I’ve been sitting on this information for weeks, and its been painful not being able to talk about.
The Courier is on the ballot for the Aurora Awards, Canada’s premier non-juried award in the speculative fiction field. What a thrill and an honor.
If you would have asked me what my chances were when The Courier first came out, I would have told you it was near 0%. I was, and still am, a small fish in a very, very big pond. To be recognized as one of the top six speculative fiction novels in Canada in 2016 is a feeling that is difficult to put into words… which is a strange thing for a writer to admit.
The Best Novel category is typically a who’s who list of Canadian speculative fiction authors, and the last thing I expected was to be included amongst them.
This years Best Novel ballot is:
- Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada)
- Company Town – Madeline Ashby (Tor Books)
- The Courier – Gerald Brandt (DAW Books)
- The Nature of a Pirate – A.M. Dellamonica (Tor Books)
- Quantum Night – Robert J. Sawyer (Penguin Canada)
- Stars Like Cold Fire – Brent Nichols (Bundoran Press)
What a fantastic list to be part of. Thank you to everyone that nominated The Courier.
Any Canadian can vote for the Aurora Awards. There is a $10.00 fee to become a member, but as an incentive, most of the novels, short stories, etc, will be made available as a voters package at no cost. You’ll be able to read almost every story on the list. You’ll also be enter to win a Kobo e-reader. For more information, go here: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/