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Madeline Ashby, Ian Donald Keeling win 2017 Copper Cylinder Awards

The Sunburst Award Society has named the winners of this year’s Copper Cylinder Awards, a members choice accolade recognizing excellent Canadian literature of the fantastic in two age categories.

Ottawa sci-fi writer and columnist Madeline Ashby won the adult award for Company Town (Tor Books), a novel following Hwa, the last “organic” (non-bioengineered) person left in her community, a city-sized oil rig off the Maritime coast.

Toronto author and actor Ian Donald Keeling won the young adult award for his novel The Skids (ChiTeen), the first in a series about Johnny Drop, the best three-eyed video game character in the Skidsphere, who has to think outside the game with faced with the fact that his world is going to die.

The winners will each receive a handcrafted copper cylinder trophy.