Second Round of 2023 BSFA Awards Nominations Begins

The 2019 BSFA Award trophy

The British Science Fiction Association has released the longlists of nominees for the BSFA Awards for work published in 2023.

The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention. The 2024 Eastercon, Levitation, will be held in Telford from March 29-April 1, where the winners will be announced.

BEST AUDIO FICTION

 Title Author Publisher Link
Drabblecast, The PigeonMichelle Knudsen.https://www.drabblecast.org/2023/07/21/drabblecast-476-the-pigeon/
Five Foot Six & Two-FifteenBreathing Spacehttps://breathingspace.lawofnames.com/#season3
Made of YouNick PetrouPseudoPod.orghttps://pseudopod.org/category/podcasts/flash/
Simultaneous Times Podcast, Episode 67Jenna Hanchey & Abigail GuerreroSpace Cowboyhttps://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/spacecowboybooks/episodes/2023-09-15T00_07_58-07_00
SnottyAntoinette RydyrPseudoPod.orghttps://pseudopod.org/2023/07/14/pseudopod-874-flash-on-the-borderlands-lxvii-ichthyic/
Summer of GeorgeSam RebeleinPseudoPod.orghttps://pseudopod.org/2023/10/24/pseudopod-888-flash-on-the-borderlands-lxviii-actualization/
The Dex LegacyEmily InkpenAlternative Stories & Fake Realitieshttps://www.thedexlegacy.com/
The downloadedRob Sawyerhttps://www.fantasticfiction.com/s/robert-j-sawyer/downloaded.htm
The Lighthouse Used to Have KeepersRachel Ungerat PseudoPod.orghttps://pseudopod.org/2023/02/03/pseudopod-851-flash-on-the-borderlands-lxiv-purification/
Welcome to Night Vale, Carlos ExplainedJoseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranorhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni1j94eqDl0
When a Portal Comes AroundRick Danforthhttps://upbeattales.com/episodes/2023/when-a-portal-comes-around/

BEST ARTWORK

 Title Artist(s) Link
Collaboration: Web(s) of LifeTomás Saracenohttps://www.serpentinegalleries.org/visit/plan-your-visit-tomas-saraceno-in-collaboration-webs-of-life/
Cover and interior art of Mothersound the Sauutiverse anthologyStephen Embleton and Akintoba Kalejayehttps://www.android-press.com/product-page/mothersound-the-sau%C3%BAtiverse-anthology-paperback
Cover Art – A Woman of the SwordStas Borodinhttps://www.grimdarkmagazine.com/exclusive-cover-reveal-for-a-woman-of-the-sword-by-anna-smith-spark/
Cover Art – Walking PracticeDolki Minhttps://www.harpercollins.com/products/walking-practice-dolki-min?variant=41000149844002
Cover art for Languages of WaterJohn Jenningshttps://www.mvmediaatl.com/product-page/languages-of-water
Cover art for soul takenDan desantoshttps://www.dandossantos.com/the-making-of-soul-taken
Cover art of The Alphabet of Pinaa: An AI Reinvents Zerself on an Inhabited MoonJuliana Pinhohttps://interzone.digital/the-alphabet-of-pinaa-an-ai-reinvents-zerself-on-an-inhabited-moon/
Cover Illustration of FrontierAlyssa Winanshttps://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/grace-curtis/frontier/9781529390520/
Cover art for Danged Black Thing  Elena Bettihttps://www.apexbookcompany.com/products/danged-black-thing
Cover of Descendent MachineJulia Lloydhttps://titanbooks.com/70278-descendant-machine/
Cover of Jewel BoxChristine Kim:https://www.erewhonbooks.com/our-books/jewel-box-stories-e-lily-yu
Cover of Prophethttps://www.penguin.co.uk/books/454038/prophet-by-blache-helen-macdonald-and-sin/9781787334298
Cover of The Surviving SkyLeo Nichollshttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/731185/the-surviving-sky-by-kritika-h-rao/
Cover of The TerraformersRaphael Lacostehttps://argonautbooks.co.uk/product/the-terraformers/
Covert art of The HuntersGavin Reecehttps://fantasy-hive.co.uk/2023/01/the-hunters-by-david-wragg-cover-reveal-and-qa/
FASHION FICTIONS in Vancouver Art GalleryCurated by Stephanie Rebick,  Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, Siobhan McCracken Nixon.https://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/exhibitions/fashion-fictions
Interzone 295 – illustrations for Strung Along in SeaforthVinayak Varmahttps://mixtape.in/iz295
It’s Jeff!G Gurihiruhttps://www.marvel.com/comics/issue/108192/its_jeff_1_2023_1
PHASE SHIFTING INDEXJeremy Shawhttps://thepolygon.ca/exhibition/jeremy-shaw-phase-shifting-index
Physic-AI GardenAnna Dumitriu & Alex Mayhttps://annadumitriu.co.uk/portfolio/capable-project-residency/
Texture of Silence (Illustrated prose poetry)Steve Simpsonhttps://www.independentlegions.com/store/p584/texture.html
The FisheryEmma Howitthttps://interzone.digital/the-fishery
The November Room or Leaving the LabyrinthEmma Howitthttps://interzone.digital/the-november-room-or-leaving-the-labyrinth
The Panharmonion ChroniclesHenry Chebaanehttps://www.panharmonion.com/
UVA — Synchronicity at 180 the strandRobert del Naja of Massive Attack, choreographer Dana Gingras and bioacoustician Bernie Krausehttps://www.180studios.com/uva
Zahara Boards Art on Illumicrate EditionSija Honghttps://www.illumicrate.com/past-boxes/hidden-magic

