Aurora Awards

Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association

Aurora Award Nominees

Here are the nominees for the 2018 Aurora Awards.

 

2018 Aurora Award Nominees

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Best Novel

  GERALD BRANDT

The Rebel (Book 3 of the San Angeles Series) by Gerald Brandt, DAW Books

Gerald Brandt is an International Bestselling Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His current novel is The Rebel – A San Angeles Novel, published by DAW Books. His first novel, The Courier, also in the San Angeles series was listed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as one of the 10 Canadian science fiction books you need to read and was a finalist for the prestigious  Aurora Award. Both The Courier and its sequel, The Operative, appeared on the Locus Bestsellers List. By day, Gerald is an IT professional specializing in virtualization. In his limited spare time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, rock climbing, camping, and spending time with his family. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife Marnie, and their two sons Jared and Ryan. You can find Gerald online at http://www.geraldbrandt.com, on Facebook as Gerald Brandt – Author, and on Twitter @geraldbrandt.

JULIE CZERNEDA 

To Guard Against the Dark, DAW Books

For over twenty years, Canadian author/ former biologist Julie E. Czerneda has shared her curiosity about living things through her science fiction, published by DAW Books, NY. Julie’s written fantasy too, the first installments of her Night’s Edge series (DAW) A Turn of Light and A Play of Shadow, winning consecutive Aurora Awards (Canada’s Hugo) for Best English Novel. Julie’s edited/co-edited numerous  award-winning anthologies of SF/F, most recently SFWA’s 2017 Nebula Award Showcase. Out this fall is an all-original anthology written by fans of her Clan Chronicles series: Tales from Plexis. Her finale to that series, To Guard Against the Dark, was released in 2017. This fall will also see the return of her most beloved character, Esen the webshifter, in Search Image. Visit www.czerneda.com for more.

JAMES ALAN GARDNER 

All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault, Tor Books

James Alan Gardner (Jim) is the author of nine novels, including the nominated All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault and the forthcoming sequel, They Promised Me the Gun Wasn’t Loaded (to be published this November). He is also nominated for co-editing Compostela (Tesseracts 20) with Spider Robinson. Jim has published numerous short stories, and has won the Aurora Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Asimov’s Readers Choice award. In his spare time, he teaches kung fu to 5-year-olds.

COSTI GURGU 

RecipeArium, White Cat Publications

Costi’s fiction has appeared in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He has sold 3 books and over 50 stories for which he has won 24 awards. His latest sales include the anthologies Tesseracts 17, The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, Dark Horizons, Street Magick, Water, and Alice Unbound. He has been three times a finalist for Aurora Awards.

To find out more about Costi Gurgu visit www.costigurgu.com

Recently, Costi started Games for Aliens, a tabletop games enterprise. His first two games are Absolutism (a dystopian scenario) and Carami (based on RecipeArium).

FONDA LEE 

Jade City, Orbit

Fonda Lee is the author of Jade City, which was nominated for the Nebula Award and the Locus Award and named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Syfy Wire, and others. Her young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer, Exo and Cross Fire have been Junior Library Guild Selections and Andre Norton Award finalists. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, black belt martial artist, and an action movie aficionado. She loves a good Eggs Benedict. Born and raised in Calgary, Fonda is a former Toronto resident now living in Portland, Oregon. You can find Fonda online at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.

BRENT NICHOLS 

Light of a Distant Sun, Bundoran Press

Brent Nichols is a fantasy, and science fiction writer, book cover designer, bon vivant, and man about town. He likes good beer, bad puns, high adventure and low comedy. He’s never been seen in the same room as Batman, but that’s probably just a coincidence. He has two novels with Bundoran Press, and self-publishes military science fiction under the pen name Jake Elwood.

 

Best YA Novel
JAYNE BARNARD 

Maddie Hatter and the Gilded Gauge, Tyche Books

Jayne Barnard has a quarter century of crime, SFF, and crossover writing to her name. Her bestselling Maddie Hatter Adventures (Tyche Books), featuring a Steampunk fashion reporter with investigative aspirations, have garnered a previous Aurora nomination, a BPAA nomination, and an e-Festival of Words prize. Her contemporary crime series, The Falls Mysteries (Dundurn Press), debuts in July 2018 with ‘When the Flood Falls’, winner of the 2016 Unhanged Arthur. Jayne lives in a vine-covered cottage in Calgary, keeping cats and secrets.

SAMANTHA BEIKO 

Scion of the Fox, ECW Press

Samantha Mary (S.M.) Beiko currently works in the Canadian publishing industry as a freelance editor, graphic designer, and consultant. Her first novel, The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book, as well as the 2014 Aurora Award. Her next series, The Realms of Ancient, began with Scion of the Fox (ECW Press, 2017) and the sequels to follow are Children of the Bloodlands (2018) and The Brilliant Dark (2019). She is the co-editor of Gothic Tales of Haunted Love (Bedside Press, 2018), and her short fiction has been anthologized in Gush: Menstrual Manifestos of Our Times (Frontenac House, 2018) and Parallel Prairies: Stories (Enfield & Wizenty, 2018).

Samantha is also the co-host of The Business BFFs podcast with Clare C. Marshall–a podcast about making a career out of writing and creative freelancing.

FONDA LEE 

Exo, Scholastic Press

Fonda Lee is the author of Jade City, which was nominated for the Nebula Award and the Locus Award and named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Syfy Wire, and others. Her young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer, Exo and Cross Fire have been Junior Library Guild Selections and Andre Norton Award finalists. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, black belt martial artist, and an action movie aficionado. She loves a good Eggs Benedict. Born and raised in Calgary, Fonda is a former Toronto resident now living in Portland, Oregon. You can find Fonda online at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.

SUZY VADORI 

The West Woods, Evil Alter Ego Press

Suzy is the Author of The Fountain Series, published by Evil Alter Ego Press. The Fountain was Nominated for an Aurora Award for Best Young Adult Novel in 2016. The West Woods is Book 2 in the series, and continues the saga with magic, mystery and romance.

