BSFA Award!

Was very surprised – and pleased! – last night to find out I won the BSFA Award for Best Non-Fiction, for my work on the World SF Blog.

The blog’s fiction editor, Sarah Newton, was on hand at the awards ceremony to accept on my behalf. I wrote a short speech:

We started the World SF Blog four years ago, in order to have a conversation: a conversation about science fiction and about diversity, a conversation we felt it was important to have. I’d like to thank Charles Tan, for being there from the very start; our former fiction editor, Debbie Moorhouse, and present fiction editor Sarah Newton(don’t blush, Sarah!). And I’d like to thanks Jason Sizemore, of Apex Books, for believing in this project from the very beginning.

I have seen a lot of changes in genre fiction in the past four years, a greater awareness to do with representation, and a strong and vigorous discussion of assumptions only a few years ago no one thought to question.

I am delighted I’ve been able to contribute to that discussion, in whatever minor capacity, and very grateful to the members of this convention for recognising us in this way.

Thank you.

And here’s Sarah with the award! Which I will hopefully be picking up in person later this week.

BSFA Award


BSFA Award

News this morning that I’m nominated for the BSFA Award in the non-fiction category, for the World SF Blog.

My name may be on it but the blog wouldn’t exist without the help of several people, chief amongst them Charles Tan, our current fiction editor Sarah Newton and former fiction editor Debbie Moorhouse, and our rag-tag team of contributors. Next month marks four years of the blog, so its a particular pleasure that it is recognised today.


Eastercon, April 2012 Schedule

I just booked to go to Olympus, the 2012 Eastercon at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel in Heathrow. In fairness, I think it’s the last convention I go to for a while. It takes place 6th-9th of April, over the Easter weekend.

On the Wednesday before the convention – April 4th – I will be at the book launch for anthology Pandemonium: Stories of the Smoke (containing my story “A Brief History of the Great Pubs of London”), at the Betsey Trotwood pub (56 Farringdon Road, EC1), 6:30pm. Click here for details and RSVPs.

My Eastercon schedule:

  • Saturday, 11am (is that even an hour?) – Room 38 (Edwardian) – panel on Non-Anglophone SF.

What is the SF scene like outside English-speaking countries? Do they have their own thriving scene, or is it dominated by Anglophone SF from outside? Why does non-anglophone SF have such a small weight in the UK and US markets – is it down to the difficulty and cost of translations, or is there some other reason for this? Are the problems unique to SF, or present in all genres? And what can we do to change it?

  • Saturday, 5pm – room 12 (Tethworth) – panel on The war on terror (How ten years of conflict has shaped SF).

How has the ongoing War on Terror affected the past decade of SF? How have different works reacted to both the war itself, and the surrounding anti-terror laws?

  • Sunday, 6pm – Commonwealth room – the BSFA Award ceremony
China won’t be there but it looks like Adam and I can sit in the back gossiping while Chris Priest wins the award.
  • Sunday, 9pm (9pm?? On a Sunday??) – Room 12 (Tetworth) – panel on Multicultural Steampunk.

The stereotype of steampunk is the colonialist Victorian adventure full of gears and goggles, but modern steampunk goes beyond this to addresss issues of race and class. What steampunk works deal with other cultures and other times? How do they address colonialism and other socio-political issues that arise from steampunk works? Can you write the stereotype but subvert it from within?

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Osama nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award

Surprised and delighted to find out this morning that Osama has been nominated for Best Novel in the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards. Even more delighted that Pedro Marques’s amazing cover of Osama is also nominated!

Just look at that cover!

The full list of nominees:

Best Novel

Cyber Circus by Kim Lakin-Smith (Newcon Press)

Embassytown by China Mieville (Macmillan)

The Islanders by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

By Light Alone by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)

Osama by Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)

Best Short Fiction

The Silver Wind by Nina Allan (Interzone 233, TTA Press)

The Copenhagen Interpretation by Paul Cornell (Asimov’s, July)

Afterbirth by Kameron Hurley (Kameron Hurley’s own website)

Covehithe by China Mieville (The Guardian)

Of Dawn by Al Robertson (Interzone 235, TTA Press)

Best Non-Fiction

Out of This World: Science Fiction but not as we Know it by Mike Ashley (British Library)

The SF Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition ed. John Clute, Peter Nicholls and David Langford (website)

Review of Arslan by M J Engh, Abigail Nussbaum (Asking the Wrong Questions blog)

SF Mistressworks, ed. Ian Sales (website)

Pornokitsch, ed. Jared Shurin and Anne Perry (website)

The Unsilent Library: Essays on the Russell T. Davies Era of the New Doctor Who (Foundation Studies in Science Fiction), ed. Graham Sleight, Tony Keen and Simon Bradshaw (Science Fiction Foundation)

Best Art

Cover of Ian Whates’s The Noise Revealed by Dominic Harman (Solaris)

Cover and illustrations of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls by Jim Kay (Walker)

Cover of Lavie Tidhar’s Osama by Pedro Marques (PS Publishing)

Cover of Liz Williams’s A Glass of Shadow by Anne Sudworth (Newcon Press)