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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,
http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/wp3/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2017-Aurora-Awa
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:
http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/wp3/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Whats-on-the-2017-Aurora-Award-voter-package-Version-1.pdf

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:
http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awards/voter-package-download/

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 (www.hal-con.com) on the weekend of September 22-24, 2017.

Happy reading.

Clifford Samuels
Aurora Awards administrator
www.prixaurorawards.ca

Nominations now open for Aurora Awards

From the Aurora Awards committee:

Nominations are now open to all CSFFA members for works done in 2016.  Before you submit your nominations please review our eligibility lists, (www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awards/eligibility-lists/).  We know that they may not contains absolutely everything that was done but we think they contain most works.  If you know of something that is not there please log into your account and add it.

Nominations close at Midnight EDT on May 6th.  We have shortened the nomination period because we wanted to give more time for people to read the items on the final ballot.  We expect to announce the ballot later in May.

Your nominations are what makes our awards work.  Nominate what you know and enjoyed.

You must be a paid CSFFA member to submit a nomination form.  If when you log into your account you see the PayPal button it means you have not paid.  Your account should automatically update your payment year right away once you leave the PayPal website.  If it does not please contact me ASAP with your PayPal receipt.  Your account page also shows when your membership ends.

Yours,

Clifford Samuels
Aurora Awards administrator

Breakdown of Aurora Results

CSFFA has published the breakdown of nominations and voting for the Aurora Awards. Two areas need work: the fan awards and the voting from Quebec. I didn’t get into the voting myself, I didn’t know the majority of the nominees, and didn’t have time to go through the package. Must get my act together next year!

http://www.monsffa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2016-Aurora-results-in-grids.pdf

Local Sensors Detect…

  • Aurora Awards Package is now available to members
  • West Island used book sale (2$ a book)
  • Steampunk Radio
dragon reads ebook final merged
I’ve downloaded my voter’s package! Have you?

Aurora Awards Package is now available to members: This is one very good reason to join CSFFA. For 10$, you get access to all the works nominated.  Two members of MonSFFA are on the short list, Keith Braithwaite for his cover of WARP 93, and Cathy Palmer-Lister for WARPs 90 to 93.   http://www.monsffa.ca/?p=2837 to learn more.

Biographies of nominees can be found here.  Works available, and the download page, can be found from the Join/Nominate/Vote menu list on CSFFS website: www.prixaurorawards.ca.  A list of what is in this year’s voter package can be found online HERE.
Voter Package download can be accessed from HERE.  (You will only see the download links at the bottom if you have a paid CSFFA membership and are logged into your account.)
Full details about the voter package can be found here too. Once you have logged into your account go to this page and click the download category you are interested in at the bottom of the page. It will automatically transfer the zip file to your computer’s download directory.

West Island used book sale (2$ a book) at the Sacred Caulron: BOOK SALE on Saturday April 30th at the Sacred Cauldron from noon to 4:30 pm followed a Beltane Public Ritual at 7pm.  All welcome!

Great Big Book Sale Saturday April 30th, noon to 4:30 pm 2nd hand book sale. Many books on magick, healing, Pagan fiction, and so on available. $2 a book. Come and explore!
sacredcauldron.ca

Steampunk Radio: Steampunk is a genre of creativity that has always enthralled me.  I love the merger of ancient and future, and all of the possibilities that lie within the mixture of the two.  My tastes in music and art have always angled toward the darker genres of music and bands, so I love that steampunk bands tend to gravitate towards similar emotions.  I wanted to make a site dedicated to exploring some of the best bands and composers creating music within the Steamapunk Scene.

Listen to our free Radio at anytime http://www.steampunkradio.com/index.html

 

CSFFA announces Aurora voting details

We are pleased to announce that the ballot for the 2016 Aurora Awards for best works and activities done by Canadians in 2015 is available.  There are eight categories for professional works and three for fan activities and work.

The voter’s package will be available later in April but voting for this year’s awards will not begin until June 15th. CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association) members have until Midnight, EDT on July 23rd to cast their ballots. Membership is open to all Canadians and Landed Immigrants.

The awards will be given out at Canvention 36, hosted by When Words Collide, www.whenwordscollide.org, in Calgary, Alberta on the weekend of August 12-14th. Full details about CSFFA, the awards and voting can be found at www.prixaurorawards.ca.

For the list of this year’s finalists for the Aurora awards go to our website at: www.prixaurorawards.ca.

Two MonSFFen on Aurora Ballot

No, this is not an April Fools Joke. Two members of MonSFFA appear on the Aurora Ballot.

