Poetry Submissions Wanted

From our poetry editor, Charles Christian:

 

“Calling all Poets… I’m putting together the poetry section for the next issue of the British Science Fiction Association’s Focus magazine and am looking for submissions. Poetry with a Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Ghost or Steampunk theme (or any mixture thereof) all qualify. You do NOT have to be a member of the BSFA – nor even British. However please note Focus is a print magazine published twice a year by a volunteer team so, for factors outside my control, publication deadlines can sometimes slip.

 

Please email your submissions with the entry either within the body of the email or attached as a Word or Pages document – directly to me at charles@charles-christian.com If you have any illustrations you want to add to the submission, can these be in either JPEG or PDF file format. And that’s it! The deadline is Friday 9th May – so you’ve got 5 weeks including 2 public holidays (at least in the UK) in which to create and submit your submissions. All poetry formats considered, including haiku (or scifaiku) and even Vogon Poetry!

 

Formal Stuff: poets retain the full copyright to their work – we only take a bare licence to reproduce the work in the magazine – and we do not insist on submissions being previously unpublished works nor do we exclude multiple-submissions.”

Birmingham Independent Book Fair Saturday 12th April

The Birmingham Independent Book Fair takes place this weekend at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham. This is a day-long event (doors open at 11.00 am) and features independent publishers from the West Midlands and beyond.
Alchemy Press have been in touch to tell us about the works they are showcasing there. Peter Coleborn says:

“Merry-Go-Round and Other Words is the definitive collection of work by the South Wales poet and writer Bryn Fortey. The book includes a warm introduction by Johnny Mains plus an afterword by Bryn, in which he discusses some of the stories included in the book. We are certain you will all want a copy of this collection gracing your shelves.

“We shall also have copies of Rod Rees’s book Invent-10n in both paperback and hard-cover, limited editions! If you missed the launch last December now is your chance to race down to Birmingham and grab a copy.

“In preparing for the book fair we “unearthed” a few copies of the late Joel Lane-edited anthology, Beneath the Ground. We’re pretty sure that these are all the remaining copies in Alchemy Towers. We also came across a handful of Shadows of Light and Dark by award-winning poet Jo Fletcher. This collection of poems includes an introduction by Neil Gaiman plus art and photography by Les Edwards and Seamus Ryan. The book is signed and numbered by all contributors (including the book’s designer Michael Marshall Smith).

Other Alchemy Press titles available include Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac, The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes (volumes 1 and 2), The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic and Doors to Elsewhere.”

Other publishers set to appear at the festival include:

Twin Books www.twinbooks.co.uk/ 

Fringeworks www.fringeworks.co.uk/

Flarestack Poets www.flarestackpoets.co.uk 

William Gallagher http://williamgallagher.com/ 

Boo Books http://boobooks.net/ 

Pigeon Park Press www.pigeonparkpress.com 

Cinnamon Press www.cinnamonpress.com 

Silhouette Press www.silhouettepress.co.uk 

Cannon Poets www.cannonpoets.org.uk 

Shadow Publishing http://www.shadowpublishing.webeasysite.co.uk/index.html

TJB Press http://tombrysonwriter.wordpress.com 

Offa’s Press www.offaspress.co.uk 

Black Pear Press www.blackpear.net 

The Alchemy Press www.alchemypress.co.uk 

Ellie Stevenson http://elliestevenson.wordpress.com 

Nine Arches Press www.ninearches.press.com 

Gingernut Books www.gingernutbooks.co.uk/sophie-sparham.html 

Crowded Quarantine www.crowdedquarantine.com 

Foxwell Press www.facebook.com/FoxwellPress

Fair Acre Press www.fairacrepress.co.uk 

Five Seasons Press www.fiveseasonspress.com 

The Cassowary Press www.casspress.com

Location: The Ikon Gallery, Oozells Street, Brindley Place, Birmingham, B1 2HS

April 12 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Alchemy Press also took the opportunity to remind us they have a submissions window closing at the end of this month for their other 2014 anthologies: The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 3, edited by Mike Chinn, and The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2, edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber. So, get your stories polished up and send them in!

It Is Rocket Science – Back on the Airwaves

Helen Keen’s fantastic comedy series about all things Space is back on Radio 4 for a third series.

Episode 1 was aired at 11pm on Wednesday April 2nd.

 

series2014slideIs there life on Mars? Check out episode 1, which also features the vocal talents of Peter Serafinowicz (the voice of Space, as well as many other, erm, voices) and Suzy Kane. And check out this animation of sad little Curiosity’s first birthday party.

Helen Keen is next appearing at the Edinburgh Science Festival on Sunday April 13th at the National Museum of Scotland for a panel: Barbed Wire Between Cultures.

48-hour film challenge

This came in via the contact form:

Wildseed Studios partners with SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival to offer 48hr Film Challenge winner £10,000 towards a micro-budget feature

Wildseed Studios, the next-generation content and talent incubator which supports grass roots talent with funding, creative mentorship and strategic advice, has partnered with SCI-FI-LONDON, The UK’s leading genre festival at London’s BFI Southbank to offer one of the shortlisted teams in the 48hr Film Challenge £10,000 cash plus additional production resources, creative mentorship and strategic advice sufficient to develop and produce a micro-budget feature film.

