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April 11, 2009

BSFA Awards Winners

Hot off the Eastercon grapevine (via SMS, how quaint), Science Fiction Awards Watch has the full list of winners:

  • Best Novel: The Night Sessions, Ken MacLeod
  • Best Short Fiction: “Exhalation”, Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
  • Best Non-Fiction: Rhetorics of Fantasy, Farah Mendlesohn
  • Best Artwork: Cover of Subterfuge (ed. Ian Whates), Andy Bigwood

So, none of the ones I voted for won. However the proportional voting system used often seems to mean that everyone’s second favourite wins.

My votes went to The Gone-Away World, Little Lost Robot and the cover of Flood. I haven’t read any of the non-fiction books, but would refuse to read the winner due to it having the word Fantasy in the title.

So am I completely out of touch with the rest of the BSFA members? Only the full breakdown of voting statistics will tell.

2 Comments

would refuse to read the winner due to it having the word Fantasy in the title.

I would say this is a mistake; both on the count that I think you're wrong to be dismissive of fantasy en masse, and on the count that I think Rhetorics contains a lot of insights worth taking on board about reading in general, as well as reading fantasy in particular.