( OK, the first category might be a joke. )

Best Canadian Squirrel in a book, story or poem

  • Squirrelly McSquirrelface in, An Icebreaker goes North, Nuts Are Us books
  • Fuzzy Nutcracker in, The Galactic Safe, In Trees Publishing
  • Digger Moreholes in, “A Tail of Nuts”, Rodent Magazine, issue 341
  • Zippy Treeclimber in, “The Maze of Nuts”, Squirrel Poets, issue 1
  • Warhammer Graytail in, A Song of Oaks and Pine, Random Tree Press

We are proud to announce this special new category.  Stay tuned for more details.

2016 Aurora Award Ballot

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 Aurora Awards for best works and activities done by Canadians in 2015.  The first eight categories are for professional works.  Voting for this year’s awards will begin on June 15th.  CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association) members have until Midnight, EDT on July 23rd to cast their ballots.  The voter’s package will be available later in April.  Membership is open to all Canadians and Landed Immigrants.

The awards will be given out at Canvention 36, hosted by When Words Collide in Calgary, Alberta on the weekend of August 12-14th.  Full details about CSFFA, the awards and voting can be found at www.prixaurorawards.ca.

Best English Novel

  • Cursed: Black Swan by Ryan T. McFadden, Dragon Moon Press
  • A Daughter of No Nation by A.M. Dellamonica, Tor Books
  • Drowning in Amber by E.C. Bell, Tyche Books
  • Much Ado about Macbeth by Randy McCharles, Tyche Books
  • Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Solaris
  • Too Far Gone by Chadwick Ginther, Ravenstone Books

Best English Young Adult Novel

  • The Flame in the Maze by Caitlin Sweet, ChiZine Publications
  • The Fountain by Suzy Vadori, Evil Alter Ego Press
  • An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet, Scholastic Canada/Clarion Books US
  • Mabel the Mafioso Dwarf by Sherry Peters, Dwarvenamazon
  • Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond by Jayne Barnard, Tyche Books

Best English Short Fiction

  •  “Cosmobotica” by Costi Gurgu & Tony Pi, Running Press
  • “Game Not Over” by Ron Friedman, Galaxy’s Edge, January
  • “La Héron” by Charlotte Ashley, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2015
  • “Looking for Gordo” by Robert J. Sawyer, Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft
  • “Super Frenemies” by Stephen Kotowych, Caped: An Anthology of Superhero Tales, Local Hero Press
  • “Waters of Versailles” by Kelly Robson, Tor.com

Best English Poem/Song

  •  “Elegy for WLC” by David Clink, The Dalhousie Review
  • Origami Crane / Light Defying Spaceship” by Naru Dames Sundar, Liminality, Issue 5 Autumn
  • Portrait” by David Clink, On Spec Winter/Spring
  • Typhon & Echidna: A Love Story” by Sandra Kasturi, Gods, Memes and Monsters: A 21st Century Bestiary
  • Venice Letting Go” by Sandra Kasturi, If the World were to Stop Spinning (Chapbook)

Best English Graphic Novel

  • Bloodsuckers written by J.M. Frey, illustrated by Ryan Cole; Toronto Comics, Vol 2 (ed. Steven Andrews)
  • Crash and Burn: Prologue by Kate Larking & Finn Lucullan, Astres Press
  • Infinitum by GMB Chomichuk, ChiZine Publications
  • The Lady ParaNorma by Vincent Marcone, ChiZine Publications
  • West of Bathurst: The Complete Collection by Kari Maaren

Best English Related Work

  • Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond edited by Madeline Ashby and David Nickle, ChiZine Publications
  • nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery & the Macabre edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles, EDGE
  • Playground of Lost Toys edited by Colleen Anderson and Ursula Pflug, Exile Editions
  • Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places edited by J R Campbell and Charles Prepolec, EDGE
  • Second Contacts edited by Michael Rimar & Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press

Best Visual Presentation

  • Bitten, Season 2, Daegan Fryklind, No Equal/eOne/Hoodwink
  • Continuum, Season 4, Simon Barry, Reunion Pictures
  • Dark Matter, Season 1, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, Prodigy Pictures
  • Killjoys, Season 1, Michelle Lovretta, Temple Street Productions
  • Orphan Black, Season 3, John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, Temple Street Productions

Best Artist

  • James Beveridge, covers and poster art
  • Erik Mohr, covers for ChiZine Publications
  • Jeff Minkevics, covers for Five Rivers Press
  • Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press
  • Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, body of work: Robot sculptures made from upcycled metal objects