The 2014 SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr Film Challenge will take place between 12 -14 April and is a great opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to get their film funded and made. Taking part is easy: simply turn up on Saturday 12 April, make a film in a weekend then submit your film by Monday 14 April. Click here for more details, then register here.

The judging panel includes Danny Boyle, Professor Brian Cox and Catherine Bray. The winning film being screened at the festival and four additional teams will be selected by Wildseed Studios to go through a mentoring and development process. One of the projects will then be selected to receive the funding and support necessary to produce the project as a micro-budget feature.

Over the last five years the SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr Film Challenge has had over 800 films completed, many of which have gone on to other film festivals and been broadcast on TV. Gareth Edwards who won the 2008 SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr Film Challenge with his Factory Farmed short is currently directing a Hollywood film about a big lizard… the Godzilla reboot!

Gareth Edwards Factory Farmed (2008 winning entry).

Director of SCI-FI-LONDON Louis Savy said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership and be in a position where, thanks to Wildseed Studios, we can offer one of the shortlisted teams £10,000 cash toward a micro-budget feature! This is a really incredible opportunity for emerging filmmaking talent, so get ready for the challenge – we want to see your feature film in next year’s festival!”

Wildseed Studio’s co-founder Jesse Cleverly said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Challenge to offer this sort of initiative which directly enables the next-generation of filmmakers. We’ve all seen what previous winners of the Sci-Fi London 48hr Film Challenge such as Gareth Edwards can go on to achieve, so we’re encouraging all aspiring filmmakers to register and be part of this exciting process.”

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April BSFA London Meeting: Anne Perry Interviewed by Lizzie Barrett

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

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On Wednesday 30th* of April  2014Anne Perry (Editor at Hodder & Stoughton, founder of Pornokitsch.com and The Kitschies Awards) will be interviewed by Lizzie Barrett (SFF reader, fan and blogger).

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here.

FUTURE EVENTS:

28th May 2014- Tori Truslow and Alex Dally MacFarlane, interviewed by Tony Keen

7th June 2014- BSFA/SFF AGM, BSFA Guest of Honour Francis Hardinge, interviewed by Tom Pollock

25th June 2014- Stephanie Saulter, interviewed by Kate Keen

30th July 2014- Geoff Ryman, interviewed by Graham Sleight

*Note-this is the 5th Wed. and NOT the date originally advertised.

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Calling all Steampunk Enthusiasts

Claire Tailyour of Slackwire films is seeking interviewees to take part in an upcoming film about Steampunk. Why is Steampunk important to you? How has it enriched your life?

The film, funded by Lancia, will be based in London, but you do not have to be a Londoner to take part. It comes hot on the heels of Slackwire’s steampunk film Ruby’s Skin starring John Bowe (The Hour, Silent Witness, Coronation Street) and Olivia Cooke (The Quiet Ones, Bates Motel, The Signal).

Claire can be contacted via cstailyour@slackwirefilms.com and would like to interview prospective subjects from 7th April.

John Bowe in Ruby’s Skin

 

SF-themed weddings

Chloë, our BBC friend from before, has a further request:

I’m the researcher on a new BBC landmark series about the history of
Science Fiction, the series will be shown this spring on BBC America and
later in the year in the UK on BBC2.

To accompany the UK series we are making an exclusive short film for the
BBC’s iPlayer – a 20 minute programme all about British SF fans. We are
looking to find a broad range of willing contributors all of whom
representing, in their own way, the full breadth of British SF fandom. We
are looking for people who can talk eloquently about the genre, but more
specifically about what SF means to them.

I am currently looking for contributors who have had, or plan to have, a
Science Fiction themed wedding. If this is you then please do get in
touch, I’d love to talk to you about your experience.

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you,

Chloë Penman, Researcher
History of Science Fiction, BBC Arts
chloe.penman@bbc.co.uk
BBC Bristol, Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LR
Tel: +44 (0)117 974 6890
Mob/Cell: +44 (0)7879 552 340

March BSFA London Meeting: BSFA Award Panel

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

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On Wednesday 26th of March  2014, there will be a Panel (Gaie Sebold and Paul Kincaid) to discuss the British Science Fiction Association Awards.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The panel will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here.

FUTURE EVENTS:

23rd April 2014Anne Perry, interviewed by Lizzie Barrett

28th May 2014- Tori Truslow and Alex Dally MacFarlane, interviewed by Tony Keen

25th June 2014- Stephanie Saulter, interviewed by Kate Keen

SFF Masterclass still accepting applications

The SFF are still accepting applications for the 2014 Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass, an enriching experience for anyone interested in improving their writing about Science Fiction and Fantasy. Please send a sample of writing and a one-page cv to farah.sf@gmail.com.

Please share this as widely as possible. Thanks.

Eighth SFF Criticism Masterclass 2014

The Eighth Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism will be held from Monday 11 August 2014 to Wednesday 13 August, immediately before Loncon 3, the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention.

