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BSFA Awards Finalists

We're on the BSFA Awards shortlist for non-fiction! Thanks to everyone that voted for us. It is surprising and amazing and 100% wonderful.

It is also immensely flattering to be listed alongside science fiction luminaries like Abigail Nussbaum, Mike Ashley, Ian Sales, the SF Encyclopedia team and the SF Foundation. These are all people that we see as role models in the speculative fiction field. Undoubtedly we will need years of therapy after trouncing them in the final vote. 

BSFA members can vote through the mail or online until 2 April. Any EasterCon attendee can vote during the convention, up to noon on the day of the award. 

Doctor Who vs the SFE vs the British Library vs Feminism vs Pornokitsch. Bring it on.

The full list of finalists in all categories follows below. We've added links to our reviews (where applicable). 

Best Novel

Cyber Circus by Kim Lakin-Smith (Review)

Embassytown by China Mieville (Red Tentacle finalist - reviewed here and here)

The Islanders by Christopher Priest

By Light Alone by Adam Roberts (Review)

Osama by Lavie Tidhar (Red Tentacle finalist - reviewed here)

Best Short Fiction

The Silver Wind by Nina Allan 

The Copenhagen Interpretation by Paul Cornell 

Afterbirth by Kameron Hurley

Covehithe by China Mieville 

Of Dawn by Al Robertson 

(Martin, over at Everything Is Nice has set up a book club to discuss all five short fiction finalists, we highly recommend reading those discussions.)

Best Non-Fiction

Out of This World: Science Fiction but not as we Know it by Mike Ashley 

The SF Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition ed. John Clute, Peter Nicholls, David Langford and Graham Sleight 

Review of Arslan by M J Engh, Abigail Nussbaum 

SF Mistressworks, ed. Ian Sales 

Pornokitsch, ed. Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin

The Unsilent Library: Essays on the Russell T. Davies Era of the New Doctor Who (Foundation Studies in Science Fiction), ed. Graham Sleight, Tony Keen and Simon Bradshaw 

Best Art

Cover of Ian Whates’s The Noise Revealed by Dominic Harman 

Cover and illustrations of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls by Jim Kay (Inky Tentacle finalist - reviewed here)

Cover of Lavie Tidhar’s Osama by Pedro Marques 

Cover of Liz Williams’s A Glass of Shadow by Anne Sudworth