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

BSFA Award Nominations – A Week and a Bit to Go!

Hello everyone,

Hope you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year. Quite a few of you sent in nominations over this period, and we are picking through them now to make sure they are good and proper before adding them to this list (unfortunately, some very good things got nominated, just a year or more too late).

Although we do still have a few more to add, as you can see from below we are lacking in artwork nominations still. A few more non-fiction nominations wouldn’t go amiss either.

Look! We made the noo-spaypa! But don’t go fretting about those 2014 lists just yet. As you can see from our longlist already, there are plenty of fabulous reads and exciting new voices to learn about from our writers of 2013. So don’t just Twitter on about it… nominate!

And anyway, we can generate our own controversy, can’t we? The categorisation of one of these titles made me scratch my head, although in the end I thought “fair enough”. What do you think?

Another update coming soon…

Best Novel
Title Author Publisher
A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Canongate Books Ltd
Ack-Ack Macaque Gareth L Powell Solaris
Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie Orbit
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
Marauder Gary Gibson Tor
More Than This Patrick Ness Walker
Necessary Evil Ian Tregillis Tor Books
Osiris: The Osiris Project E. J. Swift Del Rey
Red Doc Anne Carson Jonathon Cape
Shackleton’s Man Goes South Tony White Science Museum
Shopocalypse David Gullen Monico
The Adjacent Christopher Priest Gollancz
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 Machine James Smythe Blue Door
The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes Harper
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
Best Short Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
A Visit to the House on Terminal Hill Elizabeth Knox Tor.com
Build Guide Helen Jackson Interzone 244
Cave & Julia M. John Harrison Kindle
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
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
In Metal, In Bone An Owomoyela Eclipse Online
Memory Palace Hari Kunzru V&A
Old Domes J. Y. Yang We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
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 First Dance Martin McGrath Solaris Rising 2, Solaris
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
Vector Benjanun Sriduangkaew We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
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
J.H.Williams III Cover of The Sandman Overture no1 by Neil Gaiman Vertigo Comics
Jeremy Zerfoss Cover of Wonderbook: the Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer Abrams Image
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
Phillipa Rice My Cardboard Life Web series
Rob Davis Don Quixote – Cervantes/Davis Selfmadehero
Pickwick The Hodderscape Dodo Hodderscape.com
Best Non-Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
Wonderbook Jeff VanderMeer Abrams Image
An Introduction in Three Parts (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
Going Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Fantasy Faction Mark Alpin Fantasy Faction
Going Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Science Fiction Film Mark Bould Routledge
Writing the Science Fiction Film Robert Grant Michael Wiese Productions
Ballardian Simon Sellars Ballardian
The Kick-Ass Writer  Chuck Wendig Writer’s Digest Books
The Gemmell Award Shortlist Jared Shurin Pornokitsch
Adventures in Space and Time Mark Gatiss BBC

 

The BSFA e-Newsletter

BSFA members can now get a little something extra from us – an e-newsletter!

This is a monthly mailshot that depending on what we have for you will be packed full of news, useful information, extra articles, e-publications and the odd competition or giveaway, exclusive to BSFA members.

We have already sent out a Christmassy mail to anyone on our database, and the few members who sent us their email addresses after this was mentioned on the Facebook Group. If you didn’t get an email from us, then we don’t have the right email for you. This is easy to rectify – just send us your name and email address to contact@bsfa.co.uk

The January newsletter will be sent out early, ahead of our BSFA Award nominations deadline (sent in yours yet?). Included in the e-mailing will be a downloadable copy of the latest Focus magazine*. We are aware that some of the pages printed out in the wrong colour, with a dark, splodgy background that made a couple of the articles very difficult to read – we are very sorry about this, something seems to have gone awry between our proofs and the mailing. However, we can assure you that these issues are not apparent in the PDF. So, get in touch, and we’ll send you a copy.

