BSFA Awards 2016 Winners Announced


The British Science Fiction Association is delighted to announce the winners of the BSFA Awards for works published in 2016.

Best Novel:
Winner: Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris)

 


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:
 
Winner: Jaine Fenn – Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press)

Shortlisted works were:
Malcolm Devlin – The End of Hope Street (Interzone #266)

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)

 

Best Non-Fiction:
 
Winner: Geoff Ryman – 100 African Writers of SFF (Tor.com)
Shortlisted works were:

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)

 

Best Artwork:
 
Winner: Sarah Anne Langton – Cover for Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)


Shortlisted works were:
Juan Miguel Aguilera – Cover of The 1000 Year Reich by Ian Watson (NewCon Press)

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.

BSFA Lecture at Eastercon

We are delighted to announce the 2017 BSFA lecture.  Dr. Sarah Whitfield will speak on Who Tells Your Story?’ Revolutions|revelations in Hamilton : An American Musical”

Sarah Whitfield II

 

She writes, “Hamilton is a phenomenon. For many it is a revolution in musical theatre, crashing the sound of hip-hop into the Broadway sound and challenging the history of the U.S. as the property of a few great white men. Yet is it a revolution for musicals? Hamilton invites us to reassess musical theatre and understand how it has enacted a ‘struggle to dream intensely’ about radical racial inclusion and diversity for over a century.”

 

Dr Sarah Whitfield is a Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre at University of Wolverhampton. She is a musical theatre researcher, practitioner and academic. She writes about theatre history with a particular focus in uncovering the work that women do in the arts. As a dramaturg she has collaborated and advised on a range of projects from site-specific immersive theatre to West End musicals. She tweets at @sarahinthepark
The talk will be at 11:30 am on Saturday, 15 April 2017 at Innominate, the 2017 Eastercon, which is being held at the Hilton NEC Metropole in Birmingham. Day memberships are currently available and will be available at the door as well. Details of the convention are available here: http://eastercon2017.uk/

BSFA London Meeting April 26th: Nik Abnett interviewed by Donna Scott

Location: Artillery Arms (upstairs --private-- bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  EC1Y 8ND

Nik Abnett has been a prolific writer for many years, working in mediums as diverse as comics, training manuals, and ghost writing the odd novel or two. As Nik Vincent, she has significantly added to the Black Libraries' Warhammer and Warhammer 40K canon, including many collaborative works written with her partner Dan Abnett. Savant is her first solo, independent full-length work of fiction. She is currently working on a computer game, and a companion novel to Savant.
https://twitter.com/N_VincentAbnett
Donna Scott is Chair of the British Science Fiction Association and a well-respected editor within genre, and has worked with Immanion, Angry Robot, Games Workshop and many independent presses. She has recently worked on Alan Moore's Jerusalem and her current project is the Best of British Science Fiction 2016 anthology for Newcon Press. As a stand-up, she reached the semi-finals of Jongleurs Comedy Callback in 2009 and the semi-finals of Old Comedian  in 2016. She recently performed her first solo show The Pleasant Revolt about the history of social justice at Leicester Comedy Festival.
https://twitter.com/wishusdonna

The order of the evening usually goes like this:
6:00 pm People... gather
7:00 pm Interview
8:00 pm Q & A
8:30pm Book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).

BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar-prompt upstairs start at 1900 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier.

Where: Artillery Arms (upstairs --private-- bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  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. (though no obligation to partake).
May 23 - TBA
June 28 - TBA

2017 Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism – applications open

Applications are now open for the 2017 Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism. The 2017 Masterclass, the Eleventh, will take place from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July. We are delighted to have once again secured at the Royal Observatory Greenwich as a venue.

The 2017 Class Leaders are:

Nick Hubble (Brunel University)

John J. Johnston (Egypt Exploration Society)

Stephanie Saulter (author of Gemsigns and sequels)

Price: £225; £175 for registered postgraduate students.

To apply please send a short (no more than 3,000 words) piece of critical writing (a blog entry, review, essay, or other piece), and a one page curriculum vitae, to masterclass@sf-foundation.org.

