Monday, January 24, 2011

2010 BSFA Award Nominations

The British Science Fiction Association has just released the shortlists of nominees for its 2010 awards. Up for Best Novel are Paolo Bacigalupi's Hugo-winner The Windup Girl, Lauren Beukes Zoo City, Ken MacLeod's The Restoration Game, Ian McDonald's Istanbul-set The Dervish House, and Tricia Sullivan's The Lightborn.

The short fiction nominees are Nina Allan for "Flying in the Face of God," Aliette de Bodard for "The Shipmaker," Peter Watts for "The Things" and Neil Williamson's "Arrhythmia." (It's noteworthy that two of the four pieces, namely the stories by Allan and de Bodard, first appeared in Interzone, issues 227 and 231 respectively.)

Francis Spufford's Red Plenty (which I'd expected to see in the Best Novel category given the strong positive response to it) is on the Best Nonfiction list, as is novelist Adam Roberts' review of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga (thus far) for Punkadiddle, Paul Kincaid's blog post Blogging the Hugos (which examines the last set of Hugo nominees, with an emphasis on their treatment of the theme of American decline), Strange Horizons' review editor Abigail Nussbaum's review of With Both Feet in the Clouds at her blog Asking the Wrong Questions, and Jonathan Srahan and Gary K. Wolfe's podcast The Notes from Coode Street. (I can't help being struck by the fact that Spufford's rather idiosyncratic entry excepted, all of these items are web-published, and what that means for the output of more academic writing on the subject during the last year.)

Finally, the area of art work is dominated by cover art, with Andy Bigwood nominated for the one he produced for Conflicts, Charlie Harbour for his work on Gareth Owens' Fun With Rainbows, Dominic Harman for his cover of a reissue of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, Joey Hi-Fi for the cover of Beukes's aforementioned Zoo City, and Ben Greene's cover for Jeff Vandermeer's Finch.

Those interested in seeing what didn't quite make the next-to-last cut can check Niall Harrison's blog Torque Control, where he posted longlists for the Best Novel, Short Fiction, Nonfiction and Artwork categories during the last week.

Congratulations to all the nominees.

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