I’m pleased to announce that I’m a finalist for two Aurora Awards this year. Star Song is a finalist for the Best Young Adult Novel Award, while my podcast, The Worldshapers, is a finalist, for the third time in four years, for Best Fan Related Work. It won the award in 2019.
This is the third time I’ve been shortlisted for best YA novel; the previous finalists were Twist of the Blade and Door into Faerie, two of the books in the Shards of Excalibur series. Before that, in 2009, I won the Aurora for Best Long-Form Work in English (now Best Novel) for Marseguro (DAW Books). Its sequel, Terra Insegura, was shortlisted the year after.
The cover artist for Star Song, Dan O’Driscoll, is also up for an Aurora Award this year, for Best Artist.
The other finalists in the Best Young Adult Novel category this year are:
- The Gold Flame of Senica, Elizabeth Whitton, Kettlescon Press
- Iron Widow, Xiran Jay Zhao, Penguin Teen
- The Serpent’s Fury, Kelley Armstrong, Puffin Canada
- Walking in Two Worlds, Wab Kinew, Penguin Teen
Other finalists for Best Fan Related Work are:
- Broadcasts from the Wasteland, Brandon Crilly and Evan May, Podcast
- The Feather and the Book: An Improvised Musical Story, Kari Maaren, YouTube
- How I Taught My Dragon: Kindergarten education through genre media,
- Jen Desmarais and Keladry Desmarais, JenEric Designs
- Sci and Sci-Fi: Connecting the public to science and technology through storytelling, Ron S. Friedman, YouTube
The Aurora Awards, if you’re not familiar with them, are Canada’s annual English-language Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards. Works are both nominated and voted on by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) across Canada. If you’re a Canadian citizen or resident interested in voting (and nominating next year), you can join the CSFFA for a nominal $10.
Here’s the complete ballot for the 2022 Aurora Award.
This year’s awards will be awarded in a virtual ceremony at When Words Collide, for which, coincidentally, I’m one of the featured guests this year.Congratulations to all the nominees this year!