Suzy’s long career building companies lends her a unique perspective in the literary world. She lives in Calgary with her husband and three children. She’s a proud member of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA), Young Alberta Book Society (YABS), Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society (AWCS) and Imaginative Fiction Writers’ Association (IFWA). Since 2013, she’s been the Program Manager, Young Adult/Children’s Programming for When Words Collide (WWC), a literary Festival held in Calgary each August. Suzy is also the founder of WriteIt! creative writing programs in schools, building young writers.

ELIZABETH WHITTON 

Houses of the Old Blood, Kettlescon Press

ELIZABETH WHITTON started telling stories as soon as she could talk and now lives to write YA, science fiction, and fantasy. Two of her short stories have appeared in the Enigma Front anthologies. She is happiest pounding on her laptop after midnight while listening to alt rock and ignoring pleas from her family to go to bed. Elizabeth lives with her husband, daughter, and pet guppy in Calgary, Alberta. www.elizabethwhitton.com Facebook.com/EAGWhitton Instagram/

Best Short Fiction
ELIZABETH GROTKOWSKI 

The Calling, Enigma Front: The Monster Within, Analemma Books

Elixabeth started telling stories as soon as she could talk and now lives to write YA, science fiction, and fantasy. Two of her short stories have appeared in the Enigma Front anthologies. She is happiest pounding on her laptop after midnight while listening to alt rock and ignoring pleas from her family to go to bed. Elizabeth lives with her husband, daughter, and pet guppy in Calgary, Alberta. www.elizabethwhitton.com Facebook.com/EAGWhitton Instagram/

CALVIN D. JIM 

Roses Arm, Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Laksa Media

A Prix-Aurora Award nominated co-editor of Shanghai Steam, Calvin D. Jim is a Calgary lawyer-turned-author whose Asian-inspired stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and publications. A self-proclaimed geek, he managed to wrangle his wife and two sons into board games and Karate (not necessarily in that order, and not without injury). His latest stories can be found in the anthologies Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy and Enigma Front: Onward.

FONDA LEE 

Old Souls, Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Laksa Media

Fonda Lee is the author of Jade City, which was nominated for the Nebula Award and the Locus Award and named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Syfy Wire, and others. Her young adult science fiction novels Zeroboxer, Exo and Cross Fire have been Junior Library Guild Selections and Andre Norton Award finalists. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, black belt martial artist, and an action movie aficionado. She loves a good Eggs Benedict. Born and raised in Calgary, Fonda is a former Toronto resident now living in Portland, Oregon. You can find Fonda online at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.

KELLY ROBSON 

A Human Stain, Tor.com

Kelly Robson grew up in Alberta, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. In 2018, her story “A Human Stain” won the Nebula Award for Best Novelette, and in 2016, her novella “Waters of Versailles” won the Prix Aurora Award. She has also been a finalist for the Nebula, World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, John W. Campbell, and Sunburst awards. In 2018, her time travel adventure Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach debuted to high critical praise. After 22 years in Vancouver, she and her wife, fellow SF writer A.M. Dellamonica, now live in downtown Toronto.  She can be found on at https://kellyrobson.com.

LIZ WESTBROOK-TRENHOLM 

Gone Flying, The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound, Laksa Media

Liz Westbrook-Trenholm has published or aired mainstream and speculative short fiction, most recently, in Neo-Opsis, Prix Aurora-winning anthology, Second Contacts (Bundoran Press), in anthologies The Sum of Us, (Laksa Media) and 49th Parallels (Bundoran Press) and others. She also writes comedic murder mysteries for Calgary entertainment company, Pegasus Performances, with over 80 scripts produced. Liz lives in Ottawa with her husband, writer, publisher and editor, Hayden Trenholm.

Best Graphic Novel
DOMINIC BERCIER 

SIGNAL Saga #0: PanGaea and the Key of Mirrari, Mirror Comics Studios

Classically-trained artist Dominic Bercier is the writer-illustrator-designer and principal behind Mirror Comics Studios, a boutique graphic novel project from Ottawa, Canada, where he produces stories of young heroes losing, longing, striving for and restoring the things they’ve lost… be they love or lives or souls, plunging characters into emotionally charged magical initiations that test their wits and their hearts.During his art school years at OCAD in Toronto, Dominic is an assistant-penciler on comic books for Top Cow, Image, Dark Horse, and more.Dominic is co-founder of Mirror Comics [2010-2015] where he serves as president and publisher and releases solo and collaborative projects, including Ghost King [A Book of Changes] and Treadwell, the latter being nominated in the 2015 Aurora Awards and Joe Shuster Awards.Mirror Comics is re-branded as Mirror Comics Studios in 2015, where Bercier freelances with Canadian publishers, and is creating his epic graphic novel, SIGNAL Saga.

Follow @DominicBercier,
@mirrorcomics and
@SIGNALsaga
on Twitter, and check out Dominic’s websites
www.mirrorcomics.com and
www.signalsaga.com.

PETER CHLYKOWSKI 

Rock Paper Cynic, Webcomic

Peter Chiykowski is the writer, illustrator and humourist responsible for the webcomics Rock Paper Cynic and Is It Canon?, the postcard fiction project The Shortest Story and the viral Twitter sensation Dad Joke Han Solo. He has three anthologies of comics in print and a forthcoming short story collection entitled Postcards From Impossible Worlds. His work has shown up in places like Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, MTV.com, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Best Canadian Poetry, and Asimov’s Science Fiction.

 

Ryan Harby 

Honey Dill, Webcomic

Ryan is a writer and illustrator based out of Winnipeg who makes cartoons and calls it very serious work, indeed. His webcomic, Honey Dill, updates regularly and can be found inside the Internet. Ryan once lived past lives working in newspapers and ad agencies but always found time to pursue more challenging creative projects. Ryan’s comics touch on themes of personal wellness, anxiety, adulthood, and failure, sometimes paired with rocket ships, monsters, and time travel.

 

Crash and Burn by Kate Larking and Finn Lucullan, Astres Press

Kate Larking has never been without stories. During the day, she works for an independent publisher. In her off hours, between binge-watching anime and leveling-up game characters, she writes speculative fiction for both YA and adult markets. Her queer space opera comic, Crash and Burn, was a finalist for the 2016 and 2017 Aurora Awards for best English Graphic Novel. She resides in Calgary, AB with her wife, daughter, and cats.

