This shortlist has been drawn up from the most popular titles nominated by members of the BSFA, who will now have the opportunity to decide the winners in each category, voting along with attendees of the long-established science fiction convention, Eastercon, which this year takes place in Bradford from 29th March to 1st April.

The winners will be announced at EightSquared, the 2013 Eastercon, Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford this Easter, in a ceremony hosted by London Falling novelist, Paul Cornell.

The shortlisted nominees are:

Best Novel

  • Dark Eden by Chris Beckett (Corvus)
  • Empty Space: a Haunting by M. John Harrison (Gollancz)
  • Intrusion by Ken Macleod (Orbit)
  • Jack Glass by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
  • 2312 by Kim Stanley-Robinson (Orbit)

Best Short Story

  • Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld #69)
  • “The Flight of the Ravens” by Chris Butler (Immersion Press)
  • Song of the body Cartographer” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Phillipines Genre Stories)
  • “Limited Edition” by Tim Maughan (1.3, Arc Magazine)
  • Three Moments of an Explosion” by China Mieville (Rejectamentalist Manifesto)
  • Adrift on the Sea of Rains” by Ian Sales (Whippleshield Books)

Best Artwork

  • Ben Baldwin for the cover of Dark Currents (Newcon Press)
  • Blacksheep for the cover of Adam Roberts’s Jack Glass (Gollancz)
  • Dominic Harman for the cover of Eric Brown’s Helix Wars (Rebellion)
  • Joey Hifi for the cover of Simon Morden’s Thy Kingdom Come (Jurassic London)
  • Si Scott for the cover artwork for Chris Beckett’s Dark Eden (Corvus)

Best Non-Fiction

  • “The Complexity of the Humble Space Suit” by Karen Burnham (Rocket Science, Mutation Press)
  • The Widening Gyre” by Paul Kincaid (Los Angeles Review of Books)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge University Press)
  • The Shortlist Project by Maureen Kincaid Speller
  • The World SF Blog, Chief Editor Lavie Tidhar

Strong mix in each category! They are all heavy weights in the novel category. Anyone want to call it? 

3 Thoughts on “Awards: BSFA Shortlist Announced

  1. Not sure about authors yet… but if the cover for Jack Glass doesn’t win Best Artwork, I’ll buy a hat and eat it. :)

  2. I’ll buy that hat for you, Darren.

    Jack Glass is definitely my novel pick. And Thy Kingdom Come is my art pick (obviously)! Need to read up on the other two shortlists. Lots of good stuff – including several I nominated, so now I’m torn!

  3. 2312 would be my personal pick for Best Novel, but I tend to think the judges will plump for Empty Space instead. In Best Short Story, “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard; meanwhile Best Artwork to Blacksheep for Jack Glass, surely. Or I’ll eat half of the hat Jared buys for Darren. :)

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