January 5th Update on BSFA Award Nominations

Many thanks again to all those who have nominated so far. I apologize for the wait since the last update which was due to technical issues – I know as the list gets longer and more and more nominations come in, you want to see the updates as regularly as possible.

Members have until 11th January to get their nominations in and can find all the rules and regulations of what to do here.

Here follows a list of items that have received at least one eligible nomination to date. It’s getting longer, but just because a title is on the list, it doesn’t make it safe. We’re looking for the top 5 in each category, and every nomination counts.

Publishers and artists – please note I have included what seemed the best available links so that people can see see the nominated artwork from here. I am happy to make changes to these links if you feel there is a better location. Please get in touch via awards@bsfa.co.uk

Best Novel

Title Author surname Author First Name Publisher
The Drowned Cities Bacigalupi Paulo Atom
The Hydrogen Sonata Banks Iain M. Orbit
The Teleportation Accident Beauman Ned Sceptre
Dark Eden Beckett Chris Corvus
Helix Wars Brown Eric Rebellion
Folly of the World Bullington Jesse Orbit
The Outcast Blade Courtenay Grimwood Jon Orbit
The Sigil Trilogy Gee Henry ReAnimus Press
Empty Space: a Haunting Harrison M. John Gollancz
Intrusion Macleod Ken Orbit
Transmission Meaney John Orion
Railsea Mieville China Macmillan
The Broken Isles (Legends of the Red Sun 4) Newton Mark Charan Tor
Channelskin Noon Jeff Amazon Media
Blue Remembered Earth Reynolds Alastair Gollancz
Jack Glass Roberts Adam Gollancz
2312 Stanley-Robinson Kim Orbit
Entanglement Thompson Douglas Elsewhen Press

Best Short Fiction

Title Author surname Author First Name Publication Publisher
The Green Beukes Lauren Armored Baen Press
One Way Ticket Brown Nigel Interzone #239 TTA Press
Flight of the Ravens Butler Chris Immersion Press
Conquistadors Cairns Iain Rocket Science Mutation Press
One Day in Time City Cleary David Ira Interzone #241 TTA Press
On 20268 Petercook Cook Andy Tor.com April Tor.com
Forests of Eden Counihan Elizabeth PS
Immersion de Bodard Aliette Clarkesworld #69 Clarkesworld
Ship’s Brother de Bodard Aliette Interzone #241 TTA Press
Let’s All sing Like the Birdies Sing Di Filippo Paul Daily Science Fiction
Dancing on the Red Planet Ellingsen Berit Rocket Science Mutation Press
The Grinnell Method Gloss Molly Strange Horizons
Attenuation Harkaway Nick 1.2 Arc Magazine
Shuffle Hill Will Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric & Arcane Solaris
A Hundred Ghost Parade Tonight Jia Xia Clarkesworld #65 Clarkesworld
Not Because They are Easy Kepfield Sam S Rocket Science Mutation Press
Song of the Body Cartographer Loenen-Ruiz Rochita Philippines Genre Stories, June Philippines Genre Stories
Limited Edition Maughan Tim 1.3 Arc Magazine
Pathfinder McGrath Martin Rocket Science Mutation Press
Three Moments of an Explosion Mieville China Rejectamentalist Manifesto
A Biosphere Ends Palmer Stephen Rocket Science Mutation Press
Trauma Pod Reynolds Alaister Armored Baen Press
Lune and the Red Empress Reynolds, Williams Alastair, Liz ODYSSEY 2010 SOUVENIR BOOK
What did Tessimond Tell You Roberts Adam Solaris Rising 1.5 Solaris
Adrift on the Sea of Rains Sales Ian Whippleshield Books
Courtship in the Country of Machine Gods Sriduangkaew Benjanun Future Fire 24 Future Fire
The Complex Swift E. J. Interzone #238 TTA Press
A Spotted Trouble at Dolor-on-the-Downs Tanzer Molly A Pretty Mouth Lazy Fascist Press
Volwys Thompson Douglas Albedo One
A Lexicon of Steam Literature of the Third Reich Tidhar Lavie website
Choosing Faces Tidhar Lavie 1.3 Arc Magazine
The Indignity of Rain Tidhar Lavie Interzone #240 TTA Press
I Dream of Ants Tidhar Lavie Murky Depths
The Lord of Discarded Things Tidhar Lavie Strange Horizons
Tiger Stripes Vo Nghi Strange Horizons  


and added at the end….
Eyepennies O’Driscoll Mike TTA Press

Best Artwork

Title Artist surname ArtistFirst Name Publication Publisher Associated writer
cover Baldwin Ben Dark Currents Newcon
cover Baldwin Ben Forests of Eden PS Publishing Elizabeth counihan
The Hermit Baldwin Ben Interzone #241 TTA Press
cover Black Sheep Jack Glass Gollancz Adam Roberts
cover Fangorn Stories From the Northern Road Newcon Tony Ballantyne
cover Harbour Charlie The Flight of the Ravens Immersion Chris Butler
cover Harman Dominic Saving for a Sunny Day Newcon Ian Watson
cover Harman Dominic Helix Wars Rebellion Eric Brown
cover Hi-Fi Joey Thy Kingdom Come Jurassic London Simon Morden
cover Maronski Tomasz International Speculative Fiction 2
cover Police Aurélien At the Edge of Waking Prime Books Holly Phillips

Best Non-Fiction

Title Author surname Author First Name Publication Publisher
Living Architecture Armstrong Rachel TED Books
The Complexity of the Humble Space Suit Burnham Karen Rocket Science Mutation Press
Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep? Erikson Steven Not Your Grandmother’s Epic Fantasy: A fantasy author’s thoughts upon reading The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature: 1 NYRSF
Distrust That Particular Flavour Gibson William Viking
The Blind Giant Harkaway Nick John Murray
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story Howe Sean Harper Collins
Dancing on the Ruins Ings Simon 1.3 Arc Magazine
The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature James, Mendlesohn Edward, Farah Cambridge Univeristy Press
The Widening Gyre Kincaid Paul Los Angeles Review of Books
The Shortlist Project Kincaid Speller Maureen website
Cowardice, Laziness and Irony McCalmont Jonathon Ruthless Culture
London’s Overthrow Mieville China Westbourne Press
A Ray of Sunshine Patterson Bill Rocket Science Mutation Press
Hull 0; Scunthorpe 3 Priest Christopher website
Breaking the Fall Raven Paul Graham 1.1 Arc Magazine
Extreme Metaphors – Interviews with J.G. Ballard 1967 – 2008 Sellers; O’Hara Simon; Dan Fourth Estate
Pornokitsch Shurin; Perry Jared; Anne website


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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?

2 thoughts on “January 5th Update on BSFA Award Nominations

  1. Spaces! Thanks to my colleagues for pointing out that two items in the Best Novel list are not digital-only publications as I had thought, but available from US publishers as trade paperbacks. Unfortunately this makes Samuel R Delaney’s Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders and Carolyn Ives Gilman’s Ison of the Isles ineligible as per our current rules. I’m sorry to disappoint these writers, their publishers and their fans and nominators.

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