BEST COLLECTION

 Title Author/Editor Publisher Link
A Taste of DarknessVariousScholastichttps://shop.scholastic.co.uk/products/A-Taste-of-Darkness-9780702329173
Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction 2022Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Eugen Bacon, Milton DavisArc Manorhttps://www.arcmanorbooks.com/yearsbestafricansf
Best of World SF: Volume 3Lavie TidharBloomsburyhttps://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/best-of-world-sf-9781804548035/
Between Dystopias: The Road to AfropantheologyOghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Joshua Uchenna OmengaArc Manorhttps://www.arcmanorbooks.com/africa
Beyond BetweenDavid VinerViva Djinn (Horde) Publishing https://www.vivadjinn.com/products/BEYONDBETWEEN
Bioluminescent: A Lunarpunk AnthologyJustine Norton-KerstonAndroid Presshttps://www.android-press.com/product-page/bioluminescent-a-lunarpunk-anthology
Caged Ocean DubDare Segun FalowoTartarus Presshttp://www.tartaruspress.com/falowo-caged-ocean-dub.html https://www.android-press.com/product-page/caged-ocean-dub-paperback
Corroding the NowFrancis Gene-Rowe, Stephen Mooney and Richard ParkerCrater Presshttps://www.veerbooks.com/filter/veer-books/Corroding-the-Now-anthology
Dark Stars: Sci-Fi Horror DrabblesEditor, Eric FomleyShackleboundhttps://rb.gy/jkncj7
Dead Man and Other StoriesGene WolfSubterranean Presshttps://www.amazon.com.au/Dead-Man-Other-Horror-Stories/dp/1645241203
Drinking From Graveyard WellsYvette NdlovuUniversity of Kentuckyhttps://www.kentuckypress.com/9780813196978/drinking-from-graveyard-wells/
Eclectic Dreams: A Milford AnthologyVariousKristell Inkhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Eclectic-Dreams-Anthology-Neil-Gaiman/dp/1913562425
Embroidered WorldsValya Dudycz Lupescu, Olha Brylova, and Iryna Pasko, editorAtthis Artshttps://www.atthisarts.com/product/embroidered-worlds/
Extracting HumanityStephen OramOrchid’s Laternhttps://orchidslantern.com/2023/05/03/extracting-humanity/
Fighting for the Future: Cyberpunk and Solarpunk TalesPhoebe WagnerAndroid Presshttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Fighting-Future-Cyberpunk-Solarpunk-Tales-ebook/dp/B0C97H9NZ7
Guerrilla Mural of A Siren SongErnest HoganAmazonhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/GUERRILLA-MURAL-SIRENS-SONG-Science-ebook/dp/B0CLKZCNHM/
GunflowerLaura Jean McKayScribe UKhttps://scribepublications.co.uk/books-authors/books/gunflower-9781915590343
Have You Seen the Moon Tonight? & Other RumorsJonathan Louis DuckworthJournal Stonehttps://journalstone.com/bookstore/have-you-seen-the-moon-tonight/
Hit Parade of TearsIzumi SuzukiVersohttps://www.versobooks.com/en-gb/products/2664-hit-parade-of-tears
Indie YA BitesVariousSilversun bookshttps://www.silversunbooks.com/post/ya-special-issue
Infinite Constellations: An Anthology of Identity Culture and Speculative ConjunctionsKhadijah Queen and Kiini Ibura Salaam (eds)University of Alabama Presshttps://www.uapress.ua.edu/9781573661980/infinite-constellations/
Jackal, JackalTobi OgundiranUndertow Publicationshttps://undertowpublications.com/shop/jackal-jackal
Jewel BoxE. Lily YuErewhonhttps://www.erewhonbooks.com/our-books/jewel-box-stories-e-lily-yu
Judge Dredd: The Darkest Judge (graphic novel – collection of linked strips)VariousRebellionhttps://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/GRN837