Best Fan Publication

  • Broken Toys edited by Taral Wayne
  • Ecdysis edited by Jonathan Crowe
  • The Page of Reviews edited by Adam Shaftoe-Durrant
  • Speculating Canada edited by Derek Newman-Stille
  • WARP, issues 90-93 edited by Cathy Palmer-Lister

Best Fan Organizational

  • Samantha Beiko and Chadwick Ginther, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Winnipeg
  • Derek Künsken and Marie Bilodeau, Executive, Can*Con 2015, Ottawa
  • Randy McCharles, Chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne, Co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa
  • Alana Otis and Paul Roberts, Co-chairs, Ad Astra 34 Convention, Toronto

Best Fan Related Work

  • Morva Bowman and Alan Pollard, Halsway Con Concert, Somerset, UK
  • Keith Braithwaite, The Doctor and his Companion, Montreal Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (WARP)
  • Steve Fahnestalk, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Kari Maaren, Everbody Hates Elves (album), Bandcamp and CD
  • Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM

Note: No award will be given out for the Best Music category this year due to insufficient eligible nominees.  Eligible nominees were incorporated into the Best Fan Related Work.

CSFFA announces Aurora short list

We are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2016 Aurora Awards for best works and activities done by Canadians in 2015. The first eight categories are for professional works. Voting for this year’s awards will begin on June 15th. CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association) members have until Midnight, EDT on July 23rd to cast their ballots. The voter’s package will be available later in April. Membership is open to all Canadians and Landed Immigrants.

The awards will be given out at Canvention 36, hosted by When Words Collide in Calgary, Alberta on the weekend of August 12-14th. Full details about CSFFA, the awards and voting can be found at www.prixaurorawards.ca.

Best English Novel

Cursed: Black Swan by Ryan T. McFadden, Dragon Moon Press
A Daughter of No Nation by A.M. Dellamonica, Tor Books
Drowning in Amber by E.C. Bell, Tyche Books
Much Ado about Macbeth by Randy McCharles, Tyche Books
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Solaris
Too Far Gone by Chadwick Ginther, Ravenstone Books

Best English Young Adult Novel

The Flame in the Maze by Caitlin Sweet, ChiZine Publications
The Fountain by Suzy Vadori, Evil Alter Ego Press
An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet, Scholastic Canada/Clarion Books US
Mabel the Mafioso Dwarf by Sherry Peters, Dwarvenamazon
Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond by Jayne Barnard, Tyche Books

Best English Short Fiction

“Cosmobotica” by Costi Gurgu & Tony Pi, Running Press
“Game Not Over” by Ron Friedman, Galaxy’s Edge, January
“La Héron” by Charlotte Ashley, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2015
“Looking for Gordo” by Robert J. Sawyer, Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft
“Super Frenemies” by Stephen Kotowych, Caped: An Anthology of Superhero Tales, Local Hero Press
“Waters of Versailles” by Kelly Robson, Tor.com

Best English Poem/Song

“Elegy for WLC” by David Clink, The Dalhousie Review
“Origami Crane / Light Defying Spaceship” by Naru Dames Sundar, Liminality, Issue 5 Autumn
“Portrait” by David Clink, On Spec Winter/Spring
“Typhon & Echidna: A Love Story” by Sandra Kasturi, Gods, Memes and Monsters: A 21st Century Bestiary
“Venice Letting Go” by Sandra Kasturi, If the World were to Stop Spinning (Chapbook)

Best English Graphic Novel

Bloodsuckers written by J.M. Frey, illustrated by Ryan Cole; Toronto Comics, Vol 2 (ed. Steven Andrews)
Crash and Burn: Prologue by Kate Larking & Finn Lucullan, Astres Press
Infinitum by GMB Chomichuk, ChiZine Publications
The Lady ParaNorma by Vincent Marcone, ChiZine Publications
West of Bathurst: The Complete Collection by Kari Maaren

Best English Related Work

Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond edited by Madeline Ashby and David Nickle, ChiZine Publications
nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery & the Macabre edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles, EDGE
Playground of Lost Toys edited by Colleen Anderson and Ursula Pflug, Exile Editions
Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places edited by J R Campbell and Charles Prepolec, EDGE
Second Contacts edited by Michael Rimar & Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press

Best Visual Presentation

Bitten, Season 2, Daegan Fryklind, No Equal/eOne/Hoodwink
Continuum, Season 4, Simon Barry, Reunion Pictures
Dark Matter, Season 1, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, Prodigy Pictures
Killjoys, Season 1, Michelle Lovretta, Temple Street Productions
Orphan Black, Season 3, John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, Temple Street Productions

