From a press release…
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – The Winnipeg Science Fiction Association Inc (WINSFA) is delighted to announce the creation of the A.E. VAN VOGT Award (The A.E.V.V.A.).
Exactly 100 years ago, on April 26, 1912, Alfred Elton Van Vogt was born on a farm in Edenburg, a Russian Mennonite community east of Gretna, Manitoba, Canada. By July 1939, he had written his first Science Fiction story and had it professionally published.. He continued to write in Winnipeg until 1944 and it was during this time that one of his major stories “SLAN” was written. By 1995 he was awarded the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) . He has been the ONLY Canadian Science Fiction Writer to be awarded this major title.
The Winnipeg Science Fiction Association (WINSFA) has taken advantage of this moment in time to create an award to honor this Manitoba born writer and his unique position as Canada’s only Grand Master and we extend our sincere gratitude to Van Vogt’s family for granting permission to honor his name & works.
This award will be called the A.E.Van Vogt Award or AEVVA.
We believe that this award, based on spotlighting the best in Canadian Science Fiction Writing over the past years, will:
- Draw attention to Canadian Science Fiction
- Demonstrate that Canada has been producing World class writers for some time.
- Cause more people to talk about Science Fiction .
- Promote better writing.
- Discover more writers.
The actual award will consist of a presentation piece and monetary prize.
We will host the award ceremony here in Winnipeg in late Sept to continue our support of Canadian Science Fiction.