2012 Prix Aurora Nominations

The nominations are out for the 2012 Prix Aurora Awards. It’s a great list of books, stories and creators, with some serious domination by my pals over at ChiZine. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I could fill my entire novel ballot every year with ChiZine books and still have deserving titles left out in the cold, so kudos to them for capturing four (!) of the six novel slots.

Special shout outs to Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi for inviting me to participate in the 2011 Spec Fic Colloquium, to On Spec Magazine for publishing my first short story in their Summer 2011 issue, and to Dan O’Driscoll who was the cover artist for my (yes, I’m claiming it as mine) issue of On Spec.

I feel privileged to be friends with many of this years nominees, and want to wish everyone good luck!

Professional Award Nominations

Best Novel – English

Enter Night by Michael Rowe, ChiZine Publications

Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism by David Nickle, ChiZine Publications

Napier’s Bones by Derryl Murphy, ChiZine Publications

The Pattern Scars by Caitlin Sweet, ChiZine Publications

Technicolor Ultra Mall by Ryan Oakley, EDGE

Wonder by Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada

Best Short Fiction – English

The Legend of Gluck” by Marie Bilodeau, When the Hero Comes Home, Dragon Moon Press

The Needle’s Eye” by Suzanne Church, Chilling Tales: Evil Did I Dwell; Lewd Did I Live, EDGE

One Horrible Day” by Randy McCharles, The 2nd Circle, The 10th Circle Project

Turning It Off” by Susan Forest, Analog, December

To Live and Die in Gibbontown” by Derek Künsken, Asimov’s, October/November

Best Poem / Song – English

A Good Catch” by Colleen Anderson, Polu Texni, April

Ode to the Mongolian Death Worm” by Sandra Kasturi, ChiZine, Supergod Mega-Issue, Volume 47

Skeleton Leaves” by Helen Marshall, Kelp Queen Press

“Skeleton Woman”” by Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps, Fairytale, CD

Zombie Bees of Winnipeg” by Carolyn Clink, ChiZine, Supergod Mega-Issue, Volume 47

Best Graphic Novel – English

Goblins, webcomic, created by Tarol Hunt

Imagination Manifesto, Book 2 by GMB Chomichuk, James Rewucki and John Toone, Alchemical Press

Weregeek, webcomic, created by Alina Pete

Best Related Work – English

Fairytale, CD by Heather Dale, HeatherDale.com

The First Circle: Volume One of the Tenth Circle Project, edited by Eileen Bell and Ryan McFadden

Neo-Opsis, edited by Karl Johanson

On Spec, published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society

Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales, edited by Julie Czerneda and Susan MacGregor, EDGE

Best Artist (Professional and Amateur Nominations)

(An example of each artist’s work is listed below but they are to be judged on the body of work they have produced in the award year)

Janice Blaine, “Cat in Space”, Cover art for Neo-Opsis, Issue 20

Costi Gurgu,cover art for Outer Diverse, Starfire

Erik Mohr, cover art for ChiZine Publications

Dan O’Driscoll, “Deep Blue Seven”, cover art for On Spec magazine, Summer issue

Martin Springett, Interior art for The Pattern Scars, ChiZine

Fan/Volunteer Award Nominations

Best Fan Publication

BCSFAzine, edited by Felicity Walker

Bourbon and Eggnog by Eileen Bell, Ryan McFadden, Billie Milholland and Randy McCharles, 10th Circle Project

In Places Between: The Robin Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest book, edited by Reneé Bennett

Sol Rising newsmagazine, edited by Michael Matheson

Space Cadet, edited by R. Graeme Cameron

Best Fan Filk

Stone Dragons (Tom and Sue Jeffers), concert at FilKONtario

Phil Mills, Body of Song-Writing Work including FAWM and 50/90

Cindy Turner, Interfilk concert at OVFF

Best Fan Organizational

Andrew Gurudata, chair of the Constellation Awards committee

Peter Halasz, administrator of the Sunburst Awards

Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi, chairs of the Chiaroscuro Reading Series (Toronto)

Randy McCharles, founder and chair of When Words Collide (Calgary)

Alex von Thorn, chair of SFContario 2 (Toronto)

Rose Wilson, for organizing the Art Show at V-Con (Vancouver)

Best Fan Other

Lloyd Penney,letters of comment

Peter Watts, “Reality: The Ultimate Mythology” lecture, Toronto SpecFic Colloquium

Taral Wayne, Canadian Fanzine Fanac Awards art