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:

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