BSFA Awards 2014 – Shortlist Announced

We are pleased to announce the following shortlisted nominees for the BSFA Awards 2014.

Voting will now be opened to BSFA members and attending members of Eastercon. The  winner will be announced at a ceremony at the 66th Eastercon aka Dysprosium, taking place at the Park Inn, Heathrow from 3-6 April 2015.

Watch this space for details of the presenters and MC for this event, which will be announced shortly.

Once again, BSFA members will receive a commemorative BSFA Awards booklet with details of all the nominees.

Best Artwork:

Richard Anderson for the cover of Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley, published by Angry Robot Books.

Blacksheep for the cover of Bête by Adam Roberts, published by Gollancz

Tessa Farmer for her sculpture The Wasp Factory, after Iain Banks.

Jeffrey Alan Love for the cover of Wolves by Simon Ings, published by Gollancz

Andy Potts for the cover of Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall, published by Egmont

Best Non-Fiction:

Paul Kincaid for Call and Response, published by Beccon Books

Jonathan McCalmont for ‘Deep Forests and Manicured Gardens: A Look at Two New Short Fiction Magazines’

Edward James, for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and the First World War

Strange Horizons: various authors for The State of British SF and Fantasy: A Symposium

Karen Burnham for Greg Egan, published by University of Illinois Press


Best Short Fiction:

Ruth E J Booth for “The Honey Trap”, published in La Femme, Newcon Press

Octavia Cade for The Mussel Eater,  published by The Book Smugglers

Benjanun Sriduangkaew for  Scale Bright, published by Immersion Press


Best Novel:

Nina Allan, for The Race, published by Newcon Press

Frances Hardinge, for Cuckoo Song, published by Macmillan

Dave Hutchinson, for Europe in Autumn, published by Solaris

Simon Ings, for Wolves, published by Gollancz

Anne Leckie, for Ancillary Sword, published by Orbit

Claire North, for The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, published by Orbit

Nnedi Okorafor,  for Lagoon, published by Hodder

Neil Williamson, for The Moon King, published byNewcon Press


  • The number of nominees in this category is due to a tie for fourth place.


Congratulations to all the shortlisted nominees, and thanks to our members for nominating.

BSFA Awards Deadline Approaches…

Dear Members,

As members of the BSFA you are all eligible to nominate for the BSFA Awards.  This is a membership only nominations system and these are your Awards..

I am writing now to ask you to raise awareness that the nominations period closes on 31st January.

The BSFA committee met in December and discussed our objectives with the award.  We want the BSFA Award (and the BSFA itself) to represent the full range of the genre and the diversity of talent and ability behind those working across the spectrum of short fiction, novels, art and nonfiction. Our starting point is to make sure that the suggestions list is as complete and representative of the best work as possible.

Please consider using your nominations.  You’ll see that this year we’ve asked people to put forward four nominations per category for the Awards and then click on this link to add to the recommendations section as well.

This is designed to promote as many authors and artists as possible.

If our Awards are going to reflect the best in SF published in Britain in 2014, then we need members to actively help to promote that quality. We hope you will support our aims.

It could well be that many of our members are biding their time, but we’d really like to hear from you. Everyone is just as qualified as everyone else to make their nominations.

Lastly, for your information, the rules are:

Nominations are restricted to four per category.

  • Nominations shall open in October each year and run to January 31st.
  • A minimum of three nominations will be required for a work to be
    included on the ballot; if there are fewer than three works achieving
    this level of support, the category will not be awarded.
  • You may not make multiple nominations for a single work.
  • Please do not nominate your own work.

Find out more about how to nominate here:

The deadline for nominations is 31st January 2015.

Happy New Year and best wishes

Donna Scott



Suggest Items for BSFA Awards

Members may already be aware that nominations are now open for the BSFA Awards until January 31st.

We have made some changes to the nominations process, limiting the number of nominations members can make in each category to just 4, and so we thought it would be useful to also have a suggestions form where anyone can make suggestions for things that are eligible for nomination.

The form to make your suggestions is located here.

Items, as they come in, will be listed here.

