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 https://tinyurl.com/bsfa2018shortlist, or by post (see https://bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-2018-awards-voting-form/). 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 (Tor.com)

Martha Wells – Exit Strategy (Tor.com)

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 (Tor.com)

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)

BSFA London Meeting 23rd January – Author readings & Q&A with Suzy Gray and Stephen Oram

The BSFA’s Monthly London Meetings are FREE!

When:
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.

Where:
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.

January 23rd, join authors including Suzy Gray and Stephen Oram for a selection of readings. More guests to be advertised shortly!

London Meeting dates:
23rd January
27th February
27th March
24th April
22nd May
26th June
24th July
28th August
25th September
23rd October
27th November

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 https://bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-awards-stage-2/ and vote at https://tinyurl.com/BSFA2018shortlisting 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 awards@bsfa.co.uk . 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.


When:
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.

Where:
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.

BSFA Awards 2018

Nominations for the 2018 BSFA Awards are now open! Visit the nominations page for details of how to take part.

This year we’re making a change to the BSFA Award rules for Best Novel. To bring it into line with all the other awards, we are dropping the publication location requirement for novels. Previously novels were only eligible if they were published for the first time in the UK or Ireland (or solely in e-book format). From this year, novels are eligible in the year of their first publication, regardless of where they were published.

Because occasionally a book can still be hard to find in the UK when it’s only been published elsewhere, novels may also be eligible in the year of their first UK/Ireland publication, at the awards administrator’s discretion.

We’re making this change for several reasons, but in general terms we’re doing it to keep awards eligibility in line with the books that British fans are reading and talking about. Publishing availability has changed dramatically since the rule was written. Books published only in the US are now much more widely available in the UK, which means some books never get a formal UK publication even though they’re really easy to get hold of in the UK. Publishing models are also changing, and it’s getting harder and harder to tell what “counts” as UK publication.

And of course it isn’t the big names who are affected by this, which means that as a side-effect we’re narrowing our focus unnecessarily and ruling out some really great books, often by British authors or authors living and working in Britain. That’s the main motivation behind this change; we want to keep the novel award as relevant and interesting as the novels we’re all reading.