BSFA Award

The BSFA Awards are literary awards presented annually since 1970 by the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) to honour works in the genre of science fiction. Nominees and winners are chosen based on a vote of BSFA members. More recently, members of the Eastercon convention have also been eligible to vote.

BSFA Awards
Awarded forAwarded each year to the best Novel, Short fiction, Artwork and work of Non-Fiction published in the previous calendar year as voted for by the members of the British Science Fiction Association.
Presented byBritish Science Fiction Association
First awarded1979

BSFA Award categories

The award originally included only a category for novels. Categories for short works and artists were added in 1980. The artists category became artwork in 1995 and a category for related non-fiction was added in 2002. A media category was awarded from 1979 to 1992. The current standard award categories are:

Previous categories:

BSFA Award winners

Novel: Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
Novel: The Jagged Orbit by John Brunner
Collection: The Moment of Eclipse by Brian W. Aldiss
No award — insufficient votes.
Novel: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Special Award: Billion Year Spree by Brian W. Aldiss
Novel: Inverted World by Christopher Priest
Novel: Orbitsville by Bob Shaw
Novel: Brontomek! by Michael G. Coney
Special Award: A Pictorial History of Science Fiction by David Kyle
Novel: The Jonah Kit by Ian Watson
Novel: A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
Collection: Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
Media: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (original radio series) - Douglas Adams
Novel: The Unlimited Dream Company by J. G. Ballard
Short: "Palely Loitering" by Christopher Priest (F&SF)
Media: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy record
Artist: Jim Burns
Novel: Timescape by Gregory Benford
Short: "The Brave Little Toaster" by Thomas M. Disch (F&SF)
Media: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy second radio series - Douglas Adams
Artist: Peter Jones
Novel: The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe
Short: "Mythago Wood" by Robert Holdstock (F&SF)
Media: Time Bandits
Artist: Bruce Pennington
Novel: Helliconia Spring by Brian W. Aldiss
Short: "Kitemaster" by Keith Roberts (Interzone)
Media: Blade Runner
Artist: Tim White
Novel: Tik-Tok by John Sladek
Short: "After-Images" by Malcolm Edwards (Interzone)
Media: Android
Artist: Bruce Pennington
Novel: Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
Short: "The Unconquered Country" by Geoff Ryman (Interzone)
Media: The Company of Wolves
Artist: Jim Burns
Novel: Helliconia Winter by Brian W. Aldiss
Short: "Cube Root" by David Langford (Interzone)
Media: Brazil
Artist: Jim Burns
Novel: The Ragged Astronauts by Bob Shaw
Short: "Kaeti and the Hangman" by Keith Roberts (in collection Kaeti & Company)
Media: Aliens
Artist: Keith Roberts
Novel: Grainne by Keith Roberts
Short: "Love Sickness" by Geoff Ryman (Interzone)
Media: Star Cops
Artist: Jim Burns
Novel: Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock
Short: "Dark Night in Toyland" by Bob Shaw (Interzone)
Media: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Artist: Alan Lee
Novel: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
Short: "In Translation" by Lisa Tuttle (Zenith)
Media: Red Dwarf
Artist: Jim Burns
Novel: Take Back Plenty by Colin Greenland
Short: "The Original Doctor Shade" by Kim Newman (Interzone)
Media: Twin Peaks
Artist: Ian Miller
Novel: The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Short: "Bad Timing" by Molly Brown (Interzone)
Media: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Artwork: Mark Harrison
Novel: Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Short: "Innocent" by Ian McDonald (New Worlds 2)
Artwork: Jim Burns
Novel: Aztec Century by Christopher Evans
Short: "The Ragthorn" by Robert Holdstock and Garry Kilworth (Interzone)
Artwork: Jim Burns
Special Award: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction ed. John Clute and Peter Nicholls
Novel: Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks
Short: "The Double Felix" by Paul di Filippo (Interzone)
Artwork: Jim Burns
Novel: The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
Short: "The Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires" by Brian Stableford (shorter version, Interzone 91/92)
Artwork: Jim Burns (cover for Seasons of Plenty)
Novel: Excession by Iain M. Banks
Short: "A Crab Must Try" by Barrington J. Bayley (Interzone 103)
Artwork: Jim Burns (cover for Ancient Shores)
Novel: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Short: "War Birds" by Stephen Baxter (Interzone 126)
