100 Year Starship Announces Canopus Award Finalists

canopus-award100 Year Starship has announced the finalists in the inaugural Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Writing.

The Canopus Award is an annual writing prize that recognizes “the finest fiction and non-fiction works that contribute to the excitement, knowledge, and understanding of interstellar space exploration and travel.”

The winners will be revealed on October 30, during the 100 Year Starship 2015 Public Symposium in Santa Clara, California.

Previously Published Long-Form Fiction (40,000 words or more):

  • Slow Bullets  by Alastair Reynolds
  • Other Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti
  • The Creative Fire by Brenda Cooper
  • InterstellarNet: Enigma by Edward M. Lerner
  • Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Coming Home by Jack McDevitt

Previously Published Short-Form Fiction (between 1,000 and 40,000 words):

  • “Race for Arcadia” by Alex Shvartsman
  • “Stars that Make Dark Heaven Light” by Sharon Roest
  • “Homesick” by Debbie Urbanski
  • “Twenty Lights to the Land of Snow” by Michael Bishop
  • “Planet Lion” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “The Waves” by Ken Liu
  • “Dreamboat” by Robin Wyatt Dunn

In the category of “Original Fiction” (1,000-5,000 words):

  • “Landfall” by Jon F. Zeigler
  • “Project Fermi” by Michael Turgeon
  • “Everett’s Awakening” by Yelcho
  • “Groundwork” by G. M. Nair
  • “His Holiness John XXIV about Father Angelo Baymasecchi’s Diary” by   Óscar Garrido González
  • “The Disease of Time” by Joseph Schmidt

Original Non-Fiction (1,000-5,000 words):

  • “Why Interstellar Travel?” by Jeffrey Nosanov
  • “Finding Earth 2.0 from the Focus of the Solar Gravitational Lens” by Louis Friedman and Slava Turyshev

Canopus Award Judges: Writer and 100YSS Creative and Editorial director Jason Batt; author and former Wall Street Journal reporter August Cole; Founder of International Speechwriting Associates Kathleen Colgan, Ph.D.; teacher at the University of Edinburgh in the School of Education and Leadership, Janet DeVigne; editor Jaym Gates, 100YSS Principal and former astronaut Mae Jemison, M.D., Chapman University creative writing student Alec Medén; Rutgers University Professor Ronke Olabisi. Ph.D.; faculty and advisor to the Singularity University David Orban, Georgia high school freshman Bailey Stanley, writer and anthropologist Juliette Wade, Ph.D.; Aeronautical and Astronautical engineer Paul Webber; journalist Sofia Webber; astrobiologist and creator of Yuri’s Night Loretta Whitesides; and Major General Ken Wisian.

4 thoughts on “100 Year Starship Announces Canopus Award Finalists

  1. First, congrats to our own John F. Zeigler for making the original short-fiction finals!

    Second, it looks like this is yet one more award that is out of touch with the silent majority of Mad Genius Club and the ELOE.

  2. Second, it looks like this is yet one more award that is out of touch with the silent majority of Mad Genius Club and the ELOE.

    huh. Is that it? I wondered why there’s nothing from one of the greatest SFF authors of our age on this list …

  3. Just because the Canopus folk misspelled Catherynne M. Valente doesn’t mean I can’t notice and fix that eight hours later…

  4. Second, it looks like this is yet one more award that is out of touch with the silent majority of Mad Genius Club and the ELOE.

    But – but – the apostate Puppy Juliette Wade is one of the judges!! This PROVES that the Sekrit Kabal controls these awards as well as the Hugos & Nebulas & Campbell & Clarke & Tiptree & … (fades into incoherence)

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