BSFA Awards Nominations Update

List now updated with additional nominations made before extended deadline of 10pm Thursday 19th January 2012.

A huge thank you to all BSFA members who sent in their suggestions for this list. I’m sure you will agree it is a lovely list  – full of names, titles, links and things. By all means keep checking out the names on this list in your local bookshops, libraries, online – and follow the available links. There is some fantastic work out there, and every single item on this list has been lovingly hand-picked by a genuine devotee of the genre. It’s all good stuff.

We are now in the process of collating figures, checking and double-checking and re-checking the things we thought we might not have checked, even if we did. Another huge thank you to all those who have been helping behind the scenes with the spotting of anomalies.

Very soon we will have a shortlist.

… so watch this space.

Best Novel

Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovich (Gollancz)

The Silent Stars Go By, Dan Abnett (BBC Books)

Embedded, Dan Abnett (Angry Robot)

popCULT, David Barnett (Pendragon)

City of Bohane, Kevin Barry (Jonathan Cape)

Bronze Summer (Northland 2), Stephen Baxter (Gollancz)

Kings of Eternity, Eric  Brown (Solaris)

Heaven’s Shadow, Cassutt, Soyer  (Tor)

The Clockwork Rocket (Orthogonal, Book 1), Greg Egan, Gollancz.

Bringer of  Light, Jaine Fenn, Gollancz

The Final Days, Gary Gibson (Tor)

First Born, James Goss (BBC Books)

Dead of Winter, James Goss (BBC Books)

Deadline, Mira Grant (Orbit)

The Mall, S.L. Grey (Corvus)

The Fallen Blade, Jon  Courtenay Grimwood, Orbit

Reality 36, Guy Haley (Angry Robot)

Twighlight Robbery, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s BooksDead Water, Simon Ings (Corvus)

The Ironclad Prophecy, Pat Kelleher  (Abaddon)

Fenrir, MD Lachlan (Gollancz)

Cyber Circus, Kim Lakin-Smith  (Newcon Press)

The Age of Odin, James Lovegrove (Solaris)

Wake Up and Dream, Ian R Macleod (PS Publishing)

A Dance With Dragons, George RR Martin (Harper Voyager)

Savage City, Sophia McDougall (Gollancz)

Embassy Town, China  Mieville (Macmillan)

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern (Harvill Secker)

1Q84, Haruki Murakami (Harvill Secker)

A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness (Walker)

Mr Fox, Helen Oyeyemi (Picador)

Hell Ship, Phillip Palmer (Orbit)

The Hammer, KJ Parker (Orbit)

The Recollection, Gareth L Powell (Solaris)

Snuff, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday)

The Islanders, Christopher Priest  (Gollancz)

The Demi-Monde: Winter, Rod Rees (Quercus)

By Light Alone, Adam Roberts (Gollancz)

The Testament of Jessie Lamb, Jane Rogers (Sandstone Press)

Regicide, Nicolas Royle, Solaris

Rule 34, Charles Stross (Orbit)

Osama, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)

Deathless, Catherynne M. Valente (Tor)

The Noise Revealed, Ian Whates (Solaris)

City of Hope and Despair, Ian Whates (Angry Robot)

Best Short Fiction

The Silver Wind, Nina Allan, Interzone 233, TTA Press

Six Months, Three Days, Charlie Jane Anders,

The Girl in the Next Room is Crying Again, Peter M. Ball, Daily Science Fiction

Smoke City, Christopher Barzak, Asimov’s (April/May)

Day 29, Chris Beckett, Asimov’s (July)

Eagle, Greg Benford, Welcome to the Greenhouse, ed. Gordon Van Gelder, OR Books

Chislehurst Messiah, Lauren Beukes, Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse, Jurassic London

The Last Ride of the Glory Girls, Libba Bray, Steampunk! Walker

Eternity’s Children, Keith Brooke and Eric Brown, Solaris Rising:The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction ed. Ian Whates

Tell me Everything, Chris Butler, Interzone 233, TTA Press

Last of the Guerrilla Gardeners, David Clements, Nature (January)

Insha’Allah, Matthew Cook, Interzone 235, TTA Press

The Copenhagen Interpretation, Paul Cornell, Asimov’s (July)

