It’s the Final Countdown! 2 Days to go for the BSFA Award Nominations

Thanks once again to everyone who has nominated over the weekend or provided info to help grow this list. Lots more titles on the list now. Please keep them coming. Feel free to nominate something already on the list, by the way – that’s how we pick your overall favourites.

As we have been gathering nominations this year, we have been having a think about how we can make this a better process for our members. We’d love this award to be as representative of our membership as it possibly can be. And with that in mind, I would like to make a special appeal to our female members – we don’t have as many nominations from our female members in proportion to the membership.

So, without further ado, here’s the list. Thanks to all the rebloggers and retweeters, it all helps!


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
Nexus Ramez Naam Angry Robot
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
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   Rabbit Back Literature Society Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen Pushkin Press
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, Publishing
A   Heap of Broken Images Sunny Moraine We See a Different Frontier, Publishing
A   Visit to the House on Terminal Hill Elizabeth Knox
Black Shuck Henry Gee Looking Landwards, Newcon Press
Boat   in the Shadows Crossing Tori Truslow Beneath Ceaseless Skies
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, 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
Found Alex Dally MacFarlane Clarkesworld 63
Fredrich   the Snowman Lewis Shiner
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
Melt With You Emily C Skaftun Clarkesworld 79
Memory   Palace Hari Kunzru V&A
Nunslinger Stark Holborn Hodder & Stoughton
Old Domes J. Y. Yang We See a Different Frontier, 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
Secret Cargo Charles Christian Urban Fantasist
Selkie   Stories are for Losers Sofia Samatar Strange Horizons
Sing Karen Tidbeck
Song of the Seasons, Song   four: Fire and Rain Janine K. Spendlove Silence in the Library
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
The Landline  Bruce Sterling
The Legend of Troop 13 Kit Reed Asimovs Jan 13
The Promise of Space James Patrick Kelly Clarkesworld 84
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
The Walking Stars Aliette de Bodard The Other Half of the Sky, Candlelight and Gleam
Them Shios Silvio Moreno-Garcia We See a Different Frontier, Publishing
Thread of Memory Matt Colborn City in the Dusk
Three Memories of Death Will Hill The Book of the Dead, Jurassic London
Vector Benjanun Sriduangkaew We See a Different Frontier, 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
Aargh! Oxford Cover of The Mad Scientists’ Daughter, by Cassandra   Rose Clarke Angry Robot
Alice Laurent Cover of Cooking with Bones, by Jess Read Hodder & Stoughton
Andy Bigwood cover   of Aria: Returning Left Luggage, by Geoff Nelder LL-Publications
Andy Council Bristol 2050 Resurgence & Ecologist
Anja Uhrin Zarin   der Vampir by Tatana Fedorovna, front cover Createspace Independent Publishing
Ben Baldwin Cover   of Bite by Gardner Goldsmith Pendragon Press
Brian Roberts Cover of The Adjacent, by Christopher Priest Gollancz
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
Finn Dean Cover   of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World Folio Society
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
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
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
Marko Manev Cover of The Violent Century, by Lavie Tidhar Hodder & Stoughton
Michael J. Windsor cover   of Maddadam by Margaret Attwood Bloomsbury
Paul Kidby Cover   of Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett Doubleday
Paul Raymond Gregory Falls of Esgalduin Studio 54 website
Phillipa   Rice My Cardboard Life Web series
Pickwick The   Hodderscape Dodo
Richard Wagner The   Angel at the Heart of the Rain Interzone 246
Rob   Davis Don   Quixote – Cervantes/Davis Selfmadehero
Shaun Tan Cover for How the World Became Quiet by Rachel   Swirksy Subterranean Press
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
Best Non-Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
The Kick-Ass Writer  Chuck Wendig Writer’s Digest Books
Paul Graham Raven A Genre in Crisis: On Paul di Phillpo’s “Wikiworld” The LA Review of Books
The Retro Critic Adam Ezragouri The Retro Critic
The Riddles in the Dark Adam Roberts The Riddles of the Hobbit, Palgrave Macmillan
On YA Adam Roberts Sibilant Fricative
Ytasha L. Womack Afrofuturism: the World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture Lawrence Hill Books
Graham Sleight Breaking the Frame Parabolas of Science Fiction, Ed Attebery and Hollinger
Secret Identity 563 Brian & Matt
David Bordwell and Kristen   Thompson Christopher Nolan: A   Labyrinth of Linkages
Tea   and Jeapardy Podcast Emma Newman
The   Gemmell Award Shortlist Jared Shurin Pornokitsch
Wonderbook Jeff VanderMeer Abrams Image
Going Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
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
Sleeps   with Monsters Liz Bourke
Fantasy Faction Mark Alpin Fantasy Faction
Science Fiction Film Mark Bould Routledge
Adventures in Space and Time Mark Gatiss BBC
John Boston and Damien   Broderick New Worlds Before the New Wave, 1960-1964 Borgo Press
British   Genre Fiction Focus Niall Alexander
Ethan Robinson On Still Being Unable to Write about Joanna Russ And chaos Died Marooned off Vesta
Abigail Nussbaum On the Meeting of Epic Fantasy and Western in Felx Gilman’s   Half-Made World Duology Crooked Timber
Bodhisattva Chattopadhay Recententering Science Fiction and the   Fantastic:What would a non-Anglocentric understanding of science fiction and   fantasy look like Strange Horizons
Writing the Science Fiction   Film Robert Grant Michael Wiese Productions
Queers Dig Time Lords Sigrud Ellis and Michael Damien Thomas (eds) Mad Norwegian Press
Ballardian Simon Sellars Ballardian
Landon/Shurin Speculative Fiction 2012 Jurassic London
Michael Chabon The Crying of September 11: on   Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
Pawel Frelik The Future of the Past: Science Fiction, Retro and Retrofuturism Parabolas of Science Fiction, Ed Attebery and Hollinger
John Rieder The Mad Scientist, the Failed Experiment and the Queer Family of Man:   Sirius, Frankenstein and the SF stockroom Parabolas of Science Fiction, Ed Attebery and Hollinger
Fred Nadis The Man From Mars: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey Tarcher/Penguin
Story Behind the Book vol 1. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Verity! A Podcast Various Verity!   A Podcast
John Lanchester When did you get hooked? London Review of Books
Intro to J. G. Ballard’s The   Drowned World Will Self Folio Society
The   Coode Street Podcast Wolfe & Strahan The   Coode Street Podcast



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About Donna Scott

Chair of the BSFA since June 2013. Prior to this I was Awards Administrator, taking over that role from Claire Briarley in 2008. I am officially Donna Bond since getting married in May 2013, but continue to write and perform under my previous name, Donna Scott. My short fiction stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and I was winner of the inaugural Short Cuts at the MAC in 2005. As a comedian, I have performed all over the UK. Comedy has also given me the opportunity to perform alongside big names like Sarah Millican and Jasper Carrott! As a poet, I've also performed all over the place, including lots of science fiction conventions, and sometimes my poetry and comedy get kind of mixed up. I was the first official Bard of Northampton, it's true. I've got a tankard that says so... I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future, that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

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