Aurora Awards

Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association

Hall of Fame Nominees

This page contains the list of current nominees to the Hall of Fame.

For more information about the Hall of Fame, please visit the Hall of Fame home page.



Hall of Fame Nominees

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Kelley Armstrong
Kelley Armstrong “I’ve been telling stories since before I could write. My earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, mine would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to my teachers’ dismay. All efforts to make me produce “normal” stories failed. Today, I continue to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in my basement writing dungeon.” – Kelley Armstrong – A Canadian writer, primarily of fantasy novels since 2001, she has published thirty-one fantasy novels to date, thirteen in her Women of the Otherworld series, five in her Cainsville series, two in her Rockton series, three in her Darkest Powers series, three in her Darkness Rising trilogy and three in the Age of Legends series, and three stand-alone teen thrillers. She has also published three middle-grade fantasy novels in the Blackwell Pages trilogy, with co-author Melissa Marr. As well, she is the author of three crime novels, the Nadia Stafford trilogy. She has also written several serial novellas and short stories for the Otherworld series, some of which are available free from her website. She likes programming. Kelley currently lives in Ontario. <> Kelley Armstrong was born on 14 December 1968, the oldest of four siblings in a “typical middle-class family” in Sudbury, Ontario. After graduating with a degree in psychology from The University of Western Ontario, Armstrong then switched to studying computer programming at Fanshawe College so she would have time to write. Her first novel Bitten was sold in 1999, and it was released in 2001. Following her first success she has written a total of 13 novels and a number of novellas in the world of the Women of the Otherworld series, and her first crime novel, Exit Strategy, was released July 2007. Armstrong has been a full-time writer and parent since 2002. Her novel No Humans Involved was a New York Times bestseller in the hardback fiction category on 20 May 2007. Also, her YA novel The Awakening was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller in the Children’s Chapter books category on 17 May 2009. Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series is part of a recently popular contemporary fantasy subgenre of the fantasy genre that superimposes supernatural characters upon a backdrop of contemporary North American life, with strong romantic elements. Within that subgenre, she is notable for including many types of supernatural characters, including witches, sorcerers, werewolves, necromancers, ghosts, shamans, demons and vampires, rather than limiting herself primarily to a single type of supernatural creature. Most of her works have a mystery genre plot, with leading characters investigating some novel situation or unsolved question. In the Otherworld novels, most supernatural powers are either hereditary, or arise from the act of an existing supernatural of the same type. The Otherworld, while it has overarching conflicts and plotlines that span multiple novels is not an epic battle between good and evil. The novels are largely episodic with the continuing plotlines primarily involving the developing lives of the main characters. Her contemporary fantasy writings share genre similarities with writers Charlaine Harris, Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison and Charles de Lint.
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC OOnt FRSC FRSL (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher and environmental activist. She has published seventeen books of poetry, sixteen novels, ten books of non-fiction, eight collections of short fiction, eight children’s books, and one graphic novel, as well as a number of small press editions in poetry and fiction. Atwood and her writing have won numerous awards and honors including the Man Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, and the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards. Atwood is also the inventor and developer of the LongPen and associated technologies that facilitate the remote robotic writing of documents. As a novelist and poet, Atwood’s works encompass a variety of themes including the power of language, gender and identity, religion and myth, climate change, and “power politics.”[2] Many of her poems are inspired by myths and fairy tales which interested her from a very early age.[3] Among her contributions to Canadian literature, Atwood is a founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize and Writers’ Trust of Canada.
Julie Czerneda
Julie Czernada “I love what I do. I encourage others to do what they love. I relish mornings and Mondays and learning anything new. I’m as optimistic and cheerful as I sound, since I firmly believe otherwise you get nothing done and can’t be happy. To quote a family member: ‘Julie’s the least scary person you’ll ever meet,’ which isn’t a bad thing to be, is it? More? Goodness. I’m an ice hockey fan. Go Leafs! I still tuck fungi, shells, feathers and so forth in my coat pockets. I’m married to my best friend and love of my life and we have offspring who understand about the pockets. I carry more stories and questions and interests in my head than should fit and can’t fathom boredom. If I had my choice of things to do, I’d grab a paddle and head for the wild with Roger. Where, might I add, there will be fungi, shells, feathers, and so forth. For my pockets.” – Julie Czerneda – Since 1997, Julie E. Czerneda has turned her love and knowledge of biology into science fiction novels and short stories that have received international acclaim, multiple awards, and best-selling status. A popular speaker on scientific literacy and SF, in 2009 Julie was Guest of Honour for the national conventions of New Zealand and Australia, as well as Master of Ceremonies for Anticipation, the Montreal Worldcon. She’s busy writing short stories as well as her next novel, having released her first really big fantasy, A Turn of Light, (from DAW Books 2013). Most recently, Julie was guest speaker at McMaster University’s conference: SF The Interdisciplinary Genre. No matter how busy, she’ll be out canoeing too. Once the ice has melted. For more about Julie’s work, visit or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads. Julie is a multiple Aurora winning author with over a dozen published works in both Science Fiction and Fantasy.  She has been a guest of honour at numerous conventions.  Julie has also edited a large number of anthologies and published numerous short stories. She has won the Aurora award for both long and short fiction and as an editor for two different anthologies.  She has won the Aurora award six times and been nominated 25 times. Julie currently lives in rural Ontario.  She was just a guest of honour at KeyCon in Winnipeg and will be a guest of honour at When Words Collide this year as well as being this year’s Aurora award MC. More details about her career can be found on Wikipedia at:
Tanya Huff
Tanya Huff

