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Previous BSFA Award winners

The awards are named after the year that the eligible works were published, but given out in the following year. Thus the 2023 awards will be presented in 2024.

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Novel: City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Head of Zeus)

Short Fiction: ‘Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances’ by Aliette de Bodard (JABberwocky Literary Agency)

Artwork: Cover of The Red Scholar’s Wake by Alyssa Winans (Gollancz)

Non-Fiction: Terry Pratchett: A Life with Footnotes by Rob Wilkins (Doubleday)

Best Book for Younger Readers: Unraveller by Frances Hardinge (MacMillan Children’s Books)


Novel: Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)

Short Fiction: ‘Fireheart Tiger’ by Aliette de Bodard (

Artwork: Glasgow Green Woman by Iain Clark

Non-Fiction: Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction edited by Francesca T. Barbini (Luna Press)

Best Book for Younger Readers: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao (Rock the Boat)


Novel: The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Short Fiction: ‘Infinite Tea in the Demara Cafe’ by Ida Keogh (in London Centric: Tales of Future London, NewCon Press)

Artwork: Shipbuilding Over the Clyde by Iain Clark

Non-Fiction: It’s the End of the World: But What Are We Really Afraid Of by Adam Roberts (Elliot & Thompson)


Novel: Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)

Shorter Fiction: ‘This is How You Lose the Time War’ by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Jo Fletcher Books)

Artwork: Cover of Wourism and Other Stories by Chris “Fangorn” Baker (Luna Press)

Non-Fiction: The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein by Farah Mendlesohn (Unbound)


Novel: Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell (Titan)

Short Fiction: ‘Time Was’ by Ian McDonald (

Artwork: In the Vanishers’ Palace: Dragon I and II by Likhain (Inprnt)

Non-Fiction: On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures by Aliette de Bodard (Intellectus Speculativus blog)


Novel: The Rift by Nina Allan (Titan)

Short Fiction: ‘The Enclave’ by Anne Charnock (NewCon Press)

Artwork (joint award): Cover for The Ion Raider by Jim Burns (NewCon Press)

Artwork (joint award): Illustration for Waiting on a Bright Moon by Victo Ngai (, 12 July 2017)

Non-Fiction Award: Iain M. Banks by Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)


Novel: Europe in Winter by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)

Short Fiction: ‘Liberty Bird’ by Jaine Fenn (in Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press)

Artwork: Cover for Central Station by Sarah Anne Langton (Tachyon Publications)

Non-Fiction: 100 African Writers of SFF by Geoff Ryman (


Novel: The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz)

Short Fiction: ‘Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight’ by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 100)

Artwork: Cover of Pelquin’s Comet by Jim Burns

Non-Fiction: Rave and Let Die: The SF and Fantasy of 2014 by Adam Roberts (Steel Quill Books)


Novel: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (Orbit)

Short Fiction: ‘The Honey Trap’ by Ruth E.J. Booth (in La Femme, NewCon Press)

Artwork: ‘The Wasp Factory after Iain Banks’ by Tessa Farmer

Non-Fiction: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and the First World War by Edward James


Novel (joint award): Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris)

Novel (joint award): Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)

Short Fiction: ‘Spin’ by Nina Allan (TTA Press)

Artwork: Cover of Dream London by Joey Hi-Fi

Best Non-Fiction: Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer (Abrams Image)


Novel: Jack Glass by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)

Short Fiction: ‘Adrift on the Sea of Rains’ by Ian Sales (Whippleshield Books)

Artwork: Cover of Jack Glass by Blacksheep

Non-Fiction: The World SF Blog, Chief Editor Lavie Tidhar


Novel: The Islanders by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

Short Fiction: ‘The Copenhagen Interpretation’ by Paul Cornell (Asimov’s Vol. 35, No. 7)

Artwork: Cover of The Noise Revealed by Dominic Harman (Solaris)

Non-fiction: The SF Encyclopedia 3rd edition edited by John Clute, Peter Nicholls, David Langford and Graham Sleight (Gollancz website)

