Delighted to say we won the 2012 BSFA Award for Best Non-Fiction, presented an hour ago at Eastercon, the annual British science fiction convention. Tor.com has the full list of nominees.
Our fiction editor, Sarah Newton, was on hand to accept the award on our behalf. I wrote a short speech, on the off chance, though I admit I wasn’t expecting us to win! Here it is:
We started the World SF Blog four years ago, in order to have a conversation: a conversation about science fiction and about diversity, a conversation we felt it was important to have. I’d like to thank Charles Tan, for being there from the very start; our former fiction editor, Debbie Moorhouse, and present fiction editor Sarah Newton (don’t blush, Sarah!). And I’d like to thanks Jason Sizemore, of Apex Books, for believing in this project from the very beginning.
I have seen a lot of changes in genre fiction in the past four years, a greater awareness to do with representation, and a strong and vigorous discussion of assumptions only a few years ago no one thought to question.
I am delighted I’ve been able to contribute to that discussion, in whatever minor capacity, and very grateful to the members of this convention for recognising us in this way.
ETA: And here’s Sarah with the award!
I’m delighted to say we’ve been nominated for a BSFA Award in the non-fiction category!
And very happy to see two international writers, Aliette de Bodard (France) and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Philippines) in the short fiction category.
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)
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)
“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
Lavie Tidhar‘s Osama has been nominated for the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel. Portuguese artist Pedro Marques has been nominated for his cover artwork for the novel (see below!). Israeli critic Abigail Nussbaum has also been nominated, for the second year running, in the non-fiction category for her review of M.J. Engh’s Arslan.
The full list of nominees at Locus Online.
Congrats to the BSFA Award Winners:
- Novel: The Dervish House, Ian McDonald (Gollancz)
- Short Fiction: – “The Shipmaker”, Aliette de Bodard (Interzone 231, TTA Press)
- Art: The cover of Zoo City, Joey Hi-Fi (Angry Robot)
- Non Fiction: “Blogging the Hugos: Decline”, Paul Kincaid (Big Other)
The nominees for the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award have just been announced. The complete list is available at Torque Control. There are a few international nominees, listed below:
- Short story category – Roberto Quaglia (with Ian Watson), for The Beloved Time of Their Lives (Italy)
- Non-fiction category – Deepa D for I Didn’t Dream of Dragons (India)
While the artwork category is dominated by international artists, specifically Polish artist Adam Tredowski with three nominations (he illustrated all six Interzone covers last year):
- Adam Tredowski (Poland)
- Nitzan Klamer (Israel)
- Stephan Martinière (France)
Congratulations to all the nominees!
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Award season is upon us, and coming up next is the British Science Fiction Association award (the BSFA Award). Over at Torque Control, Niall Harrison has been posting all the works on the long-list, as recommended by members of the BSFA. It was nice to see some work by international writers represented – my own The Shangri-La Affair (Strange Horizons), Gail Har’even’s The Slows (The New Yorker) and The Beloved Time of their Lives (The Beloved of my Beloved, Newcon Press – note this is a PDF link) by Roberto Quaglia and Ian Watson. If I missed any, my apologies.
Anyhow, I thought it would be nice to offer members of the BSFA – or anyone else wanting to try some of the stories in The Apex Book of World SF without buying a copy – an opportunity to read the four originals in the collection – i.e. the stories that have never before appeared in an English publication. We’ll keep them on the server for a few days. Try them. Consider buying a copy of the book, but don’t feel obliged.
Here, then, are the stories, in PDF format:
- The Levantine Experiments, by Guy Hasson
- The Wheel of Samsara, by Han Song
- Wizard World, by Yang Ping
- Cinderers, by Nir Yaniv
Comments (on the stories) welcome!