Another BSFA Awards Nominations Update!

Thanks to everyone who has sent in more nominations for the BSFA Awards – just a week remains to tell us about what works have been just your cup of tea in 2013.

A word about eligibility: we appreciate that when faced with a collection of art published together, it is difficult to pick out individual pieces. They’re all so good, you tell us. Fantastic… but please try to pick which piece(s) you think is (are) the best. I know, I know…

Plenty of links to follow in the items nominated so far, so fill your boots. Please keep them coming in… and today we are especially appealing for your favourite non-fiction works. Thanks everybody!

Best   Novel
Title Author Publisher
2121: A Tale from the Next   Century Susan Greenfield Head of Zeus
A Tale   for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Canongate Books Ltd
Abaddon’s Gate James S A Corey Orbit
Ack-Ack   Macaque Gareth L Powell Solaris
Ancillary   Justice Ann Leckie Orbit
Arena Mode Blake Northcott Amazon media
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
Life After Life Kate Atkinson Doubleday
Marauder Gary Gibson Tor
More   Than This Patrick Ness Walker
Necessary   Evil Ian Tregillis Tor Books
Night Film Marisha Pessl Windmill Books
On the Steel Breeze Alastair Reynolds Gollancz
Osiris:   The Osiris Project E. J. Swift Del Rey
Paradox Patti Roberts Createspace Independent Publishing
Quantum Drop Saci Lloyd Hodder
Raising Steam Terry Pratchett Doubleday
Red Doc Anne Carson Jonathon Cape
Secret Cargo Charles Christian UrbanFantasist.com
Sensation: a superhero novel Kevin Hardman I&H Recherche Publishing
Shackleton’s   Man Goes South Tony White Science Museum
Shopocalypse David Gullen Monico
The   Adjacent Christopher Priest Gollancz
The Age   Atomic Adam Christopher Angry Robot
The Disappearances Gemma Malley Hodder
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 Lives of Tao Wesley Chu Angry Robot
The Long War Pratchett and Baxter Doubleday
The   Machine James Smythe Blue Door
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter Cassandra Rose Clark Angry Robot
The Ocean at the End of the   Lane Neil Gaiman Headline
The Serene Invasion Eric Brown Solaris
The   Shining Girls Lauren Beukes Harper
The Vengeance Path Andrew Jamieson Amazon media
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
Wolfhound Century Peter Higgins Gollancz
Best Short Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
A Bridge of Words Dinesh Rao We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
A   Heap of Broken Images Sunny Moraine We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
A   Visit to the House on Terminal Hill Elizabeth Knox Tor.com
Black Shuck Henry Gee Looking Landwards, Newcon Press
Build Guide Helen Jackson Interzone 244
Cave   & Julia M. John Harrison Kindle
Charlie’s Ant Adrian Tchaikovsky Looking Landwards, Newcon Press
Distant Like the Stars Leah Cypress Asimov’s April/May
Droplet Rahul Kanakia We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Entangled Ian R. Macleod Asimov’s
Enyo-Enyo Kameron Hurley The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Fade Out Gavin Salisbury Pendragon Press
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
Henchman 1 Jamison Raymond Henchman Comics
Hypervigilant Eric del Caro Unknown
In   Metal, In Bone An Owomoyela Eclipse Online
In Time for Christmas Fred Strange Diesel E Books
Leaving Megalopolis Gail Simone self-published
March of the Undead Andrew Webber andrewwebber.net
Memory   Palace Hari Kunzru V&A
Nunslinger Stark Holborn Hodder & Stoughton
Old Domes J. Y. Yang We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Out in the Dark Linda Nagata Analog, June 2013
Pam Peter C Loftus Jupiter SF Magazine issue 41
Saga’s   Children E. J. Swift The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Selkie   Stories are for Losers Sofia Samatar Strange Horizons
Sing Karen Tidbeck Tor.com
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 Eye With Which the   Universe Beholds Itself Ian Sales Whippleshield Books
The First Dance Martin McGrath Solaris Rising 2, Solaris
The   Ink Readers of Doi Saket Thomas Olde Heuvelt Tor.com
The Landline  Bruce Sterling Omnireboot.com
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, Futurefire.net Publishing
Three Memories of Death Will Hill The Book of the Dead, Jurassic London
Vector Benjanun Sriduangkaew We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Waiting for Medusa Jack Dann Asimov’s, Octo/Novr 2013
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
Andy Bigwood cover   of Aria: Returning Left Luggage, by Geoff Nelder LL-Publications
Anja Uhrin Zarin   der Vampir by Tatana Fedorovna, front cover Createspace Independent Publishing
Ben Baldwin Cover   of Bite by Gardner Goldsmith Pendragon Press
Daniele Serra cover   of Open Waters by Davbid Gullen theEXAGGERATEDpress
Dominic Harman cover   of Phoenicia’s Worlds by Ben Jeapes Solaris
Euclase Red   5 DeviantArt
Galen Dara Storytellers Fireside Magazine
J.H.Williams   III Cover   of The Sandman Overture no1 by Neil Gaiman Vertigo Comics
J.H.Williams III Cover   of The Sandman Overture no1 Vertigo Comics
Finn Dean Cover   of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World Folio Society
Jeremy   Zerfoss Cover   of Wonderbook: the Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff   Vandermeer Abrams Image
Jim Calfiore Leaving   Megalopolis self-published
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
Kevin Tong Poster   for Metropolis
Michael J. Windsor cover   of Maddadam by Margaret Attwood Bloomsbury
Paul Kidby Cover   of Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett Doubleday
Phillipa   Rice My Cardboard Life Web series
Pickwick The   Hodderscape Dodo Hodderscape.com
Richard Wagner The   Angel at the Heart of the Rain Interzone 246
Rob   Davis Don   Quixote – Cervantes/Davis Selfmadehero
Todd Lockwood Cover   of a Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan Tor
Will Staehle Cover   of The Age Atomic by Christopher Adam Angry Robot
Ykuko Shimizu Cover   for the Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M Valente Haikasoru/VIZ Media
James Boswell He   Pressed on Through the Darkness Alone, Like a Blind Fish in an Endless   Forgotten Sea, cover to J. G. Ballard’s The Drowned World Folio Society
Best Non-Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
Adventures in Space and Time Mark Gatiss BBC
An   Introduction in Three Parts (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
An Introduction in Three Parts   (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
Ballardian Simon Sellars Ballardian
British   Genre Fiction Focus Niall Alexander Tor.com
Fantasy Faction Mark Alpin Fantasy Faction
Going   Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Going Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Intro to J. G. Ballard’s The   Drowned World Will Self Folio Society
Queers Dig Time Lords Sigrud Ellis and Michael Damien Thomas (eds) Mad Norwegian Press
Science Fiction Film Mark Bould Routledge
Secret Identity 563 Brian & Matt www.secretidentitypodcast.com
Sleeps   with Monsters Liz Bourke Tor.com
Story Behind the Book vol 1. Upcoming4.me CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Tea   and Jeapardy Podcast Emma Newman www.geekplanetonline.com
The   Coode Street Podcast Wolfe & Strahan The   Coode Street Podcast
The   Gemmell Award Shortlist Jared Shurin Pornokitsch
The Kick-Ass Writer  Chuck Wendig Writer’s Digest Books
The Retro Critic Adam Ezragouri The Retro Critic
Verity! A Podcast Various Verity!   A Podcast
Wonderbook Jeff VanderMeer Abrams Image
Writing the Science Fiction   Film Robert Grant Michael Wiese Productions

