World SF Blog wins BSFA Award for Non-Fiction

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.

Thank you.

– Lavie.

ETA: And here’s Sarah with the award!

BSFA Award!

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