The ceremony was livestreamed by Chad Dixon, and can be seen on his Periscope channel here. Update: Now also available on YouTube!
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.
As the nights draw in, it’s time to cast your mind back and help us decide on the best works published in 2017. Nominations for your favourite SF or fantasy novels, short stories, artworks, and non-fiction are open until 31st December 2017. The voting form and the small print are here: https://www.bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-awards/nominate-for-the-bsfa-awards/ or you can email your nominations (4 per category) to email@example.com
You must be a member of the BSFA in order to take part in award nominations and voting. You can join or renew here: https://www.bsfa.co.uk/join-the-bsfa/ , or email the Membership Secretary to check your status (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The British Science Fiction Association is delighted to announce the winners of the BSFA Awards for works published in 2016.
Shortlisted works were:
Chris Beckett – Daughter of Eden (Atlantic/Corvus)
Becky Chambers – A Closed and Common Orbit (Hodder & Stoughton)
Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris)
Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me (Gollancz)
Nick Wood – Azanian Bridges (NewCon Press)
Best Shorter Fiction:
Shortlisted works were:
Jaine Fenn – Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press)
Una McCormack – Taking Flight (Crises and Conflicts, NewCon Press)
Helen Oyeyemi – Presence (What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Picador)
Tade Thompson – The Apologists (Interzone #266)
Aliya Whiteley – The Arrival of Missives (Unsung Stories)
Rob Hansen – THEN: Science Fiction Fandom in the UK 1930-1980 (Ansible Editions)
Erin Horáková – Boucher, Backbone and Blake: The Legacy of Blakes Seven (Strange Horizons)
Anna McFarlane – Breaking the Cycle of the Golden Age: Jack Glass and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy (Adam Roberts: Critical Essays, Gylphi)
Paul Graham Raven – New Model Authors? Authority, Authordom, Anarchism and the Atomized Text in a Networked World (Adam Roberts: Critical Essays, Gylphi)
Geoff Ryman – 100 African Writers of SFF (Tor.com)
Ann & Jeff VanderMeer – Introduction to The Big Book of Science Fiction (Vintage)
Shortlisted works were:
Tara Bush – Transition (Cover of Black Static #53)
Suzanne Dean and Kai & Sunny – Cover of The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan (William Heinemann)
David A Hardy – Cover of Disturbed Universes by David L Clements (NewCon Press)
Sarah Anne Langton – Cover for Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)
Chris Moore – Cover of The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds (NewCon Press)
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.
Traditionally, we have a celebratory BSFA Awards Booklet appearing every year just before Eastercon (Mancunicon this year), but alas this year’s publication is not likely to reach your postbox ‘til week commencing 20th March, so in an effort to encourage all members of the BSFA (and Mancunicon attendees) to vote in the Awards, we’d like to encourage you to read as much of these as you can online…
We would also encourage you to vote online if possible, and the voting form can be found here: https://www.bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-2015-awards-voting-form/
A reminder of all short-listed nominees, and where to find them:
Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett (Corvus):
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz):
Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris):
Luna by Ian McDonald (Gollancz):
Glorious Angels by Justina Robson (Gollancz):
Best Short Story
“Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 100):
“Witches of Lychford” by Paul Cornell (Tor.com):
“No Rez” by Jeff Noon (Interzone 260):
“Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com):
“Ride the Blue Horse” by Gareth L. Powell (online Matter magazine):
** the full text of all of the above stories will appear in the BSFA Awards Booklet **
“Time Pieces: Doctor Change or Doctor Die” by Nina Allan (Interzone 261):
Letters to Tiptree by Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce (Twelfth Planet Press):
“What Price Your Critical Agency” by Jonathan McCalmont (Ruthless Culture blog):
Rave and Let Die: The SF and Fantasy of 2014 by Adam Roberts (Steel Quill Books):
“From Annihilation to Acceptance: A Writer’s Surreal Journey” by Jeff Vandermeer (The Atlantic, January 2015):
** there are extended excerpts from Letters to Tiptree and Rave and Let Die in the BSFA Awards Booklet, alongside the full text of all of the articles mentioned above **
Jim Burns for the cover of Pelquin’s Comet (Newcon Press):
Vincent Sammy for the short story, “Songbird” in Interzone 257:
Sarah Anne Langton for the cover of Jews Versus Zombies (Jurassic London):
Once again, we’d like to encourage you to vote sooner rather than later if you can. Thank you!
On Wednesday 27th January 2016 we’ll be trying our best to stream January’s Jeff Noon interview, live online. Between now and then a public domain recording of The Planet’s by Gustav Holst will be playing and we’d like your feedback on it. Just open the link & let us know what you hear.
MP3 audio only
For the last few months Chad Dixon has been valiantly trying his best to broadcast BSFA interviews with Periscope, it’s a little error prone so if it doesn’t work we’ll just do the audio. Cheers Chad!
Audio and Video – on the night.
Due to the popularity of this event we are moving to a new BIGGER venue which luckily is close by. Andrea has surpassed herself finding this venue 🙂
The Reliance, 336 Old Street, EC1V 9DR
MAP LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/