 

Crash and Burn by Kate Larking and Finn Lucullan, Astres Press

FINN LUCULLAN

Finn Lucullan is an agender writer, illustrator and speaker from Calgary, AB. Their desire for more diverse narratives led them from traditional painting into comics and digital media. Their work has been featured in Gay Calgary Magazine and Pride.com, among other publications. More of their work can be found at lucullanart.com.

KARL MAAREN 

It Never Rains, Webcomic

Kari Maaren is a wandering English professor who has turned grumpiness into an art form.  Her first novel, the Andre Norton-nominated YA fantasy adventure Weave a Circle Round, was published by Tor in the fall of 2017. She has a completed webcomic, West of Bathurst, and an active one, It Never Rains.  She writes and performs geeky ukulele music about Batman, genre literature, and various types of monsters, and she has produced three CDs, the solo albums Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off and Everybody Hates Elves and the compilation (with the band Copy Red Leader) Pirate Elves in Space. She has won Aurora Awards for her music (2013 and 2015) and comics (2015).

Jonathan Williams

Riftworld Legends, #1-4, by Jonathan Williams, Daniel Wong, and Paris Alleyne, Joe Books

A graduate of Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre with a focus on comedy and genre-based writing, Jonathan has developed multiple feature screenplays with producers both in Canada and the US. He is best known for writing and directing the acclaimed web series RIFTWORLD CHRONICLES, starring Erin Karpluk (Being Erica) and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural). Among its many awards are Best Drama Pilot at the New York Television Fest, Best Series at the Vancouver Web Fest and the Audience Choice Award at Denver’s Series Fest. Jonathan’s most recent project and first published work is RIFTWORLD LEGENDS, a historical-fantasy graphic novel which expands the Riftworld universe.

Paris Alleyne 

Riftworld Legends, #1-4, by Jonathan Williams, Daniel Wong, and Paris Alleyne, Joe Books

 

DANIEL WONG 

Riftworld Legends, #1-4, by Jonathan Williams, Daniel Wong, and Paris Alleyne, Joe Books

Daniel Wong is a self-taught freelance illustrator and former electrical engineer based in Mississauga, Ontario.  He switched careers 10 years ago and now specializes in the comic book medium.  Working in both traditional pencil and ink, as well as digital methods, his preference lies in telling and drawing stories that are character-driven and those that speak to the human condition.  He is strongly inspired by the art of Katsuhiro Otomo and Takehiko Inoue, and by the Japanese aesthetic in general. Past published works include “The Grange” (Heritage Mississauga), and illustrations for “The Ninja Crusades” role-playing game (Third Eye Games).

 

Best Poem or Song

DAVID CLINK 

“After Midnight”, Tesseracts 20 (Compostela)

David Clink is a poet, poker player, and punster. His poem, “A sea monster tells his story” won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song. His poetry has appeared in over 50 journals, including Analog five times and Asimov’s three times. He has two speculative poetry collections, Monster, published by Tightrope Books, and, The Role of Lightning in Evolution (Chizine Publications). He has had poems appear in the last four even-numbered Tesseracts anthologies, and in genre journals Star*Line; On Spec; and, Pulp Literature. His poem, “After Midnight,” is a finalist for the 2018 Rhysling Award in the short poem category.

MATT MOORE 

“Heaven Is The Hell Of No Choices”, Polar Borealis #4

Matt Moore is an author of horror and dark science fiction who’s been writing stories since he could clutch a #2 pencil and carve block letters into handwriting paper. His short fiction, poems and nonfiction have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. His collection It’s Not the End and Other Lies is available from ChiZine Publications. He’s an eight time Aurora Award finalist, frequent panelist and presenter and Co-Chair of the Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading Series, a quarterly speculative fiction reading series of. Raised in small town New England, a place rich with legends and ghost stories, he now live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Find more at mattmoorewrites.com.

LEE F. PATRICK 

“Shadows in the Mist”, Polar Borealis #4

Lee F. Patrick is a Calgary AB writer of fantasy and science fiction, and sometime poet. With ancestors from Ireland and Wales, Lee has been interested in the stories and poems from Celtic history. The poetic format of three lines that are very similar and one that breaks the pattern was intriguing and it is used in this dark poem Shadows in the Mist about making boasts that should never be made. Lee recently had a short story The Fire Mage published in Enigma Front: Burnt by Analemma Press as well as her first novel Alter Egos by Javari Press. Both are available in print and e-book through Amazon.

CATHERINE GIRCZYC 

“Card”, Tesseracts 20 (Compostela), EDGE

Currently, Catherine is working as a technical writer and writing poems, prose and scripts. Previously, she worked as a television writer with 15 produced TV scripts to her credit. She’s always written poetry and her first publication was in her high school yearbook.

Her most recent publications are a mix of poems and short stories. “Polar Borealis Magazine” published the story “The Cup” (2016). Two poems appeared in “Tesseracts 20: Compostela” (2017). Her “Night Market” story was in the “Vancouver Sci-Fi Anthology 2017”. “Polar Borealis Magazine” published her poem “Forgiveness” (2018).

Contact her via Twitter at MCG_Writer and via her writing blog: https://catscreenwriting.com/

J.J. STEINFELD “The Canadian Small-Town Denizen and the Distant-Planet Space Traveller” ( Poem)

Fiction writer, poet, and playwright J. J. Steinfeld lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published eighteen books, including Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press, 2003), Word Burials (Novel and Stories, Crossing Chaos Enigmatic Ink, 2009), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2009), Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2014), Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell (Stories, Ekstasis Editions, 2015), An Unauthorized Biography of Being (Stories, Ekstasis Editions, 2016), and Absurdity, Woe Is Me, Glory Be (Poetry, Guernica Editions, 2017). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over fifty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States.

http://digitalfictionpub.com/authors/j-j-steinfeld/

https://www.guernicaeditions.com/title/9781771831925

https://www.guernicaeditions.com/title/9781771831772

LYNNE SARGENT 

“Meat Puppets”, Polar Borealis #4

Lynne Sargent is a writer, aerialist, and philosophy PhD student currently studying at the University of Waterloo. She has a hub for her writing online at scribbledshadows.wordpress.com, along with maintaining a regular blog on popular philosophy at moralguillotines.wordpress.com. You can find more of her poetry existent or forthcoming through Strange Horizons, Dreams and Nightmares, and Wild Musette. She was also a 2018 Rhysling Nominee.