“Dexter thrust a pamphlet into Samuel’s hand. “Greenstreet Mission. We’re doing a Christmas dinner. You can get a meal and hear the word of God.” Samuel smiled in relief. This, finally, he understood. “Which word?” “What?” “Well, God’s said a lot of words, you know, and a word like ‘it’ or ‘the’ wouldn’t be worth hearing again but its always fun listening to Him try and say aluminum.”    – Tanya Huff –

Tanya Sue Huff (born 1957) is a Canadian fantasy author. Her stories have been published since the late 1980s, including five fantasy series and one science fiction series. One of these, her Blood Books series, featuring detective Vicki Nelson, was adapted for television under the title Blood Ties.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Huff was raised in Kingston, Ontario. Her first sale as a writer was to The Picton Gazette when she was ten. They paid $10 for two of her poems. Huff joined the Canadian Naval Reserve in 1975 as a cook, ending her service in 1979. In 1982 she received a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Ontario; she was in the same class as noted science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer; they collaborated on their final TV Studio Lab assignment, a short science-fiction show.

In the early 1980s she worked at Mr. Gameway’s Ark, a game store in Downtown Toronto. From 1984 to 1992 she worked at Bakka, North America’s oldest surviving science fiction book store, in Toronto. During this time she wrote seven novels and nine short stories, many of which were subsequently published. Her first professional sale was to George Scithers, the editor of Amazing Stories in 1985, who bought her short story “Third Time Lucky“.[1] She was a member of the Bunch of Seven writing group. In 1992, after living for 13 years in downtown Toronto, she moved with her four large cats to rural Ontario, where she currently resides with her wife, fellow fantasy writer Fiona Patton. Her current pet population consists of six cats and what she describes as an “unintentional chihuahua“.

Huff is one of the most prominent Canadian authors in the category of contemporary fantasy, a subgenre pioneered by Charles de Lint. Many of the scenes in her stories are near places where she has lived or frequented in Toronto, Kingston, and elsewhere. This author frequently uses as character names the names of people in her circle of acquaintances. A prolific author, “she has written everything from horror to romantic fantasy to contemporary fantasy to humour to space opera.”

She appeared in a 2009 documentary Pretty Bloody: The Women of Horror.