Electrium, Elizabeth Counihan, The Immersion Book of Steampunk, Immersion Press

The Last Man, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse, Jurassic London

Danilo, Carole Emshwiller, Asimov’s (September)

Movement, Nancy Fulda, Asimov’s March 2011 issue

And Weep Like Alexander, Neil Gaiman, Fables from the Fountain, Newcon Press

Librarians in the Branch Library of Babel, Shaenon K. Garrity, Strange Horizons

Widows in the World, Gavin J Grant, Strange Horizons (2 parts)

OMG GTFO, S. L. Grey, Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse, Jurassic London

Ghostweight by Yoon Ha Lee, Clarkesworld January 2011 issue

She Murdered Mortal He, Sarah Hall, The Beautiful Indifference, Granta

Afterbirth, Kameron Hurley (author’s own website)

The Incredible Exloding Man, Dave Hutchinson, Solaris Rising:The New Solaris Book of Science Fictioned. Ian Whates

Sleepers, Jon Ingold, Interzone 234, TTA Press

The Man Who Bridged the Mist , Kij Johnson, Asimov’s (Oct/Nov)

Tidal Forces, Caitlin R Kiernan, Eclipse 4 ed. Jonathan Strahan, Nightshade Books

750,000 of Your Friends Like This, Mur Lafferty, Voices from the Past (H & H Books)

Crosstown Traffic, Tim Lees, Interzone 233 (TTA Press)

Valley of the Girls, Kelly Link, Subterranean Press

Tying Knots, Ken Liu, Clarkesworld #52

The Man Who Ended History: a Documentary, Ken Liu, Panverse Three, Summer 2011

True North, M.J. Locke, Welcome to the Greenhouse, ed. Gordon Van Gelder, OR Books

Hector Douglas Makes A Sale, Ian R MacLeod (Chapbook – in association with Wake Up and Dream)

A Smart Well-Mannered Uprising of the Dead, Ian McDonald,  Solaris Rising:The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction ed. Ian Whates

Not the End of the World, Sophia McDougal, Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse, Jurassic London

Covehithe, China Mieville, The Guardian

Arzestula, Wu Ming, I’m With the Bears, Verso

Every You, Every Me,Virginia Modugno, Tesseracts 15, ed. Julie Czerneda and Susan MacGregor

A Soldier of the City, David Moles, Engineering Infinity ed. Jonathan Strahan, Solaris

The Thick Night, Sunny Moraine, Strange Horizons

Darwin’s Vampire,Elise Moser, Tesseracts 15, ed. Julie Czerneda and Susan MacGregor

A+ Brain, Katrina Nicholson, Tesseracts 15, ed. Julie Czerneda and Susan MacGregor

Follow That Cathedral!,  Gareth Owens, The Immersion Book of Steampunk, Immersion Press

The Ceiling is Sky, Suzanne Palmer, Interzone 234, TTA Press

A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong, K J Parker, Subterranean Magazine (Winter)

A Response from EST 17, Tom Purdom, Asimov’s (April/May)

For the Ages, Alastair Reynolds,  Solaris Rising:The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction ed. Ian Whates

Tethered, Mercurio D. Rivera, Interzone 236, TTA Press

The 9,000,000,001st Name of God, Adam Roberts, Fables from the Fountain, Newcon Press

Anticopernicus, Adam Roberts, Ancaster Books

The Problem with Time Travel, Adam Roberts,  Solaris Rising:The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction ed. Ian Whates


Of Dawn, Al Robertson, Interzone 235, TTA Press

Yestermorrow, Richard Salter Solaris Rising:The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction ed. Ian Whates

The Ever-Dreaming Verdict of Plagues, Jason Sanford, Interzone 236, TTA Press

The Curse of the Were Penis, Emily C. Sklaftun, Flurb

Pataki, Nisi Shawl, Strange Horizons

A Box of Thunder, Lewis Shiner, Strange Horizons

Alice Through the Plastic Sheet, Robert Shearman A Book of Horrors (Jo Fletcher Books)

Restoration, Robert Chearman, Everyone’s Just So So Special, Big Finish

The One That Got Away, Tricia Sullivan, Solaris Rising:The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction ed. Ian Whates