 

RHEA ROSE 

“Cruising Glaciers”, Bundoran Press (49th Parallels)

Rhea Rose of Vancouver, BC has published many short speculative fiction and poetry pieces in venues like Evolve:Vampire Stories of the New Undead, Tesseracts Anthologies: 1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 17, 20, onspecmagMasked Mosaic, and Exile Editions’ Dead North. She received honourable mentions in the (2014, 2010, 2007) Year’s Best Horror anthologies, appeared in Christmas Forever, twice made the preliminaries for the Nebula Award, and  was twice  an Aurora Award nominee. She is a teacher of creative writing, holds an MFA in creative writing from UBC, has edited poetry for Edge Press, and hosted the Vancouver Science Fiction and Fantasy (V-Con) writers’ workshops. Her most recent stories and poems are included in Second Contacts, Art Song Lab, Clockwork Canada, Tesseracts 20 Compostela,(Fall 2017), 49thtParallels Alternative Canadian Histories and Futures (Spring 2018),  and Indie novels  to be found at Amazon and Smashwords.

www.rheaerose.weebly.com (website)
www.rhearose.com (blog)
Twitter: @rheaerose1

 

Best Related Work
RENE´E BENNETT 

Enigma Front: the Monster Within, Renée Bennett (editor), Analemma Books

Renée Bennett is an author and editor living in Calgary, Alberta. When asked, “What do you write?” she replies, “Anything I please.” This is why her bibliography includes Arthuriana, jazzpunk, and zombie erotica, among other genres. Her most recent work as both author and editor has appeared in the ENIGMA FRONT series of anthologies. Look for her in BY THE LIGHT OF CAMELOT, available from EDGE Publishing in July 2018. This will be her seventh nomination for an Aurora Award.

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SUSAN FOREST 

The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound, Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law (editors), Laksa Media

Susan Forest is a three-time Prix Aurora Award finalist for short fiction and a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her novel (Bursts of Fire), the first in a seven-volume epic fantasy series, the Addicted to Heaven Saga, will be out in 2019 from Laksa Media, followed by Flights of Marigolds. Her collection of short fiction, Immunity to Strange Tales, was published by Five Rivers Publishing. She has published over 25 short stories which have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and OnSPEC Magazine, among others. Susan has co-edited three anthologies (Aurora Award-winning Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Shades Within Us) on social issue-related themes with Lucas K. Law. Susan is the past Secretary for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

LUCAS K. LAW 

The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound, Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law (editors), Laksa Media

Lucas K. Law is Malaysian-born freelance editor and published author who divides his time and heart between Calgary and Qualicum Beach. With Susan Forest, he co-edits the Aurora Award-winning Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, and Shades Within Us. Lucas is the co-editor of Where the Stars Rise with Derwin Mak. He has been a jury member for a number of fiction competitions including Nebula, RITA and Golden Heart Awards. When he isn’t editing, writing, or reading, he is a corporate and non-profit organization consultant in business planning and development.

LUCAS K. LAW 

Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak (editors), Laksa Media

Lucas K. Law is Malaysian-born freelance editor and published author who divides his time and heart between Calgary and Qualicum Beach. With Susan Forest, he co-edits the Aurora Award-winning Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, and Shades Within Us. Lucas is the co-editor of Where the Stars Rise with Derwin Mak. He has been a jury member for a number of fiction competitions including Nebula, RITA and Golden Heart Awards. When he isn’t editing, writing, or reading, he is a corporate and non-profit organization consultant in business planning and development.

DERWIN MAK 

Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak (editors), Laksa Media

Derwin Mak co-edited, with Eric Choi, The Dragon and the Stars, the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy by overseas Chinese (ethnic Chinese outside China). He and J.F. Garrard co-edited the Speculative Fiction issue of Ricepaper magazine, the Asian Canadian literary journal. He and Lucas Law co-edited the anthology Where the Stars Rise. Derwin’s novels are The Moon Under Her Feet and The Shrine of the Siren Stone. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies with themes ranging from space careers to wuxia steampunk, including Space, Inc., Thou Shalt Not, Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen, Shanghai Steam, and Strangers Among Us. When he’s not writing, Derwin is cosplaying, and he directed the first masquerade of Anime North, now Canada’s largest anime convention.

JAMES ALAN GARDNER 

Compostela (Tesseracts 20), Spider Robinson and James Alan Gardner (editors), EDGE Science Fication and Fantasy Publishing

James Alan Gardner (Jim) is the author of nine novels, including the nominated All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault and the forthcoming sequel, They Promised Me the Gun Wasn’t Loaded (to be published this November). He is also nominated for co-editing Compostela (Tesseracts 20) with Spider Robinson. Jim has published numerous short stories, and has won the Aurora Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Asimov’s Readers Choice award. In his spare time, he teaches kung fu to 5-year-olds.

SPIDER ROBINSON 

Compostela (Tesseracts 20), Spider Robinson and James Alan Gardner (editors), EDGE Science Fication and Fantasy Publishing

In writing, Spider Robinson found a way to escape from his job guarding a New York sewer. Almost immediately he created one of the best known and loved places in Science Fiction and Fantasy; Callahan’s Place. Writing with humour, a singular imagination, and a grounded sense of what people are really all about, his rise to fame was immediate and accelerated. His reputation today is supported by dozens of books, several series, an impressive array of short stories and a wealth of essay’s and reviews. Married for over 30 years to dancer, teacher and occasional co-writer, the late Jeanne Robinson, Spider Robinson provides us with stories displaying signature thoughtfulness, wit, irreverence, and unique insights into the human condition.

