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For Release Friday, June 12, 1998
Aurora Awards a Battle of SF Titans
All of the books nominated for this year's Canadian Science
Fiction and Fantasy Award ("the Aurora") for Best
English-Language Novel have already won or are also nominees
for major international speculative-fiction awards. The five Best
English-Language Novel finalists are:
The first four novels are all published by Tor Books of New
York, and distributed in Canada by H. B. Fenn and Company of
Bolton, Ontario. Illegal Alien is published by Ace
Books (a division of Penguin USA), and distributed in Canada by
BeJo Sales of Mississauga, Ontario.
de Lint's Trader is also a finalist for the
Mythopoeic Award; the international Mythopoeic Society, devoted
to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, have given these
awards annually since 1971.
Dorsey's Black Wine has already won the James
Tiptree Memorial Award, an international award for the best work of
speculative-fiction exploring gender issues; the award is named
after the nom de plume of the late SF writer Alice
Green's Shadow of Ashland was a finalist for the
World Fantasy Award, the top award in the fantasy field.
Sawyer's Frameshift is a current finalist for the
Hugo Award, SF's international readers' choice
award, and the top honor in the SF field.
And Sawyer's Illegal Alien was a finalist for both
the Crime Writers of Canada's
Arthur Ellis Award and the Homer
Award, voted on by the 30,000 members of the SF Literature Forum
Sawyer is also an Aurora finalist in two two other categories,
giving him a record-breaking four Aurora nominations this year.
The winners will be announced October 3, 1998, at "ConCept,"
this year's Canadian National Science Fiction Convention, in
Montreal. For more information about the Aurora Awards, see the
Canada's Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards
The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("the
Auroras") were first presented in 1980, and have been given
annually since 1982. On a per-capita basis, the Aurora Awards
have the largest voter turnout of any national SF award in the
world, exceeding that of the American-dominated Hugos, the
Japanese Seiuns, the British Arthur C. Clarke Awards, and the
The Aurora Awards are administered by the Canadian Science
Fiction and Fantasy Association, a non-profit organization. The
award trustees are Dennis Mullin and Ruth Stuart of Kitchener,
Each year, over two thousand nominating and voting ballots
are distributed through Canadian SF specialty bookstores (such as
Vancouver's White Dwarf, Toronto's Bakka, and Montreal's Nebula);
with subscription copies of Canadian SF magazines; to all members
of the Canadian Region of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers
of America; and at over a dozen SF conventions coast-to-coast.
Any Canadian resident may nominate and vote.
Different annual regional science-fiction conventions bid to
be designated the year's "Canadian National Science Fiction
Convention," or "CanVention," at which the Aurora Awards are
presented. Last year, the awards were presented at the
Toronto-area SF convention Primedia '97. This year, they
will be presented at ConCept '98 in Montreal.
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