The BSFA Awards 2020 shortlist

The British Science Fiction Association is delighted to announce the shortlist of nominees for the 2020 BSFA Awards. The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970. The current categories have been in place since 2001. The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955. This year Eastercon, ConFusion, will be held online 2nd-5th April 2021, where the winners will be announced.

The BSFA Awards ceremony will be free to attend for all BSFA members, all members of Eastercon, and all shortlisted nominees: details will be released closer to the date. Members of the BSFA will additionally receive a PDF with excerpts of many of the nominated works in advance of the convention, and a physical copy of the Awards Booklet at a later date. 

Best Artwork

Fangorn, Covers of Robot Dreams series, NewCon Press.
Sinjin Li, Cover of Eli Lee’s, A Strange and Brilliant Light, Jo Fletcher Books.
Iain Clark, Shipbuilding Over the Clyde, Art for Glasgow in 2024 WorldCon bid.

Ruby Gloom, Cover of Nikhil Singh’s Club Ded, Luna Press Publishing.
Four Black Lives Matter Murals in AR, see the QR code and credits below

Nani Walker, Four Black Lives Matter Murals in AR. Using drone photogrammetry, Nani Sahra Walker produced 3-D models of four Black Lives Matter murals as memorials to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others killed by police. Published by the Los Angeles Times in collaboration with RYOT and reported by Dorany Pineda.

The virtual artworks can be accessed at https://www.yahoo.com/immersive/blm-murals.html?site=latimes.

Best Short Fiction (under 40,000 words)

Eugen M. Bacon, Ivory’s Story, Newcon Press.

Anne Charnock, ‘All I Asked For’, Fictions, Healthcare and Care Re-Imagined. Edited by Keith Brookes, at Future Care Capital.

Dilman Dila, ‘Red_Bati’, Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora, Aurelia Leo. Edited by Zelda Knight and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki.

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, ‘Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon’, Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora, Aurelia Leo. Edited by Zelda Knight and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki.

Ida Keogh, ‘Infinite Tea in the Demara Cafe’, Londoncentric, Newcon Press. Edited by Ian Whates.

Tobi Ogundiran, ‘Isn’t Your Daughter Such a Doll’, Shoreline of Infinity

Best Non-Fiction

Francesca T Barbini (ed.), Ties That Bind: Love in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Luna Press.

Paul Kincaid, The Unstable Realities of Christopher Priest, Gylphi Press.

Andrew Milner and J.R. Burgmann, Science Fiction and Climate Change, Liverpool University Press.

Adam Roberts, It’s the End of the World: But What Are We Really Afraid Of?, Elliot & Thompson.

Jo Lindsay Walton, ‘Estranged Entrepreneurs’, Foundation: the International Review of Science Fiction.

Jo Walton, ‘Books in Which No Bad Things Happen’, Tor.com.

Please note that the two non-fiction nominees with similar names, Jo Lindsay Walton and Jo Walton, are two different people.

Best Novel

Tiffani Angus, Threading the Labyrinth, Unsung Stories.

Susanna Clarke, Piranesi, Bloomsbury.

M. John Harrison, The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again, Gollancz.

N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became, Orbit.

Gareth L. Powell, Light of Impossible Stars, Titan Books.

Kim Stanley Robinson, The Ministry for the Future, Orbit.

Nikhil Singh, Club Ded, Luna Press.

Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Doors of Eden, Tor.

Liz Williams, Comet Weather, Newcon Press.

Nick Wood, Water Must Fall, Newcon Press.

Note that there was a multiple tie for fifth place this year. The committee decided that instead of abbreviating the shortlist, all nominees would be included.

BSFA Awards 2018 Announced

The British Science Fiction Association is delighted to announce the winners of the BSFA Awards for works published in 2018.
 
Best Novel: Gareth L Powell for _Embers of War_ (Titan Books)

Gareth L Powell being presented with the trophy for Best Novel by Frances Hardinge

Best Shorter Fiction: Ian McDonald for _Time Was_ (Tor.com)
 
Best Non-Fiction: Aliette de Bodard for _ On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures_ (Intellectus Speculativus blog)
 
Best Artwork: Likhain for _In the Vanishers’ Palace: Dragon I and II_ (Inprnt)
In the Vanisher's Palace: Dragon II by Likhain
 
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.
This year, the awards ceremony took place at Ytterbium, the 70th Eastercon at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow. Jeanette Ng was the presenter and categories were awarded by the Guests of Honour DC, John Scalzi, Sydney Padua and Frances Hardinge.