Monica Hughes
Monica Hughes

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Invitation to the Game is the most accurate YA novel from recent history to express a dystopia that seems familiar to our actual circumstance. – Hughes’ work covered a broad range of topics from an accessible perspective, including environmental degratation, oceanic colonization, moon colonization, and drought. – Hughes’ lead characters were gender-balanced, frequently young ladies or young men.  – Hughes’ book Invitation to the Game could form the basis of this nomination alone, dealing with, as it does, issues of wealth inequality, how to effectively squat, what art might constitutes, american-apparel style clothing restrictions, food credits, e-readers, and virtual reality. In the same book she manages to accurately work in survival skills, chemistry lessons, a lesson on clay, and a vivid representation of the difference between a game and reality.

Hughes’ other work handles virtual reality elegantly. Devil on my Back, despite being for seven-year-olds, adequately expresses the class issues of technological supervision decades before Cory Doctorow’s comparable Little Brother. She also prefigures Siri. This is two of her books. She wrote 35 books before she was done, including The Crystal Drop, which deals with drought and food consumption in Canada decades before Atwood’s similar treatment, and The Golden Aquarians, which explains how amphibians can tell you about water pollution. Her other works, including Crisis on Conshelf 10 (Human genetic modification, freedom of choice), and Earthdark (water abuse, moon colonization) decades before adequate treatment was present elsewhere. Throughout these books, she handles gender with an even hand, presenting male and female leads as people who have agency in their own lives. – Her most famous trilogy, The Isis Light, is similarly about xenophobia. Hughes is appropriate for the Hall of Fame because her books are accessible, and still resonate today with young people just getting into the discipline. I would argue harder for her, but I have to go talk to my sister about themes of disenfranchisement in Invitation to the Game.

Eileen Kernaghan
Eileen Kernaghan

Eileen Kernaghan grew up on a dairy farm outside Grindrod, B.C., Canada, population 600. The reading material she found on the family shelves – Greek myths, historical novels, G. A. Henty‘s boys’ adventure books, a collection of Weird Tales and Thrilling Wonder Stories – helped to shape her writing career.

Her first published story, written when she was twelve, appeared in the Vancouver Sun newspaper. It earned her a byline, an illustration, and a cheque for $12.65. Her next appearance in print, twenty years later, was with a cover story in the New York science fiction magazine Galaxy. She went on to write the “Grey Isles” series, a Bronze Age trilogy based on the origins of Stonehenge. Journey to Aprilioth, Songs from the Drowned Lands and The Sarsen Witch were published by Ace Books during the 1980s.

As for her day jobs, they’ve included elementary school teaching, arts administration, operating a used bookstore with her husband Pat, and, for many years, teaching creative writing at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, and Port Moody’s Kyle Centre. She has three adult children and four grandchildren.

Not only is Eileen a highly credited author, she’s also been giving back to the writing community for many, many years.Eileen has won multiple awards, including the Silver Medal Award for original fantasy from West Coast Review of Books, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (CASPAR) Award, an Aurora Award, and a Canada 124 Medal for community arts activism.

She has been an active member of SF Canada for many years and was one of the first published women science fiction writers in the country.

Involved with the Burnaby Writers Society since the mid-sixties Eileen has worked tirelessly to provide market information and mentoring through the meetings and newsletter. She’s also a regular supporter of the Burnaby Writers Society reading series, Eileen has taught a Manuscript Workshop in Burnaby at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts since the early nineties, as well as at Port Moody’s Kyle Centre, helping many authors improve their skills.

Eileen has been a part of VCon, Vancouver’s regional Science Fiction convention, since the very beginning, attending almost every year as a participant on panels, as well as giving her time to the Turkey Readings in order to raise money for charity. Eileen has been a mentor to so many in the writing community, including myself and other authors like Linda Demeulemeester. For me personally, Eileen has been a tremendous instructor, motivator and friend in the publishing industry. I believe she is deserving of this honour.

Karl Schroeder
Karl Schroeder

“I’m a member of the Association of Professional Futurists with my own consultancy, and am also currently Chair of the Canadian node of the Millennium Project, a private/public foresight consultancy active in 50 nations. As well, I am an award-winning author with ten published novels translated into as many languages. I write, give talks, and conduct workshops on numerous topics related to the future, including:

  • Future of government
  • Bitcoin and digital currencies
  • The workplace in 2030
  • The Internet of Things
  • Augmented cognition”

Like A.E. van Vogt, Karl comes from rural. He is a multi-Aurora award winner along with numerous other nominations and awards.

