BSFA Award for Best Novel – Longlist

The award for best novel, given by the British Science Fiction Association, has a long tradition, the longest of all the awards, with the first being given back in 1969 to John Brunner for his work, Stand on Zanzibar, published by Doubleday.

Since then, the award has celebrated a vast array of different science fiction works, transporting us into a vast array of different imagined realities.

As time has passed, the publishing industry has diversified, and the number of eligible works published each year has increased exponentially. Some are still able to keep up with all that is released, but it can be an arduous task.

The BSFA longlist is a list of publications that have been read by members and made an impression on them. In publishing this list, the association is hoping to help members share their recommendations and help you discover an exciting new read or two, or three.  

  • 88 Names by Matt Ruff (HarperCollins)
  • Afterland by Lauren Beukes (Mulholland Books) Link to Sample / Link to Reading
  • Analogue/Virtual by Lavanya Lakshminarayan (Hachette) Link to Sample / Link to Another
  • Attack Surface by Cory Doctorow (Tor)
  • Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis (St Martin’s Press)
  • Beneath The Rising by Premee Mohamed (Solaris) Link to Sample / Link to Purchase
  • Bridge 108 by Anne Charnock (47North) Link to Interview / Link to Purchase
  • Burn by Patrick Ness (Quill Tree)
  • Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu (Simon & Schuster)
  • Club Ded by Nikhil Singh (Luna Press) Link to Reading / Link to Interview / Link to Purchase
  • Comet Weather by Liz Williams (NewCon)
  • Dark Angels Rising by Ian Whates (Newcon Press)
  • Earthlings by Sayaka Murata (Granta) Link to Purchase
  • Fearless by Allen Stroud (Flame Tree Press) Link to Reading / Link to Interview / Link to Purchase
  • Ghost Species by James Bradley (Hodder & Stoughton) Link to Reading / Link to Purchase
  • Greensmith by Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories) Link to Purchase
  • Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (
  • King of the Rising by Kacen Callender (Orbit) Link to Purchase
  • Light of Impossible Stars by Gareth L. Powell (Titan)
  • Liquid Crystal Nightingale by Eeleen Lee (Abaddon) Link to Purchase
  • Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin (Oneworld) Link to Purchase
  • Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston (
  • Mordew by Alex Pheby (Galley Beggar) Link to Sample / Link to Purchase
  • Network Effect by Martha Wells (
  • Nophek Gloss by Essa Hansen (Orbit) Link to Sample
  • Noumenon Ulltra by Marina J. Lostetter (Harper Voyager)
  • People of the Canyons by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear (Forge Books)
  • Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack (Simon & Schuster) Link to Sample / Link to Purchase
  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury) Link to Sample
  • Saints of Salvation by Peter F Hamilton (Del Rey)
  • Saving Lucia by Anna Vaught (Bluemoose)
  • Space Station Down by Ben Bova & Doug Beason (Tor Books)
  • Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang (Head of Zeus)
  • The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey (Orbit)
  • The Breach by M.T. Hill (Titan)
  • The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)
  • The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager) Link to Purchase
  • The Evidence by Christopher Priest (Gollancz) Link to Purchase
  • The God Game by Danny Tobey (St. Martin’s Press)
  • The Last Human by Zack Jordan (Del Rey)
  • The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit) Link to Sample
  • The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (Oneworld)
  • The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (Hachette) Link to Sample / Link to Purchase
  • The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (Saga) Link to Sample / Link to Purchase
  • The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • The Silence by Don DeLillo (Picador)
  • The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again by M. John Harrison (Gollancz) Link to Purchase
  • The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez (Titan)
  • Threading the Labyrinth by Tiffani Angus (Unsung Stories) Link to BSFA Reading / Link to SFRA Reading / Link to Purchase / Link to Sample
  • To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini (Tor)
  • Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott (Tor)
  • Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell (Sceptre)
  • War of the Maps by Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
  • Water Must Fall by Nick Wood (NewCon Press) Link to Reading / Link to Purchase

Over the next few days, we will be in contact with long list nominees and wherever possible, updating this page with links to samples of as many of these works as we can.

Voting for the shortlist will open on the 18th of January for BSFA members, and will close on 5th of February. The final vote will then open, and the winner announced at this year’s Eastercon, ConFusion.