Past winners

Previous BSFA Award winners:

Novel: Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner

Novel: The Jagged Orbit by John Brunner

Collection: The Moment of Eclipse by Brian W. Aldiss

No award — insufficient votes.

Novel: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Special Award: Billion Year Spree by Brian W. Aldiss

Novel: Inverted World by Christopher Priest

Novel: Orbitsville by Bob Shaw

Novel: Brontomek! by Michael G. Coney
Special Award: A Pictorial History of Science Fiction by David Kyle

Novel: The Jonah Kit by Ian Watson

Novel: A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
Collection: Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
Media: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (original radio series) – Douglas Adams

Novel: The Unlimited Dream Company by J. G. Ballard
Short: Palely Loitering by Christopher Priest (F&SF)
Media: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy record
Artist: Jim Burns

Novel: Timescape by Gregory Benford
Short: The Brave Little Toaster by Thomas M. Disch (F&SF)
Media: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy second radio series – Douglas Adams
Artist: Peter Jones

Novel: The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe
Short: Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock (F&SF)
Media: Time Bandits
Artist: Bruce Pennington

Novel: Helliconia Spring by Brian W. Aldiss
Short: Kitemaster by Keith Roberts (Interzone)
Media: Blade Runner
Artist: Tim White

Novel: Tik-Tok by John Sladek
Short: After-Images by Malcolm Edwards (Interzone)
Media: Android
Artist: Bruce Pennington

Novel: Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
Short: The Unconquered Country by Geoff Ryman (Interzone)
Media: The Company of Wolves
Artist: Jim Burns

Novel: Helliconia Winter by Brian W. Aldiss
Short: “Cube Root” by David Langford (Interzone)
Media: Brazil
Artist: Jim Burns

Novel: The Ragged Astronauts by Bob Shaw
Short: Kaeti and the Hangman by Keith Roberts (in collection Kaeti & Company)
Media: Aliens
Artist: Keith Roberts

Novel: Grainne by Keith Roberts
Short: Love Sickness by Geoff Ryman (Interzone)
Media: Star Cops
Artist: Jim Burns

Novel: Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock
Short: Dark Night in Toyland by Bob Shaw (Interzone)
Media: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Artist: Alan Lee

Novel: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
Short: In Translation by Lisa Tuttle (Zenith)
Media: Red Dwarf
Artist: Jim Burns

Novel: Take Back Plenty by Colin Greenland
Short: The Original Doctor Shade by Kim Newman (Interzone)
Media: Twin Peaks
Artist: Ian Miller

Novel: The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Short: Bad Timing by Molly Brown (Interzone)
Media: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Artist: Mark Harrison

Novel: Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Short: Innocent by Ian McDonald (New Worlds 2)
Artist: Jim Burns

Novel: Aztec Century by Christopher Evans
Short: The Ragthorn by Robert Holdstock and Garry Kilworth (Interzone)
Artist: Jim Burns
Special Award: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction ed. John Clute and Peter Nicholls

Novel: Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks
Short: The Double Felix by Paul di Filippo (Interzone)
Artist: Jim Burns

Novel: The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
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: Excession by Iain M. Banks
Short: A Crab Must Try by Barrington J. Bayley (Interzone 103)
Artwork: cover of Ancient Shores by Jim Burns

Novel: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Short: War Birds by Stephen Baxter (Interzone 126)
Artwork: The Black Blood of the Dead (cover of Interzone 116) by SMS

Novel: The Extremes, by Christopher Priest
Short: La Cenerentola by Gwyneth Jones (Interzone 136)
Artwork: Lord Prestimion (cover of Interzone 138) by Jim Burns

Novel: The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod
Short: Hunting the Slarque by Eric Brown (Interzone 141)
Artwork: cover of Darwinia by Jim Burns

Novel: Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle
Short: The Suspect Genome by Peter F. Hamilton (Interzone 156)
Artwork: Hideaway (cover of Interzone 157) by Dominic Harman

Novel: Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
Short: Children of Winter by Eric Brown (Interzone 163)
Artwork: cover of Omegatropic by Colin Odell
Non-fiction: Omegatropic by Stephen Baxter

Novel: The Separation by Christopher Priest
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: Felaheen by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
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

Novel: River of Gods by Ian McDonald
Short Fiction: Mayflower II by Stephen Baxter
Artwork: cover of Newton’s Wake by Stephan Martinière (US Edition)

Novel: Air by Geoff Ryman
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

Novel: End of the World Blues by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Short Fiction: The Djinn’s Wife by Ian McDonald
Artwork: Angelbot (cover of Time Pieces) by Christopher “Fangorn” Baker

Novel: Brasyl by Ian McDonald
Short Fiction: Lighting Out by Ken MacLeod
Artwork: Cracked World (cover of disLocations) by Andy Bigwood

Novel: The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod
Short Fiction: Exhalation by Ted Chiang
Artwork: cover of Subterfuge by Andy Bigwood
Non-fiction: Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn

Novel: The City & the City by China Miéville
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 Dervish House by Ian McDonald
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

Best Novel: The Islanders by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)
Short Fiction: The Copenhagen Interpretation by Paul Cornell (Asimov’s, July)
Artwork: Cover of The Noise Revealed by Dominic Harman (Solaris)
Non-fiction The SF Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition ed. John Clute, Peter Nicholls, David Langford and Graham Sleight (Gollancz website)
Specially Commended: This British Library’s Out of This World exhibition

Best 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 (joint award): Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell
Novel (joint award): Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Short Fiction: Spin by Nina Allan
Artwork: cover of Dream London by Joey Hi-Fi
Best Non-Fiction: Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer.

Novel: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Short Fiction: The Honey Trap by Ruth E. J. Booth, 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: The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
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

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 Rift by Nina Allan (Titan US; Titan UK)
Short Fiction: The Enclave by Anne Charnock (NewCon)
Artwork (joint award): cover for The Ion Raider by Jim Burns (NewCon)
Artwork (joint award): Illustration for Waiting on a Bright Moon by Victo Ngai ( 7/12/17)
Non-Fiction Award: Iain M. Banks by Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)

Novel Award: 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: Adrian Tchaikovsky – Children of Ruin (Tor)
Shorter Fiction: Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone – This is How You Lose the Time War (Jo Fletcher Books)
Artwork: Chris Baker (Fangorn) – Cover for ‘Wourism and Other Stories’ by Ian Whates (Luna Press)
Non-Fiction: Farah Mendlesohn – The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein (Unbound)

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