Karl is one of the few hard-SF authors in Canada bringing new and inventive ideas dealing with technology and humanity. His stories are huge in scale and in popularity with Canadian and international readers.

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Hayden Trenholm

Hayden Trenholm

Hayden Trenholm‘s contributions to Canadian speculative fiction has been extraordinary.

As a writer, his short fiction has been published in most Canada’s top markets: On Spec, the Tesseracts anthologies, Neo-Opsis, Challenging Destinyand more. Six of his stories were nominated for the Aurora, putting him behind only Robert J. Sawyer and Douglas Smith in that category. His three wins in this category only puts him behind Robert J. Sawyer. What’s more, all three of his Steel Chronicles novels were nominated for the Aurora Award. Hayden’s fiction is unabashedly Canadian, with most of his contemporary or near-future science fiction set in Canada. His fiction explores themes reflecting Canada’s greatest qualities: inclusion, diversity, environmentalism, diplomacy before hostility, but the use of force when necessary in a just cause.

As an editor, Hayden turned Bundoran Press into an important voice in Canadian science fiction. Its five anthologies were all nominated for the Aurora with two wins, putting them in league with other well-known and respected voices of Canadian speculative fiction like On Spec, Tesseractsand Neo-opsis.  Two novels from Bundoran were nominated for the Aurora under Hayden’s leadership.

And more than this, Hayden has been tireless in his role as supporter, mentor and advocate for Canadian speculative fiction. I first met Hayden 10 years ago when Derek Kunsken and I were forming a writing group that would become the Eastblock Irregulars (named since Hayden worked in Paliament’s east block). At that time, there wasn’t a speculative fiction community in Ottawa and Derek and I, as new writers, felt isolated. Hayden helped connect us with other, more experienced writers, and provided sharp and insightful critiques of our work. This built our confidence, and helped the Irregulars grow, which in turn helped connect a great number of Ottawa writers with one another. Hayden never treated us as his juniors nor expected praise or deference. It was a relationship of equals, with Hayden sharing his experience and knowledge.


Hayden was instrumental in bridging the growing speculative fiction community in Ottawa with larger, established communities. It was Hayden that encouraged Derek and me—both very shy introverts—to attend Ad Astra in 2008, giving us tools and techniques to network, meet new people, and approach authors we admired. This experience was transformative, leading to friendships and connections that have helped grow our careers as writers and allowed us to reach out and build a larger community of writers and fans here in Ottawa. Thanks to Hayden, we were able to connect Ottawa’s community with others across Canada.

Since that initial meeting, Hayden has been supportive and encouraging to new writers who have joined the group. He has remained active and enthusiastic in helping as a guest reader at ChiSeries or paneling at CAN*CON. He has conducted writing workshops across Canada. It was Hayden’s example that has led Derek, me and other members of the Eastblock Irregulars to, in turn, help and encourage new and aspiring writers as our careers have progressed.

Hayden’s contributions to Canadian speculative fiction runs throughout this nation. There are few who have contributed more to the stature of Science Fiction and Fantasy than he. Beyond his considerable writing career, his endless enthusiasm and wisdom have inspired the next generations(s) of writers to follow his example.

Lynda Williams
Lynda Williams

I am pleased to nominate Lynda Williams for the CSFFA Hall of Fame. I think you will agree that her longstanding contributions to science fiction, as a writer and an innovator in reader engagement, qualify her for this award. She is a tireless promoter of good writing, involves and mentors new writers and artists, hosts workshops, attends cons and other venues and contributes generously and passionately to the field – as well as maintaining her regular job as a full-time e-learning expert at Simon Fraser University, and a part-time job teaching at the BC Institute of Technology. We don’t know how she does it, but we are happy she has the energy and enthusiasm to make all this work!

