CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN INTERSTELLAR WRITING
Science is the practice of What If? What if we travel the speed of light? What if there were life on other planets? What if our resources were unlimited or limited to nothing? All of the questions are on the minds of scientists. Writers get to find out the answers to those questions. In their capable hands, we get to discover the implications of our curiosity.
2023 Canopus Award Winners
- In the category of “Published Short-Form Fiction” the winners are Kevin J. Anderson and Rick Wilber for “The Hind,” originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, 2020.
- In the category of “Published Long-Form Fiction” the winners are Jeff Lemire and Gabriel Hernandez Walta for Sentient, published by TKO, 2019.
- In the category of “Published Long-Form Nonfiction” the winner is Les Johnson for A Traveler’s Guide to the Stars, published by Princeton University Press, 2022.
- In the category of “Published Short-Form Nonfiction” the winners are Alex McKenzie and J. Punske for “Language Development During Interstellar Travel,” originally published in Acta Futura, 2020.
- In the category of “Published Digital Presentation” the winner is Ixion by Bulwark Studios, 2022, published by Kasedo Games.
- In the category of “Original Short-Form Fiction” the winner is Jamiella Brooks for “The Living Archaeologist.”
- In the category of “Original Local Short-Form Fiction” the winner is Chioniso Tskisayi (Zimbabwe) for “Gumbojena.”
2023 Canopus Award Categories
Published Long-Form Fiction
Previously published works (since 2017) including novels, novellas, and graphic novels
Published Long-Form Non-Fiction
Previously published works (since 2017) including full-length books
Published Short-Form Fiction
Previously published works (since 2017) including short stories, flash fiction, and comic books
Published Short-Form Non-Fiction
Previously published works (since 2017) including book chapters, essays, articles, and papers
Published Digital Presentation
Previously published digital works (since 2017) including video games and interactive experiences (VR, websites, live presentation)–both non-fiction and fiction will considered for this category
Original Short-Form Fiction
Original fiction work on the theme “Who Owns Space?”
Original Local Short-Form Fiction (Continental Africans Only)
Original fiction work on the theme “Who Owns Space?” from continental Africans only
Storytelling provides us a window into the future. Imagination, varied perspectives and a well told story are critical to advancing civilizations. In particular, beginning with the simple question ‘What if?’ pushes us to look beyond the world in front of us and to envision what could be, ought to be and other realities. Both science fiction and exploratory non-fiction have inspired discovery, invention, policy, technology and exploration that has transformed our world.
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