Thursday, January 24, 2013

The 2012 BSFA Awards

Another year, another round of awards. Last Friday the British Science Fiction Associatuib announced its shortlists for the best in genre fiction, nonfiction and art during 2012.

While familiar with the work of most of the authors nominated, I have not read their output this year, or for that matter, much of this year's fiction. (More than most years, I spent 2012 looking at older genre work.)

Nonetheless, it strikes me as noteworthy that Ian Sales' novella "Adrift on the Sea of Rains" (the first of his "Apollo Quartet") has been nominated in the best short story category - all the more so as the book was independently published, given the extreme difficulty they have getting their work noticed and read, let alone treated with the same respect their work would receive if the exact same thing came out of a mainstream publisher. (Indeed, Sales has written quite a bit about the challenges facing indie authors at his blog.)

Among the nominees in the nonfiction category is Paul Kincaid's "The Widening Gyre," which you may recall was a subject of considerable discussion this year. Also among the nominees: The World SF Blog (which you can find in the blog list at the right side of this page), and once again, Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn for The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature.

Congratulations, and the best of luck, to all the nominees.

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