R. Graeme Cameron
R. Graeme Cameron

Graeme has been deeply involved with science fiction and fantasy fandom all of his life. He was a founding member of VCON “ Vancouver’s premier science fiction and fantasy convention being on the organizing committee for the event held in 1971 that would, retroactively, become known as VCON 1 and continues to attend and participate as a member of the ConCom and a program participant to this date. Most recently, over the past few years he has held the position of moderator for VCON’s Clarion-style writers’ workshops which bring together published pro writers with unpublished writers and their short stories or start of a novel and has also been responsible for the content of VCON’s program book.

Graeme is also the Archivist for VCON and several other fannish organizations including the West Coast Science Fiction Association, (VCON’s parent non-profit organization), the BC Science Fiction Association, and the Canadian Fanzine Fanac Awards Society. As the archivist for these groups he has been collecting documents and artefacts from each for decades, keeping them all well filed and organized. He has been doing it long enough that he has dedicated an entire room of his home to archives!

Graeme is also a long-time Fanzine Editor who has been nominated for and even won Aurora Awards for his various fan publications. He is also the curator of the Canadian Science Fiction Fanzine Archive and In 2013 he started up web site for the archive where he has begun the time consuming task of scanning and uploading the many, many (yes many!) fanzines in his collection to the internet for all the world to see.

And finally, Graeme is the man who has kept VCON’s famous Elron Awards (given out for the most dubious “achievements” in science and science fiction) alive and is also behind the more recently (and more serious) FanEds (or Canadian Fanzine Fanac Awards).

Stan Hyde
Stan Hyde

I nominate Stan G. Hyde as an exemplar of passionate, lifelong devotion to SF&F fandom and fan activity, specifically in the areas of club organization, writing, film media, and model kit making, painting, and collecting.

  • – Stan is a retired school teacher who has been a genre fan his entire life, attending his first convention (the Toronto Worldcon) in 1973.
  • – He founded SFAV (the Science Fiction Association of Victoria) in 1975.
  • – As founder (and occasional President) of SFAV, Stan wrote numerous columns under the title The Light-Hearted Vituperator and Jolly Reviler for the SFAV clubzines Phoenix and From the Ashes. These columns were primarily devoted to SF&F films past and present, but often discussed the state of contemporary fandom as well.
  • – Later, on a monthly basis, he continued Light-Hearted in BCSFAzine (newsletter of the B.C. SF Association) from #193 (June 1989) to #269 (October 1995).
  • – Harlan Ellison once phoned Stan long distance to thank him for comments he’d made in a particular Light-Hearted column in BCSFAzine.
  • – Spider Robinson described one of Stan’s columns as a “Damn fine piece of work, moving and thoughtful …”
  • – Stan also helped found Monster Attack Team Canada in 1989, a club consisting mostly of professional designers and artists in the local film industry (including VCON 41 Film Design Artist Eric Chu). M.A.T.C. specializes in building and painting rare “garage” kits (limited edition kits) which members have often displayed at VCON.
  • – Stan is renowned, especially among model kit builders and collectors, for the incredible quality and fine detail of his paintwork on various model kits, so much so that he was Artist Guest of Honour at VCON 22 in 1997.
  • – To further advance fan awareness of this particular sub-niche fandom, Stan has offered model construction and painting workshops and demonstrations at VCON for over twenty years, often organizing participation by other M.A.T.C. members.
  • – This year at VCON 41 Stan is organizing a complete track of programming devoted to SF&F kits associated with movies, with particular focus on kits of stop-motion figures which appeared in the films of Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen (in keeping with VCON’ theme this year of “Muppets, Puppets, & Marionettes.”
  • – Another example of “furthering the cause” would be the article featuring photographs of Stan’s young daughter Sarah playing with his models from his collection which appeared in the McDonald’s Restaurant Fun Times Magazine in 1991.
  • – Stan is also noted for the numerous articles he has written for G-Fest, a magazine devoted to the topic of Godzilla, about whom Stan is a world-renowned expert and recognised as such by Toho studios where he is always welcome. (He visits once every two years on average.)
  • – Stan is noted for his humour and enthusiasm in giving presentations, perhaps most notably in the Godzilla Sex Life Lecture which he co-wrote with R. Graeme Cameron and co-performed on at least twenty occasions at various conventions in the Pacific NorthWest.
  • – Stan is also noted for his Monster Movie Sing Along sessions performed often at VCON and also at G-Fest conventions in Chicago.
  • – To sum up, Stan is a master at using humour and light-hearted enthusiasm to stir up “a sense of wonder” among fans previously unfamiliar in detail with stop motion animation, men-in-suit monster films, rare B movies, model kits, and club organizations.
  • – I would describe him as a one-man electric dynamo sparking interest and excitement in myriad aspects of SF&F fandom wherever he appears. This is why he has been made VCON 41Fan Guest of Honour this year.

