sunburst Award winners will be announced in Fall 2017.

The jurors for the 2017 award are Nancy Baker, Michel Basilières, Rebecca Bradley, Dominick Grace, and Sean Moreland.


2016 Nebula Awards

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. has announced the recipients of the Nebula Awards®.

The Nebula Awards® are voted on and presented by the active members of SFWA for outstanding science fiction and fantasy published in 2016.



  • All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)


  • Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire ( Publishing)


  • “The Long Fall Up”, William Ledbetter (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)


  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)


  • Arrival, Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer, 21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films/Xenolinguistic


  • Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)


  • Jane Yolen


  • Peggy Rae Sapienza (Posthumous)
  • Toni Weisskopf


  • Jim Fiscus

Toastmaster Dr. Kjell Lindgren.

Prix Imaginales — Les Lauréats 2017

Créé en mai 2002 à l’initiative de la Ville d’Epinal, le Prix Imaginales est le premier prix exclusivement consacré à la fantasy en France.

Il récompense à la fois des écrivains, des illustrateurs, des essayistes ou des traducteurs.

Un jury composé de journalistes, de critiques et de spécialistes départage les meilleures œuvres de fantasy dans six catégories.

  • Roman francophone
  • Roman étranger (traduit)
  • Illustration
  • Jeunesse
  • Nouvelle
  • Prix spécial

Les six lauréats reçoivent un prix doté.

L’annonce des prix se fait début mai, afin de pouvoir, dans la mesure du possible, accueillir les auteurs récompensés aux Imaginales à Epinal.

Jury 2017

  • Jacques GRASSER (Président)
  • Jean-Claude VANTROYEN (Vice-président)
  • Annaïg HOUESNARD (Secrétaire)
  • Stéphane WIESER (Directeur du Festival)
  • Christophe de JERPHANION
  • Natacha VAS-DEYRES
  • Frédérique ROUSSEL

Les Lauréats 2017

  • Catégorie roman francophone : Anthelme HAUCHECORNEJournal d’un marchand de rêves (L’Atelier Mosésu)
  • Catégorie roman étranger traduit : Anna STAROBINETSRefuge 3/9 (Agullo), traduction de Raphaëlle Pache
  • Catégorie jeunesse : Fabien CLAVELPanique dans la mythologie : l’Odyssée d’Hugo (Rageot)
  • Catégorie illustration : Aurélien POLICE, pour les couvertures de la trilogie La Voie des oracles, de Estelle Faye (Scrinéo)
  • Catégorie nouvelle : Jean-Claude DUNYACHLe Clin d’œil du héron (L’Atalante)
  • Catégorie prix spécial du jury : Tom SHIPPEYJ.R.R Tolkien, auteur du siècle (Bragelonne), traduction de Aurélie Brémont.

Prix Aurora/Boréal et Prix Jacques-Brossard

Prix Aurora/Boréal et Prix Jacques-Brossard  ont été remis au Congrès Boréal

Martine Desjardins, lauréate du prix Jacques-Brossard

Québec, 5 mai 2017 – Au terme de leurs délibérations, les cinq membres du jury ont décerné le prix Jacques-Brossard 2017 à Martine Desjardins pour son roman La Chambre verte publié chez Alto. S’étant distinguée parmi les 56 auteurs en lice, l’auteure a reçu le prix à la Maison de la littérature, à Québec, dans le cadre des cérémonies d’ouverture du congrès Boréal.

Doté d’une bourse de 3000 $, le prix Jacques-Brossard est administré par la corporation Passeport pour l’imaginaire. Il récompense chaque année l’auteur de la plus remarquable production dans les littératures de l’imaginaire.

Prix Aurora/Boréal – Meilleur roman

Les Prix Boréal/Aurora 2017 visent à reconnaître ce qui s’est fait de mieux en imaginaire d’ici, et ils ont été remis au Congrès Boréal, qui a eu lieu à Québec du 5 au 7 mai 2017

Prix Aurora/Boréal – Meilleur roman

Meilleur roman de science-fiction, de fantastique ou de fantasy en français, de plus de 40,000 mots par un(e) Canadien(ne), publié durant l’année.

