This one’s for the Canadians in the crowd. Writers, SF/F fans, helpful family members…
The Aurora Awards nominations have opened, and will be open till the 18th of May. My short story “Vincent and Charlie” is eligible for nomination, as are a myriad of other great stories both long and short. You can check out the eligibility lists at the Prix Aurora Awards site (you’ll need to be a member of the site to nominate anyone; it’s $10.00 Canadian for the year).
For those that haven’t read “Vincent and Charlie”, it’s available in the anthology Parallel Prairies, which is available from McNally Robinson, Indigo/Chapters/Coles, or (if you must) Amazon.
The story, in a nutshell, is about a retired farmer, afflicted with dementia, who happens across a crashed alien craft and rescues the pilot. This attracts the attention of some people whose attention you’d prefer not to attract.
It’s a very personal story, for me: it incorporates my grandparents’ farm, my father’s early struggles with dementia, the landscape of my schoolbus youth, and one of the little grey aliens that fascinated me thanks to a lifetime immersed in science fiction.
I’m proud of “Vincent and Charlie”. I’m happy with how it turned out. It was mentioned favourably in Sarah Jo Kirsch’s review of the anthology for The Uniter: “Johanneson finds an artful balance between suspense and sentimentality and adds a soupçon of Men in Black for good measure”.
So: I hope I’ve convinced you that my little tale of aliens and dementia might be worthy of an Aurora nomination. Thanks for reading. And keep watching the skis. …skies.