Those of you that have hung around my blog long enough may remember that I was nominated for an Aurora Award. For those what missed that, I posted about it back in May.
I bring it up again because voting is now open. I would encourage you to register, vote and show your support for Canadian SF. The Aurora Awards is our chance to honour the best our country has in sci-fi/fantasy literature, art and fandom. It deserves a moment of your time.
A few things about voting: if you aren’t already you will need to become an Aurora member, which is free. Just fill in the form and you’ll have your membership number straight away, which allows you to vote (It also allows you to nominate people for the 2012 awards, so keep your eye open for that). Voting can be done online or by mail-in ballot, and the deadline is October 15, 2011. There is a small fee to cover administration costs ($5.50 if you vote online, $5 if you mail-in), which is a pretty small price to pay in support of Canadian SF.
I hope you will take the time to vote. The Aurora Awards are an important part of the SF landscape here in Canada, delivering much-deserved recognition to our community. There are a lot of people on the ballot this year that deserve that recognition. Plus me. \end self-depreciating humour\
On a personal note, I was chuffed to just get on the ballot for this year. To have the work that the Festival Committee and I did for Pure Spec recognized like that is an amazing honour. Winning the Fan Organizational award is not even something I’m contemplating at this point, up against such heavy-weights as Liana K. at FutureCon and Alex von Thorn at SFContario, never mind the Constellation Awards! Anything is possible, of course, and we could get a whole flock of supporters coming out of the woodwork.
And I will admit, it sure would be sweet to see my name on an Aurora Award.
So tell me what you think. Aurora Awards, like/dislike? What do you think about awards in general, or any of the things I’ve talked about? I’m interested in your comments…