The SFF Masterclass involves three days studying texts supplied by three class leaders.  It is a great way to broaden your critical perspectives, sharpen some critical tools, and to make contacts with other people writing on SF and Fantasy.  The class leaders are drawn from professional writers, academics and fans, and this is a great opportunity to learn from people experienced in their craft.
Anyone interested in writing seriously about science fiction and/or fantasy, at whatever level they are in their careers, is welcome to attend.  This includes not just critics and reviewers, but historians and other scholars.  Those who have attended past Masterclasses are also welcome to apply.
Past students have found these events immensely beneficial, and often return.
We are pleased to announce that the venue will be the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, founded by Charles II in 1675, and the home of the Prime Meridian. This is across the Thames from the Excel site where Loncon3 will take place. Price: £200.
The tutors for 2014 will be:
Andy Duncan, Professor of English at Frostburg State University, Frostburg MD, winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Award and two World Fantasy Awards, and winner of the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Novelette.
Neil Easterbrook, Professor of English at the Texas Christian University, and a prolific reviewer and critic, whose monograph on China Miéville is due to be published in 2014.
K.V. Johansen, a Canadian writer of fantasy, science fiction, and children’s fiction, who has also published three books on the history of children’s fantasy. Her adult novel Blackdog was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award in 2012.
You can find some reports on previous Masterclasses on the Facebook page.
Please apply to farah.sf@gmail.com. Send a short piece of critical writing, and a one page cv. Deadline for Applications: February 28th 2014

Fans sought for BBC film

Chloë Penman of the BBC has contacted the BSFA with an interesting request. She writes:

I’m the researcher on a new BBC landmark series about the history of Science Fiction, the series will be shown this spring on BBC America and later in the year in the UK on BBC2.

To accompany the UK series we are making an exclusive short film for the BBC’s iPlayer – a 20 minute programme all about British SF fans.

We are looking to find a broad range of willing contributors all of whom representing, in their own way, the full breadth of British SF fandom. We are looking for people who can talk eloquently about the genre, but more specifically about what SF means to them. We would like people to tell us about why Science Fiction is so important in their lives, what doors it
has opened for them and why, as a genre, it inspires such a lively conversation with its audience.

I’m looking for people who can give me a personal take on their relationship with Science Fiction, real stories about the power of Science Fiction.

Many Thanks,

Chloë Penman, Researcher
History of Science Fiction, BBC Arts
chloe.penman@bbc.co.uk
BBC Bristol, Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LR
Tel: +44 (0)117 974 6890

February BSFA London Meeting: Tom Pollock interviewed by Emma Newman

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

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On Wednesday 26th of February  2014, Tom Pollock (author of The Skyscraper Throne Trilogy) will be interviewed by Emma Newman (author of the Split Worlds series, 20 Years Later).

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here.

FUTURE EVENTS:

26th March 2014BSFA Awards Panel

23rd April 2014Anne Perry, interviewed by Lizzie Barrett

28th May 2014- TBC

BSFA Awards: the Shortlist

It’s finally here!

The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) is delighted to announce 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.

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The 2012 BSFA Award Winners

The BSFA Awards draw on nominations from their membership, and in the case of the Best Novel Award are open to UK publications only.

Best Novel

God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)

Evening’s Empires by Paul McAuley (Gollancz)

Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris)

The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

Best Short Fiction

Spin by Nina Allan (TTA Press)

“Selkie Stories are for Losers” by Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons)

“Saga’s Children” by E. J. Swift (The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium)

“Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Best Artwork

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 Richard Wagner (Interzone #246)

Best Non-Fiction

Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer (Abrams Image)

“Going Forth by Night” by John J. Johnston (Unearthed, Jurassic)

“Sleeps with Monsters” by Liz Bourke (Tor.com)

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Satellite4 Eastercon convention the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow Sunday 20th April 2014. 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.

Awards Season Hots Up – Clarkes and Kitschies

At the BSFA, we have counted up our award nominations, and are buzzing with excitement to tell you which works have been shortlisted… but you have to wait!

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Tom Hunter, Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, revealed the total number of submissions of novels by female writers this week – and it was a staggering 33. Last year, there were only 18 out of 82 books. But how many books will have been submitted overall? Tom is teasing us with that number and won’t tell us! But what he did tell us was that he hoped releasing this list first  would be “a positive contribution towards further raising the profile of women writers of science fiction in the UK and beyond.” Nice one, Tom.

The full list of submissions will be announced next Thursday. Our BSFA representatives, Duncan Lawie and Ian Whates, along with all the other judges, will be reading like mad to try to get through them all and be ready to announce their collective shortlist on March 18th. Then, the glamorous Royal Society in London will host the awards ceremony once again on May 1st.

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Waving its tentacles in our general direction next come The Kitschies - the shortlists having been announced this week. The Kitschies are an annual prize for books
containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic”. Jared Shurin and Anne C. Perry have been running The Kitschies for the past 5 years, and their quest this year was to find the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining” fiction of 2013 (and give the writers some rum! Probably…)

This year’s shortlists are selected from a record 234 submissions, coming from over fifty different publishers and imprints.