 

*Some of you may observe that the promise of a legible copy of our brilliant writing magazine, Focus, is a sweet way of getting you to send us your emails and therefore lure you into our database clutches – mwa ha ha. And you’d be right… but we don’t like to be bothersome, so just let us know if you don’t want our e-newsletter and we won’t send it to you. Or sign up for now and unsubscribe whenever. You shouldn’t want to, though, it’s pretty good.

 

 

 

 

Disabling new registrations

Hello from your friendly neighbourhood web administrator. Over the last few months I’ve been seeing crazy numbers of new registrations on the website — 20, 30 even 50 in a day. At first you might think that should be gratifying; but really, I’m sure the vast bulk of them are by bots, or otherwise people up to no good.

Potentially, at least. We’ve had very little trouble from spam comments, for example. Yet I get the feeling that it’s building up to something.

So in order to reduce the likelihood of the BSFA website being turned into SkyNet, I’m going to disable new registrations tomorrow.

This won’t affect anyone who is already registered, of course. It just means that if you’re super-keen to register and haven’t yet done so, you should do it before about 23:00 (11pm) UK time on the 20th of December.

I’ll re-enable registration early in the new year.

Happy Christmas everyone (except the creators of malicious botnets).

BSFA Nominations – Mid-December list so far…

Hello-ho-ho again!

With just 4 weeks to go until nominations close, here is the latest list of stuff BSFA members have thought was pretty good this year. Remember, you have until January 14th to get your nominations in, but no need to wait. And don’t assume that the appearance of your favourite on this list makes it safe. A work needs only a single nomination to make this list. Some have got a dozen, some just have that single nomination… so keep them coming!

Best Novel
Title Author Publisher
A Tale   for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Canongate Books Ltd
Ack-Ack   Macaque Gareth L Powell Solaris
Ancillary   Justice Ann Leckie Orbit
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
More   Than This Patrick Ness Walker
Necessary   Evil Ian Tregillis Tor Books
Osiris:   The Osiris Project E. J Swift Del Rey
Red Doc Anne Carson Jonathon Cape
Shackleton’s   Man Goes South Tony White Science Museum
Shopocalypse David Gullen Monico
The   Adjacent Christopher Priest Gollancz
The   Folded Man Matt Hill Sandstone Press Ltd
The   History of the Future in 100 Objects Adrian Hon Skyhook
The   Machine  James Smythe Blue Door
The   Shining Girls Lauren Beukes Harper
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
Best Short Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
A Visit to the House   on Terminal Hill Elizabeth Knox Tor.com
Build Guide Helen Jackson Interzone 244
Cave   & Julia M. John Harrison Kindle
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
Free Fall Graham Templeton Clarkesworld
Golden   Apple Sophia McDougall The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
In   Metal, In Bone An Owomoyela Eclipse Online
Memory   Palace Hari Kunzru V&A
Saga’s   Children E. J. Swift The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Selkie Stories are   for Losers Sofia Samatar Strange Horizons
Shackleton’s Man Goes South Tony White Science Museum Publications
Spin Nina Allan TTA Press
The 9th Technique China Mieville The Apology Chapbook
The Landline  Bruce Sterling Omnireboot.com
The Skull Lucius Shepard Gollancz
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
Vector Benjanun Sriduangkaew We See a Different Frontier, Futurefire.net Publishing
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
J.H.Williams   III Cover of The Sandman   Overture no1 by Neil Gaiman Vertigo Comics
Jeremy   Zerfoss Cover of Wonderbook:   the Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer Abrams Image
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
Phillipa   Rice My Cardboard Life Web series
Rob   Davis Don Quixote –   Cervantes/Davis Selfmadehero
Pickwick The Hodderscape   Dodo Hodderscape.com
Best Non-Fiction
Title Author Place of Publication
Wonderbook Jeff VanderMeer Abrams Image
An   Introduction in Three Parts (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
Going   Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Fantasy Faction Mark Alpin Fantasy Faction
Going Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Science Fiction Film Mark Bould Routledge
Writing the Science Fiction   Film Robert Grant Michael Wiese Productions
Ballardian Simon Sellars Ballardian
The Kick-Ass Writer  Chuck Wendig Writer’s Digest Books

BSFA Awards 2013: Nominations So Far

Thank you everyone who has sent in your nominations so far. If you are a member of the BSFA, you have until January 14th to get your nominations in.