In my opinion Stan is precisely the sort of enthusiastic, dedicated fan SF&F fandom relies on to stay alive, recruit new members, and evolve into the future. He is the archetype, the perfect example, the exemplar, of the kind of fan fandom needs most.

Love of the genre doesn’t get any better than Stan.

Sincerely yours,    R. Graeme Cameron

P.S. Stan is branching out. His fantasy fiction story The Nature of Demons will appear soon in issue #2 of Polar Borealis Magazine. It is Stan’s first short story sale.

Hubert Rogers
Hubert Rogers

Hubert Rogers (1898-1982) was a Canadian illustrator/painter perhaps best known today for cover paintings for Astounding Science Fiction, generally considered the cream of the pulp Sci-Fi crop, thanks to its (1937-1971) editor John W. Campbell.

Regarding Rogers, this source mentions:

“In 1925 he moved to New York City to study with Dean Cornwell at the Art Students League.”

“In 1931 the financial hardship of the Great Depression lead him to abandon city life. He drove an Indian motorcycle to Taos, New Mexico, where he worked within a community of artists that were as passionate about modern landscape painting as the Canadian ‘Group of Seven.'”

But he returned to New York in 1936 after he got an increasing number of assignments. Rogers moved back to Canada in 1942 where he did illustrations to help the war effort. He moved to Vermont in 1947.

Rogers was a competent illustrator who has to drop into working for “pulp” (cheap, low-quality paper) magazines to help get through the Great Depression. This is a slightly different career path than that for some slightly younger illustrators who had to start their career in pulps and then tried to claw their way to more respectable and better paying clients.

Hubert Rogers was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was educated at Acadia University, Nova Scotia, attended the Toronto Technical School, the New Toronto Central Technical School, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
He began his professional career in New York in 1925. His first SF cover art was for the February 1939 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, and he became the premier illustrator for Astounding from 1939-1942 (painting 58 covers and numerous interior illustrations for 60 issues of the magazine between 1939-1956). In Mike Ashley’s The Complete Index to Astounding/Analog, Rogers is cited as ASF’s third most prolific cover artist (after Freas and Schoenherr) during the magazine’s first fifty years.
His cover painting for the story “Fury” by Lawrence O’Donnell (Henry Kuttner and wife C. L. Moore) in the May 1947 issue of Astounding is considered by many to be his finest work. Rogers also contributed art to Unknown (the fantasy “companion” magazine to Astounding), Super Science Stories, and other pulp magazines. He continued to appear in Astounding, off and on, until 1956, illustrating many of the classic SF stories by Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Robert Heinlein, Eric Frank Russell, Wilmar H. Shiras, E. E. “Doc” Smith, A. E. van Vogt, Jack Williamson, and others.
He also did the dust jackets for Heinlein’s early books from Shasta Publishers: The Man Who Sold the Moon (1950), The Green Hills of Earth (1951), and Revolt in 2100 (1953). He left the SF/fantasy field in the 1950s to become a portrait painter in Canada. As late as 1999 his art was being used for the covers of classic SF works, including a reprint edition of A. E. van Vogt’s The War Against the Rull. Many of his original covers for Astounding are in a private museum collection in Canada. The UMass Amherst Library hosted an exhibit of his art from December 3, 2006, through January 31, 2007, in the Special Collections and Archives of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. There was also a special exhibit of his work at Boskone 44 in 2007.

