Alphanauts by Brian J. Clarke (Edge) won the inaugural A.E. van Vogt Award (AEVVA) for 2012 — awarded to a first edition full-length science fiction novel or anthology, written by an author linked to Western Canada by birth or residency. The award was announced on January 2, 2013.
Congratulations should go as well to finalists Karl Schroeder for Lady of Mazes (Tor) and Matthew Hughes for The Other (Underland Press). The award is sponsored by the Winnipeg Science Fiction Association. The Award is for a book that must be a first-edition full length science fiction novel or full-length science fiction short story anthology, written by an author linked to Western Canada by birth or residency.
The story: After nearly fifty years in suspended animation a crew of human space explorers return to Earth, only to discover a medical side effect that prevents them remaining on their home planet. Now, in a desperate bid for survival, they must return to space and attempt to colonize an alien world under an alien sun.