BSFA Award 2011 Nominations…so far

BSFA Awards – the nominations so far!

Since the nominations opened officially in September 2011, we have received and checked the following works  – but we need more. Keep sending your nominations in.

Best Novel

Title Author surname Author First Name Publisher
Kings of Eternity Brown Eric Solaris
Heaven’s Shadow Cassutt, Goyer Michael, David S. Tor
The Final Days Gibson Gary Tor
The Ironclad Prophecy Kelleher Pat Abaddon
Cyber Circus Lakin-Smith Kim Newcon Press
Savage City McDougall Sophia Gollancz
Embassy Town Mieville China Macmillan
Mr Fox Oyeyemi Helen Picador
Hell Ship Palmer Phillip Orbit
The Islanders Priest Christopher Gollancz
 The Demi-Monde: Winter Rees Rod Quercus
By Light Alone Roberts Adam Gollancz
The Testament of Jessie Lamb Rogers Jane Sandstone Press
The Noise Revealed Whates Ian Solaris
City of Hope and Despair Whates Ian Angry Robot


Best Short Fiction

Title Author surname Author First Name Publication Publisher
The Silver Wind Allen Nina Interzone 233 TTA Press
Smoke City Barzak Christopher Asimov’s (April/May)  
Day 29 Beckett Chris Asimov’s (July)  
Tell Me Everything Butler Chris Interzone 233 TTA Press
The Copenhagen Interpretation Cornell Paul Asimov’s (July)  
Danilo Emshwiller Carole Asimov’s (Sept)  
Widows in the World Grant Gavin J Strange Horizons (2 parts)  
The Man Who Bridged the Mist Johnson Kij Asimov’s (Oct/Nov)  
Tidal Forces Kiernan Caitlin R Eclipse 4 ed. Jonathan Strahan Nightshade Books
Valley of the Girls Link Kelly Subterranean Press  
Tying Knots Liu Ken Clarkesworld #52  
Covehithe Mieville China The Guardian  
A Soldier of the City Moles David Engineering Infinity ed. Jonathan Strahan Solaris
The Thick Night Moraine Sunny Strange Horizons  
Follow That Cathedral! Owens Gareth The Immersion Book of Steampunk Immersion Press
A Response from EST 17 Purdom Tom Asimov’s (April/May)  
Tethered Rivera Mercurio D. Interzone 236 TTA Press
Of Dawn Robertson Al Interzone 235 TTA Press
The Ever-Dreaming Verdict of Plagues Sanford Jason Interzone 236 TTA Press
Corn Teeth Tem Melanie Asimov’s (August)  
Jesus and the Eightfold Path Tidhar Lavie Immersion Press  
A Glass of Shadow Williams Liz A Glass of Shadow Newcon Press


Best Non-Fiction

Title Author surname Author First Name Publication Publisher
Out of This World: Science Fiction but not as we Know it Ashley Mike Out of This World: Science Fiction but not as we Know it British Library
Wiscon, Stories and Ontological Blackness Broaddus Maurice Wiscon Chronicles 5, ed. Nisi Shawl  
Fool to Believe: Remarks on Some Short Stories By Pat Cadigan Cheney Matthew Strange Horizons  
Review of Deathless by Catherynne Valente Denault Matt Lingua Fantastika (3 parts)  
In Praise of Joanna Rowling’s Hermione Granger Series Doyle Sadie Global Comment  
Speculative Fiction as Postcolonial Critique in Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas Dunlop Nicholas David Mitchell: Critical Essays ed. Sarah Dillon Gylphi
Review of The Arthur C Clarke Award shortlist Hartland Dan Strange Horizons (2 parts)  
Review of Arslan by MJ Engh Nussbaum Abigail Asking the Wrong Questions  
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley Roberts Adam SF Mistressworks  
SF Mistressworks Sales Ian SF Mistressworks  
Hyperbolic Futures Shaviro Steven Cascadia Subduction Zone 2  
Moonlight bright as a UFO abduction’: Science Fiction, Present-Future Alienation and Cognitive Mapping Stephenson William David Mitchell: Critical Essays ed. Sarah Dillon Gylphi
Notes From Coode Street Podcast Strahan Jonathan  
Remediations of ‘Japan’ in number9dream Tensor Posodas Baryon David Mitchell: Critical Essays ed. Sarah Dillon Gylphi
(Re)Producing the View from Nowhere: a reaction to Wiscon 34’s Reproductive Health Panel Velazquez Maria Wiscon Chronicles 5, ed. Nisi Shawl  