The Red Tentacle (Novel), selected by Kate Griffin, Nick Harkaway, Will Hill, Anab Jain and Annabel Wright:

  • Red Doc> by Anne Carson (Jonathan Cape)
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
  • Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon (Jonathan Cape)
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker)
  • The Machine by James Smythe (HarperCollins / Blue Door)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut), also selected by the above panel:

  • Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key)
  • A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47 North)
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
  • Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Atlantic)

The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art), selected by Craig Kennedy, Sarah Anne Langton, Hazel Thompson and Emma Vieceli.

  • Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz) / Design and illustration by Sinem Erkas
  • The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot) / Art by Will Staehle
  • Homeland and Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Titan)  / Design by Amazing15
  • Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key)  / Art by Gianmarco Magnani
  • Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human (Century) / Art by Joey Hi-Fi

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Seven Dials Club on 12th February and will receive a total of £2,000 in prize money, as well as one of the prize’s distinctive Tentacle trophies and bottles of The Kraken Rum.

Will any of The Kitschies shortlist titles be reflected in the shortlists for the BSFA awards, which will be announced next week? What do you think? I know, but… my lips are sealed!

 

Registrations re-enabled, spammers blocked (with any luck)

Hi all. You may remember that I disabled self-registration on the site not long before Christmas. Well a few days ago I had three or four new members asking me how they could register on the site (welcome, new people). So I decided it was time to activate registrations again.

We got over two hundred registrations in the following three days. Two Hundred! I like to think that the BSFA has a popular site, but, come on.

So I researched WordPress plugins, and found that the plainly-named Stop Spammers plugin should be our friend. I’ve just installed it, and we’ll see how it goes.

Now, the plugin describes itself as “very aggressive”, so there’s always the danger of false positives. By which I mean, it might detect an IP address as a source of spam, when that address is in fact perfectly innocent.

So if you find the site behaves strangely; if you find you can’t log on; if you try to register and are stopped (and you’re not a spammer): please let me know.

You can email me via webadmin at bsfa.co.uk.

It’s the Final Countdown! 2 Days to go for the BSFA Award Nominations

Thanks once again to everyone who has nominated over the weekend or provided info to help grow this list. Lots more titles on the list now. Please keep them coming. Feel free to nominate something already on the list, by the way - that’s how we pick your overall favourites.

As we have been gathering nominations this year, we have been having a think about how we can make this a better process for our members. We’d love this award to be as representative of our membership as it possibly can be. And with that in mind, I would like to make a special appeal to our female members – we don’t have as many nominations from our female members in proportion to the membership.

So, without further ado, here’s the list. Thanks to all the rebloggers and retweeters, it all helps!

 

