2015 Aurora Nominee

Dear Speculating Canada fans,  

 Speculating Canada has been nominated for a Prix Aurora Award again this year, which is extremely exciting news… and all of this is thanks to you and your support and participation in the project of speculating the Canadian fantastic. I want to thank all of you for all of your insightful questions, for reading the site, for introducing me to authors, and for letting me know that all of you are out there and interested in reading about the type of reviews, commentaries, and interviews that Speculating Canada does. 

A year ago, Speculating Canada jumped onto the airwaves in addition to being on the web at this site, and it is incredibly wonderful to find out that Speculating Canada on Trent Radio has been nominated for a Prix Aurora Award in addition to the Speculating Canada website. Thank you to Trent Radio (92.7 FM in Peterborough) for all of their support and for providing a space for radio broadcasts.

Visit the Prix Aurora Awards website at  http://www.prixaurorawards.ca and check out Speculating Canada under the following Categories. 

Speculating Canada – Best Fan Publications category

Speculating Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM – Best Fan Related Work category.

I also encourage you to check out the Prix Aurora Awards nominees in all of the categories because there is some amazing Canadian SF work on the ballot and it is worth checking out and participating in the voting process. 

Here are some of the amazing works on the ballot this year:

Best Novel – English

Echopraxia by Peter Watts, Tor Books

The Future Falls by Tanya Huff, DAW Books

My Real Children by Jo Walton, Tor Books

The Peripheral by William Gibson, Penguin Canada

A Play of Shadow by Julie E. Czerneda, DAW Books
Best Young Adult Novel – English

Lockstep by Karl Schroeder, Tor Books

Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf by Sherry Peters, Dwarvenamazon

Out of This World by Charles de Lint, Razorbill Canada

Rain by Amanda Sun, Harlequin TEEN

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong, Doubleday Canada

Twist of the Blade by Edward Willett, Coteau Books

The Voices in Between by Charlene Challenger, Tightrope Books
Best Short Fiction – English

“Crimson Sky” by Eric Choi, Analog, July/August

“Jelly and the D-Machine” by Suzanne Church, Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction, EDGE

“Mecha-Jesus” by Derwin Mak, Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, EDGE

“No Sweeter Art” by Tony Pi, Beneath Ceaseless Skies #155, September 4, 2014

“Soul-Hungry” by Suzanne Church, Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction, EDGE
Best Poem/Song – English

“A Hex, With Bees” by Tony Pi, Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, EDGE

“Aversions” by Helen Marshall, Goblin Fruit, October

“The Machine” by David Clink, Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, EDGE

“The New Ways” by Amal El-Mohtar, Uncanny Magazine, November

“The Perfect Library” by David Clink, If the World were to Stop Spinning (Chapbook)
Best Graphic Novel – English

Cassie & Tonk by Justin Currie and GMB Chomichuk, Chasing Artwork

It Never Rains by Kari Maaren, Webcomic

Raygun Gothic Vol. 2 by GMB Chomichuk, Alchemical Press

Treadwell by Dominic Bercier, Mirror Comics

Trillium by Jeff Lemire, DC Comics-Vertigo
Best Related Work – English

Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction by Suzanne Church, EDGE

Gifts for the One Who Comes After by Helen Marshall, CZP

Lackington’s Magazine edited by Ranylt Richildis

On Spec published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society

Strange Bedfellows edited by Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press
Best Artist

James Beveridge, cover for Tantamount and Out Dweller

Erik Mohr, cover for The Door in the Mountain and ChiZine Publications

Derek Newman-Stille, cover for Elephants and Omnibuses

Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press and On Spec magazine

Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk & Steve Fahnestalk, “Walking on the Moon”, cover for On Spec, No. 95 (Vol. 25 No. 4),
Best Fan Publication

Broken Toys edited by Taral Wayne

Ecdysis edited by Jonathan Crowe

Pubnites & Other Events edited by Yvonne Penney

Space Cadet edited by R. Graeme Cameron

Speculating Canada edited by Derek Newman-Stille
Best Fan Music

Brooke Abbey, Weirdness from 2014, Bandcamp

Copy Red Leader, Crossing the Streams CD, The Pond Studio

Debs & Errol (Deborah Linden and Errol Elumir), OVFF Concert (Ohio Valley Filk Fest)

Kari Maaren, YouTube Channel

Stone Dragons, Dream of Flying CD, Stone Dragon Studios
Best Fan Organizational

Sandra Kasturi, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Toronto

Derek Künsken, Farrell McGovern, Caycee Price and Elizabeth Buchan–Kimmerly, Executive, Can*Con 2014, Ottawa

Randy McCharles, Chair, When Words Collide, Calgary

Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne, Co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa

Alana Otis-Wood and Paul Roberts, Co-chairs, Ad Astra Convention, Toronto
Best Fan Related Work

R. Graeme Cameron, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine

Steve Fahnestalk, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine

Kevin B. Madison, Thunder Road Trip

Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM

Lloyd Penney, fan writing for fanzines and e-zines
The awards will be given out at Canvention 35, hosted by SFContario 6 in Toronto, Ontario on the weekend of November 20 – 22nd. Full details about CSFFA, the awards and voting can be found at www.prixaurorawards.ca.

Derek Newman-Stille

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