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Cliff Samuels
Cliff Samuels

Cliff Samuels has been a fixture of Canadian fandom for all of his adult life. An avid reader and book collector of speculative fiction, he is also a beta reader for Canadian author Dave Duncan. He first began working on conventions with Non-Con 4 in 1981 and volunteered again when Non-Con returned to Calgary in 1983.

His experience with Non-Con led to Cliff helping to co-found Con-Version (Calgary’s SF&F convention that ran from 1984 – 2010). He sat on the committee holding various jobs throughout the early years. and chaired the convention in 1988. He received the SuperFan award for Con-Version I (1984) and III (1986).

Cliff was also an instrumental volunteer on the two BanffCons, handling publicity for 1989 and registration for 1995. And was part of the bid committee that brought the World Fantasy Convention to Calgary in 2008 as well as volunteering as a key member of its convention committee.

When Con-Version was retired in 2010, Cliff helped found the When Words Collide Festival (2011 to present) and has been an instrumental member of its committee, holding a range of positions including vice-president and treasurer.

In addition to con-running, Cliff has also been a major participant in costuming, not just at Con-Version, but at other North American conventions including CostumeCon, on whose committee he served when CostumeCon was held in Calgary in 2001, his wife Eileen Capes serving as chair.

From 2007(*) to present Cliff has been a board member of CSFFA (the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association), serving briefly as president but primarily as awards administrator.

In conclusion, Cliff has been the main pillar of support for Calgary fandom for almost four decades, his contribution reaching beyond the city, beyond the province, indeed, beyond the country. Without Cliff Samuels, Canadian SF&F would be much, much poorer.

Karl Johanson

Karl Johanson, born in Victoria BC in 1962, has been a part of fandom since 1979, beginning with joining a Star Trek group in Victoria, BC, then SFAV (Science Fiction Association of Victoria), and not long after UVic Science Fiction Association. Karl contributed and edited club zines, and encouraged others to do likewise. He was an instigator and a joiner in all types of fan activities. Karl helped organize and run events/conventions in Victoria.

He promoted the Aurora Awards from their start, and encouraged nomination and voting participation. Karl has been a presenter at Aurora ceremonies, and he convinced Al Harlow, lead singer for Prism, to present the music award in 2014. He’s posted videos of some of the Aurora ceremonies.

Karl was one of the major players in the creation of “The Dawn of the Living Socks” movie, which debuted at Imagine Con in 1982. He encouraged and convinced numerous fans, friends, co-workers and family members to participate in the project.

Karl was instrumental in the 1989 “Worldcon at Myles Bos’ House” bid, with John Herbert, Bernie Klassen, Paula Johanson, Dan Cawsey, and, of course, Myles Bos. Buttons were created, numerous flyers, and even hats. The bid became such a popular joke bid that total strangers were copying and distributing the flyers at conventions in Canada, the USA, the UK, and Australia. The bid basically went viral before going viral was a thing.

In 1992, Karl Johanson and John Herbert started and co-edited the fanzine “Under the Ozone Hole”. They won four Aurora Awards in the category Fan Achievement (publication), in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996.

In 2003 Karl and Stephanie Johanson started “Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine”. The publication was nominated eight times for the Aurora Award in the category English Other, and won in 2007 and 2009. Karl is co-owner, editor, science writer, reviewer, layout manager, and artist for, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine.

Karl is a writer of science fiction:

“PIONeers” published in Sci Phi Journal # 1.

“The Airlock Scene” published in Here be Monsters: 7, and in Polar Borealis 1.

“Frats & Cheers” published in On Spec magazine Fall 2012.

“When Every Song Reminds You of a Dead Universe” published in Perihelion Spring 2013.

“Piece of History” published in On Spec.

“We Never Went to Mars” published in issue 3 of Polar Borealis. 2017.

“Had a Life, Didn’t Like it, Went Back to Watching Star Trek” published in issue 5 of Polar Borealis 2017.

“The Glow Around My House” published in issue 6 of Polar Borealis 2018.

“Hate Doesn’t Always Come Easy” published in issue 11 of Polar Borealis 2019.

