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, or by post (see 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 (

Martha Wells – Exit Strategy (

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 (

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 and vote at 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 . Happy new year and happy reading!

London Meeting for November 2018: F.D. Lee interviewed by Andrew Wallace

The BSFA’s Monthly London Meetings are FREE!

For November’s meeting, on Wednesday the 28th, bestselling fantasy author F. D. Lee will be interviewed by Andrew Wallace.

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.

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.

If you can’t make it along, remember that Chad Dixon livestreams the meetings, and he makes the audio and video files available to view afterwards as well. Find Chad on Twitter at @lapswood8.

The Website and Memberships

If you joined the BSFA around Easter 2018 (including rejoining or renewing your membership), you might have subsequently tried to make changes using the website. You’ll have found that you were unable to. Most likely, you will not have been able to log on.

During that period (approximately 28th March to 12th April) we launched a new version of the website with features allowing members to maintain their own details such as their address. Subsequent problems meant that we had to switch back to an older version of the site, without those features.

The key difference is that your membership is no longer directly linked to an account on the website. This is back to the way it has been for as long as we have had a website, where a user account on the site is completely independent of membership. That’s not ideal, and not the way we want it to be, but is the reality for now.

At some point we want to reintroduce the new capabilities, but for now, please continue to use the following ways to get in touch with the committee.:

  • Change of address: use the “Change your address” form. Please include your membership number if you know it, and if not, then your name and post code.

  • Membership payments, including renewals: use the “Join the BSFA” form

  • Other membership queries: email

  • Enquiries about Vector magazine: email

  • General enquiries: use the general “Contact Us” form

  • Creating a user on the website: this lets you comment on posts or use the (largely moribund) forums. We had to disable the ability to do this yourself because of spam. Please use the contact form, as above, and I’ll set up an account for you.

  • You can also contact us via Twitter or our Facebook group

AGM on Saturday: change of start time

Our apologies everyone: we have had a mix up with the venue. The AGM/minicon on Saturday 23rd June will now start at 11 am.

Hopefully this won’t be too much of a problem for most of you. If you are committed to arriving in Clapham for 9 am, then we’re suggesting the Caffè Nero at 186 Clapham High St, which is approximately 8 minutes’ walk away, as possible place to wait.

I gather there is also a public library nearby

Again, we’re very sorry about this.