  • Chartrand, Sébastien : Le crépuscule des arcanes 3. Le sorcier de l’Île d’Orléans (Alire)
  • Côté, Héloïse : Les monstres intérieurs (Alire)
  • Desjardins, Martine : La chambre verte (Alto)
  • Gélinas, Ariane : Les Cendres de Sedna (Alire)
  • Raymond, Frédéric : La rue du Lac-Frisson 1. L’arbre maléfique (Éditions du Phoenix)

Prix Aurora/Boréal – Meilleure nouvelle

Meilleure fiction courte (moins de 40,000 mots) de science-fiction, de fantastique ou de fantasy, par un(e) Canadien(ne) publiée au cours de l’année. Cette catégorie vise à honorer la fiction courte en français telle les nouvelles, novelettes, novellas et fiction-flash.

  • Adam, Raphaëlle B. : « La maison verte » (Solaris 197)
  • Côté, Dave : « Angle mort » (Brins d’éternité 43)
  • Gauthier, Éric : « Éclairer l’origine » (Solaris 199)
  • Laframboise, Michèle : « La Cousine entropie » (Galaxie 40)
  • Lauzon, Isabelle : « Consortium : L’initiation » (Solaris 197)
  • Meynard, Yves : « Le guerrier aveugle » (Solaris 200)
  • Simard, Éric : « Je ne suis pas mort » (Clair/Obscur 17)
  • Tessier, Mario : « Le sommeil de la raison » (Brins d’éternité 43)
  • Tessier, Mario : « Tempus fugit » (Solaris 198)
  • Vonarburg, Élisabeth : « Le printemps de Krijka » (Solaris 200)

Prix Aurora/Boréal – Meilleure bande dessinée

Meilleure bande dessinée de science-fiction, fantastique ou fantasy, volume unique d’une série ou bande dessinée en-ligne en français par un(e) Canadien(ne) publiée au cours de l’année. Cette catégorie est pour les oeuvres publiées qui sont surtout de nature graphique narrative. Les nominations peuvent être effectuées selon le texte, l’illustration ou les coloris.

  • Bulle Contagion T5 – Pandémie. Jean Philippe, Damien et als. (BerBer)
  • Hiver nucléaire T2. Cab (Front froid)
  • Turbo kid T1. Dion, RKSS (Studio Lounak)

Prix Aurora/Boréal – Meilleur ouvrage connexe

Meilleure(s) critique(s) littéraire(s) ou recension(s) de livre, meilleur ouvrage critique, meilleur scénario, meilleure anthologie ou recueil de science-fiction, de fantastique ou de fantasy publié en français au cours de l’année, par un(e) Canadien(ne).

  • Brins d’éternité (Ariane Gélinas, Alamo St-Jean et Guillaume Voisine, direction)
  • La République du Centaure (Alain Ducharme, coordonnateur)
  • Solaris (Jean Pettigrew, éditeur)
  • Gélinas, Ariane : Recueil Les murmurantes (Les Six Brumes)
  • Tessier, Mario : Chronique «Les Carnets du Futurible» (Solaris 197-200)

Prix Boréal – Création artistique visuelle et audiovisuelle

Sont admissibles, entre autres, les bédéistes, illustrateurs, peintres, sculpteurs, réalisateurs cinématographiques, réalisateurs en animation, musiciens dont l’oeuvre relève en tout ou en partie de la science-fiction, du fantastique et de la fantasy. Il n’y aura qu’une seule inscription par auteur. L’ensemble de sa production de l’année qui précède la remise des prix y sera rattaché.

  • Léger, Émilie: Illustrations, Solaris 198-199; couverture, Les Cendres de Sedna, etc.
  • Khaos, Mary: Couverture, Brins d’éternité 43, etc.
  • Blanché, Pascal: Couverture, Brins d’eternité 45, etc.
  • Fromenteau, Grégory: Couverture, Les Monstres intérieurs, Le Sang de Mirial et La Chute de Mirial, etc.
  • Spehner, Laurine: Illustrations, Solaris 197, 199-200, etc.

