Category Archives: Awards

The Courier nominated for Best Novel for the Aurora Awards

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:

Nebula Recommended Reading List and Locus Bestsellers List

I’ve had a couple of good news items in the past month. The first was that The Courier made the Nebula Awards recommended reading list.

The Nebula Awards annually recognize the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States during the previous year. The awards are organized and awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), a nonprofit association of professional science fiction and fantasy writers.

The suggested reading list isn’t an official nomination for the award – rather it’s a curated list of best SF/F stories from the year. Please check out the whole list here and happy reading to all! I’m not sure if you’ll be able to follow this link if you are not an SFWA member, but here it is Nebula Suggested Reading List.

The second item that came just this week was the Locus Bestsellers List. Locus Magazine has been covering the science fiction and fantasy field since 1968. Locus publishes news of the Science Fiction publishing field with extensive reviews and listings of new science fiction books and magazines.

The Courier hit the Locus list back in June for the hardcover edition. It has made the list again at #4 for mass market paperback.

The Operative made the hardcover list at #8.

In both cases, I am the second science fiction novel on the lists. Woohoo! The February 2017 issue covers the data period of November 2016.

Both The Courier and The Operative hit the McNally Robertson Bestsellers List at position #2. The Courier made that list twice.