Diving After The Moon, Rachel Swirsky (Clarkesworld #53)

Corn Teeth, Melanie Tem, Asimov’s (August)

Jesus and the Eightfold Path, Lavie Tidhar, Immersion Press

Gorel And The Pot Bellied God, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)

The Last Osama, Lavie Tidhar, Interzone 237  (TTA Press)

How we came back from Mars, Ian Watson, Solaris Rising:The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction ed. Ian Whates

Book Wurms, AndyWest, Fables from the Fountain (Newcon Press)

Tick, Tick, Boom, Kiersten White, Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances

A Glass of Shadow, Liz Williams, A Glass of Shadow, Newcon Press

Best Non-Fiction

Out of This World: Science Fiction but not as we Know it , Mike Ashley, Out of This World: Science Fiction but not as we Know it , British Library

Out of This World – The British Library exhibition

In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, Margaret Attwood, Nan A. Talese

The Inner Man, John Baxter, Weidenfeld & Nicolson

The Progress of Text, Chris Beckett, Electronic British Library Journal

Wiscon, Stories and Ontological Blackness, Maurice Broaddus, Wiscon Chronicles 5, ed. Nisi Shawl

Fool to Believe: Remarks on Some Short Stories By Pat Cadigan, Matthew Cheney, Strange Horizons

Pardon This Intrusion, John Clute (Beccon)

The SF Encyclopedia, 3rd edition, ed. John Clute, Peter Nicholls and David Langford.

Review of Deathless by Catherynne Valente, Matt Denault, Lingua Fantastika (3 parts)

In Praise of Joanna Rowling’s Hermione Granger Series, Sadie Doyle, Global Comment

Speculative Fiction as Postcolonial Critique in Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas, Nicholas Dunlop, David Mitchell: Critical Essays ed. Sarah Dillon, Gylphi

Review of The Arthur C Clarke Award Shortlist, Dan Hartland, Strange Horizons (2 parts)

The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction, Rachel Haywood Ferreira (Wesleyan University Press)

Blogging the Weird, Maureen Kincaid Speller

Postcolonialism and Science Fiction, Jessica Langer, Palgrave Macmillan

Supergods, Grant Morrison, Jonathan Cape

Alien Vault: The Definitive Story Behind the Film, Ian Nathan, Aurum Press Ltd

Review of Arslan by MJ Engh, Abigail Nussbaum, Asking the Wrong Questions

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Adam Roberts, SF Mistressworks

Review of Aurorarama by Jean-Christophe Valtat, Adam Roberts, Strange Horizons.

SF Mistressworks, Ian Sales, SF Mistressworks

Teaching Science Fiction, ed. Andy Sawyer, Peter Wright (Palgrave Macmillan)

Hyperbolic Futures , Steven Shaviro, Cascadia Subduction Zone 2

Pornokitsch, Jared, Shurin, Pornokitsch

Review of The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, Jared Shurin, Pornokitsch.

Elisabeth Sladen: the Autobiography, Elisabeth Sladen (Aurum Press Ltd.)

‘The Unsilent Library: Essays on the Russell T. Davies Era of the New Doctor Who (Foundation Studies in Science Fiction), ed. Graham Sleight (The Science Fiction Foundation)

‘Moonlight bright as a UFO abduction’: Science Fiction, Present-Future Alienation and Cognitive Mapping, William Stephenson, David Mitchell: Critical Essays ed. Sarah Dillon, Gylphi

Notes From Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan

Notes from Coode Street – with Ursula Leguin, Jonathan Strahan

Remediations of ‘Japan’ in number9dream, Baryon Tensor Posodas, David Mitchell: Critical Essays ed. Sarah Dillon, Gylphi

(Re)Producing the View from Nowhere: a reaction to Wiscon 34’s Reproductive Health Panel, Maria Velasquez, Wiscon Chronicles 5, ed. Nisi Shawl