Applications received by 24 April 2017 will be considered by an Applications Committee. Applications received after 24 April may be considered if places are still available, on a strictly first-come first served basis.

Past Masterclass students are encouraged to apply again (though we will prioritise applications from those who have not been previous students).

Information on past Masterclasses can be found at http://www.sf-foundation.org/masterclass. Please direct any enquiries to masterclass@sf-foundation.org.

Tony Keen, SFF Masterclass Administrator

BSFA London Meeting March 22nd: Andrew Wallace interviewed by Faith Lee

This month's guest is Andrew Wallace, author of the Diamond Roads series of novels, which follow the challenges facing Charity Freestone and her family in 24th Century Diamond City.

img_0274Following stage productions of his plays ‘Byron’ and ‘The Scissors Angel’ Andrew’s Radio 4 play, ‘Burn Your Phone’ was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award and turned into a film on BBC2 starring and directed by Alan Cumming. He followed commissions for the feature-length script of acclaimed short ‘The Cutter’ and an adaptation of the novel ‘As Good As It Gets’ with the BBC7 show ‘Wonderworld’ and wrote regularly for Radio 4’s flagship comedy ‘Look Away Now’. He has produced three Edinburgh shows including ‘The Free Three’ and ‘Seething Is Believing’ and created the ‘Vengeance’ and ‘Bloody Mary’ shows for the London Dungeon.

Andrew will be interviewed by fantasy novelist F.D. Lee, author of the Pathways Tree series.

 

BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar-prompt upstairs start at 1900 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier.

Where: Artillery Arms (upstairs --private-- bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  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. (though no obligation to partake).

Apr 26-   Nik Abnett interviewed by Donna Scott
May 23 - TBA
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2017-03-22

The BSFA Awards 2016 Shortlist

The Shortlist for the BSFA Awards 2016 was announced on 19th February 2017. The Awards will be presented at Innominate, the 68th Eastercon, which this year is taking place at Hilton Birmingham Metropole from 14th-17th April 2017.

The shortlisted works are:

Best Novel

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 Short Fiction

Malcolm Devlin – The End of Hope Street (Interzone #266)

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)

 

Best Non-Fiction

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)

 

Best Artwork

Juan Miguel Aguilera – Cover of The 1000 Year Reich by Ian Watson (NewCon Press)

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)

 

Details of how members can vote for the awards are here.

HumberSFF February 25th with Jim Hawkins, Steven Poore and Lee Harrison

Hull Central Library, Kingston upon Hull, HU1 3TE

Science Fiction Association Humber SFF provides the opportunity to meet others who love the fantasy and speculative fiction genres. Aspiring writers, published authors and the chance to discover more about the genre industry.
The second meetup of HumberSFF features Jim Hawkins, Steven Poore and Lee Harrison.

Jim Hawkins’ screenplay "Thank You Comrades," earned him a BAFTA nomination. Many of his short stories have been published in Best of The Year anthologies. Fragments of Tomorrow is a... collection of his high quality short stories gathered from an enviable writing career. His work has regularly been published in the in the UK’s flagship science fiction magazine, Interzone. When not writing, Jim inspires new genre writers at Hull University. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jim-Hawkins/e/B01F1UR4BQ

Steven Poore’s epic fantasy Heir to the North saw him nominated for a British Fantasy Award in 2016. High King's Vengeance is the sequel and continues with the theme that the North will rise again. Steven also writes science fiction. His short stories have been published in BFS Award-winning publisher Fox Spirit Books in their Fox Pockets range.
https://stevenpoore.wordpress.com/

Lee Harrison describes his debut epic fantasy novel, The Bastard Wonderland, as a kitchen sink epic and saw it make the long list for the Not the Booker Prize. He is currently a First Story Writer in residence at St Mary’s College in Hull.
https://thebastardwonderland.wordpress.com/

The event is free but please register your interest via Eventbrite.

Start Time: 13:00
End Time: 16:00