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Awards: 2016 Aurora science-fiction awards shortlists announced

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association has announced the shortlists for its annual Aurora Awards, recognizing English-language Canadian titles of the genre in a number of both professionally published and fan categories. CSFFA members will vote for the winners from June 15–July 23. The awards will be distributed at Canvention 36, which runs from August 12–14 in Calgary.

Best novel

  • E.C. Bell, Drowning in Amber (Tyche Books)
  • A.M. Dellamonica, A Daughter of No Nation (Tor Books)
  • Chadwick Ginther, Too Far Gone (Ravenstone Books)
  • Randy McCharles, Much Ado About Macbeth (Tyche)
  • Ryan T. McFadden, Cursed: Black Swan (Dragon Moon Press)
  • Silvia Moreno-Garvia, Signal to Noise (Solaris Books)

Best YA novel

  • Jayne Barnard, Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond (Tyche)
  • Leah Bobet, An Inheritance of Ashes (Scholastic Canada)
  • Sherry Peters, Mabel the Mafiosa Dwarf (Dwarvenamazon)
  • Caitlin Sweet, The Flame in the Maze (ChiZine Publications)
  • Suzy Vadori, The Fountain (Evil Alter Ego Press)

Best short fiction

  • Charlotte Ashley, “La Héron” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
  • Ron Friedman, “Game Not Over” (Galaxy’s Edge)
  • Costi Gurgu and Tony Pi, “Cosmobotica” (Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, Running Press)
  • Stephen Korowych, “Super Frenemies” (Caped: An Anthology of Superhero Tales, Local Hero Press)
  • Kelly Robson, “Waters of Versailles” (Tor.com)
  • Robert J. Sawyer, “Looking for Gordo” (Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft)

Best poem/song

  • David Clink, “Elegy for WLC” (The Dalhousie Review)
  • David Clink, “Portrait” (On Spec)
  • Sandra Kasturi, “Typhon & Echidna: A Love Story” (Gods, Memes, and Monsters: A 21st Century Bestiary)
  • Sandra Kasturi, “Venice Letting Go” (Postscripts to Darkness 6)
  • Naru Dames Sundar, “Origami Crane/Light Defying Spaceshi” (Liminality)

Best graphic novel

  • GMB Chomichu, Infinitum (ChiZine)
  • J.M. Frey; Ryan Cole, illus.; Steven Andrews, ed.; Bloodsuckers (Toronto Comics, Volume 2)
  • Katie Larking and Finn Lucullan, Crash and Burn: Prologue (Astres Press)
  • Kari Maaren, West of Bathurst: The Complete Collection (self-published)
  • Vincent Marcone, The Lady ParaNorma (ChiZine)

Best related work

  • Colleen Anderson and Ursula Pflug, eds.; Playground of Lost Toys (Exile Editions)
  • Madeline Ashby and David Nickle, eds.; Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (ChiZine)
  • J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec, eds.; Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places (EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy)
  • Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles, eds.; nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery, & The Macabre (EDGE)
  • Michael Rimar and Hayden Trenholm, eds.; Second Contacts (Bundoran Press)