Languages of WaterEditor, Eugen BaconMVMediahttps://www.mvmediaatl.com/product-page/languages-of-water
Like Smoke Like LightYukimi OgawaMythic Deliriumhttps://mythicdelirium.com/9098
Luminescent MachinationsRhiannon Rasmussen and dave ring (Eds)Neon Hemlockhttps://www.neonhemlock.com/luminescent-machinations
Michael Butterworth – Complete Poems 1965-2020Michael ButterworthSpace Cowboy Bookshttps://bookshop.org/p/books/complete-poems-1965-2020-first-hardback-michael-butterworth/19442423
Mothersound: The Sauútiverse AnthologyEdited by Wole TalabiAndroid Presshttps://www.android-press.com/product-page/mothersound-the-sau%C3%BAtiverse-anthology-ebook
Multiverses: An Anthology of Alternate RealitiesEdited by Preston GrassmanTitan Bookshttps://titanbooks.com/71177-multiverses-an-anthology-of-alternate-realities/
Never Whistle at NightEditors, Shane Hawk, Theodore C Van Alst JrPenguinhttps://rb.gy/2jh9yi
New Suns 2Editor, Nisi ShawlRebellionhttps://rebellionpublishing.com/product/new_suns_2/
No One Will Come Back For UsPremee MohamedUndertowhttps://undertowpublications.com/shop/no-one-will-come-back-for-us
PromiseChristi NogleFlame Tree Presshttps://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Promise/Christi-Nogle/9781787588127
Read, Scream, RepeatJennifer KillickReachhttps://www.harperreach.com/products/read-scream-repeat-9780008527808/
Rhapsody of the SpheresJuliana RewThird Flat Iron Publishinghttps://thirdflatiron.com/
Rosalind’s Siblings: Fiction and Poetry Celebrating Scientists of Marginalized GendersBogi Takács (ed)Atthis Artshttps://www.amazon.com/Rosalinds-Siblings-Celebrating-Scientists-Marginalized-ebook/dp/B0CH5L7WZ1
Simultaneous Times Vol.3Editor, Jean-Paul L. GarnierSpace Cowboy Bookshttp://tinyurl.com/bddfwmzf
Strange AttractorsJaine FennNewcon Presshttp://www.newconpress.co.uk/info/book.asp?id=228&referer=Catalogue
Ten PlanetsYuri HerreraAnd Other Storieshttps://www.andotherstories.org/ten-planets/
The Best of British Science Fiction 2022Edited by Donna ScottNewcon Presshttp://www.newconpress.co.uk/info/book.asp?id=227&referer=Catalogue
The InconsolablesMichael WehuntBad Hand Bookshttps://badhandbooks.com/store-2/the-inconsolables
The Shadow GalaxyJ Dianne DotsonTrepidatiohttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Galaxy-J-Dianne-Dotson/dp/1685100686
The Skin ThiefSuzan PalumboNeon Hemlockhttps://www.neonhemlock.com/books/skin-thief-suzan-palumbo
The Wolfe at the DoorGene WolfeMacMillanhttps://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250846204/thewolfeatthedoor
Twelve All in Dread: The Twelfth Witch and Other StoriesJuliana RewSophont Presshttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Twelve-All-Dread-Twelfth-Stories-ebook/dp/B0BQFVDQT9
Where Rivers Go To DieDilman DilaRosarium Publishinghttp://rosariumpublishing.com/novels/where-rivers-go-to-die.html
Wolves and GirlsMaria HaskinsBrain Jar Presshttps://www.brainjarpress.com/product/wolves-girls-other-dark-gems/
Worlds Long LostChristopher RuocchioBaenhttps://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Worlds-Long-Lost/Christopher-Ruocchio/9781982193119
Writing the FutureEditors, Dan Coxon and Richard V. HirstDead Ink Bookshttps://deadinkbooks.com/product/writingthefuture/
You Are My SunshineOctavia CadeStelliform Presshttps://www.stelliform.press/index.php/product/you-are-my-sunshine-and-other-stories-by-octavia-cade/

BEST NON-FICTION (LONG)