Best   Novel
Title Author Publisher
2121: A Tale from the Next   Century Susan Greenfield Head of Zeus
A Tale   for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Canongate Books Ltd
Abaddon’s Gate James S A Corey Orbit
Ack-Ack   Macaque Gareth L Powell Solaris
Ancillary   Justice Ann Leckie Orbit
Arena Mode Blake Northcott Amazon media
Between   Two Thorns Emma Newman Angry Robot
Doctor   Sleep Stephen King Hodder & Stoughton
Evening’s   Empires Paul Macauley Gollancz
Familiar J. Robert Lennon Serpent’s Tail
Gemsigns Stephanie Saulter Jo Fletcher Books
Gideon   Smith and the Mechanical Girl David Barnett Snowbooks Ltd
God’s   War Kameron Hurley Del Rey
I,   Phone David Wake CreateSpace Independent   Publishing Platform
iD Madeline Ashby Angry Robot
Life After Life Kate Atkinson Doubleday
Marauder Gary Gibson Tor
More   Than This Patrick Ness Walker
Necessary   Evil Ian Tregillis Tor Books
Nexus Ramez Naam Angry Robot
Night Film Marisha Pessl Windmill Books
On the Steel Breeze Alastair Reynolds Gollancz
Osiris:   The Osiris Project E. J. Swift Del Rey
Paradox Patti Roberts Createspace Independent Publishing
Quantum Drop Saci Lloyd Hodder
Raising Steam Terry Pratchett Doubleday
Red Doc Anne Carson Jonathon Cape
Sensation: a superhero novel Kevin Hardman I&H Recherche Publishing
Shackleton’s   Man Goes South Tony White Science Museum
Shopocalypse David Gullen Monico
The   Adjacent Christopher Priest Gollancz
The Age   Atomic Adam Christopher Angry Robot
The Disappearances Gemma Malley Hodder
The   Disestablishment of Paradise Philip Mann Gollancz
The   Eidolon Libby McGugan Solaris
The   Folded Man Matt Hill Sandstone Press Ltd
The   Glass Republic Tom Pollock Jo Fletcher Books
The   History of the Future in 100 Objects Adrian Hon Skyhook
The Lives of Tao Wesley Chu Angry Robot
The Long War Pratchett and Baxter Doubleday
The   Machine James Smythe Blue Door
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter Cassandra Rose Clark Angry Robot
The Ocean at the End of the   Lane Neil Gaiman Headline
The   Rabbit Back Literature Society Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen Pushkin Press
The Serene Invasion Eric Brown Solaris
The   Shining Girls Lauren Beukes Harper
The Vengeance Path Andrew Jamieson Amazon media
The Violent Century Lavie Tidhar Hodder & Stoughton
The   Water Sign C.S. Samulski Booktrope Editions
Warmaster’s   Gate Adrian Tchaikovsky Tor UK
What   Lot’s Wife Saw Ioanna Bourazopoulou Black & White Publishing
Wolfhound Century Peter Higgins Gollancz
Best Short Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
A Bridge of Words Dinesh Rao We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
A   Heap of Broken Images Sunny Moraine We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
A   Visit to the House on Terminal Hill Elizabeth Knox Tor.com
Black Shuck Henry Gee Looking Landwards, Newcon Press
Boat   in the Shadows Crossing Tori Truslow Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Build Guide Helen Jackson Interzone 244
Cave   & Julia M. John Harrison Kindle
Charlie’s Ant Adrian Tchaikovsky Looking Landwards, Newcon Press
Distant Like the Stars Leah Cypress Asimov’s April/May
Droplet Rahul Kanakia We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Entangled Ian R. Macleod Asimov’s
Enyo-Enyo Kameron Hurley The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Fade Out Gavin Salisbury Pendragon Press
Feast and Famine Adrian Tchaikovsky Solaris Rising 2, Solaris
Found Alex Dally MacFarlane Clarkesworld 63
Fredrich   the Snowman Lewis Shiner Tor.com
Free Fall Graham Templeton Clarkesworld
Getting   Out of There M. John Harrison Nightjar Press
Golden   Apple Sophia McDougall The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Henchman 1 Jamison Raymond Henchman Comics
Hypervigilant Eric del Caro Unknown
In   Metal, In Bone An Owomoyela Eclipse Online
In Time for Christmas Fred Strange Diesel E Books
Leaving Megalopolis Gail Simone self-published
March of the Undead Andrew Webber andrewwebber.net
Melt With You Emily C Skaftun Clarkesworld 79
Memory   Palace Hari Kunzru V&A
Nunslinger Stark Holborn Hodder & Stoughton
Old Domes J. Y. Yang We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Out in the Dark Linda Nagata Analog, June 2013
Pam Peter C Loftus Jupiter SF Magazine issue 41
Saga’s   Children E. J. Swift The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Secret Cargo Charles Christian Urban Fantasist
Selkie   Stories are for Losers Sofia Samatar Strange Horizons
Sing Karen Tidbeck Tor.com
Song of the Seasons, Song   four: Fire and Rain Janine K. Spendlove Silence in the Library
Spin Nina Allan TTA Press
Such & Such Said to So   & So Maria Dahvana Headley Glitter & Mayhem
The 9th Technique China Mieville The Apology Chapbook
The Electric Spanking of the   War Babies Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson Glitter & Mayhem
The Eye With Which the   Universe Beholds Itself Ian Sales Whippleshield Books
The First Dance Martin McGrath Solaris Rising 2, Solaris
The   Ink Readers of Doi Saket Thomas Olde Heuvelt Tor.com
The Landline  Bruce Sterling Omnireboot.com
The Legend of Troop 13 Kit Reed Asimovs Jan 13
The Promise of Space James Patrick Kelly Clarkesworld 84
The Skull Lucius Shepard Gollancz
The Taking of the Stamp Hal Duncan La Case
The   Truth of Fact the Truth of Feeling Ted Chiang Subterranean Magazine
The Walking Stars Aliette de Bodard The Other Half of the Sky, Candlelight and Gleam
Them Shios Silvio Moreno-Garcia We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Thread of Memory Matt Colborn City in the Dusk
Three Memories of Death Will Hill The Book of the Dead, Jurassic London
