Garth Spencer Named 2023 CUFF Delegate

By Fran Skene: Canadian Unity Fan Fund (CUFF) nominations are now closed for selecting a fan delegate to Pemmi-Con, the 2023 NASFiC, to be held in Winnipeg July 20-23rd. We had one nominee, Garth Spencer, who now becomes the delegate. Congratulations, Garth!

People who would like to vote for Garth and support his trip, can still vote with a donation of $10 or more to the fan fund. Send by PayPal or Interac e-transfer to Fran Skene at fskene(at) .

Garth has sent us his bio. Scroll down for an entertaining read!

The primary responsibilities of the delegate are to:

  • Attend the convention, take part in programming, and report back to fellow fans on the event.
  • Assist in raising funds for the next year’s delegate.
  • Administer (with the assistance of other Canadian fans) the process to select the next year’s fan delegate.
  • Promote Canadian genre-related media and fan activities.

Click here for historical info on this fan fund.

As information on Garth’s schedule and his program participation becomes available, I will relay this in news releases.  

Who is Garth Spencer?

Well, Garth is just this guy, you know …

Back in 1980, Garth joined a small SF club in Victoria B.C., and quickly discovered they had a library of fanzines – which meant, any small periodical a fan or club produced. At the time that was a major activity among fans. Within a few years (to the detriment of his post-secondary education) he was producing club newsletters and his own fanzines and, eventually, The Maple Leaf Rag – a newszine by and for Canadian fans, which succeeded Robert Runté’s famous New Canadian Fandom – with contributions from almost the whole country. His friends joked that he was a one-man threat to Canada’s forests.

Part of Garth’s thing, back then, was to clear up the unawareness and misconceptions some fans had about other fan groups and about convention practices. Another part was to find out what the Canadian SF and Fantasy Awards were. In 1985, Fran Skene in Vancouver asked Garth to handle the nominating and voting ballots for the Awards (dubbed the Caspers at that time; more info here) at Canvention 6/VCON 14 in Vancouver the next year. Then he had to step down because he became a nominee in the first fanzine category award. He won for The Maple Leaf Rag. The next year, he moved to Vancouver and became an active part of the B.C. Science Fiction Association.

The Maple Leaf Rag also uncovered the Canadian Unity Fan Fund. In 1987, the Canvention hosted by Ad Astra in Toronto revived it. In 1999, Garth was the delegate to that year’s Canvention in Fredericton, New Brunswick; he titled his CUFF newsletter Or Something, and his trip report What I Did on My October Vacation. In 2006 he won the same award, now-named Prix Aurora, for Best Fan Publication again, for The Royal Swiss Navy Gazette.

Garth served as editor of BCSFAzine, during its changeover from hardcopy to online publication. He has continued to issue his own personalzines – variously titled Scuttlebutt, The World According to Garth, Sercon Popcult Litcrit Fanmag, The Royal Swiss Navy Gazette, The Art of Garthness, and more recently, The Obdurate Eye – and has joined APAs (Amateur Publishing Associations) based in Canada and in the United States. He has also produced an anthology of fannish articles, stories and humour, Confabulation, which is available on his website (

Today, Garth Spencer is 66 years old, but he still dresses the way he did in the 1980s (unless he decides to show you the Royal Swiss Navy field uniform). He still doesn’t know what to be when he grows up.

2023 Lefty Awards

Left Coast Crime 2023 announced the Lefty Awards finalists on March 18 at the awards ceremony in Tucson, AZ.

Best Humorous Mystery Novel

  • Ellen Byron, Bayou Book Thief (Berkley Prime Crime)

Best Historical Mystery Novel

  • Wanda M. Morris, Anywhere You Run (William Morrow)

Best Debut Mystery Novel

  • Ramona Emerson, Shutter (Soho Crime)

Best Mystery Novel
(not in other categories)

  • Kellye Garrett, Like a Sister (Mulholland Books)

2023 ITW Thriller Awards Nominees

The finalists for the 2023 International Thriller Writers Awards were revealed on March 17. The award is given by the International Thriller Writers. ITW will announce the winners at ThrillerFest on June 3.


