2016-2017 Canopus Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 100 Year Starship (100YSS) 2016-2017 Canopus Awards for Excellence in Interstellar Writing have been announced. Canopus recognizes “the finest fiction and non-fiction works that engage broad audiences and enhance the understanding excitement, and knowledge of interstellar space exploration and travel.”

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

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

  • “Love and Relativity”, Stewart C. Baker (Nature 9/15)
  • “The Long Vigil”, Rhett C. Bruno (Perihelion 6/15)
  • “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls”, Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s 10-11/15)
  • “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred”, Greg Egan (Asimov’s 12/15)
  • “Wavefronts of History and Memory”, David D. Levine (Analog 6/13)
  • Slow Bullets, Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon)
  • “Whom He May Devour”, Alex Shvartsman (Nautilus 1/16)

Previously Published Non-Fiction (between 1,000 and 40,000 words)

  • Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet, Buzz Aldrin & Marianne Dyson (National Geographic)
  • “A Terrestrial Planet Candidate in a Temperate Orbit Around Proxima”, Guillem Anglada-Escudé, et al. (Nature 8/16)
  • “A Science Critique of Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson”, Stephen Baxter, James Benford & Joseph Miller (Centauri Dreams 8/15)
  • “Our Worldship Broke!”, Jim Beall (Baen.com 2015)
  • “Let’s All Go to Mars”, John Lanchester (London Review of Books 9/15)

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

  • “Luminosity”, Adeene Denton
  • “The Quest for New Cydonia”, Russell Hemmell
  • “Envoy”, K.G. Jewell
  • “Mission”, Yoshifumi Kakiuchi
  • “Sleeping Westward”, Lorraine Schein

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

  • “Motivatingly Plausible Ways to Reach the Stars”, James Blodgett
  • “Microbots—The Seeds of Interstellar Civilization”, Robert Buckalew
  • “Terraforming Planets, Geoengineering Earth”, James Fleming
  • “An Anthropic Program for the Long-Term Survival of Humankind”, Roberto Paura

Original College Writing (1,000-5,000 words)

  • “Ethics in Space”, Greg Becker
  • “A Kingdom of Ends”, Ryan Burgess

Winners will be presented with award sculptures made of optical crystal on August 12, 2017 during the 100YSS Nexus held in Los Angeles CA, August 9-13, 2017.

For more information about 100 Year Starship and the Canopus Awards, see their official website.