We will add a link for this suggestions list and form to the Awards page.

Who can make suggestions?

Absolutely anyone, and it doesn’t even matter if you have an interest in the category. You can be the writer, illustrator or publisher. You can be the suggested person’s mum. Or, you can just be someone who has read and loved a book, story or article, or seen a cover you liked the look of. You don’t have to be a BSFA member to suggest anything either. This list is there to give BSFA members an idea of what may be eligible. It will not influence the results in any other way than making sure that BSFA members can see your suggested item in a list, making it less likely for them to forget about it.

Items will appear in the list almost immediately after you have clicked submit, and we will need to check and tidy them up when we can. Do let us know if you see anything amiss that we don’t seem to have tidied up in a timely manner – there’s a corrections section to the form.

Our immense gratitude goes to member Stephen Theaker who helped us put this form together.


Happy suggesting!

BSFA Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to our award winners, announced at a ceremony this evening at the 65th Eastercon at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow.

The ceremony was hosted by Alice Lawson and Steve Lawson with guest presenters Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Jim Burns, Andrew J. Wilson and Stephanie Saulter.

Best Non-Fiction: Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer.

Best Art: cover of Tony Ballantyne’s Dream London by Joey Hi-Fi.

Best Short Fiction: Spin by Nina Allan

Best Novel: ties between Gareth L. Powell for Ack Ack Macaque and Ann Leckie for Ancillary Justice.

Congratulations to all the winners.

BSFA Awards: the Shortlist

It’s finally here!

The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) is delighted to announce the shortlist for its annual BSFA Awards for works first published in 2013. The BSFA has been running the awards since 1970, awarding the first Best Novel award to John Brunner’s 1969 novel Stand on Zanzibar.


The 2012 BSFA Award Winners

The BSFA Awards draw on nominations from their membership, and in the case of the Best Novel Award are open to UK publications only.

Best Novel

God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)

Evening’s Empires by Paul McAuley (Gollancz)

Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris)

The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

Best Short Fiction

Spin by Nina Allan (TTA Press)

“Selkie Stories are for Losers” by Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons)

“Saga’s Children” by E. J. Swift (The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium)

“Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Best Artwork

Cover for Tony Ballantyne’s Dream London by Joey Hi-fi (Solaris)

Poster for Metropolis by Kevin Tong (

“The Angel at the Heart of the Rain” by Richard Wagner (Interzone #246)

Best Non-Fiction

Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer (Abrams Image)

“Going Forth by Night” by John J. Johnston (Unearthed, Jurassic)

“Sleeps with Monsters” by Liz Bourke (

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Satellite4 Eastercon convention the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow Sunday 20th April 2014. BSFA Prize-winners will receive a coveted BSFA trophy. Also in the ceremony will be the annual James White Award announcing its short story competition winner.

Awards Season Hots Up – Clarkes and Kitschies

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!


BSFA Award Nominations – A Week and a Bit to Go!

Hello everyone,

Hope you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year. Quite a few of you sent in nominations over this period, and we are picking through them now to make sure they are good and proper before adding them to this list (unfortunately, some very good things got nominated, just a year or more too late).

Although we do still have a few more to add, as you can see from below we are lacking in artwork nominations still. A few more non-fiction nominations wouldn’t go amiss either.

Look! We made the noo-spaypa! But don’t go fretting about those 2014 lists just yet. As you can see from our longlist already, there are plenty of fabulous reads and exciting new voices to learn about from our writers of 2013. So don’t just Twitter on about it… nominate!

And anyway, we can generate our own controversy, can’t we? The categorisation of one of these titles made me scratch my head, although in the end I thought “fair enough”. What do you think?