If you don’t see your nomination on this list but you have heard back from me or Farah, our Awards Administrator, it will be because we haven’t added it to the list yet, we’re just scratching our heads about it… or it was published in 2012 and isn’t eligible. I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have about the awards, so don’t hold back, send your nominations in!

Best Novel

Title Author Publisher
A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Canongate Books Ltd
Ack-Ack Macaque Gareth L Powell Solaris
Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie Orbit
Between Two Thorns Emma Newman Angry Robot
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
Necessary Evil Ian Tregillis Tor Books
Osiris: The Osiris Project E. J Swift Del Rey
Shackleton’s Man Goes South Tony White Science Museum
Shopocalypse David Gullen Monico
The Adjacent Christopher Priest Gollancz
The Folded Man Matt Hill Sandstone Press Ltd
The Machine  James Smythe Blue Door
The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes Harper

Best Short Fiction

Title Author Place of Publication
Cave & Julia M. John Harrison Kindle
Entangled Ian R. Macleod Asimov’s
Golden Apple Sophia McDougall The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
In Metal, In Bone An Owomoyela Eclipse Online
Memory Palace Hari Kunzru V&A
Saga’s Children E. J. Swift The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium
Selkie Stories are for Losers Sofia Samatar Strange Horizons
Spin Nina Allan TTA Press
The Truth of Fact the Truth of Feeling Ted Chiang Subterranean Magazine
Water Rames Naam Institute for the Future
Zero Hours Tim Maughan Futures Exchange

Best Artwork

Artist Work Publisher/Source
J.H.Williams III Cover of The Sandman Overture no1 by Neil Gaiman Vertigo Comics
Jeremy Zerfoss Cover of Wonderbook: the Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer Abrams Image
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
Phillipa Rice My Cardboard Life Web series
Rob Davis Don Quixote – Cervantes/Davis Selfmadehero

Best Non-Fiction

Title Author Place of Publication
Wonderbook Jeff VanderMeer Abrams Image
An Introduction in Three Parts (intro to VURT 20th anniversary edition) Lauren Beukes Tor UK
Going Forth by Night John J. Johnston Unearthed (Jurassic)
Fantasy Faction Mark Alpin Fantasy Faction

Ritual Crime Unit – E.E. Richardson

ritual crime unitRitual Crime Unit: Under the Skin is the first in a new series of urban fantasy police procedurals marking not only the beginning of a new series for Abaddon Books but also a different way of publishing. Mainly available in e-book format, Under The Skin is available in limited numbers as a physical edition.

A tough, hard-nosed career officer in the male-dominated world of British policing, DCI Claire Pierce of North Yorkshire Police heads Northern England’s underfunded and understaffed Ritual Crime Unit. Ignored by the traditional police, struggling with an out-sized caseload, Pierce is about to tackle her most shocking case so far.

The Doctor and the Dinosaurs – Mike Resnick

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Described as a ‘Weird West Tale’ that mixes an alternate Wild West with magic and steampunk, Mike Resnick has blended history and fantasy into a thoroughly entertaining novel.

The time is April, 1885. Doc Holliday lies in bed in a sanitarium in Leadville, Colorado, expecting never to leave his room again. But the medicine man and great chief Geronimo needs him for one last adventure. Renegade Comanche medicine men object to the newly-signed treaty with Theodore Roosevelt. They are venting their displeasure on two white men who are desecrating tribal territory in Wyoming. Geronimo must protect the men or renege on his agreement with Roosevelt. He offers Doc one year of restored health in exchange for taking on this mission.

Welcome to the birth of American paleontology, spearheaded by two brilliant men, Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two men whose genius is only exceeded by their hatred for each other’s guts. 

Now, with the aid of Theodore Roosevelt, Cole Younger, and Buffalo Bill Cody, Doc Holliday must save Cope and Marsh not only from the Comanches, not only from living, breathing dinosaurs, but from each other. And that won’t be easy.

