Nominations opened for the Prix Aurora Awards (and a whole mess of other awards too–though it’s the Auroras that are most likely to impact ’round Thunder Road Way) while I had my head down trying to finish my latest novel.
Instruction for how to nominate a story are available on the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association’s site. But why should you vote? Ottawa author Matt Moore wrote an excellent blog post on why we should participate in the Aurora Awards. The more people participate, and the more they care, the more these awards will matter.
If you’re so inclined, here’s what I did in 2015:
- Too Far Gone, Ravenstone Books, October 2015, eligible in the Novel category.
- The Last Good Look, The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir, March 2015, eligible in the Short Fiction category.
- When the Gods Send You Rats, Shared World Volume One, October 2015, eligible in the Short Fiction category.
- Co-Chair/Artistic Director ChiSeries Winnipeg with Samantha Beiko: “Fan Organizational” category.
I also want to mention the people that helped me create in 2015:
In addition to being my co-conspirator for the Winnipeg arm of ChiSeries, Samantha Beiko steps up every single time I give her a weird ass request, such as: I want to make story cards, or can you draw me a giant, evil cat? Even I want to put a new book together less than a month before Comic Con.
Sam did this great picture of Ted Callan for my story, “New Year’s Eve”
She also illustrated this super fun (and super creepy) Jólakötturinn, the Christmas Cat.
and she edited and laid out Shared World.
GMB Chomichuk and James Gillespie also wrote a short story for Shared World. “Kaa-Rokaan.”
In addtion to being a great writer, Gregory is an amazing artist. His Infinitum was a wonderful, weird read. Time travel noir!
He also illustrated Underworld, written by another Winnipeg comics mainstay, Lovern Kindzierski. Greek mythology in modern Winnipeg.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia wrote my favourite book of 2015, her novel debut, Signal to Noise. Silvia’s knows her Lovecraft, and everyone involved in Shared World was chuffed when she agreed to write us a kickass introduction.
Michael Matheson was my editor for Too Far Gone. Michael was new to editing the series, anddid a bang up job. I’d love to have a chance to work with Michael again. In the meantime, checkout this anthology published by ChiZine Publications:
David Jón Fuller was my copy editor for Too Far Gone (and the entire Thunder Road Trilogy) and kept all my umlauts in the right spots. David is also a damn fine short story writer.
His story “Caged” appeared in Guns and Romances, and “In Open Air” appeared in Accessing the Future.
Scott Henderson did this gorgeous piece inspired by Too Far Gone.
Scott also illustrated Richard Van Camp’s graphic novel, A Blanket of Butterflies.
Claude Lalumière and David Nickle were my editors for The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir and bought my story, “The Last Good Look.”
This is a killer anthology. I enjoyed reading every story in it.
Sandra Wickham and I are currently writing a novel together. She’s also sort of taken on the Herculean task of getting me back in shape. Her book Health and Fitness for Creative People is a great start.
Kevin Madison has done tons of Thunder Road illustrations for me over the course of the series’ life. Here’s one of his most recent:
Kevin also wrote a comic last year, which was a lot of fun. Different artists illustrating various points in a superhero’s career.
Here’s some other stuff I really dug throughout 2015, heavily weighted towards comics, because that seemed to be the majority of my reading lately.
I helped back Canadian Corps on Kickstarter. Andrew Lorenz’s writing definitely hit me right in the Alpha Flight feels.
Donovan Yaciuk did the colours for Canadian Corps, but he also writes this sweet indie comic:
A space-faring pig. ‘Nuff said.
Justin Shauf is the artist on Spacepig Hamadeus and Canadian Corps. He also drew me this SWEET Dr. Fate.
Rat Queens is written by Kurtis Wiebe, and its one of the highlights of my comic pull list ever time an issue drops.
I adore Fiona Staples’ art on Saga. Another book that’s never disappointed me.
Jim Zub’s Wayward is another great fantasy comic.
No matter how much I read, it still seems like it’s never enough! I feel like I’ve got a lot of cramming to do before I put in my nominations. What have you created or read that I should check out before nominations close?