  • The Violence, by Delilah S. Dawson (Del Rey)
  • Things We Do in the Dark, by Jennifer Hillier (Minotaur)
  • The Fervor, by Alma Katsu (Putnam)
  • The Children on the Hill, by Jennifer McMahon (Simon & Schuster)
  • Two Nights in Lisbon, by Chris Pavone (MCD)
  • Sundial, by Catriona Ward (Macmillan)


  • Young Rich Widows, by Kimberly Belle, Fargo Layne, Cate Holahan, and Vanessa Lillie; narrated by Dina Pearlman, Karissa Vacker, Helen Laser, and Ariel Blake (Audible)
  • The Lies I Tell, by Julie Clark; narrated by Anna Caputo and Amanda Dolan (Audible)
  • The Photo Thief, by J.L. Delozier; narrated by Rachel L. Jacobs and Jeffrey Kafer (CamCat)
  • Things We Do in the Dark, by Jennifer Hillier; narrated by Carla Vega (Macmillan Audio)
  • The Silent Woman, by Minka Kent; narrated by Christine Lakin and Kate Rudd (Blackstone)


  • The Resemblance, by Lauren Nossett (Flatiron)
  • Blood Sugar, by Sascha Rothchild (Putnam)
  • Dirt Creek (aka Dirt Town), by Hayley Scrivenor (Flatiron)
  • A Flicker in the Dark, by Stacy Willingham (Minotaur)
  • The Fields, by Erin Young (Flatiron)


  • The Lies I Told, by Mary Burton (Montlake)
  • No Place to Run, by Mark Edwards (Thomas & Mercer)
  • Unmissing, by Minka Kent (Thomas & Mercer)
  • The Housemaid, by Freida McFadden (Grand Central)
  • Anywhere You Run, by Wanda Morris (Morrow)
  • The Couple Upstairs, by Holly Wainwright (Pan Macmillan)
  • The Patient’s Secret, by Loreth Anne White (Montlake)


  • “Russian for Beginners,” by Dominique Bibeau (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM], March/April 2022)
  • “The Gift,” by Barb Goffman (from Land of 10,000 Thrills, edited by Greg Herren; Down & Out)
  • “Publish or Perish,” by Smita Harish Jain (EQMM, September/October 2022)
  • “33 Clues Into the Disappearance of My Sister,” by Joyce Carol Oates (EQMM, March/April 2022)
  • “Schrödinger, Cat,” by Anna Scotti (EQMM, March/April 2022)
  • “Stockholm,” by Catherine Steadman (Amazon Original Stories)


  • Our Crooked Hearts, by Melissa Albert (Flatiron)
  • Sugaring Off, by Gillian French (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • Daughter, by Kate McLaughlin (Wednesday)
  • What’s Coming to Me, by Francesca Padilla (Soho Teen)
  • I’m the Girl, by Courtney Summers (Wednesday)


  • Evasive Species, by Bill Byrnes (Self-published)
  • The Couple at Causeway Cottage, by Diane Jeffrey (HarperCollins)
  • The Seven Truths of Hannah Baxter, by Grant McKenzie (Self-published)
  • The Hollow Place, by Rick Mofina (Self-published)
  • Fatal Rounds, by Carrie Rubin (Self-published)

Two other awards will be presented at ThrillerFest:


  • Charlaine Harris
  • Walter Mosley


  • Minotaur Books

Spring Into Crime Fiction Awards News


CrimeFest, a British crime fiction convention in Bristol, announced their 2023 CrimeFest Awards nominees. These prizes “honour the best crime books released in 2022 in the UK.” The awards will be presented on May 13.

Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award

  • A Good Day to Die, by Amen Alonge (Quercus)
  • Bad for Good, by Graham Bartlett (Allison & Busby)
  • The Maid, by Nita Prose (HarperCollins)
  • Ashes in the Snow, by Oriana Rammuno, translated by Katherine Gregor (HarperCollins)
  • Kalmann, by Joachim B. Schmidt, translated by Jamie Lee Searle (Bitter Lemon)
  • Dirt Town, by Hayley Scrivenor (Macmillan)
  • The Siege, by John Sutherland (Orion)
  • A Flicker in the Dark, by Stacy Willingham (HarperCollins)

eDunnit Award

  • The Cliff House, by Chris Brookmyre (Abacus)
  • Desert Star, by Michael Connelly (Orion)
  • The Botanist, by M.W. Craven (Constable)
  • The Book of the Most Precious Substance, by Sara Gran
  • (Faber and Faber)
  • A Heart Full of Headstones, by Ian Rankin (Orion)
  • Nine Lives, by Peter Swanson (Faber and Faber)

H.R.F. Keating Award (for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction)

  • The Bloomsbury Handbook to Agatha Christie, by J.C. Bernthal and Mary Anna Evans (Bloomsbury Academic)
  • A Private Spy: The Letters of John le Carré, 1945-2020, by John le Carré, edited by Tim Cornwell (Viking)
  • The Life of Crime: Detecting the History of Mysteries and Their Creators, by Martin Edwards (Collins Crime Club)
  • Simenon: The Man, The Books, The Films, by Barry Forshaw (Oldcastle)
  • Gender Roles and Political Contexts in Cold War Spy Fiction,
  • by Sian MacArthur (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman, by Lucy Worsley
  • (Hodder & Stoughton)

Last Laugh Award (for the best humorous crime novel)

  • Bryant & May’s Peculiar London, by Christopher Fowler (Doubleday)
  • The Locked Room, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
  • Bad Actors, by Mick Herron (Baskerville)
  • Hope to Die, by Cara Hunter (Viking)
  • Mr. Campion’s Mosaic, by Mike Ripley (Severn House)
  • The Moose Paradox, by Antti Tuomainen (Orenda)

Best Crime Fiction Novel for Children (aged 8-12)

  • A Girl Called Justice: The Spy at the Window, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus Children’s Books)
  • Where Seagulls Dare: A Diamond Brothers Case, by Anthony
  • Horowitz (Walker)
  • The Good Turn, by Sharna Jackson (Puffin)
  • Spark, by M.G. Leonard (Walker)
  • The Ministry of Unladylike Activity, by Robin Stevens (Puffin)
  • Alice Éclair, Spy Extraordinaire! A Recipe for Trouble, by Sarah
  • Todd Taylor (Nosy Crow)

Best Crime Fiction Novel for Young Adults (aged 12-16)

  • Five Survive, by Holly Jackson (Electric Monkey)
  • Needle, by Patrice Lawrence (Barrington Stoke)
  • The Butterfly Assassin, by Finn Longman (Simon & Schuster Children’s)
  • Truth or Dare, by Sophie McKenzie (Simon & Schuster Children’s)
  • I Must Betray You, by Ruta Sepetys (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • The Notorious Scarlett and Browne, by Jonathan Stroud (Walker)


The winner of the 2023 Glencairn Glass Crime Short Story Competition has been announced. The trophy is a nice crystal whisky glass, which is certainly useful.

WINNER: “The Dummy Railway” by Frances Crawford

RUNNER-UP: “The Last Tram To Gorbals Cross” by Allan Gaw

The winning story will be published in the May issue of Scottish Field Magazine (on shelf Friday 7th April). Both the winner and runner-up will also be published from 11th April on Scottish Field Magazine’s website; and here.


The finalists for the 2022 Hammett Prize have been announced by The International Association of Crime Writers, North America. Their official website isn’t updated yet but The Rap Sheet has the list.

The Hammett Prize is given for literary Excellence in Crime Writing. Books must be published in the English language in the U.S. or Canada.

  • Copperhead Road, by Brad Smith (At Bay Press)
  • Gangland, by Chuck Hogan (Grand Central)
  • Don’t Know Tough, by Eli Cranor (Soho Crime)
  • Pay Dirt Road, by Samantha Jayne Allen (Minotaur)
  • What Happened to the Bennetts, by Lisa Scottoline (Putnam)

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for many of these links.]

2023 IAFA Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award

The IAFA Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award winner and short list was announced during the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Conference on March 18.

