The Prix Aurora Award is Canada's Speculative fiction and fantasy award. The first Aurora was presented to expatriate Canadian author
A. E. Van Vogt at the Halcon science
fiction convention in Halifax. It was then known as The Canadian Science
Fiction and Fantasy Award.
For the next five years there was only one recipient per year except in
1984 when no award was presented. In 1986 the award was renamed the Casper
and three awards were handed out (Best Novel In English, Best Work In French
and Contributions To Fandom).
In 1989 the three categories became nine (Best Long Form Work In English,
Best Long Form Work In French, Best Short Form Work In English, Best Short
Form Work In French, Best Other Work In English, Best Other Work In French,
Fan Achievement, Fanzine Achievement and Other Fan Achievement). In 1991 a
tenth category (Artistic Achievement) was added and the award was renamed
the Aurora Award.
Some of the recipients of the Aurora have been Julie
E. Czerneda, Isaac Szpindel, Robert J.
Charles Wilson, James Alan Gardner,
Charles de Lint, William
Gibson and, of course, Made in Canada.
2000 Aurora Award
(Photo Don Bassie)