Vector Benjanun Sriduangkaew We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Waiting for Medusa Jack Dann Asimov’s, Octo/Novr 2013
Water Rames Naam Institute for the Future
You   Have to Follow the Rules Ada Hoffmann Strange Horizons
Zero   Hours Tim Maughan Futures Exchange
Best Artwork
Artist Work Publisher/Source
Aargh! Oxford Cover of The Mad Scientists’ Daughter, by Cassandra   Rose Clarke Angry Robot
Alice Laurent Cover of Cooking with Bones, by Jess Read Hodder & Stoughton
Andy Bigwood cover   of Aria: Returning Left Luggage, by Geoff Nelder LL-Publications
Andy Council Bristol 2050 Resurgence & Ecologist
Anja Uhrin Zarin   der Vampir by Tatana Fedorovna, front cover Createspace Independent Publishing
Ben Baldwin Cover   of Bite by Gardner Goldsmith Pendragon Press
Brian Roberts Cover of The Adjacent, by Christopher Priest Gollancz
Daniele Serra cover   of Open Waters by Davbid Gullen theEXAGGERATEDpress
Dominic Harman cover   of Phoenicia’s Worlds by Ben Jeapes Solaris
Euclase Red   5 DeviantArt
Finn Dean Cover   of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World Folio Society
Galen Dara Storytellers Fireside Magazine
J.H.Williams   III Cover   of The Sandman Overture no1 by Neil Gaiman Vertigo Comics
J.H.Williams III Cover   of The Sandman Overture no1 Vertigo Comics
James Boswell He Pressed on Through the Darkness Alone, Like a   Blind Fish in an Endless Forgotten Sea, cover to J. G. Ballard’s The Drowned   World Folio Society
Jeremy   Zerfoss Cover   of Wonderbook: the Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff   Vandermeer Abrams Image
Jim Calfiore Leaving   Megalopolis self-published
Joey   Hi-Fi Cover   of Dream London by Tony Ballantyne Solaris
Joey   Hi-Fi Cover   of Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human Century
Joey   Hi-Fi Cover   of The Lowest Heaven Jurassic
Kevin Tong Poster   for Metropolis
Marko Manev Cover of The Violent Century, by Lavie Tidhar Hodder & Stoughton
Michael J. Windsor cover   of Maddadam by Margaret Attwood Bloomsbury
Paul Kidby Cover   of Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett Doubleday
Paul Raymond Gregory Falls of Esgalduin Studio 54 website
Phillipa   Rice My Cardboard Life Web series
Pickwick The   Hodderscape Dodo Hodderscape.com
Richard Wagner The   Angel at the Heart of the Rain Interzone 246
Rob   Davis Don   Quixote – Cervantes/Davis Selfmadehero
Shaun Tan Cover for How the World Became Quiet by Rachel   Swirksy Subterranean Press
Todd Lockwood Cover   of a Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan Tor
Will Staehle Cover   of The Age Atomic by Christopher Adam Angry Robot
Ykuko Shimizu Cover   for the Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M Valente Haikasoru/VIZ Media
Best Non-Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
The Kick-Ass Writer  Chuck Wendig Writer’s Digest Books
Paul Graham Raven A Genre in Crisis: On Paul di Phillpo’s “Wikiworld” The LA Review of Books
The Retro Critic Adam Ezragouri The Retro Critic
The Riddles in the Dark Adam Roberts The Riddles of the Hobbit, Palgrave Macmillan
On YA Adam Roberts Sibilant Fricative
Ytasha L. Womack Afrofuturism: the World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture Lawrence Hill Books
Graham Sleight Breaking the Frame Parabolas of Science Fiction, Ed Attebery and Hollinger
Secret Identity 563 Brian & Matt www.secretidentitypodcast.com
David Bordwell and Kristen   Thompson Christopher Nolan: A   Labyrinth of Linkages
Tea   and Jeapardy Podcast Emma Newman www.geekplanetonline.com
The   Gemmell Award Shortlist Jared Shurin Pornokitsch
Wonderbook Jeff VanderMeer Abrams Image
Going Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
An   Introduction in Three Parts (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
An Introduction in Three Parts   (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
Sleeps   with Monsters Liz Bourke Tor.com
Fantasy Faction Mark Alpin Fantasy Faction
Science Fiction Film Mark Bould Routledge
Adventures in Space and Time Mark Gatiss BBC
John Boston and Damien   Broderick New Worlds Before the New Wave, 1960-1964 Borgo Press
British   Genre Fiction Focus Niall Alexander Tor.com
Ethan Robinson On Still Being Unable to Write about Joanna Russ And chaos Died Marooned off Vesta
Abigail Nussbaum On the Meeting of Epic Fantasy and Western in Felx Gilman’s   Half-Made World Duology Crooked Timber
Bodhisattva Chattopadhay Recententering Science Fiction and the   Fantastic:What would a non-Anglocentric understanding of science fiction and   fantasy look like Strange Horizons
Writing the Science Fiction   Film Robert Grant Michael Wiese Productions
Queers Dig Time Lords Sigrud Ellis and Michael Damien Thomas (eds) Mad Norwegian Press
Ballardian Simon Sellars Ballardian
Landon/Shurin Speculative Fiction 2012 Jurassic London
Michael Chabon The Crying of September 11: on   Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
Pawel Frelik The Future of the Past: Science Fiction, Retro and Retrofuturism Parabolas of Science Fiction, Ed Attebery and Hollinger
John Rieder The Mad Scientist, the Failed Experiment and the Queer Family of Man:   Sirius, Frankenstein and the SF stockroom Parabolas of Science Fiction, Ed Attebery and Hollinger
Fred Nadis The Man From Mars: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey Tarcher/Penguin
Story Behind the Book vol 1. Upcoming4.me CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Verity! A Podcast Various Verity!   A Podcast
John Lanchester When did you get hooked? London Review of Books
Intro to J. G. Ballard’s The   Drowned World Will Self Folio Society
The   Coode Street Podcast Wolfe & Strahan The   Coode Street Podcast

