News on our latest mailing

The BSFA would like to apologise to our members for the delay in members receiving this year’s BSFA Awards commemorative booklet. The booklet is now in the post and should be with us all any day now. Back story: our team worked with great effort to ensure that we had the files and rights permissions we needed from creators and publishers, to put together the booklet, proofread it, and supply it to our printers with addresses in plenty of time. Our printers were aware of our timescale, and everything was supplied on time. We checked repeatedly and were assured progress was being made and the deadline would be achieved. When we checked towards the end of March we were assured that everything was ready to go. When we checked again at the very end of March, we were told you would get your booklets within the first couple of days of April. As no booklets had been received by the weekend, I followed up again, and was told that due to post room delays the mailing was not going out until Tuesday. I suspect that has hit Wednesday’s collection. I understand if this is frustrating to our members, and it is especially so to those of us who worked hard to get the booklet completed well in advance. I am in fact, pretty angry, and will be considering how to redress the situation. We hope that members who wish to vote but are are unfamiliar with the shortlisted works are availing themselves of other opportunities to read the selected works where possible. Once again, please accept our apologies.

BSFA Author Event Wednesday 24th April – Una McCormack interviewed by Ian Whates

The BSFA’s Monthly London Meetings are FREE!

When:
Usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec). Fans meet from 18:00 in the main downstairs bar. The event starts at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.

Where:
This month’s meeting will be in the basement of The Star of Kings, Kings Cross. 126 York Way, London N1 OAX
Electric Star Pubs. Hot food available. SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)

Our guest for 24th April is New York Times best-selling author Una McCormack. She has written several Doctor Who novels for BBC Books, and tie-ins for Star Trek and Deep Space Nine, as well as scripts for Big Finish Productions for the Bernie Summerfield series.

Una will be in conversation with Ian Whates, former BSFA Chair, editor and owner of the multiple award-winning Newcon Press, and prolific author, who has many wonderful books out there to be read including his latest space opera series The Dark Angels.


Future meetings:

May 22nd – Rebecca Kuang interviewed by Alexandra Christo – venue to be announced.

BSFA London Meeting February 27th: David Gullen interviewed by Ian Whates

The BSFA’s Monthly London Meetings are FREE!

When:
Usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec). Fans meet from 18:00 in the main downstairs bar upstairs start at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.

Where:
You can find us upstairs at:
The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

Nearest Tube/NatRail: Old St-exit 3 (->Barbican). Brewery: Fullers. Hot food available. SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)

Some attendees join the Speaker/Meeting Organisers later for an informal (usually Thai) meal.

February 27th. London-based author David Gullenhas just released a revised edition of SF novel Shopocalypse through Newcon Press – a Bonnie and Clyde Story for the Trump era – and it is gathering praise from all quarters.
“Seriously, you need this book.” – Mike CareyBAFTA nominated author of The Girl with All the Gifts

David Will be in conversation with Ian Whates, former BSFA Chair, editor and owner of the multiple award-winning Newcon Press, and prolific author, who has many wonderful books out there to be read including his latest space opera series The Dark Angels.


Future meetings:
March 27th – BSFA Awards Panel
April 24th – Una McCormack
May 22nd – Rebecca Kuang interviewed by Alexandra Christo

Awards shortlist

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the BSFA Awards for works published in 2018.

The Awards will be presented on Saturday 20th April at Ytterbium, the 70th Eastercon, which this year is taking place at The Park Inn Heathrow, London, from 19-22 April 2019. Our host for the ceremony will be Jeannette Ng. Advance voting is open to BSFA members and Eastercon members until Monday 15th April, online at https://tinyurl.com/bsfa2018shortlist, or by post (see https://bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-2018-awards-voting-form/). Votes will also be accepted in person at Eastercon until noon on Saturday 20th April.

The shortlisted works are:

Best Novel

Dave Hutchinson – Europe at Dawn (Solaris)

Yoon Ha Lee – Revenant Gun (Solaris)

Emma Newman – Before Mars (Ace Books)

Gareth L Powell – Embers of War (Titan Books)

Tade Thompson – Rosewater (Orbit)

 

Best Shorter Fiction

Nina Allan – The Gift of Angels: an Introduction (Clarkesworld)

Malcolm Devlin – The Purpose of the Dodo is to be Extinct (Interzone #275)

Hal Duncan – The Land of Somewhere Safe (NewCon Press)

Ian McDonald – Time Was (Tor.com)

Martha Wells – Exit Strategy (Tor.com)

Liz Williams – Phosphorus (NewCon Press)

Marian Womack – Kingfisher (Lost Objects, Luna Press)

 

Best Non-Fiction

Nina Allan – Time Pieces column 2018 articles (Interzone)

Ruth EJ Booth – Noise and Sparks column 2018 articles (Shoreline of Infinity)

Liz Bourke – Sleeps With Monsters column 2018 articles (Tor.com)

Aliette de Bodard – On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures (Intellectus Speculativus blog)

Adam Roberts – Publishing the Science Fiction Canon: The Case of Scientific Romance (Cambridge University Press)

 

Best Artwork

Ben Baldwin – wraparound cover for ‘Strange Tales’ slipcase set (NewCon Press)

Joey Hi-Fi – cover for ‘Paris Adrift’ by EJ Swift (Solaris)

Sarah Anne Langton – cover for ‘Unholy Land’ by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)

Sing Yun Lee and Morris Wild – artwork for ‘Sublime Cognition’ conference (London Science Fiction Research Community)

Likhain – In the Vanishers’ Palace: Dragon I and II (Inprnt)

Bede Rogerson – cover for ‘Concrete Faery’ by Elizabeth Priest (Luna Press)

Del Samatar – artwork for ‘Monster Portraits’ by Sofia and Del Samatar (Rose Metal Press)

Charlotte Stroomer – cover for ‘Rosewater’ by Tade Thompson (Orbit)

Awards longlist

We are delighted to announce the longlist for the BSFA Awards. Voting may now commence for the shortlist! Check out the nominees at https://bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-awards-stage-2/ and vote at https://tinyurl.com/BSFA2018shortlisting by the end of 31st January. If you’d like to investigate the nominees further, we’ve included links to stories/excerpts/artworks wherever we can find them. If you’re a publisher and would like us to add a link to an excerpt then just email awards@bsfa.co.uk . Happy new year and happy reading!