Thanks to Worldcon San Jose Website for Pic & Bio

HAYDEN TRENHOLM 

49th Parallels, Hayden Trenholm, editor, Bundoran Press

Hayden Trenholm is an award-winning playwright, novelist and short story writer. His first novel, A Circle of Birds, won the 3-Day Novel Writing competition; it was recently translated and published in French. His trilogy, The Steele Chronicles, were each nominated for an Aurora Award. Stealing Home, the third book, was a finalist for the Sunburst Award. Hayden has won five Aurora Awards – thrice for short fiction and twice for editing. He purchased Bundoran Press in 2012 and is its managing editor. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and fellow writer, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm.

 

DIANE WALTON 

On Spec Magazine, The Copper Pig Writers Society

In 1989, a small group of Edmonton writers formed The Copper Pig Writers Society in order to fill a niche in Canada–a paying market for English SF.

SF with a uniquely Canadian Perspective.

After selling out our initial print run of a test issue filled with stories sent to us by invitation, we began receiving inquiries as to when the “next one” would appear. That was a very long time ago. Editors have come and gone, and we are proud that some of them have made significant contributions to Canada’s literary scene, by becoming novelists.

Our little quarterly journal, On Spec adheres to a strong mandate that has served us well over the years. We discover and showcase quality works by predominantly Canadian writers and artists, in the genre we call “Fantastic” literature. We foster the growth of emerging writers in this genre, by offering support and direction through constructive criticism, education, mentoring, and manuscript development. We try to publish as many new writers as possible, alongside works by established writers, and we also endeavour to support these writings with innovative cover art for every mind-bending and emotion-provoking issue!

Best Visual Presentation
BLADE RUNNER 2049

A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.

Showrunner: Denis Villeneuve [See below]

DENIS VILLENEUVE [BLADE RUNNER 2049]

Denis Villeneuve is a French Canadian film director and writer. He was born in 1967, in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. He started his career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada. He is best known for his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), and Incendies (2010). He is married to Tanya Lapointe.

DARK MATTER – SEASON 3 

Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie for Dark Matters, Season 3, Prodigy Pictures

Six people wake up on a derelict spaceship with no memory of who they are or where they came from. Referring to themselves by numbers one to six in the order they woke up, they secure the ship, the Raza, and begin to try to figure out what happened to them.

So goes the premise of Canadian space thriller Dark Matter, which since its launch in 2015 has been sold around the world after making its home on the Space channel and on Syfy in the US, becoming a cornerstone of the latter network’s renewed focus on the type of genre programming from which it takes its name.

It is based on the graphic novel by Showrunners Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie (Stargate) and produced by Prodigy Pictures. The executive producers are Jay Firestone, Mallozzi and Mullie.

JOE MALLOZZI / PAUL MULLIE

Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie for Dark Matters, Season 3, Prodigy Picture

Joseph Mallozzi was born on October 16, 1965 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is a producer and writer, known for Stargate SG-1 (1997), Stargate: Atlantis (2004) and SGU Stargate Universe (2009) and Dark Matter.

Paul Mullie is a Canadian writer and producer. He is best known for his work on Stargate SG-1, Stargate AtlantisStargate Universe and Dark Matter

KILLJOYS SEASON 3  

Michelle Lovretta for Killjoys, Season 3, Temple Street Productions

In the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a bloody interplanetary class war, a fun loving trio of bounty hunters attempt to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants.

SHOWRUNNER: Michelle Lovretta

MICHELLE LOVRETTA 

Michelle Lovretta for Killjoys, Season 3, Temple Street Productions

Michelle Lovretta is a television writer, developer and executive producer. She has worked as an executive producer on the Canadian drama series Instant Star and a producer on the American teen drama series The Secret Circle. Michelle is the creator of the Canadian supernatural fantasy series Lost Girl.

Prior to Killjoys, Lovretta was the creator of Canadian supernatural drama series Lost Girl, produced for the Showcase channel and seen in the United States on Syfy.

She was Executive Producer and writer on Instant Star (2004-2005). Other television credits include writer for The Secret Circle (2011), Mutant X (2003/2004), The Associates (2001/2002), Relic Hunter (2000/2001); and of made-for-TV movies Sorority Wars (2009), Playing House (2006), Hunt for Justice (2005).

Michelle Lovretta was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2011 for “Best Writing in a Dramatic Series” for Lost Girl episode “Blood Lines“, and in 2006 for “Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series” for the made-for-TV movie “Hunt for Justice” (2005).

 

ORPHAN BLACK SEASON FIVE 

John Fawcett and Graeme Manson for Orphan Black, Season 5, Temple Street Productions

Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction thriller television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are clones. The series focuses on Sarah Manning, a woman who assumes the identity of one of her fellow clones, Elizabeth Childs, after witnessing Childs’s suicide. The series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning, and its effect on issues of personal identity.[1]

The series is produced by Temple Street Productions, in association with BBC America and Bell Media‘s Space.[2] It premiered on March 30, 2013, on Space in Canada and on BBC America in the United States.[3][4] On June 16, 2016, the series was renewed for a fifth and final 10-episode season,[5] which premiered on June 10, 2017.[6] An aftershow, After the Black, began airing in the third season on Space and was acquired by BBC America for the fourth season.

SHOWRUNNERS: JOHN FAWCETT / GRAEME MANSON

 

JOHN FAWCETT / GRAEME MANSON 

John Fawcett and Graeme Manson for Orphan Black, Season 5, Temple Street Productions

John Fawcett was born on March 5, 1968 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is a director and producer, known for Orphan Black (2013), Ginger Snaps (2000) and The Border (2008).

Graeme Manson is a Canadian writer and producer who developed Orphan Black with John Fawcett.

As a writer, Manson’s first film was the independent science fiction film Cube, co-written and directed by Vincenzo Natali. He has also written for several TV series, including Rent-a-Goalie, Flashpoint, and Endgame, three series for which he has also worked as a producer.

 

TRAVELERS SEASON 2

Brad Wright, for Travelers, Season 2, Peacock Alley Entertainment

Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into people of the 21st century, while attempting to change the path of humanity.