Karl is a poet:

“Burning Rosemary” Polar Borealis #6.

“The Sound of a Rasp on Stone” Neo-opsis #26.

Karl is a Filker, originally singing in the back of 2 ½ ton army trucks, then later in fandom. A couple examples can be seen on YouTube.

“If You’re Intelligent and You Know It.”

“Star Trek 50th Anniversary Tribute.”

Karl is an artist, having done covers and interior illustrations for publications such as Neo-opsis, Polar Borealis, and Under the Ozone Hole.

Karl is a YouTuber with 397 videos as of July 2019. Many of his YouTube videos are science fiction related, including some of the Really Short Science Fiction series: (SF videos)

Karl has been a computer game designer and Quality Assurance Lead, working on numerous educational, fantasy, and science fiction related titles, for: Disney Interactive 1996-2003, Writer / Designer / QA (More than 50 million units sold.); Sanctuary Woods Multimedia 1994 – 1996, Writer / Designer / QA; and Hidden Path Entertainment 2007, Writer. Notable titles include The Riddle of Master Lu, Orion Burger, Hades’ Challenge, and Treasure Planet: The Battle at Procyon.

Karl has been a panellist on a wide variety of topics for many conventions and other events from 1980 to the present, including but not limited to: Arca 45672 podcast Launch 2019 (Victoria, BC); Banffcon 1993 (Banff, AB); Conversion 13, 20, 21, 22, 23 (Calgary, AB); GottaCon 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 (Victoria, BC); Imagine1980 (Victoria, BC); Keycon 2010, 2016 (Winnipeg, MN); Main Street Literary Tour 2009. (Vancouver BC) 2009; Noncon 15. (Vancouver, BC); Norwescon 15, 16, 27 (Seattle, WA); Tsukino-Con 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018. (Victoria, BC); V-Con 14, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41. (Vancouver, BC); Westercon 1992 in Vancouver, 2005 in Calgary; When Words Collide 2012 (Calgary, AB); World Fantasy Con 2008 (Calgary, AB); Worldcon 1994 in Winnipeg, 2003 in Toronto, and 2009 in Montreal.

Karl has been a contributor to the fanzines: BCSFAzine, Canadadapa, Fosfax, Neology, Novoid, Phoenix, From the Ashes, The Central Ganglion, The Maple Leaf Rag, Trekadda (former editor), Raspberry Drinkzine (former editor), Worldcon 89 at Myles Bos’ House bid flier and update flyers, Under the Ozone Hole, and others.

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Comments about Karl

“Karl Johanson is a natural at public speaking, holding a room captive without needing to lock the doors. Karl’s extensive experience and confidence in his areas of expertise combine to provide an enjoyable guest at any function.”-Virginia O’Dine (Publisher, Bundoran Press Publishing House.)

 “Karl is a profoundly sensible person, and has the sort of insight that often allows him to change people’s lives with a single remark. He’s easy-going, upbeat, and thoughtful public speaker, and an entertaining raconteur. He loves science and science fiction and has a wide-ranging knowledge that makes him the Swiss-Army Knife of panelists. And he is, of course, one hell of an editor.”-Professor Robert Runté

“Karl is extremely well spoken. You can tell he always comes to a panel well prepared.”-Sandra Wickham (Writer)

“I must say that you were great in your panels (at VCON 2004 IN Vancouver), both motivational and insightful. You merge solid science with a wonderful crazy wit that wakes up the audience and buoys up other panellists. “-Nina Munteanu (Writer / Vcon programming director)

“Everybody totally loved having you there. You were friendly, approachable, funny and helpful.”-Amanda Brandt (KeyCon 33 convention committee member)

“Johanson’s sense of humour, evident in both of his columns (issue 1 of Neo-opsis). If I had to put a label to that sense of humour, I’d call it mainstream geek: two parts Jerry Lewis, one part Richard Feynman, a pinch of Firesign Theater and a twist of aggressive oddity.”-Jeremy Lyon (Reviewer)

 “Who knew Karl could sing?”-Julie Czerneda (Writer and fellow Guest of Honour at KeyCon 33)