Best Art

Title Artist surname ArtistFirst Name Publication Publisher Associated Author
Cover Gay Melissa Jesus and the Eightfold Path Immersion Press Lavie Tidhar
Cover Harbour Charles The Immersion Book of Steampunk Immersion Press  
Cover Harman Dominic The Noise Revealed Solaris Ian Whates
Cover Holland-Keen Vincent SIM Anarchy Books Andy Remic
A Song of Ice and Fire 2012 Calendar Picacio John A Song of Fire and Ice 2012 Calendar Random House George RR Martin
Cover Sudworth Anne A Glass of Shadow Newcon Press Liz Williams
Cover Unknown Unknown By Light Alone Gollancz Adam Roberts
Cover Unknown Unknown After The Apocalypse Small Beer Press Maureen F. McHugh
Cover Unknown Unknown The Dark and Hollow Places Gollancz Carrie Ryan
Cover Unknown Unknown Three Messages and a Warning Small Beer Press eds. Chris Nakashima-Brown and Eduardo Jimenez Mayo
Relics Wagner Richard Interzone 234 TTA Press  


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Jetse de Vries Shines On

Jetse de Vries, who was part of the Interzone editorial team from March 2004 until September 2008, has been very busy promoting near-future, optimistic SF all on his own initiative. Firstly there’s the Shine anthology itself, dedicated to positive SF to counteract all the doom-mongering that de Vries finds far too prevalent in contemporary SF, whether due to fashion, zeitgeist, irony, despair, or laziness. Originally taken on board by Games Workshop’s Solaris imprint, the Shine anthology will now come out in Spring 2010 under the aegis of Rebellion who have bought Solaris from GW.

Perhaps it’s a little ironic that Rebellion’s other, more established imprint, Abaddon, boasts a banner line of

Surrogates – 25th Sept 2009

Release date: 25th September 2009

Bruce Willis stars in "SURROGATES" a sci-fi thriller set in a the near future, where humans live in isolation and interact vicariously through surrogate robots, who are better-looking versions of themselves. Willis plays a cop who, through his surrogate, investigates the murder of other surrogates. He is forced to venture from his own home for the first time in years to unravel a conspiracy. Based on the graphic novel "The Surrogates" written by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele ("PRIMEVAL").

genre(s): Sci-Fi
director: Jonathan Mostow
film cast: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Ned Vaughn, Ving Rhames, Rosamund Pike
certificate: 12A
distributor: Walt Disney Studios Intl
running time: 88 Mins


Zombieland – 9th Oct 2009

Release date: 9th October 2009

""In the horror comedy Zombieland focuses on two men who have found a way to survive a world overrun by zombies. Columbus is a big wuss — but when you’re afraid of being eaten by zombies, fear can keep you alive. Tallahassee is an AK-toting, zombie-slaying’ bad ass whose single determination is to get the last Twinkie on earth. As they join forces with Wichita and Little Rock, who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem, they will have to determine which is worse: relying on each other or succumbing to the zombies.

genre(s): horror
director: Ruben Fleischer
film cast: Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg

screenplay: Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese
certificate: 15
distributor: Sony


British science fiction and fantasy: a panel

As announced last week on Torque Control, the BSFA is carrying out a survey of British
science fiction and fantasy writers, updating an earlier survey carried out in conjunction with the Mexicon III convention twenty years ago.

As a sort of launch for the survey, at the BSFA/Science Fiction Foundation joint AGM event on Saturday 27th June, there was a panel to discuss some of the questions asked in the survey, chewing over how writers perceive their work — in terms of genre, and in terms of
Britishness — and how others perceive it. The panelists were Nick Harkaway, Paul Kincaid, Paul McAuley, Juliet McKenna, and Kit Whitfield, with Niall Harrison moderating. We’re pleased to be able to present a recording of the panel, which you can listen to below, or download as an mp3 file from

Any writers who are interested in participating in the survey should contact Niall Harrison.
The deadline for responses will be August 16th, 2009.