 Title Author Publisher Link
A City on MarsKelly and Zach WeinersmithParticular Bookshttps://www.penguin.co.uk/books/318993/a-city-on-mars-by-weinersmith-kelly-and-zach/9780241454930
A Traveller in Time: The Critical Practice of Maureen Kincaid SpellerNina Allan, editorLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/product-page/a-traveller-in-time-the-critical-practice-of-maureen-kincaid-speller
All These WorldsNiall HarrisonBriardenehttps://briardenebooks.uk/shop/
An Introduction to FantasyMatthew SangsterCambridge University Presshttps://www.cambridgebookshop.co.uk/products/an-introduction-to-fantasy
Blake’s 7 Production Diary Series AJonathan HelmCult Edgehttps://downthetubes.net/charity-blakes-7-first-series-production-diary-set-for-release-this-weekend/
Corroding the Now: Poetry + Science|SFFrancis Gene Rowe, Stephen Mooney, Richard ParkerCrater Presshttps://www.amazon.co.uk/CORRODING-NOW-POETRY-SCIENCE-SF/dp/1911567462
David Whitaker in an Exciting Adventure in TelevisionSimon GuerrierMiwk Publishing Ltdhttps://tenacrefilms.bigcartel.com/product/david-whitaker-in-an-exciting-adventure-with-television
Destination Time TravelSteve Nallon & Dick FiddyLuath Presshttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Destination-Time-Travel-Steve-Nallon/dp/1804251011
Ex Marginalia: Essays on Writing Speculative Fiction by Persons of ColorChinelo OnwualuHydra Househttps://hydrahousebooks.com/catalog/ex-marginalia/
Fear of Seeing: A Poetics of Chinese Science FictionMingwei SongColumbia University Presshttps://cup.columbia.edu/book/fear-of-seeing/9780231204439
Follow Me: Religion in Fantasy and Science Fiction Francesca T BarbiniLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/product-page/follow-me-religion-in-fantasy-and-science-fiction
I Am the LawMichael MolcherRebellionhttps://rebellionpublishing.com/product/i_am_the_law_how_judge_dredd_predicted_our_future/
Realms of Imagination: Essays from the Wide Worlds of FantasyTanya Kirk and Matthew SangsterBritish Library Publishinghttps://shop.bl.uk/products/realms-of-imagination
Science Fiction Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: Transnational FuturesCosmopolitan ConcernsRoutledgehttps://www.routledge.com/Science-Fiction-Cinema-in-the-Twenty-First-Century-Transnational-Futures/Gmez-Muoz/p/book/9780367759063
Selected Non-Fiction 1962-2007 J.G.. BallardEditor Mark BlacklockMIT Presshttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Selected-Nonfiction-1962-2007-J-Ballard/dp/0262048329
Spec Fic for Newbies: A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Subgenres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and HorrorTiffani Angus and Val NolanLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/product-page/spec-fic-for-newbies
The Expanse ExpandedJamie WoodcockRed Futureshttps://www.redfuturesmag.com/the-expanse-expanded/
The Female Man: Eastercon talkFarah Mendlesohnn/ahttps://farahmendlesohn.com/2023/07/06/eastercon-2023-talk-the-female-man/
The Historical Dictionary of Fantasy LiteratureAllen StroudRowman and Littlefieldhttp://tinyurl.com/4vr5absy
The Weird Tales BoysStephen JonesDrugstore Indian Press (PS Publishing)http://tinyurl.com/45h4x3r8
Ursula K. Le Guin’s A Wizard of EarthseaTimothy S MillerPalgrave MacMillanhttps://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-24640-1
We’re Falling Through SpaceJ. David Reed404Inkhttps://www.404ink.com/store/inklings-were-falling-through-space
Wish I Was HereM John HarrisonSerpent’s Tailhttps://serpentstail.com/work/wish-i-was-here/
Writing the Future editedDan Coxon and Richard V. HirstDead Ink Bookshttps://deadinkbooks.com/product/writingthefuture/