 

BRAD WRIGHT

Brad Wright, forTravelers, Season 2, Peacock Alley Entertainment

Brad Wright is a Canadian television producer, screenwriter and actor. He is best known as the co-creator of the television series Stargate SG-1 (with Jonathan Glassner), Stargate Atlantis (with Robert C. Cooper) and Stargate Universe (also with Cooper). He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Before the inception of the Stargate franchise, he served as the co-executive producer and a writer of The Outer Limits. He has also written scripts for several other television series including Neon Rider, Adventures of the Black Stallion, The Odyssey, Highlander: The Series and Poltergeist: The Legacy.

He has appeared twice in Stargate SG-1, as a studio executive in the 100th episode, “Wormhole X-Treme!“, and as a parody of Star Treks Scotty in a fantasy sequence in the 200th episode, “200“.

In April 2007, in recognition of his efforts to promote Canadian writing talent, and to recognize his efforts as the primary creative writing force on the Stargate shows, Wright was presented with the inaugural “Showrunner Award” at the Canadian Screenwriting Awards in Toronto. In July of the same year, he won the 2007 Constellation Award in the category Best Overall 2006 Science Fiction Film or Television Script for the episode of Stargate SG-1 entitled “200”.

In late March 2009, Wright was nominated for a Nebula Award for “Best Script.” The nomination was for the season 5 Stargate Atlantis episode “The Shrine.”

In April 2016, Wright created and wrote a new time-travel drama called Travelers.

 

WYNONNA EARP 

Emily Andras for  Wynonna Earp , Season 2, Seven24 Films Calgary

Brad Wright for Wynonna Earp , Season 2, Emily Andras, Seven24 Films Calgary

Wynonna Earp is a supernatural Western horror television series. Developed by Emily Andras, it is based on the comic book series by Beau Smith. Melanie Scrofano plays the series’ titular character. Wynonna Earp premiered in the United States on Syfyon April 1, 2016. Originally scheduled to premiere in Canada on March 28 on CHCH-DT,[6] the series debut was moved to April 4.

On July 23, 2016, the renewal for a second season was announced at the Wynonna Earp panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Originally slated for ten episodes, the season was increased to 12 episodes in October 2016. In Canada, Wynonna Earp moved from CHCH-DT to Space effective April 15, 2017. In anticipation of the premiere of Season 2, Space began airing Season 1 on the same date with a special double-episode series debut. Season 2 premiered simultaneously on Syfy and Space on June 9, 2017.

On July 22, 2017, David Ozer, president of IDW Entertainment, announced at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel that the series had been renewed for a third season with the premiere scheduled for 2018. Space announced on the same day that it had ordered 12 episodes for a third season, together with Syfy. Andras credited Wynonna Earp’s passionate fan base (nicknamed “Earpers”) with gaining the renewal. Season 3 is set to premiere on July 20, 2018.

SHOWRUNNER: EMILY ANDRAS

EMILY ANDRAS 

Emily Andras for Wynonna Earp , Season 2, Seven24 Films Calgary

Emily Andras is a Canadian television producer and writer. She is known for creating television series Wynonna Earp and serving as executive producer and showrunner of Lost Girl (seasons 3 and 4).

Andras earned an English degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and received a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Radio and Television) from the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Emily Andras created the Wynonna Earp series after working on Lost Girl, where she was showrunner and executive producer of seasons 3 and 4, and a writer and consulting producer for the first two seasons (she served as an executive consulting producer in its fifth and final season). She was a writer and consulting producer on Killjoys during its development and first season.

In 2017, she received a Canadian Screen Award for Best Cross-Platform Project in Fiction for Wynonna Earp Digital, and was also nominated for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series for Wynonna Earp episode “Purgatory”. She was nominated in 2013 for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series for Lost Girl episode “Into the Dark”. In 2008 she was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series, for Instant Star episode “Like A Virgin”.

 

Best Artist
SAMANTHA BEIKO 

Samantha M. Beiko, covers for Laksa Media

Samantha Mary (S.M.) Beiko currently works in the Canadian publishing industry as a freelance editor, graphic designer, and consultant. Her first novel, The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book, as well as the 2014 Aurora Award. Her next series, The Realms of Ancient, began with Scion of the Fox (ECW Press, 2017) and the sequels to follow are Children of the Bloodlands (2018) and The Brilliant Dark (2019). She is the co-editor of Gothic Tales of Haunted Love (Bedside Press, 2018), and her short fiction has been anthologized in Gush: Menstrual Manifestos of Our Times (Frontenac House, 2018) and Parallel Prairies: Stories (Enfield & Wizenty, 2018).

Samantha is also the co-host of The Business BFFs podcast with Clare C. Marshall–a podcast about making a career out of writing and creative freelancing.

www.smbeiko.com

ANNE CROWE 

Ann Crowe, cover art for Avians

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Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk,

Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk A Rivet of Robots: Body of Work

Lynne spent most of her childhood drawing dinosaurs and purple bunnies. She has repaired a printing press with a bobby pin, created a comic strip for cows, performed on stage sweeping slime, produced a science fiction colouring book for kids, designed a bottle label for Hog Spit Beer, co-created an art video using a car battery for power, and has spent over three decades as a professional illustrator and cartoonist.

Lynne’s recent passion, however, is creating one-of-a-kind robot sculptures from upcycled metal objects. Her Bots have been described as 3-D cartoons and she likes that comparison. Each Bot is securely constructed using drilling and screws (she does not solder, weld, or glue) and she uses the metal pieces as she finds them. The search for parts is a major component of the creative process–garage sales and flea markets are her friends.

The question Lynne is asked most often about her Bots is, “Do they move?”

And her answer is, “Not when I’ve been looking.”

Lynne has shown her work in galleries and at major science fiction convention art shows where she has received numerous awards. She has served as Art Director for two national magazines and was co-owner of Northwest Fine Art Press a company specializing in printing artwork for artists.

Lynne lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her wonderful husband and a house full of robot parts.

She invites you to visit her facebook robot page:

www.facebook.com/rivetofrobots.com

DAN O’DRISCOLL 

Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press

Dan J. O’Driscoll is a science fiction artist, producing cover illustrations for books and magazines since 2004.

His clients have included publishers across Canada and the United States.