Best Artist

James Beveridge, covers and poster art
Erik Mohr, covers for ChiZine Publications
Jeff Minkevics, covers for Five Rivers Press
Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press
Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, body of work: Robot sculptures made from upcycled metal objects

Best Fan Publication

Broken Toys edited by Taral Wayne
Ecdysis edited by Jonathan Crowe
The Page of Reviews edited by Adam Shaftoe-Durrant
Speculating Canada edited by Derek Newman-Stille
WARP, issues 90-93 edited by Cathy Palmer-Lister

Best Fan Organizational

Samantha Beiko and Chadwick Ginther, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Winnipeg
Derek Künsken and Marie Bilodeau, Executive, Can*Con 2015, Ottawa
Randy McCharles, Chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne, Co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa
Alana Otis and Paul Roberts, Co-chairs, Ad Astra 34 Convention, Toronto

Best Fan Related Work

Morva Bowman and Alan Pollard, Halsway Con Concert, Somerset, UK
Keith Braithwaite, The Doctor and his Companion, Montreal Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (WARP)
Steve Fahnestalk, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
Kari Maaren, Everbody Hates Elves (album), Bandcamp and CD
Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM

Note: No award will be given out for the Best Music category this year due to insufficient eligible nominees. Eligible nominees were incorporated into the Best Fan Related Work.

Local Sensors Detect…Aurora Award News

For more on CSFFA & the Aurora Awards, and lots more news, download AURORAN LIGHTS The Official E-zine of the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association, Dedicated to Promoting the Prix Aurora Awards and the Canadian SF&F Genre, (Issue # 18 – Marcb 2016)

(It’s got a really, really! nice cover for March!) 

Stuff you really need to know now:

Aurora Boréal

The French language Aurora Boréal awards will be handed out at the Boréal Convention (Congrès Boréal) in Mont-Laurier, Quebec on the weekend of May 20-22, 2016. For details see: Congrès Boréal

THE 2016 TIMELINE OF CSFFA ACTIVITY

– March 19 – Aurora Nominations close.
– April 1 – Aurora Shortlist Ballot announced.
– June 15 – Aurora Awards Voting begins.
– July 1 – Nominations for Hall of Fame close.
– July 23 – Aurora Awards Voting closes. Hall of Fame decision.
– August 12 – Canvention at When Words Collide.
– August 13 – Aurora Awards Ceremony at Canvention.
– August 14 – Canvention A.G.M.

Prix Aurora Awards

Only a few days before Spring arrives. Oh, and that also means the close of this year’s Aurora Award nomination period. Yes, you must have your nominations in by Midnight, EDT this Saturday, March 19th. If you are in BC it means by 9pm, Alberta by 10pm and in Halifax by 1am (Sunday).

If you need any help don’t forget that we have a fairly good list of what is eligible for this year’s awards. If you don’t see something you know was done in 2015 either add it to the list or nominate it and we will make sure it gets there. (http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awards/eligibility-lists/)

Remember, all nominated works must have been originally published or done in 2015. We request that you nominate what you know and enjoyed.

Clifford Samuels
Aurora Awards administrator
www.prixaurorawards.ca

Eligibility lists for the Aurora Award

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy association which presents the Prix Aurora Awards has just announced the opening of the eligibility lists for works published in 2015.

You do not have to be a member to add items to the lists, which can be consulted here.  You will notice a new category: best dramatic presentation. The eligibility requirements are here.

Because the Canvention is being hosted this year by When Words Collide, August 13, the nominating period is shorter than it was last year.  You need to purchase your membership to CSFFA before nominating. The Voter’s Package will be available for download soon after the close of nominations which happens March 19. This package is fabulous, and more than worth the cost of the 10$ membership.

Several members of MonSFFA fit the eligibility requirement in various categories, I hope you will consider adding them to the lists and then if you think the members deserving, nominate them.

Recommended Reading

Robot readsFor the first time, SFWA has its recommended reading list available to the public. This is a sort of wiki, hence a work in progress, so you need to look it up every now and then for new additions.

The first volume of free stories eligible for 1941 Retro Hugos can be downloaded from here:  http://file770.com/?p=25999  It’s well before my time, but I do recognize some of the names on this list. I was able to download it in seconds, and it opened with Adobe Digital Reader perfectly. The Adobe epub reader is available free from Adobe.

The second volume of free stories can be found here. This volume is also available in Kindle format.


Good Reads best books of 2015: Voting on the final round ends on the 23rd of November.


And don’t forget to check out the Aurora Prize finalists.