2014 Aurora Awards Nominees Announced

The nominees for the Aurora Awards – showcasing the best in Canadian science fiction and fantasy – have been released. Members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association will be able to vote from May 3 until midnight EDT September 6, 2014. The awards themselves will be presented October 3-5, 2014, at VCON-39 in Vancouver.

Best English Novel

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

Best English YA (Young Adult) Novel

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

Best English Short Fiction

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

Best English Poem/Song

  • “A City of Buried Rivers” by Clink, David, The Literary Review of Canada, vol. 21, no. 9, November
  • “Awake” by Peter Storey, Urban Green Man, EDGE
  • “The Collected Postcards of Billy the Kid” by Helen Marshall, Postscripts to Darkness, Issue 4, October
  • “Lost” by Amal El-Mohtar, Strange Horizons, February
  • “Night Journey: West Coast” by Kernaghan, Eileen, Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast, EDGE
  • “Turning the Leaves” by Amal El-Mohtar, Apex Magazine, Issue 55, December

Best English Graphic Novel

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

Best English Related Work

  • The Puzzle Box by The Apocalyptic Four, EDGE
  • Urban Green Man edited by Adria Laycraft and Janice Blaine EDGE
  • On Spec published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
  • Suzenyms by Susan MacGregor, blog suzenyms.blogspot.ca
  • Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing edited by Sandra Kasturi and Samantha Beiko, ChiZine Publications

Best Artist

  • Erik Mohr, cover art for ChiZine Publications
  • Melissa Mary Duncan, illustrations and cover art
  • Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press and the SF Aurora banner
  • Apis Teicher, body of work
  • Tanya Montini, cover design for The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate

Best Fan Publications

No award will be given out in this category in 2014 due to insufficient eligible nominees

Best Fan Music

  • Brooke Abbey for writing and publishing 12 songs
  • Debs & Errol for CTRL+ALT+DUETS, EP
  • Chris Hadfield for his performance of Space Oddity
  • Kari Maaren for Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off, CD
  • Devin Melanson, Leslie Hudson and, Kari Maaren for Pirate Elves in Space, CD

Best Fan Organizational

  • Evelyn Baker and Alana Otis-Wood, co-chairs Ad Astra, Toronto
  • S.M. Beiko and Chadwick Ginther, co-chairs Chiaroscuro Reading Series, ChiSeries Winnipeg
  • Sandra Kasturi and James Bambury, co-chairs Chiaroscuro Reading Series, ChiSeries Toronto
  • Randy McCharles, chair When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Matt Moore, chair Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading Series, ChiSeries Ottawa
  • Rose Wilson, Art Show Director, VCON 38, Vancouver

Best Fan Related Work

  • R. Graeme Cameron, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Steve Fahnestalk, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Robert Runté, ”Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading”, Scholar Keynote Address at ACCSFF ’13, Toronto
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