FIONA STAPLES 

Fiona Staples, art for Saga comic series

Fiona Staples is the artist and co-creator of the bestselling comic series, Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan. Saga is long-running sci-fi/fantasy epic that has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and recieved a Hugo and multiple Eisner awards. Together with writer Mark Waid, Fiona spearheaded the 2015 relaunch of the 75-year-old Archie comics line, redesigning the classic characters with a modern look. Other titles she has illustrated include Mystery Society, North 40, and many short stories and covers. Fiona lives in Calgary, Canada.

Best Fan Writing & Publication
KRISTA D. BALL 

Reflections on Community and Gender in Canadian SFF

Krista D. Ball is a Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. She was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada where she learned how to use a chainsaw, chop wood, and make raspberry jam. After obtaining a B.A. in British History from Mount Allison University, Krista moved to Alberta, Canada where she currently lives.

Like any good writer, Krista has had an eclectic array of jobs throughout her life, including strawberry picker, pub bathroom cleaner, oil spill cleaner upper, and soup kitchen coordinator. These days, Krista writes full time in her messy office surrounded by corgis, spaniels, and a lot of cats.

Links:

Kristadball.com 

http://www.patreon.com/kristadb1

http://twitter.com/kristadb1

JEN DESMARAIS 

Travelling TARDIS, JenEric Designs

Jen has been publishing The Travelling TARDIS since October 2011, after crocheting the TARDIS that summer. It accompanied her on her family’s vacation to Disney World in Florida, and the response to the pictures taken there was so enthusiastic that she continued. As of today, the original TARDIS or its sister have been to Africa, Europe, and North America, with possible plans for the sister to go to Asia. It has been held by multiple actors and authors (and accidentally signed by Matt Smith), and makes the rounds of cosplayers at conventions.

Jen started crocheting in October 2010, and the TARDIS was her first pattern she designed from scratch.

She has three degrees for the University of Ottawa and a diploma from Algonquin College, has created a card game called Blush (published by Renaissance Press), and works for Orleans Travel & Cruise Centre as a Travel Consultant.

RON FRIEDMAN 

Science literacy for Science Fiction Readers and Writers,  Quora

RON S. FRIEDMAN, the space dude, is a Canadian-Israeli science fiction author. His novel Typhoon Time is an Amazon.ca #1 bestseller in Time Travel and his solar system short stories collection ESCAPE VELOCITY is a Calgary Herald #1 bestseller. Ron’s short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Neo-Opsis, Polar Borealis, Enigma Front, Galaxy’s Edge, Daily Science Fiction and others.

Ron answers question on Quora on space topics, helping readers and writers to better understand the science and the engineering behind those popular topics. He is now a Quora most viewed writer in Astronomy, Planetary Science, Mars, Titan (moon) and Space Exploration with over 1,700,000 views. During 2017 he published on Quora over 600 posts which had been viewed nearly a million times worldwide.

For researching his stories, Ron successfully complied an On-Line course from MIT: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering: Astronautics and Human Spaceflight, delivered by Astronaut Jeff Hoffman. He is also alumni of the Launchpad Astronomy Workshop delivered in the University of Wyoming. Ron is a member of SFCanada, SFWA and IFWA.

DEREK NEWMAN-STILLE 

Speculating Canada edited by Derek Newman-Stille

Derek Newman-Stille is a reviewer, interviewer, and Canadian SF commentator who runs the website Speculating Canada (www.speculatingcanada.ca), which examines Canadian speculative fiction. Derek teaches and researches at Trent University, but believes in the importance of sharing ideas and research in openly accessible ways. Speculating Canada is a platform for exploring the complexities of Canadian SF, fantasy, and horror (and all of the genres in between), and giving a voice to Canadian genre writers while exploring the worlds they create through reviews that look at the nuances of a writer’s work. The reviews, interviews, and commentaries Derek provides on Speculating Canada are meant to be a jumping off point for readers and writers of Canadian Spec Fic to imagine new possibilities, think outside the box, and take a deeper look into the Canadian speculative imagination. Derek is also the editor of the upcoming anthologies Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins (Exile) and We Shall Be Monsters: Frankenstein at 200 (Renaissance Press) and has published in anthologies like Accessing the Future and The Playground of Lost Toys, in Quill & Quire, and in academic collections like The Canadian Fantastic in Focus, Misfit Children: An Inquiry into Childhood Belongings, Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, and Creative Teamwork: Developing Rapid, Site-Switching Ethnography. Derek also runs the websites Dis(Abled) Embodiment ( https://disabledembodiment.wordpress.com ), and co-runs Through The Twisted Woods ( https://throughthetwistedwoods.wordpress.com ) with Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman

CATHY PALMER-LISTER 

WARP, edited by Cathy Palmer-Lister, Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (MonSFFA)

Cathy discovered SF while still in high school, way back in the ’60s when she ran across books by Isaac Asimov and Jules Verne, but fandom managed to escape her notice until a morning in 1991 when she heard a radio reporter casually mention she was going to a science fiction convention after her last broadcast of the morning. Cathy fed the dogs and ran away to Con*Cept, then in its second year. A year later, she was a member of four SF/F clubs and a gopher at Con*Cept, which she later chaired for 10 years. Currently, she is president of the Montreal Science Fiction Association (MonSFFA) as well as editor of WARP, its clubzine. She founded the Canadian Con-Runners Group on Yahoo, and remains its moderator. Now retired, she has lots of time for her S/SF interests, so she has taken on a new challenge as webmaster for www.monsffa.ca.

Best Fan Organizational
Derek Künsden 

Derek Künsken and Marie Bilodeau, executive, Can*Con 2017, Ottawa

Derek Künsken writes science fiction and fantasy in Gatineau, Québec and his short fiction has been published by Asimov’s, Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, various audio and foreign markets as well as numerous year’s best anthologies. In early 2018, his first novel “The Quantum Magician” was serialized in Analog in the USA and in SFWorld in China and will be released in book form in English (Oct 2018), Chinese (May, 2018) and French (TBD). He has been running the programming for Can*Con for seven years (since 2012!) and has forgotten how long he has been chairing or co-chairing it. He is honoured to be once again sharing the nomination with co-chair Marie Bilodeau.