 

 

Another BSFA Awards Nominations Update!

Thanks to everyone who has sent in more nominations for the BSFA Awards – just a week remains to tell us about what works have been just your cup of tea in 2013.

A word about eligibility: we appreciate that when faced with a collection of art published together, it is difficult to pick out individual pieces. They’re all so good, you tell us. Fantastic… but please try to pick which piece(s) you think is (are) the best. I know, I know…

Plenty of links to follow in the items nominated so far, so fill your boots. Please keep them coming in… and today we are especially appealing for your favourite non-fiction works. Thanks everybody!

Best   Novel
Title Author Publisher
2121: A Tale from the Next   Century Susan Greenfield Head of Zeus
A Tale   for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Canongate Books Ltd
Abaddon’s Gate James S A Corey Orbit
Ack-Ack   Macaque Gareth L Powell Solaris
Ancillary   Justice Ann Leckie Orbit
Arena Mode Blake Northcott Amazon media
Between   Two Thorns Emma Newman Angry Robot
Doctor   Sleep Stephen King Hodder & Stoughton
Evening’s   Empires Paul Macauley Gollancz
Familiar J. Robert Lennon Serpent’s Tail
Gemsigns Stephanie Saulter Jo Fletcher Books
Gideon   Smith and the Mechanical Girl David Barnett Snowbooks Ltd
God’s   War Kameron Hurley Del Rey
I,   Phone David Wake CreateSpace Independent   Publishing Platform
iD Madeline Ashby Angry Robot
Life After Life Kate Atkinson Doubleday
Marauder Gary Gibson Tor
More   Than This Patrick Ness Walker
Necessary   Evil Ian Tregillis Tor Books
Night Film Marisha Pessl Windmill Books
On the Steel Breeze Alastair Reynolds Gollancz
Osiris:   The Osiris Project E. J. Swift Del Rey
Paradox Patti Roberts Createspace Independent Publishing
Quantum Drop Saci Lloyd Hodder
Raising Steam Terry Pratchett Doubleday
Red Doc Anne Carson Jonathon Cape
Secret Cargo Charles Christian UrbanFantasist.com
Sensation: a superhero novel Kevin Hardman I&H Recherche Publishing
Shackleton’s   Man Goes South Tony White Science Museum
Shopocalypse David Gullen Monico
The   Adjacent Christopher Priest Gollancz
The Age   Atomic Adam Christopher Angry Robot
The Disappearances Gemma Malley Hodder
The   Disestablishment of Paradise Philip Mann Gollancz
The   Eidolon Libby McGugan Solaris
The   Folded Man Matt Hill Sandstone Press Ltd
The   Glass Republic Tom Pollock Jo Fletcher Books
The   History of the Future in 100 Objects Adrian Hon Skyhook
The Lives of Tao Wesley Chu Angry Robot
The Long War Pratchett and Baxter Doubleday
The   Machine James Smythe Blue Door
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter Cassandra Rose Clark Angry Robot
The Ocean at the End of the   Lane Neil Gaiman Headline
The Serene Invasion Eric Brown Solaris
The   Shining Girls Lauren Beukes Harper
The Vengeance Path Andrew Jamieson Amazon media
The Violent Century Lavie Tidhar Hodder & Stoughton
The   Water Sign C.S. Samulski Booktrope Editions
Warmaster’s   Gate Adrian Tchaikovsky Tor UK
What   Lot’s Wife Saw Ioanna Bourazopoulou Black & White Publishing
Wolfhound Century Peter Higgins Gollancz
Best Short Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
A Bridge of Words Dinesh Rao We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
A   Heap of Broken Images Sunny Moraine We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
A   Visit to the House on Terminal Hill Elizabeth Knox Tor.com
Black Shuck Henry Gee Looking Landwards, Newcon Press
Build Guide Helen Jackson Interzone 244
Cave   & Julia M. John Harrison Kindle
Charlie’s Ant Adrian Tchaikovsky Looking Landwards, Newcon Press
Distant Like the Stars Leah Cypress Asimov’s April/May
Droplet Rahul Kanakia We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Entangled Ian R. Macleod Asimov’s
Enyo-Enyo Kameron Hurley The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Fade Out Gavin Salisbury Pendragon Press
Feast and Famine Adrian Tchaikovsky Solaris Rising 2, Solaris
Free Fall Graham Templeton Clarkesworld
Getting   Out of There M. John Harrison Nightjar Press
Golden   Apple Sophia McDougall The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Henchman 1 Jamison Raymond Henchman Comics
Hypervigilant Eric del Caro Unknown
In   Metal, In Bone An Owomoyela Eclipse Online
In Time for Christmas Fred Strange Diesel E Books
Leaving Megalopolis Gail Simone self-published
March of the Undead Andrew Webber andrewwebber.net
Memory   Palace Hari Kunzru V&A
Nunslinger Stark Holborn Hodder & Stoughton
Old Domes J. Y. Yang We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Out in the Dark Linda Nagata Analog, June 2013
Pam Peter C Loftus Jupiter SF Magazine issue 41
Saga’s   Children E. J. Swift The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Selkie   Stories are for Losers Sofia Samatar Strange Horizons
Sing Karen Tidbeck Tor.com
Spin Nina Allan TTA Press
Such & Such Said to So   & So Maria Dahvana Headley Glitter & Mayhem