The Imagining Indigenous Futurism Award recognizes emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.

This year’s winner is:

  • Telling the Soul of Mars by Alina Pete

The other works on the shortlist were:

  • The Tangle by Rae Mariz
  • The Good One by Allanah Hunt
  • Spirit Medicine by Gina McGuire

Third Critics Choice Super Awards

The Critics Choice Association (CCA) on March 16 announced the winners of the 3rd Annual Critics Choice Super Awards, “honoring the most popular, fan-obsessed genres across both movies and television, including Superhero, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror, and Action.”

Everything Everywhere All at Once led the film winners with three awards overall, awarded Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie, while Ke Huy Quan took home Best Actor in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie and Michelle Yeoh won Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie.

The Boys led with the most television series wins, also earning three awards. It won Best Superhero Series, while Antony Starr was named both Best Actor in a Superhero Series as well as Best Villain in a Series. 

The complete list of winners follows the jump.

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Yoto Carnegie Medals 2023 Shortlists Announced

The finalists for the Yoto Carnegie Medals, the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people, were announced on March 17.

Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing finalists of genre interest are Medusa: The Girl Behind the Myth by Jessie Burton, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech, The Eternal Return of Clara Hart by Louise Finch, and The Blue Book of Nebo by Manon Steffan Ros.

There is one finalist of genre interest of the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration: The Worlds We Leave Behind illustrated by Levi Pinfold, written by A. F. Harrold.

The complete list of finalists follows.

The 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing shortlist:

  • The Light in Everything by Katya Balen (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari, illustrated by Natalie Sirett (Little Tiger)
  • Medusa by Jessie Burton, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • The Eternal Return of Clara Hart by Louise Finch (Little Island)
  • Needle by Patrice Lawrence (Barrington Stoke)
  • I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • The Blue Book of Nebo by Manon Steffan Ros (Firefly Press) 

The 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration shortlist:

  • Rescuing Titanic illustrated and written by Flora Delargy (Wide Eyed Editions)
  • Alte Zachen: Old Things illustrated by Benjamin Phillips, written by Ziggy Hanaor (Cicada Books)
  • The Worlds We Leave Behind illustrated by Levi Pinfold, written by A. F. Harrold (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • The Visible Sounds illustrated by Yu Rong, written by Yin Jianling (UCLan Publishing)
  • The Comet illustrated and written by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye Books)
  • Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear illustrated by Jeet Zdung, written by Trang Nguyen (Kingfisher)

The winners will be announced and celebrated on June 21. The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice, a specially commissioned and newly designed golden medal and a £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize. The Shadowers’ Choice Medals, voted for and awarded by children and young people shadowing the shortlist, will also be presented at the ceremony. Following the brand refresh of the awards this year, the Shadowers’ Choice winners will also receive a golden medal for the first time.

[Based on a press release.]

2023 World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists

Which video games will make it into the World Video Game Hall of Fame this May? Is NBA 2K a slam dunk? Can The Last of Us outlast the rest? Will Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare fight through the competition? Can Wizardry cast a spell for victory?

The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, has announced the 12 finalists for induction: 

  • Age of Empires
  • Angry Birds
  • Barbie Fashion Designer
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Computer Space
  • FIFA International Soccer
  • GoldenEye 007
  • The Last of Us
  • NBA 2K
  • Quake
  • Wii Sports
  • Wizardry

“It’s always difficult to narrow the World Video Game Hall of Fame nominations down to just 12 finalists because there are so many games that have had an enormous influence on popular culture or the video game industry itself. This year’s finalists are some heavy-hitters,” says Jon-Paul C. Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. “Angry Birds turned millions of smartphone users into gamers. FIFA International Soccer is a worldwide best-seller with every yearly update. Computer Space was the very first arcade machine—so it’s importance in history can’t be overstated. And then there’s a brilliant game like The Last of Us, which has become a smash hit TV show for HBO.”

Fans may vote for their favorite finalists from March 15 to March 22 as part of a “Player’s Choice” ballot at The three games that receive the most public votes will form one ballot and will join the other ballots submitted by members of the International Selection Advisory Committee, which is made up of journalists and scholars familiar with the history of video games and their role in society. (The public, collectively, will have the weight of one judge.)