The BSFA e-Newsletter

BSFA members can now get a little something extra from us – an e-newsletter!

This is a monthly mailshot that depending on what we have for you will be packed full of news, useful information, extra articles, e-publications and the odd competition or giveaway, exclusive to BSFA members.

We have already sent out a Christmassy mail to anyone on our database, and the few members who sent us their email addresses after this was mentioned on the Facebook Group. If you didn’t get an email from us, then we don’t have the right email for you. This is easy to rectify – just send us your name and email address to contact@bsfa.co.uk

The January newsletter will be sent out early, ahead of our BSFA Award nominations deadline (sent in yours yet?). Included in the e-mailing will be a downloadable copy of the latest Focus magazine*. We are aware that some of the pages printed out in the wrong colour, with a dark, splodgy background that made a couple of the articles very difficult to read – we are very sorry about this, something seems to have gone awry between our proofs and the mailing. However, we can assure you that these issues are not apparent in the PDF. So, get in touch, and we’ll send you a copy.

 

*Some of you may observe that the promise of a legible copy of our brilliant writing magazine, Focus, is a sweet way of getting you to send us your emails and therefore lure you into our database clutches – mwa ha ha. And you’d be right… but we don’t like to be bothersome, so just let us know if you don’t want our e-newsletter and we won’t send it to you. Or sign up for now and unsubscribe whenever. You shouldn’t want to, though, it’s pretty good.

 

 

 

 

Disabling new registrations

Hello from your friendly neighbourhood web administrator. Over the last few months I’ve been seeing crazy numbers of new registrations on the website — 20, 30 even 50 in a day. At first you might think that should be gratifying; but really, I’m sure the vast bulk of them are by bots, or otherwise people up to no good.

Potentially, at least. We’ve had very little trouble from spam comments, for example. Yet I get the feeling that it’s building up to something.

So in order to reduce the likelihood of the BSFA website being turned into SkyNet, I’m going to disable new registrations tomorrow.