Prix Boréal – Fanédition

Ce prix sert à souligner les contributions non-professionelles à l’enrichissement du milieu qui ne peuvent être classées dans les catégories précédentes. Sont admissibles, entre autres, les associations, fanzines, webzines et blogues.

  • Clair/Obscur (fanzine) –
  • Geneviève Blouin (blogue) –
  • Savante Folle (blogue) –
  • Culture des Futurs (blogue) –
  • La Horde Geek (webzine) –


Judges Select Gross, Peter, Prohias, and Seda for Eisner Hall of Fame

Voters Will Select 4 More Inductees

For a complete list of the judges’ choices and the nominees with bios and artwork, please click here.

Comic-Con International has announced that the Eisner Awards judges have selected four individuals to automatically be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2017. These inductees are Milt Gross (early newspaper cartoonist known for such strips as Count Screwloose of Tooloose, Nize Baby, and That’s My Pop!), H. G. Peter (original Wonder Woman artist), Antonio Prohias (creator of MAD’s “Spy vs. Spy”), and Dori Seda (pioneering autobiographical underground cartoonist). In most years, the judges select only two automatic inductees, but an exception was made this year as part of the Will Eisner centennial celebration (Eisner would have turned 100 on March 6).

The judges have also chosen 17 nominees from which voters will select 4 to be inducted in the Hall of Fame this summer. These nominees are Peter Bagge, Howard Cruse, Steve Englehart, Justin Green, Roberta Gregory, Bill Griffith, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Francoise Mouly, Jackie Ormes, George Pérez, P. Craig Russell, Posy Simmonds, Walt Simonson, Jim Starlin, Rumiko Takahashi, and Garry Trudeau.

New trophy for the World Fantasy Association

Most beautiful trophy ever?














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The Awards Administration wanted something representational that would reflect the depth and breadth of the fantasy field, from horror to high fantasy and all stops in between. Trees—good trees, evil trees, prophetic trees, harboring trees, forests full of demons, forests of sanctuary—turn up throughout art and literature from the very beginning. They represent life, strength, nature, endurance, wisdom, rebirth, protection; they symbolize the link between heaven and earth. In Christian mythology, mankind starts with the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. In Norse mythology, the entire structure of the universe is dependent on the giant ash Yggdrasill, the World Tree, which many Eastern European countries see as a home to the spirits of the dead. Indian mythology has the cosmic tree Asvattha, and there are plenty of fantastical trees in Greek and Roman mythology too, including dryads, the nymphs who inhabit trees, the Dodona grove of prophetic trees, and Argo, Jason’s ship, which maintained the magical properties of the tree which provided its wood.

The Green Man is a magical figure in many countries; druids are tied to the oak and the ash; some oak trees were thought to be oracular. Yews guard the entrance to the underworld, rowan keeps witches away. In Native American myth the hero Gluskap created humans by shooting an arrow into the heart of a birch. In Persia, the tree which grew from the decomposing corpse of the first human split into a man and woman, and the fruit became the other races of mankind. Buddha reached enlightenment under a Bodhi tree, which in turn inspired Robert Jordan’s Chora trees.

Trees bestride fantasy literature, from Roger Zelazny’s The Chronicles of Amber to Robert Holdstock’s WFA-winning Mythago Wood cycle, C.S. Lewis’ Narnia chronicles to Michael Sullivan’s Age of Myth cycle, the godswoods of Westeros in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ents and Enid Blyton’s Magical Faraway Tree.

But not all trees are nurturing: it’s the treatment of a Chora sapling which begins a bloody war in Jordan’s books. Tolkien’s Mirkwood is as evil as its denizens and Weasels and Stoats rampage around Kenneth Grahame’s Wild Wood; J.K. Rowling’s Whomping Willow has terrified millions, while Patrick Rothfuss’ Cthaeh, lurk unseen in the branches of a giant tree in the fae realm. There’s the baobab tree in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, Ray Bradbury’s The October Tree, the apple tree in The Wizard of Oz, and many more.

Vincent Villafranca has encapsulated the worlds of fantasy in the branches of our new award, and we thank him.