Artwork: SMS ('The Black Blood of the Dead' cover Interzone 116)
Novel: The Extremes, by Christopher Priest
Short: "La Cenerentola" by Gwyneth Jones (Interzone 136)
Artwork: Jim Burns, 'Lord Prestimion' (cover, Interzone 138)
Novel: The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod
Short: "Hunting the Slarque" by Eric Brown (Interzone 141)
Artwork: Jim Burns, Darwinia (cover of Darwinia, Robert Charles Wilson)
Novel: Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle
Short: "The Suspect Genome" by Peter F. Hamilton (Interzone 156)
Artwork: Hideaway - Dominic Harman (Cover, Interzone 157)
Novel: Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
Short Story: "Children of Winter" by Eric Brown (Interzone 163)
Artwork: cover of Omegatropic by Colin Odell
Non-fiction: Omegatropic by Stephen Baxter
Novel: The Separation by Christopher Priest
Short Fiction: Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Artwork: cover, Interzone 179 by Dominic Harman
Related Publication: Introduction to Maps: The Uncollected John Sladek by David Langford
Novel: Felaheen by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Short Fiction: The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
Artwork: cover, The True Knowledge of Ken MacLeod by Colin Odell
Non-fiction: Reading Science Fiction by Farah Mendlesohn
Novel: River of Gods by Ian McDonald
Short Fiction: Mayflower II by Stephen Baxter
Artwork: cover, Newton's Wake by Stephan Martinière (US Edition)
Novel: Air by Geoff Ryman
Short Fiction: Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
Artwork: cover, Interzone #200 by Pawel Lewandowski
Non-fiction Award: Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 by Gary K. Wolfe
Novel: End of the World Blues by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Short Fiction: The Djinn's Wife by Ian McDonald
Artwork: cover, Time Pieces Angelbot by Christopher "Fangorn" Baker
Novel: Brasyl by Ian McDonald
Short Fiction: Lighting Out by Ken MacLeod
Artwork: Cracked World, cover of disLocations, by Andy Bigwood
Novel: The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod
Short Fiction: Exhalation by Ted Chiang
Artwork: cover of Subterfuge by Andy Bigwood
Non-fiction: Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn
Novel: The City & the City by China Miéville
Short Fiction: The Beloved Time of Their Lives by Ian Watson and Roberto Quaglia
Artwork: cover of Desolation Road by Stephan Martinière
Non-fiction: Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe
Novel: The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
Short Fiction: The Ship Maker by Aliette de Bodard
Artwork: cover of Zoo City, by Joey Hi-Fi
Non-Fiction: Blogging the Hugos: Decline by Paul Kincaid
Novel: The Islanders by Christopher Priest
Short Fiction: The Copenhagen Interpretation by Paul Cornell
Artwork: cover of The Noise Revealed, by Dominic Harman
Non-Fiction: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction 3rd edition by John Clute, Peter Nicholls, David Langford and Graham Sleight
Novel: Jack Glass by Adam Roberts
Short Fiction: Adrift on the Sea of Rains by Ian Sales
Artwork: cover of Jack Glass by Blacksheep
Non-Fiction: The World SF Blog, chief editor Lavie Tidhar
Novel: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell (tie)
Short Fiction: Spin by Nina Allan
Artwork: cover of Dream London by Joey Hi-Fi
Non-Fiction: Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer
Novel: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
Short Fiction: The Honey Trap by Ruth E. J. Booth, La Femme
Artwork: The Wasp Factory after Iain Banks by Tessa Farmer
Non-Fiction: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and the First World War by Edward James (historian)
Novel: House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
Short Fiction: Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight by Aliette de Bodard
Artwork: cover of Pelquin's Comet by Jim Burns
Non-Fiction: Rave and Let Die: the SF and Fantasy of 2014 by Adam Roberts
Novel: Europe in Winter by Dave Hutchinson
Short Fiction: Liberty Bird by Jaine Fenn
Artwork: cover of Central Station by Sarah Anne Langton
Non-Fiction: 100 African Writers of SFF by Geoff Ryman
Novel: The Rift by Nina Allan
Short Fiction: The Enclave by Anne Charnock
Artwork: Joint winners. Cover of The Ion Raider by Jim Burns and Waiting on a Bright Moon by Victo Ngai
Non-Fiction: Paul Kincaid - Iain M. Banks (University of Illinois Press) by Paul Kincaid


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  4. ^ "The BSFA Awards 2014 Winners Announced", accessed on 10 April 2015

External resources

Alan Lee (illustrator)

Alan Lee (born 20 August 1947) is an English book illustrator and movie conceptual designer. He was born in Middlesex, England, and studied at the Ealing School of Art.

Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice is a science fiction novel by the American writer Ann Leckie, published in 2013. It is Leckie's debut novel and the first in her "Imperial Radch" space opera trilogy, followed by Ancillary Sword (2014) and Ancillary Mercy (2015). The novel follows Breq, the sole survivor of a starship destroyed by treachery and the vessel of that ship's artificial consciousness, as she seeks revenge against the ruler of her civilization.

Ancillary Justice received critical praise, won the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, BSFA Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award and Locus Award, and was nominated for several other science fiction awards. The cover art is by John Harris.

Another novel, Provenance (2017) and two short stories, "Night's Slow Poison" and "She Commands Me and I Obey", by the author are set in the same fictional universe.

Ann Leckie

Ann Leckie (born 1966) is an American author and editor of science fiction and fantasy. Her 2013 debut novel Ancillary Justice won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novel as well as the Nebula Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the BSFA Award. The sequels Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy each won the Locus Award and were nominated for the Nebula Award.

BSFA Award for Best Artwork

The BSFA Awards are given every year by the British Science Fiction Association. The BSFA Award for Best Artwork is open to any single science fictional or fantastic image that first appeared in the previous year. Provided the artwork hasn't been published before it doesn't matter where it appears.

Prior to 1995 the award was present for best artist, rather than artwork. Jim Burns won eight of the sixteen Best Artist awards. He went on to win four Best Artwork awards.

BSFA Award for Best Media

The BSFA Awards are given every year by the British Science Fiction Association. The BSFA Award for Best Media was given for the best media science fiction or fantasy published in the previous calendar year. It was discontinued in 1992.

BSFA Award for Best Non-Fiction

The BSFA Awards are given every year by the British Science Fiction Association. The Best Non-Fiction award is open to any written work about science fiction or fantasy which appeared in its current form in the previous year. Whole collections of work that has been published elsewhere previously are ineligible as is work published by the BSFA.

BSFA Award for Best Novel

The BSFA Awards are given every year by the British Science Fiction Association. The Best Novel award is open to any novel-length work of science fiction or fantasy that has been published in the UK for the first time in the previous year. Serialised novels are eligible, provided that the publication date of the concluding part is in the previous year. If a novel has been previously published elsewhere, but it hasn't been published in the UK until the previous year, it is eligible.

Bruce Pennington

Bruce Pennington (born 10 May 1944, Somerset, England) is a British painter, perhaps best known for his science fiction and fantasy novel cover art. Pennington's works have largely featured on the covers of novels of Isaac Asimov, Clark Ashton Smith and Robert A. Heinlein, adopting both science fiction and fantastical themes. Pennington's past of speculation and youthful wonderment lead to his current outlandish form and style.Pennington's works are largely characterised by bold, daring colours; rich pinks and blues sustaining his continuing motifs of speculation as well as precise brush strokes, harmonious pigment blending as well as the acute concentration in the detail of his depicted subjects, usually landscapes of other times or worlds.Pennington, earlier disenchanted with traditional art methods, pursued his youthful fascination with that of the imagined and speculated.Works include 'Impossible Possibilities' and 'A Canticle for Leibowitz'.

Pennington attended the Ravensbourne School of Art in Bromley during the early 1960s. He began working as a freelance illustrator in 1967. In 1976, Paper Tiger Books published an LP-sized graphic album, Eschatus, featuring Pennington's paintings inspired by the prophecies of Nostradamus. They followed this, in 1991, with a graphic album, Ultraterranium, collecting various private and commercial works.

Earthquake Weather (novel)

Earthquake Weather is a contemporary fantasy novel by American writer Tim Powers, published in 1997. It is the third in his Fault Lines series and the sequel to his earlier novels Last Call and Expiration Date. It involves characters from both previous novels, two fugitives from a psychiatric hospital, the magical nature of multiple personality disorder, and the secret history of wine production in California.

Parts of the novel are set in the Winchester Mystery House.

It was a nominee for the BSFA Award and Bram Stoker Award in 1997, and won the Locus Award in 1998.

Europe in Winter

Europe in Winter is a 2016 science fiction novel by English writer Dave Hutchinson. Is the third novel in The Fractured Europe series. In 2017 Europe in Winter won the BSFA Award for Best Novel. Rudi, the former chef-turned-spy, returns on a mission to uncover the truth—in a fractured Europe utterly changed by the public unveiling of the Community.

