Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cory Doctorow a finalist for Prometheus Award

Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother (Tor) is a finalist for the Libertarian Futurist Society’s Prometheus Awards in the Best Novel category. The full set of Best Novel nominees:

  • Matter, Iain Banks (Orbit)
  • Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
  • The January Dancer, Michael Flynn (Tor)
  • Saturn’s Children, Charles Stross (Ace)
  • Opening Atlantis, Harry Turtledove (Penguin/Roc)
  • Half a Crown, Jo Walton (Tor)

The winners will be announced at (where else?) Anticipation, this year's World Science Fiction Convention,  August 6 to 10 in Montreal.

Monday, March 23, 2009

John R. Little makes Stoker Awards final ballot

John R. Little's novella Miranda (Bad Moon Books) is on the final ballot for the 2009 Stoker Awards in the category of Superior Achievement in Long Fiction (and no, that image of the cover is not backwards).

Other finalists in that category are The Shallow End of the Pool by Adam-Troy Castro (Creeping Hemlock Press, Redemption Roadshow by Weston Ochse (Burning Effigy Press), and The Confessions of St. Zach by Gene O'Neill (Bad Moon Books).

The awards will be presented at the 2009 Stoker Awards Weekend, June 12 to 14 in Burbank, Calif.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cory Doctorow makes Hugo final ballot, Tony Pi on Campbell ballot

The Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award Final Ballot has been released by Anticipation, the 67th Annual World Science Fiction Convention. The awards will be presented at the convention, which runs August 6 to 10 in Montreal.

Cory Doctorow's Little Brother (Tor) is a finalist in the Best Novel category, alongside Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Morrow; Atlantic UK); The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury); Saturn's Children by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit); and Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi (Tor). You can download Cory's book for free.

It's interesting to note that three of the five finalists are young adult books.

Tony Pi is on the final ballot for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Others in that category are Aliette de Bodard, David Anthony Durham, Felix Gilman and
Gord Sellar.

The complete list of nominees is here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Several SF Canada members among Prix Aurora Awards finalists

Several SF Canada members are among the finalists for this year's Aurora Awards, announced this morning.

The Auroras recognize Canadian science fiction and fantasy artwork, writing, and fan activities. Any Canadian citizen or resident may vote in the Aurora selection process. Mail-in or online ballots must be submitted before Wednesday, July 15, 2009. For more information or to vote, go here.

This list of nominees is also available in Word and PDF formats.

Best Long-Form Work in English
Meilleur livre en anglais

After the Fires, Ursula Pflug (Tightrope Books)
Identity Theft and Other Stories, Robert J. Sawyer (Red Deer Press)
Impossibilia, Douglas Smith (PS Publishing)
Defining Diana, Hayden Trenholm (Bundoran Press)
Marseguro, Edward Willett (DAW Books)

Meilleur livre en français
Best Long-Form Work in French

Une fêlure au flanc du monde, Éric Gauthier (Alire)
Les vents de Tammerlan, Michèle Laframboise (Éditions Médiaspaul, coll. Jeunesse-Plus)

Best Short-Form Work in English
Meilleure nouvelle en anglais

“All In,” Peter Atwood (May–June, Weird Tales magazine)
“Back,” Susan J. Forest (June, Analog magazine)
“Ringing in the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta,” Randy McCharles (Tesseracts Twelve, Edge Science Fiction) 
“A Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase by Van Gogh,” Douglas Smith (Impossibilia, PS Publishing)
“Doorways,” Douglas Smith (Postscripts Magazine #17, PS Publishing)

Meilleure nouvelle en français
Best Short-Form Work in French

« Ballade sur Pallide », Michèle Laframboise (Virages 44
« La révolte des gilets-malins », Michèle Laframboise (QUAD9 6A
« Le Dôme de Saint-Macaire », (Solaris 167
« Jos Montferrand et le Grand Brigand des routes », Alain Ducharme (Solaris 161)

Best Work in English (Other)
Meilleur ouvrage en anglais (Autre)

The Gaslight Grimoire, Jeff Campbell & Charles Prepolec, Editors, (Edge Science Fiction)
Neo-opsis magazine, Karl Johanson, Ed.
Tesseracts Twelve, Claude Lalumière, Ed. (Edge Science Fiction) 
Through the Window: a Journey to the Borderlands of Faerie, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff (Double Edge Publishing) 
On Spec magazine, Diane Walton, Managing Ed.

Meilleur ouvrage en français (Autre)
Best Work in French (Other)

Jean-Louis Trudel, Sophie Beaulé, (Éditions David)
Solaris, Joël Champetier, édition et direction littéraire

Artistic Achievement
Accomplissement artistique

Looking for Group, Lar deSouza (Online Comic) 
cover Neo-Opsis #14, Stephanie Ann Johanson 
Imagination, Michèle Laframboise (Imagination contre les pigeons spammers, Vermillion) 
Fear Agent #22, Ronn Sutton (Dark Horse) 
cover JEMMA7729, David Willicome

Fan Achievement (Fanzine)
Accomplissement fanique (Fanzine)

The Original Universe, Jeff Boman, (Ed.) 
Opuntia, Dale Spiers (Ed.) 
Clair/Obscur, François-Bernard Tremblay, (Réd.) 
Brins d’éternité, Guillaume Voisine, (Réd.)

Fan Achievement (Organizational)
Accomplissement fanique (Organisation)

Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest, Renée Bennett (Administrator) 
World Fantasy 2008, Kim Greyson (Guest Liaison) 
FilKONtario 19, Judith Hayman, & Peggi Warner-Lalonde (Co-chairs) 
World Fantasy 2008, Randy McCharles, (Chair) 
Anime North 2008, David Simmons (Organizer)

Fan Achievement (Other)
Accomplissement fanique (autre)

World Fantasy 2008 Podcasts, Kurt Armbruster, & Ryah Deines (Producers/Ed./Hosts)
Impulse, news bulletin of MonSFFA, Keith Braithwaite (Ed.) 
Through the Keyhole – 25 years of Keycon Memories, Jennifer Ennis (Ed.) 
Fan Writing, Lloyd Penney 
Heather Dale Concert, Joan Sherman (Organizer)

The Prix Aurora Awards will be presented at Canvention, the Canadian national science fiction convention, which this year is taking place in conjunction with the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, Anticipation, being held in Montréal from August 6 to 10.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Author Anita Daher interviews Simon Rose

Canadian children's author Anita Daher has posted an interview with Simon Rose on her blog, Anita's Other Space; Simon returns the favor on his blog.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Dave Duncan's The Alchmist's Pursuit now out

Dave Duncan's latest book is due for release Tuesday, March 3rd: The Alchemist's Pursuit, from Ace, in trade paperback.

This is the 3rd in the Venice trilogy. Number two (Alchemist's Code) came out in mass market a week ago.

Here is a summary of The Alchemist's Pursuit:
Being even crabbier than usual, Maestro Nostradamus refuses a request from Violetta Vitale, the finest courtesan in Venice, to investigate the murder of her friend Lucia. But when another courtesan dies, and then another, the Maestro repents and sets Alfeo Zeno--his apprentice and Violetta's lover--to work gathering evidence. Their quest has hardly begun before the ruling Council of Ten intervenes, forbidding them to pursue the investigation.

Any normal detective would be balked, but the Maestro is the finest seer in Europe, and even the implacable Council of Ten cannot prevent him from seeking to foresee the next murder and sending Alfeo to catch the killer in the act. The hunt becomes ever more urgent and desperate as it seems that Violetta herself may be destined to be the next victim and Alfeo begins receiving mysterious occult help that he did not ask for and probably dare not accept.