Obligatory BSFA Awards Post

The 2007 BSFA Award shortlist has been announced:

Best Novel

Best Short Fiction

Best Artwork

BSFA Fiftieth Anniversary Award: Best Novel of 1958

  • A Case of Conscience – James Blish (Ballantine)
  • Have Spacesuit, Will Travel – Robert A Heinlein (first published in F&SF, August – October 1958)
  • Non-Stop – Brian Aldiss (Faber)
  • The Big Time – Fritz Leiber (Galaxy, March & April)
  • The Triumph of Time – James Blish (Avon)
  • Who? – Algis Budrys (Pyramid)

Predictably, the non-fiction category didn’t quite make it: “although a number of works were nominated there was no consensus and so no shortlist could be formed. A non-fiction award will therefore not be presented this year.

It’s a shame, of course. Hopefully a reading list will be compiled as last year, at least. Maybe we can also avoid repeating last year’s non-fic debate. Happily, Farah Mendlesohn has set up a LiveJournal community for discussion of non-fiction SF and fantasy writing.

2 Responses to “Obligatory BSFA Awards Post”
  1. Ian says:

    Hopefully a reading list will be compiled as last year

    Extremely unlikely; the reading list last year was compiled in the same manner that would have produced a shortlist this year – by taking the works with the most nominations. That this couldn’t be accomplished can only mean that there just weren’t enough nominations to be able to compile a shortlist. The full list of nominations can be found here: http://www.bsfa.co.uk/bsfa/website/awardscurrentnoms.aspx which could just be taken as a rather longer reading list.

  2. Shaun CG says:

    That’s a shame – though at least the long list is there, as you say. I was about to observe that it was out of date, but happily it has been updated today.