Another update coming soon…

Best Novel
Title Author Publisher
A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Canongate Books Ltd
Ack-Ack Macaque Gareth L Powell Solaris
Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie Orbit
Between Two Thorns Emma Newman Angry Robot
Doctor Sleep Stephen King Hodder & Stoughton
Evening’s Empires Paul Macauley Gollancz
Familiar J. Robert Lennon Serpent’s Tail
Gemsigns Stephanie Saulter Jo Fletcher Books
Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl David Barnett Snowbooks Ltd
God’s War Kameron Hurley Del Rey
I, Phone David Wake CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
iD Madeline Ashby Angry Robot
Marauder Gary Gibson Tor
More Than This Patrick Ness Walker
Necessary Evil Ian Tregillis Tor Books
Osiris: The Osiris Project E. J. Swift Del Rey
Red Doc Anne Carson Jonathon Cape
Shackleton’s Man Goes South Tony White Science Museum
Shopocalypse David Gullen Monico
The Adjacent Christopher Priest Gollancz
The Disestablishment of Paradise Philip Mann Gollancz
The Eidolon Libby McGugan Solaris
The Folded Man Matt Hill Sandstone Press Ltd
The Glass Republic Tom Pollock Jo Fletcher Books
The History of the Future in 100 Objects Adrian Hon Skyhook
The Machine James Smythe Blue Door
The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes Harper
The Violent Century Lavie Tidhar Hodder & Stoughton
The Water Sign C.S. Samulski Booktrope Editions
Warmaster’s Gate Adrian Tchaikovsky Tor UK
What Lot’s Wife Saw Ioanna Bourazopoulou Black & White Publishing
Best Short Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
A Visit to the House on Terminal Hill Elizabeth Knox
Build Guide Helen Jackson Interzone 244
Cave & Julia M. John Harrison Kindle
Droplet Rahul Kanakia We See a Different Frontier, Publishing
Entangled Ian R. Macleod Asimov’s
Enyo-Enyo Kameron Hurley The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Feast and Famine Adrian Tchaikovsky Solaris Rising 2, Solaris
Free Fall Graham Templeton Clarkesworld
Getting Out of There M. John Harrison Nightjar Press
Golden Apple Sophia McDougall The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
In Metal, In Bone An Owomoyela Eclipse Online
Memory Palace Hari Kunzru V&A
Old Domes J. Y. Yang We See a Different Frontier, Publishing
Saga’s Children E. J. Swift The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Selkie Stories are for Losers Sofia Samatar Strange Horizons
Sing Karen Tidbeck
Spin Nina Allan TTA Press
Such & Such Said to So & So Maria Dahvana Headley Glitter & Mayhem
The 9th Technique China Mieville The Apology Chapbook
The Electric Spanking of the War Babies Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson Glitter & Mayhem
The First Dance Martin McGrath Solaris Rising 2, Solaris
The Landline  Bruce Sterling
The Skull Lucius Shepard Gollancz
The Taking of the Stamp Hal Duncan La Case
The Truth of Fact the Truth of Feeling Ted Chiang Subterranean Magazine
Them Shios Silvio Moreno-Garcia We See a Different Frontier, Publishing
Vector Benjanun Sriduangkaew We See a Different Frontier, Publishing
Water Rames Naam Institute for the Future
You Have to Follow the Rules Ada Hoffmann Strange Horizons
Zero Hours Tim Maughan Futures Exchange
Best Artwork
Artist Work Publisher/Source
J.H.Williams III Cover of The Sandman Overture no1 by Neil Gaiman Vertigo Comics
Jeremy Zerfoss Cover of Wonderbook: the Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer Abrams Image
Joey Hi-Fi Cover of Dream London by Tony Ballantyne Solaris
Joey Hi-Fi Cover of Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human Century
Joey Hi-Fi Cover of The Lowest Heaven Jurassic
Phillipa Rice My Cardboard Life Web series
Rob Davis Don Quixote – Cervantes/Davis Selfmadehero
Pickwick The Hodderscape Dodo
Best Non-Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
Wonderbook Jeff VanderMeer Abrams Image
An Introduction in Three Parts (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
Going Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Fantasy Faction Mark Alpin Fantasy Faction
Going Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Science Fiction Film Mark Bould Routledge
Writing the Science Fiction Film Robert Grant Michael Wiese Productions
Ballardian Simon Sellars Ballardian
The Kick-Ass Writer  Chuck Wendig Writer’s Digest Books
The Gemmell Award Shortlist Jared Shurin Pornokitsch
Adventures in Space and Time Mark Gatiss BBC