This won’t affect anyone who is already registered, of course. It just means that if you’re super-keen to register and haven’t yet done so, you should do it before about 23:00 (11pm) UK time on the 20th of December.

I’ll re-enable registration early in the new year.

Happy Christmas everyone (except the creators of malicious botnets).

BSFA Awards 2013: Nominations So Far

Thank you everyone who has sent in your nominations so far. If you are a member of the BSFA, you have until January 14th to get your nominations in.

If you don’t see your nomination on this list but you have heard back from me or Farah, our Awards Administrator, it will be because we haven’t added it to the list yet, we’re just scratching our heads about it… or it was published in 2012 and isn’t eligible. I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have about the awards, so don’t hold back, send your nominations in!

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
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
Necessary Evil Ian Tregillis Tor Books
Osiris: The Osiris Project E. J Swift Del Rey
Shackleton’s Man Goes South Tony White Science Museum
Shopocalypse David Gullen Monico
The Adjacent Christopher Priest Gollancz
The Folded Man Matt Hill Sandstone Press Ltd
The Machine  James Smythe Blue Door
The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes Harper

Best Short Fiction

Title Author Place of Publication
Cave & Julia M. John Harrison Kindle
Entangled Ian R. Macleod Asimov’s
Golden Apple Sophia McDougall The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
In Metal, In Bone An Owomoyela Eclipse Online
Memory Palace Hari Kunzru V&A
Saga’s Children E. J. Swift The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Selkie Stories are for Losers Sofia Samatar Strange Horizons
Spin Nina Allan TTA Press
The Truth of Fact the Truth of Feeling Ted Chiang Subterranean Magazine
Water Rames Naam Institute for the Future
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

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

BBC World Service Book Club Seeks Questions for Brian Aldiss

The BBC World Service is recording a special edition of Book Club with the author Brian Aldiss, interviewed by Harriet Gilbert, in which they will be discussing his novel Greybeard.

They have reached out to the British Science Fiction Association and its members to request questions about the novel. Fans may have the opportunity to ask their question on the programme via telephone.

Recording will take place on November 20th, so it is asked that questions are submitted over the next few days.

Please send them to me via the email in the link here, including your name and telephone number, if you wish to be called, with BRIAN ALDISS QUESTION in the subject line. Any submitted to me after the weekend will be ignored, so be quick… Good luck!

November BSFA London Meeting: Dr. Who Magazine Panel chaired by Graham Sleight

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Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

 

On Wednesday 27th of November  2013, a panel from Dr. Who Magazine (Tom Spilsbury and Peter Ware) will be chaired by Graham Sleight (Science Fiction critic).

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here.

FUTURE EVENTS:

As is customary, there will be no event in December.

22nd January 2014- Adam Roberts, interviewed by Edward James

26th February 2014- Tom Pollock, interviewed by Emma Newman

 

 

 

David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Winner Announced

This press release reaches us from Alex Davis, PR Officer for the David Gemmell Legend Awards:

GLITZY CEREMONY CROWNS GEMMELLS AWARD WINNERS

Hallowe’en night saw the awards ceremony for the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy taking place in Brighton, with prestigious prizes given to the very best in fantasy fiction over the last year. In the fabulous surrounding of the Metropole Hotel, and in front of a packed crowd, the awards were presented by some of the genre’s most acclaimed names.

The opening award of the evening, the Ravenheart Award for best cover art, was presented by Freda Warrington to Didier Graffet and Dave Senior for Joe Abercrombie’s Red Country. Didier and Dave were winning the award for the second time, previously taking home the prize for the cover of Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold.

The second award at the ceremony, the Morningstar Award for best debut novel, was awarded to British author John Gwynne for his stunning first novel, Malice, the beginning of the Banished Lands series. The prize was presented by acclaimed thriller and horror author Michael Marshall Smith.

The final award of the evening, presented by Stella Gemmell, was the Legend Award for best fantasy novel. This award, along with the stunning snaga trophy, went to Brent Weeks for his epic The Blinding Knife, the second book in the Lightbringer series. Brent becomes the third US author to win the award, following on from Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss.

The ceremony also saw the official launch of the Legends anthology, a collection of stories written as a tribute to the work of David Gemmell. The book is newly released from NewCon press and features new stories from a host of the field’s leading talent, including Joe Abercrombie, James Barclay, Storm Constantine, Tanith Lee, Juliet E McKenna, Anne Nicholls, Stan Nicholls, Jan Siegel, Adrian Tchaikovsky and many more.

Awards Chair Stan Nicholls said: ‘The Gemmell Awards for Fantasy are unique in being determined by a public vote, and a true chance for the readership to recognise the finest fantasy of the year. I’m delighted by the international nature of the awards – we’ve got winners from France, the UK and America, highlighting that these awards do have true worldwide significance.’

To find out more about the Gemmell Awards, visit http://www.gemmellaward.com/