The Aurora Awards are essentially the Canadian equivalent of the Hugo Awards. They’re voted on by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association; and voting takes place much as it does with the Hugos. They’re awarded at Canvention, the Canadian national science fiction convention, which takes place as part of an existing convention. (As I understand it, the French-language Auroras are administered separately.)
The Auroras are a small award in the grand scheme of things (inasmuch as sf fandom can have a grand scheme), but this is my first genre award nomination, and I have feels.
My thanks to the Aurora voters who thought Ecdysis worthy of an award nomination. I really should emphasize that my collaborators made this fanzine a far better product than it would have been if I had done it on my own — in particular my partner Jennifer, who contributed her distinctive artwork (in many ways this fanzine was an elaborate scheme to get her to draw more), and the thoroughly magnificent Tamara Vardomskaya, whose brilliant pieces for Ecdysis far outshone mine.
I’m especially delighted to be on the Fan Publication ballot this year because there is a Fan Publication ballot this year. There wasn’t one last year (nor was there one in 2008 or 2011). Under the rules, a category needs a minimum of three eligible nominees, each of which need a minimum of five nominations. Last year there were only two nominees that met that threshold. This year we have a full slate:
- Broken Toys edited by Taral Wayne
- Ecdysis edited by Jonathan Crowe
- Pubnites & Other Events edited by Yvonne Penney
- Space Cadet edited by R. Graeme Cameron
- Speculating Canada edited by Derek Newman-Stille
I’m pleased to be sharing a ballot with these folks.
Fan writing is an important part of a healthy genre, particularly when it’s independent of industry concerns. It’s a resolutely non-pecuniary activity, and awards like these are one of the few ways we can support and encourage it.
Voting on the Auroras requires membership in the CSFFA. It costs $10 to join; joining also gets you access to the voter package, just like the Hugos. The Auroras will be handed out in November at SFContario 6, the host of this year’s Canvention.