Specially Commended: This British Library’s Out of This World exhibition


Novel: The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz)

Short Fiction: ‘The Ship Maker’ by Aliette de Bodard

Artwork: Cover of Zoo City by Joey Hi-Fi

Non-fiction: Blogging the Hugos: Decline by Paul Kincaid


Novel: The City & the City by China Miéville (Macmillan)

Short Fiction: ‘The Beloved Time of Their Lives’ by Ian Watson and Roberto Quaglia

Artwork: Cover of Desolation Road by Stephan Martinière

Non-fiction: Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe


Novel: The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod (Orbit)

Short Fiction: ‘Exhalation’ by Ted Chiang

Artwork: Cover of Subterfuge by Andy Bigwood

Non-fiction: Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan University Press)


Novel: Brasyl by Ian McDonald (Gollancz)

Short Fiction: ‘Lighting Out’ by Ken MacLeod

Artwork: ‘Cracked World’ (cover of disLocations) by Andy Bigwood


Novel: End of the World Blues by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Gollancz)

Short Fiction: ‘The Djinn’s Wife’ by Ian McDonald

Artwork: Angelbot (cover of Time Pieces) by Chris “Fangorn” Baker


Novel: Air by Geoff Ryman (Gollancz)

Short Fiction: ‘Magic for Beginners’ by Kelly Link

Artwork: Cover of Interzone #200 by Pawel Lewandowski

Non-fiction: Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 by Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon Publications)


Novel: River of Gods by Ian McDonald (Simon & Schuster)

Short Fiction: ‘Mayflower II’ by Stephen Baxter

Artwork: Cover of Newton’s Wake by Stephan Martinière (US Edition)


Novel: Felaheen by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Earthlight)

Short Fiction: ‘The Wolves in the Walls’ by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

Artwork: Cover of The True Knowledge of Ken MacLeod by Colin Odell

Non-fiction: Reading Science Fiction by Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge University Press)


Novel: The Separation by Christopher Priest (Scribner)

Short Fiction: ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman

Artwork: Cover of Interzone 179 by Dominic Harman

Related Publication: ‘Introduction’ to Maps: The Uncollected John Sladek by David Langford


Novel: Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz)

Short: ‘The Children of Winter’ by Eric Brown (Interzone 163)

Artwork: Cover of Omegatropic by Colin Odell

Non-fiction: Omegatropic by Stephen Baxter (British Science Fiction Association)


Novel: Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle (Gollancz)

Short: ‘The Suspect Genome’ by Peter F. Hamilton (Interzone 156)

Artwork: Hideaway (cover of Interzone 157) by Dominic Harman


Novel: The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod (Orbit)

Short: ‘Hunting the Slarque’ by Eric Brown (Interzone 141)

Artwork: Cover of Darwinia by Jim Burns


Novel: The Extremes by Christopher Priest (Simon & Schuster)

Short: ‘La Cenerentola’ by Gwyneth Jones (Interzone 136)

Artwork: Lord Prestimion (cover of Interzone 138) by Jim Burns


Novel: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (Black Swan)

Short: ‘War Birds’ by Stephen Baxter (Interzone 126)

Artwork: The Black Blood of the Dead (cover of Interzone 116) by SMS


Novel: Excession by Iain M. Banks (Orbit)

Short: ‘A Crab Must Try’ by Barrington J. Bayley (Interzone 103)

Artwork: Cover of Ancient Shores by Jim Burns


Novel: The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter (HarperPrism)

Short: ‘The Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires’ by Brian Stableford (shorter version, Interzone 91/92)

Artwork: Cover of Seasons of Plenty by Jim Burns


Novel: Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks (Orbit)

Short: ‘The Double Felix’ by Paul di Filippo (Interzone 87)

Artist: Jim Burns


Novel: Aztec Century by Christopher Evans (Gollancz)

Short: ‘The Ragthorn’ by Robert Holdstock and Garry Kilworth (Interzone 74)

