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2014 Aurora Awards Winners

Winners for the 2014 Prix Aurora Awards, celebrating the best Canadian SF/fantasy work, have been announced.


Best Novel

  • A Turn of Light, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW)
  • Tombstone Blues, Chadwick Ginther (Ravenstone)
  • River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada)
  • The Tattooed Witch, Susan MacGregor (Five Rivers)
  • Red Planet Blues, Robert J. Sawyer (Penguin Canada)

Best YA Novel

  • The Rising, Kelley Armstrong (Doubleday Canada)
  • The Lake and the Library, S.M. Beiko (ECW)
  • The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate, Marty Chan (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Resolve, Neil Godbout (Bundoran)
  • Out of Time, D.G. Ladroute (Five Rivers)
  • Ink, Amanda Sun (Harlequin Teen)

Best Short Fiction

  • “Ghost in the Machine”, Ryan McFadden (The Puzzle Box)
  • “Angela and Her Three Wishes”, Eileen Bell (The Puzzle Box)
  • “Living Bargains”, Suzanne Church (When the Hero Comes Home 2)
  • “The Gift”, Susan Forest (Urban Green Man)
  • “The Awakening of Master March”, Randy McCharles (The Puzzle Box)
  • “Green Man She Restless”, Billie Milholland (Urban Green Man)
  • “A Bunny Hug for Karl”, Mike Rimar (Masked Mosaic, Canadian Super Stories)

Best Poem/Song

  • “Night Journey: West Coast”, Eileen Kernaghan (Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada)
  • “A City of Buried Rivers”, David Clink (The Literary Review of Canada 11/13)
  • “The Collected Postcards of Billy the Kid”, Helen Marshall (Postscripts to Darkness 11/13)
  • “Lost”, Amal El-Mohtar (Strange Horizons 2/25/13)
  • “Turning the Leaves”, Amal El-Mohtar (Apex Magazine 12/13)
  • “Awake”, Peter Storey (Urban Green Man)

Best Graphic Novel

  • Rock, Paper, Cynic, Peter Chiykowski (webcomic)
  • Looking for Group, Lar DeSouza & Ryan Sohmer (webcomic)
  • Wild Game: Sweet Tooth Vol. 6, Jeff Lemire (Vertigo)
  • Weregeek, Alina Pete (webcomic)

Best Related Work 

  • On Spec (Copper Pig Writers’ Society)
  • The Puzzle Box, The Apocalyptic Four (EDGE)
  • Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, Samantha Beiko & Sandra Kasturi, eds. (ChiZine)
  • Urban Green Man, Janice Blaine & Adria Laycraft, eds. (EDGE)
  • Suzenyms, Susan MacGregor (

Best Artist

  • Erik Mohr
  • Melissa Mary Duncan
  • Tanya Montini
  • Dan O’Driscoll
  • Apis Teicher

Best Fan Music

  • Chris Hadfield for his performance of “Space Oddity”

Best Fan Organizational

  • Randy McCharles, Chair and Programming, When Words Collide, Calgary

Best Fan Related Work

  • Robert Runté, “Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading”, Scholar Keynote Address at ACCSFF ’13, Toronto

Frank Johnson received a  special recognition award for producing the Aurora awards for the past 23 years.

Winners were recognized on October 4, 2014, in Vancouver BC at Canvention 34, hosted by VCON 39.

For more information, see the Aurora Awards website.

Sunburst Awards Short Fiction Category

The Sunburst Awards has announced the addition of a new short fiction category, starting in 2015. The winner will receive C$500 and a medallion with the Sunburst logo. The award currently has two categories, for adult and YA novels.

The Sunburst Award Society will work with ChiZine Publications to create a database of stories written by Canadians for award consideration, as well as possible inclusion in ChiZine’s Imaginarium anthology gathering the best short Canadian SF.

Locus Fundraising Auctions

Clars Auction Gallery in the SF Bay Area will be hosting two auctions of items from the collection of Charles N. Brown, to benefit Locus and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation.

The first will be held October 11, 2014, with Brown’s entire mystery book collection, as well as Native American art and artifacts, and other decorative objects.

The second will be held October 12, 2014, with a variety of prints and a small selection of unframed original SF and pulp illustrations by Ed Emshwiller, David Stone, Don Sibley, John Schoenherr, and Vincent Di Fate available for bidding, as well as a selection of antiquities, Mission furniture, decorative items, and smalls. All items from the estate will be sold with provenance attached.

To view items, visit and search for Locus Collection. All items from the estate will be searchable under this term. For additional information, visit the Locus Science Fiction Foundation website.

Egmont USA For Sale

The Denmark-based Egmont Publishing Group has decided to sell their Egmont USA division. Distributed by Penguin Random House and established in 2008, Egmont USA specializes in books for children and young adults.

Egmont Publishing International CEO Rob McMenemy says, “The simple reason for selling the business is it does not fit with the strategic position of Egmont Publishing only to invest in countries where we can have a market leading position. The company has a highly talented and experienced team, a readymade fiction list and a growing backlist.”