The 9th Technique China Mieville The Apology Chapbook
The Electric Spanking of the   War Babies Maurice Broaddus & Kyle S. Johnson Glitter & Mayhem
The Eye With Which the   Universe Beholds Itself Ian Sales Whippleshield Books
The First Dance Martin McGrath Solaris Rising 2, Solaris
The   Ink Readers of Doi Saket Thomas Olde Heuvelt Tor.com
The Landline  Bruce Sterling Omnireboot.com
The Skull Lucius Shepard Gollancz
The Taking of the Stamp Hal Duncan La Case
The   Truth of Fact the Truth of Feeling Ted Chiang Subterranean Magazine
Them Shios Silvio Moreno-Garcia We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Three Memories of Death Will Hill The Book of the Dead, Jurassic London
Vector Benjanun Sriduangkaew We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
Waiting for Medusa Jack Dann Asimov’s, Octo/Novr 2013
Water Rames Naam Institute for the Future
You   Have to Follow the Rules Ada Hoffmann Strange Horizons
Zero   Hours Tim Maughan Futures Exchange
Best Artwork
Artist Work Publisher/Source
Andy Bigwood cover   of Aria: Returning Left Luggage, by Geoff Nelder LL-Publications
Anja Uhrin Zarin   der Vampir by Tatana Fedorovna, front cover Createspace Independent Publishing
Ben Baldwin Cover   of Bite by Gardner Goldsmith Pendragon Press
Daniele Serra cover   of Open Waters by Davbid Gullen theEXAGGERATEDpress
Dominic Harman cover   of Phoenicia’s Worlds by Ben Jeapes Solaris
Euclase Red   5 DeviantArt
Galen Dara Storytellers Fireside Magazine
J.H.Williams   III Cover   of The Sandman Overture no1 by Neil Gaiman Vertigo Comics
J.H.Williams III Cover   of The Sandman Overture no1 Vertigo Comics
Finn Dean Cover   of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World Folio Society
Jeremy   Zerfoss Cover   of Wonderbook: the Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff   Vandermeer Abrams Image
Jim Calfiore Leaving   Megalopolis self-published
Joey   Hi-Fi Cover   of Dream London by Tony Ballantyne Solaris
Joey   Hi-Fi Cover   of Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human Century
Joey   Hi-Fi Cover   of The Lowest Heaven Jurassic
Kevin Tong Poster   for Metropolis
Michael J. Windsor cover   of Maddadam by Margaret Attwood Bloomsbury
Paul Kidby Cover   of Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett Doubleday
Phillipa   Rice My Cardboard Life Web series
Pickwick The   Hodderscape Dodo Hodderscape.com
Richard Wagner The   Angel at the Heart of the Rain Interzone 246
Rob   Davis Don   Quixote – Cervantes/Davis Selfmadehero
Todd Lockwood Cover   of a Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan Tor
Will Staehle Cover   of The Age Atomic by Christopher Adam Angry Robot
Ykuko Shimizu Cover   for the Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M Valente Haikasoru/VIZ Media
James Boswell He   Pressed on Through the Darkness Alone, Like a Blind Fish in an Endless   Forgotten Sea, cover to J. G. Ballard’s The Drowned World Folio Society
Best Non-Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
Adventures in Space and Time Mark Gatiss BBC
An   Introduction in Three Parts (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
An Introduction in Three Parts   (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
Ballardian Simon Sellars Ballardian
British   Genre Fiction Focus Niall Alexander Tor.com
Fantasy Faction Mark Alpin Fantasy Faction
Going   Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Going Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Intro to J. G. Ballard’s The   Drowned World Will Self Folio Society
Queers Dig Time Lords Sigrud Ellis and Michael Damien Thomas (eds) Mad Norwegian Press
Science Fiction Film Mark Bould Routledge
Secret Identity 563 Brian & Matt www.secretidentitypodcast.com
Sleeps   with Monsters Liz Bourke Tor.com
Story Behind the Book vol 1. Upcoming4.me CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Tea   and Jeapardy Podcast Emma Newman www.geekplanetonline.com
The   Coode Street Podcast Wolfe & Strahan The   Coode Street Podcast
The   Gemmell Award Shortlist Jared Shurin Pornokitsch
The Kick-Ass Writer  Chuck Wendig Writer’s Digest Books
The Retro Critic Adam Ezragouri The Retro Critic
Verity! A Podcast Various Verity!   A Podcast
Wonderbook Jeff VanderMeer Abrams Image
Writing the Science Fiction   Film Robert Grant Michael Wiese Productions

January BSFA London Meeting: Adam Roberts Interviewed by Edward James

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Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

On Wednesday 22nd of January  2014, Adam Roberts (BSFA Award winning author of Jack Glass, Salt and more) will be interviewed by Edward James (Hugo Award winner and Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation).

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here.

FUTURE EVENTS:

26th February 2014- Tom Pollock, interviewed by Emma Newman

26th March 2014- BSFA Awards Panel

23rd April 2014Anne Perry, interviewed by Lizzie Barrett