Reaching Out – Some Opportunities, to Read/Watch/Listen

In these difficult times, you may find yourself stuck for something to read, to listen to, or to watch. Many generous writers, podcasters and other content creators are donating their work to help us all stay amused, entertained and active. The BSFA will be compiling a list of all the donated works you can access. The first few will appear below and then we will be moving them to a permanent page on the website.

So, here’s an opportunity to find a great new story, catch up with some of your favourites, or dig back into some wonderful work that you’d forgotten how much you enjoyed.

To start with, we have the wonderful open access archive of the BSFA publication Vector being produced by FANAC. There are plans for nearly sixty years of issues to be digitised into a free archive that you can read.

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The BSFA Review began life as the reviews section of Vector, and became its own digital publication in 2017. The current editor is Susan Oke.

Download issues here

BSFA member, Chad Dixon has provided links to all the BSFA interviews he has audio recorded.

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Professor Adam Roberts is our first invited guest on the BSFA Lockdown Solidarity Salon. His reading was broadcast live on 27th of March 2020. You can access the recording here.

SHORT CHANGES by Adrian Tchaikovsky and Keris Mcdonald
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DOWNDRAUGHT by Gareth L. Powell
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Gareth is also doing regular free readings on hie website – Find his work here.

Access the Archive here

NOW WASH YOUR HANDS by Dave Hutchinson
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NOTHING TO ME by Danie Ware
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AS I BREATHE – by Alexandra Wolfe
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POSSIBLE WORLDS – by Rachel Handley
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Click here for Part 2
Click here for Part 3

THE SWORD OF WISIMIR – by Allen Stroud
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A VERY BRITISH HISTORY – by Paul Mcauley (free from 23rd March for 5 days)
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2020 COLLECTION GIFT OF JOY – by Ian Whates
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SHEEP’S CLOTHING – by Jan Siegel
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Leanne Renee Hieber has put together a detailed free reading list on her website:
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THE WIZARD@S COMING – by Juliet Mckenna
Purchase the ebook for free in EPub or Mobi format here

FRIGHTFULLY COSY – by Johnny Mains
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Access the Amazon link. Free for a limited time.

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Free purchase from the link

BSFA Awards shortlist announced

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the BSFA Awards for works published in 2019.
The BSFA Awards for works published in 2019 will be presented at the 2020 Eastercon, Concentric, which this year is taking place at The Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham, from 10-13 April 2019. Advance voting is open to BSFA members and Eastercon members until Monday 6th April, online at, or by post (see Votes will also be accepted in person at Eastercon until noon on Saturday 11th April.The shortlisted works are:

Best Novel

  • Juliet E McKenna – The Green Man’s Foe (Wizard’s Tower Press)
  • Emma Newman – Atlas Alone (Gollancz)
  • Gareth L Powell – Fleet of Knives (Titan Books)
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky – Children of Ruin (Tor)
  • Tade Thompson – The Rosewater Insurrection (Orbit)

Best Shorter Fiction

  • Becky Chambers – To Be Taught, If Fortunate (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone – This is How You Lose the Time War (Jo Fletcher Books)
  • Fiona Moore – Jolene (Interzone #283)
  • Gareth L Powell – Ragged Alice (
  • Tade Thompson – The Survival of Molly Southbourne (
  • Ian Whates – For Your Own Good (Wourism and Other Stories, Luna Press)

Best Non-Fiction

  • Farah Mendlesohn – The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein (Unbound)
  • Glyn Morgan & C Palmer-Patel (Eds) – Sideways in Time: Critical Essays on Alternate History Fiction (Liverpool University Press)
  • Gareth L Powell – About Writing (Luna Press)
  • Adam Roberts – HG Wells: A Literary Life (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Jo Lindsay Walton – Away Day: Star Trek and the Utopia of Merit (Big Echo)

Best Artwork

  • Aitch & Rachel Vale – Cover for ‘Deeplight’ by Frances Hardinge (UK edition) (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Chris Baker (Fangorn) – Cover for ‘Wourism and Other Stories’ by Ian Whates (Luna Press)
  • Julia Lloyd – Cover for ‘Fleet of Knives’ by Gareth L Powell (Titan Books)
  • Charlotte Stroomer – Cover for ‘The Rosewater Redemption’ by Tade Thompson (Orbit)
  • Richard Wagner – Cover for Interzone #284 (Interzone)

BSFA Awards nominations now open

We are delighted to announce that the BSFA Awards for works published in 2019 are nowopen for nominations. The deadline for nominztions is midnight at the end of 31st December 2019. If you are a BSFA member you may nominate here:

If you’d like to refresh your memories of 2019 (or help jog anyone else’s), we maintain a list of suggested reading. Anyone may add to this – and you can make as many suggestions as you like. Please feel free to add eligible works here:

The BSFA Awards are awarded each year to the best Novel, work of Short Fiction, Artwork and work of Non-Fiction as voted for by the members of the British Science Fiction Association. For the full rules and timetable visit this page:


BSFA Awards 2018 Announced

The British Science Fiction Association is delighted to announce the winners of the BSFA Awards for works published in 2018.
Best Novel: Gareth L Powell for _Embers of War_ (Titan Books)

Gareth L Powell being presented with the trophy for Best Novel by Frances Hardinge

Best Shorter Fiction: Ian McDonald for _Time Was_ (
Best Non-Fiction: Aliette de Bodard for _ On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures_ (Intellectus Speculativus blog)
Best Artwork: Likhain for _In the Vanishers’ Palace: Dragon I and II_ (Inprnt)
In the Vanisher's Palace: Dragon II by Likhain
The BSFA Awards are presented annually by the British Science Fiction Association, based on a vote of BSFA members and – in recent years – members of the British national science fiction convention Eastercon. They are fan awards that not only seek to honour the most worthy examples in each category, but to promote the genre of science fiction, and get people reading, talking about and enjoying all that contemporary science fiction has to offer.
This year, the awards ceremony took place at Ytterbium, the 70th Eastercon at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow. Jeanette Ng was the presenter and categories were awarded by the Guests of Honour DC, John Scalzi, Sydney Padua and Frances Hardinge.
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Photo courtesy of Chad Dixon

The ceremony was livestreamed by Chad Dixon, and can be seen on his Periscope channel here. Update: Now also available on YouTube!

BSFA Awards 2018

Nominations for the 2018 BSFA Awards are now open! Visit the nominations page for details of how to take part.

This year we’re making a change to the BSFA Award rules for Best Novel. To bring it into line with all the other awards, we are dropping the publication location requirement for novels. Previously novels were only eligible if they were published for the first time in the UK or Ireland (or solely in e-book format). From this year, novels are eligible in the year of their first publication, regardless of where they were published.

Because occasionally a book can still be hard to find in the UK when it’s only been published elsewhere, novels may also be eligible in the year of their first UK/Ireland publication, at the awards administrator’s discretion.

We’re making this change for several reasons, but in general terms we’re doing it to keep awards eligibility in line with the books that British fans are reading and talking about. Publishing availability has changed dramatically since the rule was written. Books published only in the US are now much more widely available in the UK, which means some books never get a formal UK publication even though they’re really easy to get hold of in the UK. Publishing models are also changing, and it’s getting harder and harder to tell what “counts” as UK publication.

And of course it isn’t the big names who are affected by this, which means that as a side-effect we’re narrowing our focus unnecessarily and ruling out some really great books, often by British authors or authors living and working in Britain. That’s the main motivation behind this change; we want to keep the novel award as relevant and interesting as the novels we’re all reading.