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Tonight is the last night to nominate Canadian fiction for an Aurora Award!

The following is a repost of the original post I put up with all the pertinent details:

From the Prix Aurora website:

The Prix Aurora Awards are Canada’s National Science Fiction & Fantasy Awards. They are Canadian Fans’ way of recognizing the best in genre creativity and activity of the previous calendar year (January 1st to December 31st 2010).

Why am I telling you this? Voting is free and registration is simple — just sign up to be a member and you can nominate every year. And don’t worry, you don’t have to vote in every category. Just fill in what you know.

This is not an entirely selfless announcement I do have four stories eligible for the Aurora awards in the Best Short Fiction Category:

But there’s many fine Canadian writers out there. Tony Pi, Leah Bobet, Peter Watts and many others have eligible work. A full list can be found here.

And consider On Spec (editor Diane Walton) and Neo-Opsis (editor Karl Johanson) for Best Related Work – English.

Former lead designer at BioWare (Dragon Age: Origins, Neverwinter Nights). Creator of Raiders of the Serpent Sea.


  • Robert

    Hi Brent,

    Just to say thanks for Digital Rights, I thoroughly enjoyed
    it! It shows you are a master craftsman of language; I found the
    writing very lucid, evocative and creative. Now I understand why you
    don’t look back at game design – you’ve certainly got something to be very proud
    of in your new career. I smiled at the phrase ‘code does not ooze’, and for some
    evil reason, Act 3 of Dragon Age 2 came to mind at that point!

    I wrongly predicted that the climax of the story would
    be Izzy facing her carbon copy, where the copy would symbolize her fears about
    what lurked in the unexplored parts of her own mind (after having been
    subjected to desparate circumstances). Probably because I’d read in the Economist a few
    months back about progress being made to ‘download’ the human brain onto some digital storage device, and found that idea disturbing. Glad you
    didn’t do that ending though – would have been too clichéd for a short story.

    Anyway, I look forward to your next work!

    Take care,


  • Brent Knowles


    I’m glad you enjoyed the story!

    I’m a big fan of the download the brain into a machine scenario and several of my stories explore that… I think I’m equally fascinated and horrified by the idea.



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