The final inductees will be announced in a virtual ceremony by The Strong on Thursday, May 4, at 10:30 a.m.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame recognizes electronic games that meet the following criteria: icon-status, the game is widely recognized and remembered; longevity, the game is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time; geographical reach, the game meets the above criteria across international boundaries; and influence, the game has exerted significant influence on the design and development of other games, on other forms of entertainment, or on popular culture and society in general.

Anyone can nominate a game to the World Video Game Hall of Fame and view past inductees at

[Based on a press release.]

2022 Cóyotl Award Nominees

The Furry Writers’ Guild posted the nominees for the 2022 Cóyotl Awards on March 14. 

The awards are given for the best anthropomorphic fiction of the past year.


  • Scars of the Golden Dancer by NightEyes DaySpring
  • Red Pandamonium by Roan Rosser
  • A Furry Faux Paw by Jessica Kara
  • Mouse Cage by Malcolm F. Cross


  • Royal Red: A Cozy Fantasy Adventure by K.C. Shaw
  • The Otter’s Wings: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel by Mary E. Lowd
  • Fox and Troll Steal Math by Jeff Reynolds


  • “Lids” by Utunu
  • “Let Him That Speaketh Fate to Men Have No Fate of His Own” by Rob MacWolf
  • “Coyote Woman Sings the Blues” by Marissa James
  • “Mark of the Stranger” by Casimir Laski


  • Tales of Feathers and Flame edited by K. Vale Nagle
  • When the World Was Young by The Furry Historical Fiction Society
  • ROAR 11 edited by Ian Madison Keller
  • Winter of Wonder: Fauna edited by Andrew Ferrell

43rd Japan SF Grand Prize

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan (SFWJ) announced the 43rd Japan SF Grand Prize winners on February 19:  

  • “SF suru Shiko: Yoshio Aramaki Hyoryoshu” [Critique of Speculative Reason: Collected Essays on Science Fiction, written by Yoshio Aramaki] (Japanese title: (SFする思考 荒巻義雄評論集成)  by Yoshio Aramaki (荒巻義雄)  (Takanashi Shobou)
  • “Zangetsuki” [Morning Moon] (Japanese title: 残月記) by Masakuni Oda (Futabasha).

The other finalists were:

  • Anomalous Papers (異常論文) edited by Kyosuke Higuchi (樋口恭介). An anthology published by Hayakawa Shobo in October 2021.
  • THE MAP AND THE FIST (地図と拳), written by Ogawa Satoshi (小川哲). A novel published by Shuei-sha in June 2022.
  • Kaiju Within (わたしたちの怪獣) written by Mikihiko Hisanaga (久永実木彦). A novelette contributed for Shimi no Techo vol. 6 in August 2022.

Publisher Futushaba describes the story of “Zangetsuki”/(Morning Moon ) in a press release:

Japan, in the near future, falls under a notorious dictatorship. This book contains the title story that depicts the fate of a man infected by selenomania, an infectious disease that is turning the world upside down, and the unwavering love of a woman living quietly by his side, as well as two other works. The stories take place in a fictional world created by the author’s immeasurable imagination based on the motif of the moon. One step into the world and you will be trapped in a whirlpool of imaginations—never returning to reality. Check out this long-awaited, new breakthrough!

The members of the prize selection committee were Masahiko Inoue, Gin Kusakami, Mari Kotani, Yūki Shansendō, and Toruya Tachihara. The eligibility period for the prize ran from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

Also, SFWJ honored three persons with the 43rd Japan SF Grand Prize Contribution Award: the late Mr. Tsukasa Shikano (science writer), the late Mr. Yasumi Tsuhara (novelist), and the late Masayoshi Yasugi (novelist). They contributed to the Japanese SF scene for many years by writing various works in their careers.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan (Japanese official name: 日本SF作家クラブ, Nihon SF Sakka Club) is an organization of science fiction and fantasy-related people, professional or semi-professional.

[Based on a press release. Additional translation by N.]