At the BSFA, we have counted up our award nominations, and are buzzing with excitement to tell you which works have been shortlisted... but you have to wait!
Tom Hunter, Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, revealed the total number of submissions of novels by female writers this week - and it was a staggering 33. Last year, there were only 18 out of 82 books. But how many books will have been submitted overall? Tom is teasing us with that number and won't tell us! But what he did tell us was that he hoped releasing this list first would be "a positive contribution towards further raising the profile of women writers of science fiction in the UK and beyond." Nice one, Tom.
The full list of submissions will be announced next Thursday. Our BSFA representatives, Duncan Lawie and Ian Whates, along with all the other judges, will be reading like mad to try to get through them all and be ready to announce their collective shortlist on March 18th. Then, the glamorous Royal Society in London will host the awards ceremony once again on May 1st.
Waving its tentacles in our general direction next come The Kitschies - the shortlists having been announced this week. The Kitschies are an annual prize for books
containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic”. Jared Shurin and Anne C. Perry have been running The Kitschies for the past 5 years, and their quest this year was to find the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining” fiction of 2013 (and give the writers some rum! Probably...)
This year’s shortlists are selected from a record 234 submissions, coming from over fifty different publishers and imprints.
The Red Tentacle (Novel), selected by Kate Griffin, Nick Harkaway, Will Hill, Anab Jain and Annabel Wright:
- Red Doc> by Anne Carson (Jonathan Cape)
- A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
- Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon (Jonathan Cape)
- More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker)
- The Machine by James Smythe (HarperCollins / Blue Door)
The Golden Tentacle (Debut), also selected by the above panel:
- Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key)
- A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47 North)
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
- Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
- Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Atlantic)
The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art), selected by Craig Kennedy, Sarah Anne Langton, Hazel Thompson and Emma Vieceli.
- Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz) / Design and illustration by Sinem Erkas
- The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot) / Art by Will Staehle
- Homeland and Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Titan) / Design by Amazing15
- Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key) / Art by Gianmarco Magnani
- Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human (Century) / Art by Joey Hi-Fi
The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Seven Dials Club on 12th February and will receive a total of £2,000 in prize money, as well as one of the prize’s distinctive Tentacle trophies and bottles of The Kraken Rum.
Will any of The Kitschies shortlist titles be reflected in the shortlists for the BSFA awards, which will be announced next week? What do you think? I know, but... my lips are sealed!