Limit – Frank Schatzing

limitHugely popular in his native Germany, Frank Schatzing’s Limit is a serious, heavyweight tome of a sci-fi novel. Praised for his brilliant characters and expansive, epic storytelling, Schatzing’s work asks questions about the nature of humankind’s future.

In 2025, entrepreneur Julian Orley opens the first-ever hotel on the moon. But Orley Enterprises deals in more than space tourism—it also operates the world’s only space elevator, which in addition to allowing the very wealthy to play tennis on the lunar surface connects Earth with the moon and enables the transportation of helium-3, the fuel of the future, back to the planet. Julian has invited twenty-one of the world’s richest and most powerful individuals to sample his brand-new lunar accommodation, hoping to secure the finances for a second elevator.
 
On Earth, meanwhile, cybercop Owen Jericho is sent to Shanghai to find a young female hacker known as Yoyo, who’s been on the run since acquiring access to information that someone seems quite determined to keep quiet. As Jericho closes in on the girl and the conspiracy swirling around her, he finds mounting evidence that connects her to Julian Orley as well as to the entrepreneur’s many competitors and enemies. Soon, the detective realizes that the lunar junket to Orley’s hotel is in real and immediate danger.

On The Steel Breeze – Alastair Reynolds

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A British Sci-Fi master, Alastair Reynolds has produced another awe-inspiring epic tale. Loosely connected to the author’s earlier Poseidon’s Children, his latest work reads as a stand-alone novel. On The Steel Breeze intertwines two stories, set light years apart and is crafted with consummate skill, resulting in a brilliant hard sci-fi novel.

An epic vision of our journey into deep space.

Hundreds of years from now mankind will finally inherit the stars. A fleet of holoships is heading towards the nearest habitable planet at 15% the speed of light. In massive asteroids turned into ships, tens of millions of people are heading towards a new home. A home that bears signs of an ancient alien civilisation.

No-one knows what they will find when they get there in 90 years. But the main problem is that the ships will have to break the laws of physics to be able to stop. And the research into ways to stop risk the ships themselves. Has mankind squandered the utopia of years past?

BBC World Service Book Club Seeks Questions for Brian Aldiss

The BBC World Service is recording a special edition of Book Club with the author Brian Aldiss, interviewed by Harriet Gilbert, in which they will be discussing his novel Greybeard.

They have reached out to the British Science Fiction Association and its members to request questions about the novel. Fans may have the opportunity to ask their question on the programme via telephone.

Recording will take place on November 20th, so it is asked that questions are submitted over the next few days.

Please send them to me via the email in the link here, including your name and telephone number, if you wish to be called, with BRIAN ALDISS QUESTION in the subject line. Any submitted to me after the weekend will be ignored, so be quick… Good luck!

November BSFA London Meeting: Dr. Who Magazine Panel chaired by Graham Sleight

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

 

On Wednesday 27th of November  2013, a panel from Dr. Who Magazine (Tom Spilsbury and Peter Ware) will be chaired by Graham Sleight (Science Fiction critic).

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:

As is customary, there will be no event in December.

22nd January 2014- Adam Roberts, interviewed by Edward James

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

 

 

 

David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Winner Announced

This press release reaches us from Alex Davis, PR Officer for the David Gemmell Legend Awards:

GLITZY CEREMONY CROWNS GEMMELLS AWARD WINNERS

Hallowe’en night saw the awards ceremony for the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy taking place in Brighton, with prestigious prizes given to the very best in fantasy fiction over the last year. In the fabulous surrounding of the Metropole Hotel, and in front of a packed crowd, the awards were presented by some of the genre’s most acclaimed names.

The opening award of the evening, the Ravenheart Award for best cover art, was presented by Freda Warrington to Didier Graffet and Dave Senior for Joe Abercrombie’s Red Country. Didier and Dave were winning the award for the second time, previously taking home the prize for the cover of Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold.

