The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) announced the shortlist for its annual BSFA Awards for works first published in 2013. The BSFA has been running the awards since 1970, awarding the first Best Novel award to John Brunner’s 1969 novel “Stand on Zanzibar”.
The BSFA Awards are literary awards presented annually since 1970 by the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) to honour works in the anglophone genre of science fiction (british and US, with two exceptions, Aliette de Bodard and Lavie Tidhar). Nominees and winners are chosen based on a vote of BSFA members. More recently, members of the Eastercon (British National Science Fiction Convention) convention have also been elibigle to vote.
The British Science Fiction Association (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 winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Satellite4 Eastercon convention the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow Sunday 20th April 2014.
Here’s a sample of a BSFA Trophy ! (Photograph © David Langford) :
in my humble opinion it’s not only a kitsch, it’s also a horrible artefact consisting of tortured books, but being genre books, the trophy’s creator probably considered that they deserve it !)
BSFA Prize-winners will receive a coveted BSFA trophy. Also in the ceremony will be the annual James White Award announcing its short story competition winner.
The BSFA Awards draw on nominations from their membership, and in the case of the Best Novel Award are open to UK publications only.
“No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.” – Samuel Johnson
“Evening’s Empires” by Paul McAuley, UK author (Gollancz)
“The Adjacent” by Christopher Priest, UK author (Gollancz)
“Ack-Ack Macaque” by Gareth L. Powell, UK author (Solaris)
“Ancillary Justice” by Ann Leckie, US author (Orbit)
“God’s War” by Kameron Hurley, US author (Del Rey)
Best Short Fiction
“Spin” by Nina Allan,UK (TTA Press)
“Saga’s Children” by E. J. Swift, UK (The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium)
“Boat in the Shadows Crossing” by Tori Truslow, UK (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
“Selkie Stories are for Losers” by Sofia Samatar, US (Strange Horizons)
Cover for Tony Ballantyne’s “Dream London” by Joey Hi-fi (Solaris)
Poster for “Metropolis” by Kevin Tong (tragicsunshine.com)
“The Angel at the Heart of the Rain” by Aliette de Bodard, illustration by Richard Wagner (Interzone #246)
“Wonderbook” by Jeff VanderMeer, US (Abrams Image)