Hurrah! I've caught up. Let us hope I'll remain
I'd also like to point that this is the last week of voting in the Prix Aurora Awards
Canada's science-fiction and fantasy awards (mostly for literature, but
also with art-, music-, and fan-related categories. Film and TV
have their own separate awards, the Constellations). West of Bathurst
is up for an award in the "Graphic Novel" category, and my music is up
for an award in the "Fan Filk" category. If you are Canadian or a
Canadian permanent resident and would like to vote for me, I would be
grateful. Warning: it's not free. To submit an Aurora
ballot, you need to be a member of the Canadian Science Fiction and
Fantasy Association (CSFFA). The membership is $10 per year (with
December always marking the end of the year, logically enough).
That $10 gets you access to the Prix Aurora voter's package
which is actually worth a lot more than $10, as it includes full
electronic versions of most of the nominated works, including the
novels. Do not feel obligated to vote, but if you happen to be
voting anyway, please consider WoB
which is a rather small fish swimming apprehensively alongside some
much bigger and better-known...fish. Comics. Whatever.
And no, I don't really enjoy posting this sort of note, as I feel
all selfish and stuff, but apparently, self-promotion is something that
has to be done sometimes.
Incidentally, even if you would rather
not vote for me, please consider taking part anyway. For a
national award, the Auroras have a startlingly tiny voting pool.
They constitute the only official Canadian recognition for an
entire subset of literary genres: genres, moreover, that tend to
be shut out of the "real" literary awards. There's some fantastic
stuff on that ballot. Masseyites, one of the names that
appears on the ballot five times--Helen Marshall--belongs to a Massey
alumna. Her sister Laura is there too.
The deadline is Friday at noon PDT. Go forth and vote if you will