For more, see the Egmont website.

Baen Memorial Contest Opens

Baen Books has opened the 2015 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest. Co-sponsored by the National Space Society, the contest focuses on stories of near-future space exploration. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2015.

The grand prize includes publication on the Baen website at professional rates, an engraved award, an assortment of Baen books, free admission to the 2015 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, and National Space Society merchandise. The winners will be honored at the 2015 International Space Development Conference in Toronto, Canada, May 20-24, 2015.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the Baen Books website.



2014 Sunburst Winners

Winners for the 14th annual Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced:


  • A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki (Penguin Canada)
  • Sister Mine, Nalo Hopkinson (Grand Central)
  • River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay (Penguin Canada)
  • This Strange Way of Dying, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Exile Editions)
  • The Demonologist, Andrew Pyper (Simon & Schuster)

Young Adult

  • The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, Charles de Lint (Little, Brown)
  • Sorrow’s Knot, Erin Bow (Scholastic)
  • Homeland, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
  • The Path of Names, Ari Goelman (Scholastic)
  • Urgle, Meaghan McIsaac (Cormorant)

Honorable Mentions

  • The n-Body Problem, Tony Burgess (Chizine)
  • The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton (McClelland & Stewart)
  • The Oathbreaker’s Shadow, Amy McCulloch (Doubleday Canada)
  • Wild Fell, Michael Rowe (ChiZine)
  • Beyond the Rift, Peter Watts (Tachyon)

Winners will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a hand-crafted medallion featuring a sunburst logo. Jurors for 2014 were Camille Alexa, Paul Glennon, Bob Knowlton, Nicole Luiken, and Derek Newman-Stille.

For more information, see The Sunburst Award Society.

2014 Dwarf Stars and Elgin Awards

The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the 2014 Dwarf Stars Awards winners:

  • 1st Place: “And Deeper Than Did Ever Plummet Sound”, Mat Joiner
  • 2nd Place: “The Loss”, Mari Ness
  • 3rd Place: “Hourglass”, David Livingstone Clink

The Dwarf Stars Award is given by the SFPA to recognize the best speculative poem of 1-10 lines, published in the previous year. Winners will have their work reprinted in the 2014 Dwarf Stars Anthology. The first place winner receives a plaque of recognition, and the runner-ups receive a certificate.

The SFPA also announced the winners of the Elgin Award for best poetry chapbook and best full-length poetry book in the speculative genre. The Elgin Awards are named after the founder of SFPA, Suzette Haden Elgin.

The winners and runners-up of the 2014 Elgin Awards are:


  • 1st Place: The Sex Lives of Monsters, Helen Marshall (Kelp Queen Press)
  • 2nd Place: The Edible Zoo, David C. Kopaska-Merkel (Sam’s Dot Publishing)
  • 3rd Place: Inhuman: Haiku from the Zombie Apocalypse, Joshua Gage (The Poet’s Haven)


  • 1st Place: Demonstra, Bryan Thao Worra (Innsmouth Free Press)
  • 2nd Place: Unexplained Fevers, Jeannine Hall Gailey (New Binary Press)
  • 3rd Place: Dark Roads, Bruce Boston (Dark Renaissance Books)

For more information, see the SFPA website.

Angry Robot Sold

Osprey Publishing Group has sold its SF imprint  Angry Robot to American entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld, who also purchased Osprey imprints Nourish and Watkins, for an undisclosed price. The present staff will retain their positions.

Ilfeld owns Watkins Bookshop in London and is editor-in-chief of Mind Body Spirit magazine. He intends to form Watkins Media Limited, which will include his publishing, bookshop, and mobile app development businesses. Ilfeld said, “As a die-hard sci-fi fan, I’m thrilled about purchasing Angry Robot.”

Roswell Award and Tomorrow Prize

Sci-Fest LA, the Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, has announced a new SF short story contest called the Roswell Award, open to writers 18 and over worldwide. A $1000 prize will be granted to the best short science fiction story of 1,500 words or fewer. Submission deadline is January 15, 2015.

The festival is also starting the Tomorrow Prize, open to LA county high school students. The submission deadline is February 15, 2015, and the winner will receive $250.

For more, including submission details:


Ray Bradbury News

The Pomona Public Library has put up a display from the collection of John King Tarpinian honoring Ray Bradbury, in preparation for their October 12, 2014 fundraiser. The event, which will include a showing of The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit and guest appearances by Joe Mantegna, Edward James Olmos, Liz Torres, director Stuart Gordon, Bradbury biographer Sam Weller, and Steven Paul Leiva, will take place Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and discounted for people with student ID cards and Pomona Library Cards. For more information, see the Pomona Library website.

The Bradbury Estate auction ended September 25, 2014 with total sales coming to $493,408. About 250 of the 460 items sold. Lots sold at a wide range of prices, up to $45,894 for the Dean Ellis cover of the 1969 edition of The Illustrated Man. Bradbury’s Retro Hugo Award went for $28,734. For more information, see the Nate D. Sanders auction website.

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