Monday, November 21, 2011

The Dragon and the Stars wins an Aurora Award!

Left to right: Derwin Mak, Tony Pi, and Eric Choi with the Aurora Award trophies for The Dragon and the Stars.
The Dragon and the Stars won the Aurora Award for Best Related Work in English. The Aurora Awards, Canada's national science fiction awards for science fiction, were handed out at SFContario 2, which served as this year's Canadian National Science Fiction Convention, on November 20, 2011. The short-list of nominees and the winners were decided by voting of Canadian science fiction readers.

This is the probably the first time that a Chinese-theme anthology of science fiction and fantasy has won a national science fiction award outside China. Hopefully, the success of The Dragon and the Stars will encourage the publishing of more science fiction and fantasy inspired by the various cultures and traditions of the world.

The editors Derwin Mak and Eric Choi thanked Dr. Wu Yan of Beijing Normal University, Canadian author Julie Czerneda, John Helfers of Tekno Books, Sheila Gilbert of DAW Books, and the authors of the anthology. Tony Pi, who wrote the story "The Character of the Hound", represented the authors at the ceremony.

Thanks to all the persons who voted in the Aurora Awards.

May science fiction and fantasy flourish in Canada and the Chinese communities around the world for ten thousand years!

Left to right: Eric Choi, Derwin Mak, and Tony Pi.

Derwin Mak with author J.M. Frey, a presenter at the Aurora Awards. Publishers' Weekly listed J.M.'s novel Triptych as one of the five best science fiction or fantasy novels of 2011.

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