R. Graeme Cameron announced his selections for the first Canadian Fanzine Fanac Awards on October 2 at VCON 36:
- Best Fan Artist: Taral Wayne.
- Best Fan Writer: Garth Spencer.
- Best Loc Hack: Lloyd Penney.
- Best Fanzine: WARP, Cathy Palmer-Lister, Editor.
- Life-Time Achievement: “The Unknown Faned” who published Canada’s first SF fanzine in early 1936 under the title The Canadian Science Fiction Fan. (Unknown because in his 1936 review of the zine Donald Wollheim neglected to mention the editor’s name!)
All winners will receive “The Faned” figure sculpted by Lawrence Prime, and a certificate designed by Taral Wayne.
Cameron knows his new award needs lots of publicity if it’s going to have a bright future:
These first awards are entirely by fiat, being my personal decision based on what I consider to be the most obvious choices, the CFF Awards being entirely a one-man show at this point.
I’m hoping this is so outrageously abnormal compared to the usual peer-determined, incestuous, in-fought, excessively emotionally violent fan activity (of any sort) we are all used to that vast amounts of publicity will be generated by fan reaction to the awards (and this sentence).
Got to seep into widespread fannish consciousness somehow!
Next year I will be taking peer input into account. After that? Maybe an actual vote (rigged or otherwise).
Since I currently publish five fanzines (and am about to launch a sixth) I withdrew my name from my own consideration to create an illusion of impartiality. My first impulse, to award myself all five Faneds, took at least an hour to argue myself out of… for this year anyway. I make no promises.
(And if the above paragraph doesn’t generate yet more publicity I’ll be greatly surprised. I’m discovering that ‘doing’ publicity can be fun!)