Monday, March 5, 2007

Aurora Awards nominating now open

The nominating ballot for the 2007 Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("the Auroras") is now available here.

I have nothing particular of my own worth considering this year, but certainly Robert Charles Wilson's remarkable novella Julian: A Christmas Story from PS Publishing and Karina Sumner-Smith's Nebula-nominated "An End to All Things" from the DAW anthology "Children of Magic" leap to mind as worthy candidates in the English-language short-form category.

Also, Susan Forest's first major sale, "Immunity" in the December 2006 Asimov's, is worth your attention.

And it's high time we gave the Best Work in English (Other) award to Brian Hades for Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, the only significant dedicated SF/F book publisher in English Canada.

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At March 05, 2007 10:25 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

For more on Brian Hades and Edge, see here.

At March 06, 2007 6:46 AM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

tHE problem with nominating stories is that it is very difficult to actually track down and read the stories.

At March 06, 2007 8:32 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Well, it's very hard to read every single thing published in the field by Canadians, yes. But it's not hard at all to nominate those stories you happen to have encountered in your normal reading that you think are award-calibre. And since everyone reads different things, if you have enough people participating in the process, overall, we'll end up with a credible final ballot of nominees. See the book THE WISDOM OF CROWDS, for instance, for a discussion of how distributed decision-making results in credible outcomes.

At March 06, 2007 9:57 AM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

I would guess, probably incorrectly, that not enough people do participate in the process.

My main issue would be voting for a Forest Gump when there is a Shawshank Redemption out there I missed.

In any event, your point is well taken. I will check out the book you mentioned.

At March 06, 2007 7:49 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Lou. No awards process is perfect, and no one can read anything. But, as I say, the more people who participate the better!




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