The second award at the ceremony, the Morningstar Award for best debut novel, was awarded to British author John Gwynne for his stunning first novel, Malice, the beginning of the Banished Lands series. The prize was presented by acclaimed thriller and horror author Michael Marshall Smith.

The final award of the evening, presented by Stella Gemmell, was the Legend Award for best fantasy novel. This award, along with the stunning snaga trophy, went to Brent Weeks for his epic The Blinding Knife, the second book in the Lightbringer series. Brent becomes the third US author to win the award, following on from Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss.

The ceremony also saw the official launch of the Legends anthology, a collection of stories written as a tribute to the work of David Gemmell. The book is newly released from NewCon press and features new stories from a host of the field’s leading talent, including Joe Abercrombie, James Barclay, Storm Constantine, Tanith Lee, Juliet E McKenna, Anne Nicholls, Stan Nicholls, Jan Siegel, Adrian Tchaikovsky and many more.

Awards Chair Stan Nicholls said: ‘The Gemmell Awards for Fantasy are unique in being determined by a public vote, and a true chance for the readership to recognise the finest fantasy of the year. I’m delighted by the international nature of the awards – we’ve got winners from France, the UK and America, highlighting that these awards do have true worldwide significance.’

To find out more about the Gemmell Awards, visit http://www.gemmellaward.com/

David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy to Take Place at World Fantasycon, Brighton

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This year sees the fifth ever David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy, and appropriately the winner will be announced  on Thursday 31st October at World Fantasycon at the Brighton Metropole hotel.

The David Gemmell Awards honour the life of one of fantasy fiction’s most acclaimed authors and seek to recognize the very best of modern literature in the field.

Three awards will be presented during the ceremony: the Legend Award for best novel, the Morningstar Award for best debut and the Ravenheart Award for best cover art. As well as these presentations, the ceremony features the Gemmell Awards auction, with some incredible lots to be bid for, including a full year’s worth of Tor UK books, a manuscript assessment from renowned editor Jo Fletcher, and art prints from leading artists Anne Sudworth and Dominic Harman.

The ceremony will also include the official launch of  ‘Legends’, a collection of new short stories written in honour of David Gemmell. Published by NewCon Press, the anthology features a fantastic line-up of contributors including Joe Abercrombie, James Barclay, Tanith Lee, Juliet E McKenna, Stan Nicholls, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ian Whates and many others.

 

Proceedings begins at 8pm, and close around 9:30pm. Entry to the event is free, and no ticket is required – anyone interested in attending can simply turn up on the night itself. Please note that while the event is affiliated with the World Fantasy Convention, also running at the Brighton Metropole Hotel, attending the ceremony does not also allow entry to the convention.

Shortlist for the Legend Awards:

ABERCROMBIE, Joe – Red Country – Gollancz

KRISTOFF, Jay – Stormdancer – Pan Macmillan UK

LAWRENCE, Mark – King of Thorns – Harper Collins UK

LOWE, Helen – The Gathering of the Lost – Orbit

WEEKS, Brent – The Blinding Knife – Orbit

Shortlist for Morningstar Award:

AHMED, Saladin – Throne of the Crescent Moon – Gollancz & DAW

CAMERON, Miles – The Red Knight – Gollancz

GWYNNE, John – Malice – Pan Macmillan UK

HARTE, Aidan – Irenicon – Jo Fletcher Books

KRISTOFF, Jay – Stormdancer – Pan Macmillan UK

Shortlist for Ravenheart Award:

GRAFFET, Didier & SENIOR, David – Red Country – Joe Abercrombie – Gollancz

HARMAN, Dominic – The Legion of Shadow – Michael J. Ward – Gollancz

LANG, Neil – Stormdancer – Jay Kristoff – Pan Macmillan UK

LANGLEY, Clint – Besieged – Rowena Cory Daniells – Solaris

MANHOOD, Silas – The Blinding Knife – Brent Weeks – Orbit

YOULL, Stephen – The Black Mausoleum – Stephen Deas – Gollancz

For more information, contact dgla@live.co.uk