Best Art

The Sixty: Arts of Andy Bigwood, Immanion Press

Cover of Kim Lakin-Smith’s Cyber Circus, Vincent Chong, Newcon Press

Cover of Diana Rowland’s My Life as a White Trash Zombie, Dan Dos Santos, DAW

Cover of K.W. Jeter’s Infernal Devices, John Coulthard, Angry Robot

Nautili, Julie Dillon, Clarkesworld #53

Cover of Jupiter #34: Euporie by Paul Drummond

Cover of Lavie Tidhar’s Jesus and the Eightfold Path, Melissa, Gay, Immersion Press

Cover of The Immersion Book of Steampunk, Charlie Harbour, Immersion Press

Cover of Ian Whates’ The Noise Revealed, Dominic Harman, Solaris

Cover  of Eric Brown’s Kings of Eternity, Dominic Harman, Solaris

Cover of Mike Lancaster’s 0.4, Tom Hartley, Egmont

Cover of Jaine Fenn’s Bringer of Light, Nik Keevil,  (Gollancz)

Moon BBQ, Joey Hifi, Science Museum Summer in Space creative

Cover and illustrations to Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls, Jim Kay, Walker

Cover of Andy Remic’s SIM, Vincent Holland-Keen, Anarchy Books

Cover of Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Quantum Thief, Kekai Kotaki, Pyr

Cover of Carrie Vaughn’s After the Golden Age, Peter Lutjen, Tor

Cover of Lavie Tidhar’s Osama, Pedro Marques, PS Publishing

A Song of Fire and Ice 2012 Calendar, inspired by George RR Martin, John Picacio, Random House

Cover of Peter Hamilton’s Manhattan in Reverse, Steve Stone, Macmillan

Cover of Liz Williams’ A Glass of Shadow, Anne Sudworth, Newcon Press

Cover of Brave New Worlds, ed J. J Adams, Cody Tilson, Nightshade

Cover of Adam Roberts’ By Light Alone, Gollancz

Cover of Maureen F. McHugh’s After the Apocalypse, Small Beer Press

Cover of Carrie Ryan’s The Dark and Hollow Places, Gollancz

Cover of Rob Ziegler’s Seed!Nightshade Books

Apocalypse is Coming, video, Tate Britain exhibition

Cover of Jessica Langer’s Postcolonialism and Science Fiction, Palgrave Macmillan

Cover of The Unsilent Library: Essays on the Russell T. Davies Era of the New Doctor Who, by Pete Young,  eds Simon Bradshaw, Graham Sleight, and Tony Keen, SF-Foundation.

Cover of  The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 24, ed. Gardner Dozois, Robinson

Cover of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, Harvill Secker

Cover of Greg Egan’s The Clockwork Rocket, Gollancz

Cover of Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr Fox, Picador

Cover of Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse, Simon and Schuster

Cover of Catherynne M. Valente’s Silently and Very Fast, WSFA Press

Relics in Interzone 234, Richard Wagner, TTA Press

A Time for Raven in Interzone 236, Richard Wagner, TTA Press

Divergence in Interzone 235, Richard Wagner, TTA Press

Babel II in Interzone 237, Richard Wagner, TTA Press

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About Donna Scott

Chair of the BSFA since June 2013. Prior to this I was Awards Administrator, taking over that role from Claire Briarley in 2008. I am officially Donna Bond since getting married in May 2013, but continue to write and perform under my previous name, Donna Scott. My short fiction stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and I was winner of the inaugural Short Cuts at the MAC in 2005. As a comedian, I have performed all over the UK. Comedy has also given me the opportunity to perform alongside big names like Sarah Millican and Jasper Carrott! As a poet, I've also performed all over the place, including lots of science fiction conventions, and sometimes my poetry and comedy get kind of mixed up. I was the first official Bard of Northampton, it's true. I've got a tankard that says so... I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future, that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

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  3. I have some answers to questions posed to me in the last day or so.

    1)How many items can I nominate?
    A)As many as you like in each category… they just have to fit the eligibility criteria.

    2) If the novel category is for UK publication only, what about X which is available internationally as an e-book?
    A) We are looking at first UK publications only for the Novel category.

    These will be:
    a) A UK print publication, published for the first time in 2011; or
    b) Published as an ebook that is available in the UK for the first
    time in 2011 and doesn’t have a print edition.

    We will of course check any and all suggestions out, but the titles will only have one shot at the award no matter what.

    Keep your nominations and questions coming to

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