BSFA Finalists

The British Science Fiction Association has announced the nominees for this year’s BSFA Awards, to be presented on the evening of Saturday, April 1, at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, during Follycon, the 69th British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon).

Best Novel

  • The Rift, by Nina Allen
  • Dreams Before the Start of Time, by Anne Charnock
  • Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
  • Provenance, by Ann Lecki

Best Shorter Fiction

  • “The Enclave,” by Anne Charnock
  • “These Constellations Will Be Yours,” by Elaine Cuyegkeng
  • “Uncanny Valley,” by Greg Egan
  • “Angular Size,” by Geoff Nelder
  • “The Murders of Molly Southbourne,” by Tade Thompson

Best Non-Fiction

  • Iain M. Banks, by Paul Kincaid
  • “The Myth of Meritocracy and the Reality of the Leaky Pipe and Other Obstacles in Science Fiction & Fantasy,” by Juliet E McKenna
  • Wells at the World’s End, by Adam Roberts
  • The 2017 Shadow Clarke Award blog, by Shadow Clarke Award jurors
  • The Unthinkability of Climate Change: Thoughts on Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement, by Vandana Singh

Best Artwork

  • Sundown Towns, by Geneva Benton
  • Cover for The Ion Raider, by Jim Burns
  • Illustration for “These Constellations Will Be Yours,” by Galen Dara
  • Cover for The Memoirist, by Chris Moore
  • Illustration for “Waiting on a Bright Moon,” by Victo Ngai
  • Cover for 2084, by Marcin Wolski

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BSFA Nominations

The British Science Fiction Association has announced the nominees for this year’s BSFA Awards, to be presented on the evening of Saturday, April 16, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, during Innominate, the 68th British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon).

Best Novel

  • Daughter of Eden, by Chris Beckett
  • A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers
  • Europe in Winter, by Dave Hutchinson
  • Occupy Me, by Tricia Sullivan
  • Azanian Bridges, by Nick Wood

Best Short Story

  • “The End of Hope Street,” by Malcolm Devlin
  • “Liberty Bird,” by Jaine Fenn
  • “Taking Flight,” by Una McCormack
  • “Presence,” by Helen Oyeyemi
  • “The Apologists,” by Tade Thompson
  • “The Arrival of Missives,” by Aliya Whiteley

Best Non-Fiction

  • THEN: Science Fiction Fandom in the UK 1930-1980, by Rob Hansen
  • “Boucher, Backbone and Blake: The Legacy of Blakes Seven,” by Erin Horáková
  • “Breaking the Cycle of the Golden Age: Jack Glass and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy,” by Anna McFarlane
  • “New Model Authors? Authority, Authordom, Anarchism and the Atomized Text in a Networked World,” by Paul Graham Raven
  • “100 African Writers of SFF,” by Geoff Ryman
  • “Introduction” to The Big Book of Science Fiction, by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer

Best Artwork

  • Juan Miguel Aguilera: Cover of The 1000 Year Reich, by Ian Watson
  • Tara Bush: “Transition” (Cover of Black Static #53)
  • Suzanne Dean and Kai & Sunny: Cover of The Sunlight Pilgrim’s, by Jenni Fagan
  • David A. Hardy: Cover of Disturbed Universes, by David L. Clements
  • Sarah Anne Langton: Cover for Central Station, by Lavie Tidhar
  • Chris Moore: Cover of The Iron Tactician, by Alastair Reynolds

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Eastercons Selected

Two Eastercons were selected at Mancunicon. The 2017 Eastercon was selected to replace Pasgon, which was cancelled earlier this month. The 2018 Eastercon was also selected.

2017: Innominate will be held in Birmingham from April 14-17 in the Hilton Metropole. The Guests of Honour are Pat Cadigan, Judith Clute, and Colin Harris.

2018: Follycon will be held in Harrogate from March 30-April 2, 2018 at the Majestic Hotel. The Guests of Honour are Kieron Gillen, Christina Lake, Nnedi Okorafor, and Kim Stanley Robinson.

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Pasgon Cancelled

The group scheduled to run Pasgon, the 2017 Eastercon, in Cardiff has announced that due to location issues they no longer believe their convention is viable. They informed their members and hope that a replacement convention can be put together in time for selection at this year’s Eastercon, Mancunicon, in Manchester. Pasgon was awarded the 2017 Eastercon in 2015 after a prior bid for 2016 had been withdrawn and Manchester stepped into the breach.
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BSFA Nominations

The British Science Fiction Association has announced the nominees for this year’s BSFA Awards, to be presented on the evening of Saturday, March 26, at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester, during Mancunicon, the 67th British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon). BSFA members may vote until mid-afternoon on Marcdh 26.