Marie Bilodeau 

Derek Künsken and Marie Bilodeau, executive, Can*Con 2017, Ottawa

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Brandon Crilly

Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau, Nicole Lavigne and Brandon Crilly, co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa

An Ottawa teacher by day, Brandon Crilly has been previously published by Daily Science Fiction, PULP LiteratureOn Spec, Electric Athenaeum and The 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. He received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards, reviews fiction for BlackGate.com and serves as a programming director for Can*Con in Ottawa. You can find Brandon at brandoncrilly.wordpress.com or on Twitter: @B_Crilly.

Marie Bilodeau 

Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau, Nicole Lavigne and Brandon Crilly, co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa

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Matt Moore 

Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau, Nicole Lavigne and Brandon Crilly, co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa

Matt Moore is an author of horror and dark science fiction who’s been writing stories since he could clutch a #2 pencil and carve block letters into handwriting paper. His short fiction, poems and nonfiction have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. His collection It’s Not the End and Other Lies is available from ChiZine Publications. He’s an eight time Aurora Award finalist, frequent panelist and presenter and Co-Chair of the Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading Series, a quarterly speculative fiction reading series of. Raised in small town New England, a place rich with legends and ghost stories, he now live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Find more at mattmoorewrites.com.

Randy McCharles 

Randy McCharles, chair, When Words Collide, Calgary

RANDY MCCHARLES is a full-time author of speculative and crime fiction. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards and in 2013 his short story Ghost-B-Gone Incorporated won the House of Anansi 7-day Ghost Story Contest. Randy’s most recent publications include the 2016 Aurora Award shortlisted novel Much Ado about Macbeth from Tyche Books, the short story Murder at the Mall from Coffin Hop Press, and the 2017 Aurora Award shortlisted novel The Day of the Demon.

In addition to writing, Randy organizes various events including the award-winning When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers. www.randymccharles.com

HOPE NICHOLSON 

Hope Nicholson, chair Prairie Comics Festival, Winnipeg

Prairie Comics Festival is a festival dedicated to promoting the art, literacy, and media of comics on the prairies presented in collaboration with the Winnipeg Public Library and a board of comics industry professionals. We do this through a weekend of events in May that includes a thriving marketplace of comic creators that is specially curated along with a month-long gallery of their work, bringing in internationally renowned guests, and hosting panels to improve local creators’ craft and showcase the wide variety of comic industry know-how.

Sandra Wickham 

Sandra Wickham, chair, Creative Ink Festival, Burnaby, BC

Sandra Wickham lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and super powered son who has Down syndrome. Her friends call her a needle crafting aficionado, health guru and ninja-in-training. Sandra’s short stories have appeared in Evolve, Vampires of the New Undead, Evolve, Crossed Genres magazine, The Urban Green Man, Sirens, Equus, Luna Station Quarterly and more. She slush reads for Lightspeed Magazine and is the chair of the Creative Ink Festival for writers and readers.

http://www.sandrawickham.com

http://www.creativeinkfestival.com

http://www.nothingdown.org

 

Best Fan Related Work
Mike Bryant 

Kraken Not Stirred, Robots vs. Monsters (musical album)

Kraken Not Stirred is nerd rock written by a massive sub-aquatic monster and beamed into the head of its human minion. If you grok songs about science fiction, fantasy and general weirdness, this is for you!

Samantha Beiko 

S.M. Beiko and Clare C. Marshall, Business BFFs (Podcast)

Samantha Mary (S.M.) Beiko currently works in the Canadian publishing industry as a freelance editor, graphic designer, and consultant. Her first novel, The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book, as well as the 2014 Aurora Award. Her next series, The Realms of Ancient, began with Scion of the Fox (ECW Press, 2017) and the sequels to follow are Children of the Bloodlands (2018) and The Brilliant Dark (2019). She is the co-editor of Gothic Tales of Haunted Love (Bedside Press, 2018), and her short fiction has been anthologized in Gush: Menstrual Manifestos of Our Times (Frontenac House, 2018) and Parallel Prairies: Stories (Enfield & Wizenty, 2018).

Samantha is also the co-host of The Business BFFs podcast with Clare C. Marshall–a podcast about making a career out of writing and creative freelancing.

www.smbeiko.com

Clare Marshall 

S.M. Beiko and Clare C. Marshall, Business BFFs (Podcast)

Clare C. Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial-up internet, and yet she turned out okay. Her YA sci-fi novel Dreams In Her Head was nominated for the 2014 Creation of Stories award. Her hit fantasy novel The Violet Fox earned an honorable mention in the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards. She is a full-time freelance editor, book designer, and web manager. She’s also the co-host of the Business BFFs Podcast with her bestie, S. M. Beiko.

If there’s time left in the day, she devotes it to Faery Ink Press, her publishing imprint. When she’s not writing or fiddling up a storm, she enjoys computer games and making silly noises at cats.

Photo credit: Terence Yung

Karl Maaren 

Monthly Musical Performances at ChiSeries: Toronto

Kari Maaren is a wandering English professor who has turned grumpiness into an art form.  Her first novel, the Andre Norton-nominated YA fantasy adventure Weave a Circle Round, was published by Tor in the fall of 2017. She has a completed webcomic, West of Bathurst, and an active one, It Never Rains.  She writes and performs geeky ukulele music about Batman, genre literature, and various types of monsters, and she has produced three CDs, the solo albums Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off and Everybody Hates Elves and the compilation (with the band Copy Red Leader) Pirate Elves in Space. She has won Aurora Awards for her music (2013 and 2015) and comics (2015).

Joshua Pantalleresco

Joshua Pantalleresco, Just Joshing (Podcast)

Bio:  Joshua Pantalleresco writes stuff, and podcasts too.  His books The Watcher, Stormdancer and the Wandering God have been published by Mirror World Publishing.  His podcast, Just Joshing, which features interviews with authors and other creatives, airs weekly on Itunes.  When he isn’t writing or podcasting, he is actively working on his next books and is working on his first board game.  He lives in Calgary.

Stay Inspired.

http://jpantalleresco.wordpress.com

Steve Swanson 

Steve Swanson, Poster for When Words Collide 2017

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