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Crime Writers of Canada announce
Arthur Ellis Award nominees
Robert J. Sawyer isn't just a double nominee for
the Hugo Award this year he's also a double nominee for the Crime
Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award.
And Edo van Belkom isn't just a current finalist
for the Bram Stoker Award he's shortlisted for an Arthur, too.
The Arthur Ellis Awards, often called "The Canadian Edgars,"
are juried awards given annually since 1983 by Canada's national
association of mystery-fiction writers. The final ballot was
unveiled today; winners will be announced Thursday, May 21, 1998,
at a gala banquet at the University of Toronto's Faculty Club
the highlight of Canada's National Crime Writing Week. Jurors'
names are kept secret until after the winners are announced, but
are all active members of the Crime Writers of Canada.
Sawyer's Illegal Alien is one of six
finalists for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel of the Year,
and his "The Hand You're Dealt" the same story
that's up for the Hugo is one of five finalists for the Arthur for Best
Short Story of the Year. Sawyer's story originally appeared in the Tor
anthology Free Space edited by Brad Linaweaver and
Edward E. Kramer.
Meanwhile, van Belkom, who shares a current Stoker
nomination with his collaborator David Nickle for their story
"Rat Food," is a solo finalist for the Arthur for Best Short
Story of the Year for "The Rug," first published in the Horror
Writers Association-sponsored anthology
Robert Bloch's Psychos (Pocket Books).
The Best Novel finalists are:
- Free Reign by Rosemary Aubert (Bridge Works)
- Death at Sandringham House by C. C. Benison (Bantam)
- Trial of Passion by William Deverell (McClelland &
- Ghirlandaio's Daughter by John Spencer Hill
(McClelland & Stewart)
- Dead Right by Peter Robinson (Viking)
- Illegal Alien by Robert J. Sawyer (Ace)
The Best Short Story finalists are:
- "Rigged to Blow" by John Ballem (from Secret Tails of the Arctic Trails, Simon & Pierre)
- "The Rug" by Edo van Belkom (from Robert Bloch's Psychos, Pocket Books)
- "Widow's Weeds" by Sue Pike (from Cottage Country Killers, General Store Publishing)
- "Two Ladies of Rose Cottage" by Peter Robinson (Pocket Books)
- "The Hand You're Dealt" by Robert J. Sawyer (from Free Space, Tor Books)
"Arthur Ellis" was the pseudonym used by Canada's last
official hangman before Canada abolished capital punishment
in 1976. The award trophy is extremely unusual: it features
an articulated wooden figure of a man, hanging from a brass
noose. When a cord is pulled, the poor fellow does death
spasms . . .
Illegal Alien is a courtroom drama with an extraterrestrial
defendant. The Globe and Mail: Canada's National Newspaper has
already name it "the best Canadian mystery of 1997."
"The Hand You're Dealt" follows a detective investigating
the murder of a geneticist aboard a space habitat.
In "The Rug," an old woman finds a unique and terrifying
way to deal with unwanted visitors.
Sawyer previously won the Arthur for Best Short Story of
1993 for his SF crime story
"Just Like Old Times," first
published in On Spec and reprinted in the Tor anthology
(David G. Hartwell and Glenn Grant, editors, 1994).
Edo van Belkom was an Arthur finalist last year, as well,
for his short story "The Piano Player Has No Fingers," from
Robert J. Sawyer (left) and Edo van Belkom
Rob Sawyer, 37, lives in Thornhill, Ontario; his tenth novel,
will be released next month by Tor. Edo van Belkom, 35, lives in
Brampton, Ontario; his latest novel is Lord Soth, published by
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Full text of "The Hand You're Dealt"
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