Artist: Jim Burns

Special Award: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction 2nd edition edited by John Clute and Peter Nicholls (Orbit)


Novel: Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperCollins)

Short: ‘Innocents’ by Ian McDonald (New Worlds 2)

Artist: Jim Burns


Novel: The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons (Headline)

Short: ‘Bad Timing’ by Molly Brown (Interzone 54)

Media: Terminator 2: Judgment Day directed by James Cameron

Artist: Mark Harrison


Novel: Take Back Plenty by Colin Greenland (Allen & Unwin)

Short: ‘The Original Doctor Shade’ by Kim Newman (Interzone 36)

Media: Twin Peaks created by Mark Frost and David Lynch

Artist: Ian Miller


Novel: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett (Gollancz)

Short: ‘In Translation’ by Lisa Tuttle (Zenith)

Media: Red Dwarf TV series created by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor

Artist: Jim Burns


Novel: Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock (Gollancz)

Short: ‘Dark Night in Toyland’ by Bob Shaw (Interzone 26)

Media: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? directed by Robert Zemeckis

Artist: Alan Lee


Novel: Grainne by Keith Roberts (Kerosina)

Short: ‘Love Sickness’ by Geoff Ryman (Interzone 20/21)

Media: Star Cops TV series created by Chris Boucher

Artist: Jim Burns


Novel: The Ragged Astronauts by Bob Shaw (Gollancz)

Short: ‘Kaeti and the Hangman’ by Keith Roberts (in collection Kaeti & Company)

Media: Aliens directed by James Cameron

Artist: Keith Roberts


Novel: Helliconia Winter by Brian W. Aldiss (Jonathan Cape)

Short: ‘Cube Root’ by David Langford (Interzone 11)

Media: Brazil directed by Terry Gilliam

Artist: Jim Burns


Novel: Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock (Gollancz)

Short: ‘The Unconquered Country’ by Geoff Ryman (Interzone 7)

Media: The Company of Wolves directed by Neil Jordan

Artist: Jim Burns


Novel: Tik-Tok by John Sladek (Gollancz)

Short: ‘After-Images’ by Malcolm Edwards (Interzone 4)

Media: Android directed by Aaron Lipstadt

Artist: Bruce Pennington


Novel: Helliconia Spring by Brian W. Aldiss (Jonathan Cape)

Short: ‘Kitemaster’ by Keith Roberts (Interzone 1)

Media: Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott

Artist: Tim White


Novel: The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe (Sidgwick & Jackson)

Short: ‘Mythago Wood’ by Robert Holdstock (F&SF Vol. 61, No. 3)

Media: Time Bandits directed by Terry Gilliam

Artist: Bruce Pennington


Novel: Timescape by Gregory Benford (Simon & Schuster)

Short: ‘The Brave Little Toaster’ by Thomas M. Disch (F&SF Vol. 59, No. 2)

Media: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy second radio series by Douglas Adams

Artist: Peter Jones


Novel: The Unlimited Dream Company by J.G. Ballard (Jonathan Cape)

Short: ‘Palely Loitering’ by Christopher Priest (F&SF Vol. 56, No. 1)

Media: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy record (Original Records)

Artist: Jim Burns


Novel: A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick (Doubleday)

Collection: Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison (Harper & Row)

Media: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy first radio series by Douglas Adams


Novel: The Jonah Kit by Ian Watson (Gollancz)


Novel: Brontomek! by Michael G. Coney (Gollancz)

Special Award: A Pictorial History of Science Fiction by David Kyle


Novel: Orbitsville by Bob Shaw (Gollancz)


Novel: Inverted World by Christopher Priest (Faber & Faber)


Novel: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (Gollancz)

Special Award: Billion Year Spree by Brian W. Aldiss (Doubleday)


No award — insufficient votes


Collection: The Moment of Eclipse by Brian W. Aldiss (Faber & Faber)


Novel: The Jagged Orbit by John Brunner (Ace)


Novel: Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner (Doubleday)


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