Best Novel

  • Europe at Midnight, by Dave Hutchinson
  • Mother of Eden, by Chris Beckett
  • The House of Shattered Wings, by Aliette de Bodard
  • Luna: New Moon, by Ian McDonald
  • Glorious Angels, by Justina Robson

Best Short Story

  • “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Witches of Lychford,” by Paul Cornell
  • “No Rez,” by Jeff Noon
  • “Binti,” by Nnedi Okorafor
  • “Ride the Blue Horse,” by Gareth L. Powell

Best Non-Fiction

  • “Time Pieces: Doctor Change or Doctor Die,” by Nina Allan
  • Letters to Tiptree, by Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce
  • “What Price Your Critical Agency,” by Jonathan McCalmont
  • Rave and Let Die: The SF and Fantasy of 2014, by Adam Roberts
  • “From Annihilation to Acceptance: a writer’s surreal journey,” by Jeff VanderMeer

Best Artwork

  • Jim Burns, Cover of Pelquin’s Comet
  • Vincent Sammy: “Songbird”
  • Wayne Haag: “Bus Stop”
  • Sarah Anne Langton: Cover of Jews Versus Zombies

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BSFA Winners

The winners of the 2015 BSFA Awards were announced at Dysprosium, this year’s Eastercon on April 5.

  • Novel: Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
  • Short Fiction: The Honey Trap, by Ruth E J Booth
  • Artwork: Tessa Farmer for her sculpture The Wasp Factory, after Iain Banks.
  • Non-Fiction: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and the First World War, by Edward James

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BSFA Award Nominations

The nominees for the BSFA Award have been announced. The winners will be announced in a ceremony at Dysprosium, this year’s Eastercon in London Sunday on April 6. BSFA Prize-winners will receive a BSFA trophy. The James White Award will also announce the winner at the ceremony.

Best Artwork

  • Richard Anderson for the cover of Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley
  • Blacksheep for the cover of Bête, by Adam Roberts
  • Tessa Farmer for her sculpture The Wasp Factory, after Iain Banks.
  • Jeffery Alan Love for the cover of Wolves, by Simon Ings
  • Andy Potts for the cover of Mars Evacuees, by Sophia McDougall

Best Non-Fiction

  • Call and Response, by Paul Kincaid
  • “Deep Forests and Manicured Gardens: A Look at Two New Short Fiction Magazines,” by Jonathan McCalmont
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and the First World War, by Edward James
  • “The State of British SF and Fantasy: A Symposium,” in Strange Horizons
  • Greg Egan, by Karen Burnham

Best Short Fiction:

  • “The Honey Trap,” by Ruth E J Booth
  • “The Mussel Eater,” by Octavia Cade
  • “Scale Bright,” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Best Novel

  • The Race, by Nina Allan
  • Cuckoo Song, by Frances Hardinge
  • Europe in Autumn, by Dave Hutchinson
  • Wolves, by Simon Ings
  • Ancilliary Sword, by Anne Leckie
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North
  • Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Moon King, by Neil Williamson

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BSFA Awards

The winners of the 2014 BSFA Awards were announced at Eastercon on April 20.

  • Novel: (tie) Ack Ack Macaque, by Gareth L. Powell; Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
  • Short Fiction: Spin, by Nina Allan
  • Artwork: Cover of Tony Ballantyne’s Dream London, Joey Hi-Fi
  • Non-Fiction: Wonderbook, by Jeff Vandermeer

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BSFA Shortlist Announced

The nominees for the BSFA Award have been announced. The winners will be announced in a ceremony at Satellite4 Eastercon in Glasgow Sunday on April 20. BSFA Prize-winners will receive a BSFA trophy. The James White Award will also announce the winner at the ceremony.

Best Novel

  • God’s War, by Kameron Hurley
  • Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
  • Evening’s Empires, by Paul McAuley
  • Ack-Ack Macaque, by Gareth L. Powell
  • The Adjacent, by Christopher Priest

Best Short Fiction

  • Spin, by Nina Allan
  • “Selkie Stories are for Losers,” by Sofia Samatar
  • “Saga’s Children,” by E. J. Swift
  • “Boat in the Shadows Crossing,” by Tori Truslow

Best Artwork

  • Cover for Tony Ballantyne’s Dream London, by Joey Hi-fi
  • Poster for Metropolis, by Kevin Tong
  • “The Angel at the Heart of the Rain,” by Richard Wagner

Best Non-Fiction

  • Wonderbook, by Jeff VanderMeer
  • “Going Forth by Night,” by John J. Johnston
  • “Sleeps with Monsters,” by Liz Bourke

Doc Weir Award

Jan van’t Ent received the Doc Weir Award at Eastercon the weekend of March 29-31. The Doc Weir Award is voted on by the convention’s attending membership. The award is given to someone who has made some form of contribution to fandom that deserves a little public recognition. The winner receives a certificate and a silver cup, although the winner must return it at the end of the year with his/her name engraved on it.

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