Gareth L. Powell

Gareth Lyn Powell, born 1970, is a British author of science fiction. He is the author of the novels Silversands, The Recollection, Ack-Ack Macaque, Hive Monkey, Macaque Attack, and Embers of War.

In 2013, his alternate history thriller, Ack-Ack Macaque won the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award for Best Novel and was a finalist in the best translated novel category for the 2016 Seiun Awards in Japan.

Gareth’s short stories have appeared in a host of magazines and anthologies, including Interzone, Solaris Rising 3, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and his story ‘Ride The Blue Horse’ made the shortlist for the 2015 BSFA Award. Many of his shorter works have been brought together in the collections, The Last Reef (2008) and Entropic Angel (2017)

Born and brought up in the West Country, Gareth studied humanities and creative writing at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales). He has given guest lectures on creative writing at Bath Spa University, Aberystwyth University and Buckingham New University and has written a series of non-fiction articles on science fiction for The Irish Times.

His first four novels were favourably reviewed in The Guardian by Eric Brown.

John Brunner (novelist)

John Kilian Houston Brunner (24 September 1934 – 25 August 1995) was a British author of science fiction novels and stories. His 1968 novel Stand on Zanzibar, about an overpopulated world, won the 1969 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel, and the BSFA award the same year. The Jagged Orbit won the BSFA award in 1970.

Keith Roberts

Keith John Kingston Roberts (20 September 1935 – 5 October 2000) was an English science fiction author. He began publishing with two stories in the September 1964 issue of Science Fantasy magazine, "Anita" (the first of a series of stories featuring a teenage modern witch and her eccentric granny) and "Escapism".Several of his early stories were written using the pseudonym Alistair Bevan. His second novel, Pavane, which is a collection of linked stories, may be his most famous work: an alternate history novel in which the Roman Catholic Church takes control of England following the assassination of Queen Elizabeth I.Roberts wrote numerous novels and short stories, and also worked as an illustrator. His artistic contributions include covers and interior artwork for New Worlds and Science Fantasy, later renamed Impulse. He also edited the last few issues of Impulse although the nominal editor was Harry Harrison.Roberts' first novel, The Furies, makes an appearance in the American TV series Bones in the third season's third episode "Death in the Saddle" (9 October 2007).

Roberts described himself as a political conservative and

an anti-communist.In later life, Roberts lived in Salisbury. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1990, and died of its complications in October 2000. Obituaries recalled him as a talented but personally "difficult" author, with a history of disputes with publishers, editors and colleagues.

Mark Harrison (comics)

Mark Harrison (born 22 September 1969) is a British comic book artist and occasional writer. The bulk of his work has appeared in the magazine 2000 AD.Harrison's fully painted style uses strong, dark colours and computer effects, though recent series The Ten-Seconders (written by Rob Williams) shows him moving towards lighter pencilling.

Stephan Martinière

Stephan Martinière (born May 3, 1962) is a French science fiction and fantasy artist as well as cartoonist, concept illustrator and art director.

Tessa Farmer

Tessa Farmer (born 1978, Birmingham, UK) is an artist based in London. Her work, made from insect carcasses, plant roots and other found natural materials, comprises hanging installations depicting Boschian battles between insects and tiny winged skeletal humanoids.Farmer received her BA in 2000 and her MA in 2003 from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford. Subsequent awards include the Vivien Leigh Prize, a sculpture residency in King's Wood, Challock, Kent, and a Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award. Her work is in the collections of the Saatchi Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum among others.In 2007, Farmer was artist in residence at the Natural History Museum and was chosen for the final shortlist of The Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough Award.In 2015, she won the BSFA Award for Best Artwork 2014, for an installation inspired by The Wasp Factory from Iain Banks.

The Extremes

The Extremes is a 1998 science fiction novel by the English writer Christopher Priest. The novel received the BSFA Award.

The Jagged Orbit

The Jagged Orbit is a science fiction novel by British writer John Brunner. It is similar to his earlier novel Stand on Zanzibar in its narrative style and dystopic outlook. It has exactly 100 titled chapters, which vary from several pages to part of one word. It was first published in 1969 with cover art by Leo and Diane Dillon, in the Ace Science Fiction Specials line issued by Ace Books.

The Jagged Orbit was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1969, and won the BSFA Award for the best SF novel in 1970.

The Jonah Kit

The Jonah Kit is a 1975 science fiction novel by English writer Ian Watson. In 1977, The Jonah Kit won the BSFA Award for Best Novel.

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