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Photo courtesy of Chad Dixon

The ceremony was livestreamed by Chad Dixon, and can be seen on his Periscope channel here. Update: Now also available on YouTube!

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.

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.

Pictures from 2015 The BSFA Awards, Mancunicon

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Aliette de Bodard talks to journalist David Barnett following her double win of BSFA Awards for Best Novel and Best Short Fiction

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Accepting Awards on stage are Jim Burns, winner of Best Artwork for the cover of Ian Whates’s novel Pelquin’s Comet, and Ian Whates himself of Newcon Press collecting on behalf of Adam Roberts, whose collection Rave and Let Die: SF & Fantasy of 2014 was the winner in the Best Non-Fiction category.

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Aliette de Bodard remembers she has *two* prizes!

Following the announcement of the BSFA Awards I thought I would share my pictures with you of the happy winners, receiving their trophies at Mancunicon, at Manchester Deansgate’s Hilton hotel last week. This was quite special, as Aliette de Bodard became the first person to win both the fiction awards in the same year. Lucky for Jim Burns, too, as this was his thirteenth win in the Best Artwork category. And Adam Roberts was the Best Non-Fiction winner, having previously won the Best Novel Award for 2012 for Jack Glass.

You can read David Barnett’s resultant article in The Guardian here.

The BSFA Awards 2014 Winners Announced

The BSFA Awards 2014 winners were announced at a ceremony at the 66th Eastercon Dysprosium at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow on Sunday 5th April 2015. The BSFA wishes to thank the Dysprosium team, Claire Briarley and Neil K. Bond for assisting with the count, Awards Administrator Farah Mendlesohn, trophy designers Skulls and Robots aka Lauren Hubbard and Dan Brodie and our guest presenters – Caroline Mullan, Jaine Fenn, Kari Sperring and Ian McDonald. A special thank you to our guest MC, Gareth L. Powell for his sparkling and erudite presentation.

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Congratulations to all our winners and nominees.

Best Novel

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (Orbit)

Best Short Fiction

“The Honey Trap” by Ruth E. J. Booth, La Femme (Newcon Press)

Best Non-Fiction

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and the First World War by Edward James

Best Art

“The Wasp Factory” after Iain Banks by Tessa Farmer

Please click below for a breakdown of the vote:

Final Ballot 3

BSFA Awards 2014 – Shortlist Announced

We are pleased to announce the following shortlisted nominees for the BSFA Awards 2014.

Voting will now be opened to BSFA members and attending members of Eastercon. The  winner will be announced at a ceremony at the 66th Eastercon aka Dysprosium, taking place at the Park Inn, Heathrow from 3-6 April 2015.

Watch this space for details of the presenters and MC for this event, which will be announced shortly.

Once again, BSFA members will receive a commemorative BSFA Awards booklet with details of all the nominees.

Best Artwork:

Richard Anderson for the cover of Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley, published by Angry Robot Books.

Blacksheep for the cover of Bête by Adam Roberts, published by Gollancz

Tessa Farmer for her sculpture The Wasp Factory, after Iain Banks.

Jeffrey Alan Love for the cover of Wolves by Simon Ings, published by Gollancz

Andy Potts for the cover of Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall, published by Egmont

Best Non-Fiction:

Paul Kincaid for Call and Response, published by Beccon Books

Jonathan McCalmont for ‘Deep Forests and Manicured Gardens: A Look at Two New Short Fiction Magazines’

Edward James, for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and the First World War

Strange Horizons: various authors for The State of British SF and Fantasy: A Symposium

Karen Burnham for Greg Egan, published by University of Illinois Press

 

Best Short Fiction:

Ruth E J Booth for “The Honey Trap”, published in La Femme, Newcon Press

Octavia Cade for The Mussel Eater,  published by The Book Smugglers

Benjanun Sriduangkaew for  Scale Bright, published by Immersion Press

 

Best Novel:

Nina Allan, for The Race, published by Newcon Press

Frances Hardinge, for Cuckoo Song, published by Macmillan

Dave Hutchinson, for Europe in Autumn, published by Solaris

Simon Ings, for Wolves, published by Gollancz

Anne Leckie, for Ancillary Sword, published by Orbit

Claire North, for The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, published by Orbit

Nnedi Okorafor,  for Lagoon, published by Hodder

Neil Williamson, for The Moon King, published byNewcon Press

 

  • The number of nominees in this category is due to a tie for fourth place.

 

Congratulations to all the shortlisted nominees, and thanks to our members for nominating.