BEST NOVEL

 Title Author Publisher Link
A Market of Dreams and DestinyTrip GaileyTitan Bookshttps://titanbooks.com/71339-a-market-of-dreams-and-destiny/
A Second Chance For YesterdayR.A. SinnSolarishttps://rebellionpublishing.com/product/a_second_chance_for_yesterday/
A Woman of the SwordAnna Smith SparkLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/product-page/a-woman-of-the-sword-pb
AirsideChristopher PriestGollanczhttps://www.gollancz.co.uk/titles/christopher-priest/airside/9781399608831/
All the Hollow of the SkyKit WhitfieldJo Fletcher Bookshttps://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/kit-whitfield/all-the-hollow-of-the-sky/9781529414967/
BridgeLauren BeukesPenguinhttps://www.penguin.co.uk/books/289085/bridge-by-beukes-lauren/9780718182823
Cahokia JazzFrances SpuffordFaberhttps://www.faber.co.uk/product/9780571336876-cahokia-jazz/
ConquestNina AllanHachettehttps://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/nina-allan/conquest/9781529420777/
Creation NodeStephen BaxterGollanczhttps://store.gollancz.co.uk/products/creation-node
Descendant MachineGareth L. PowellTitan Bookshttps://titanbooks.com/70278-descendant-machine/
DragonfallL R LamHachettehttps://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/l-r-lam/dragonfall/9781399715508/
FrontierGrace CurtissHachettehttps://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/grace-curtis/frontier/9781529390520/
Gods of the Wyrd WoodR J BarkerOrbithttps://rb.gy/o6r522
Hel’s EightStark HolbornTitan Bookshttps://titanbooks.com/71174-hels-eight/
HIMGeoff RymanAngry Robothttps://angryrobotbooks.com/books/him/
HopelandIan MacdonaldGollanczhttps://www.gollancz.co.uk/titles/ian-mcdonald/hopeland/9781473202313/
In AscensionMartin MacInnesAtlantic Bookshttps://atlantic-books.co.uk/book/in-ascension/
Infinity GateM.R. CareyOrbithttps://store.orbit-books.co.uk/products/infinity-gate
InkbloomE.D.E. BellAtthis Artshttps://www.atthisarts.com/product/inkbloom/
JuliaSandra NewmanHaperCollinshttp://tinyurl.com/mv28n92s
LambMatt HillDead Ink Bookshttps://deadinkbooks.com/product/lamb/
Lords of UncreationAdrian TchaikovskyPan MacMillanhttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/adrian-tchaikovsky/lords-of-uncreation/9781529051988
Lorraine WilsonMother SeaFairlighthttps://www.fairlightbooks.co.uk/mother-sea/
Malevolent SevenSebastien de CastellJo Fletcher Bookshttps://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/sebastien-de-castell/the-malevolent-seven/9781529422801/
Mimicking of Known SuccessesMalka OlderTordotcomhttp://tinyurl.com/ms9te8ta
More PerfectTemi OhSimon and Schusterhttps://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/More-Perfect/Temi-Oh/9781471171284
OneEve SmithOrenda Bookhttps://orendabooks.co.uk/product/one
OrbitalSamantha HarveyJonathan Capehttps://www.penguin.co.uk/books/454068/orbital-by-harvey-samantha/9781787334342
Perilous TimesThomas D LeeHachettehttps://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/thomas-d-lee/perilous-times/9780356518510/
Prompt ExcursionLewis S KingstonPositive Wave Printhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Prompt-Excursion-Lewis-S-Kingston-ebook/dp/B0CCPJKXKR
RefractionsMV MelcerStorm Publishinghttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Refractions-completely-gripping-space-opera/dp/1805082787
Rose HouseArkady MartineSubterranean Presshttps://subterraneanpress.com/rose-house/
Season of SkullsCharles StrossOrbithttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Season-Skulls-Management-world-Laundry/dp/0356516954
Shigidi And The Brass Head Of ObalufonWole TalabiGollanczhttps://www.gollancz.co.uk/titles/wole-talabi/shigidi/9781399615686/
Sinister Book sellers of bathGarth NixGollanczhttps://store.gollancz.co.uk/products/the-sinister-booksellers-of-bath
Sleep no moreSeanan McGuirePenguinhttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/624292/sleep-no-more-by-seanan-mcguire/
Some Desperate GloryEmily TeshTor.comhttps://publishing.tor.com/somedesperateglory-emilytesh/9781250834980/
Starling HouseAlix E HarrowPan MacMillanhttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/alix-e-harrow/starling-house/9781529061123
Starter VillainJohn Scalzitordotcomhttps://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765389220/startervillain
TalonsisterJen WilliamsTitan Bookshttps://titanbooks.com/71420-talonsister/
The Adventures of Amina al-SirafiiShannon ChakrabortyHarper Voyagerhttps://rb.gy/foqyvu
The Archive UndyingEmma Mieko CamdenTordotcomhttps://publishing.tor.com/thearchiveundying-emmamiekocandon/9781250821546/
The Circumference of the WorldLavie TidharPS Publishinghttps://www.pspublishing.co.uk/the-circumference-of-the-world-signed-slipcase-lavie-tidhar-6147-p.asp
The Death I Gave HimEm X. LiuSolarishttps://rebellionpublishing.com/product/the_death_i_gave_him/
The Disinformation WarSJ GroenewegenGoldsmiths University Presshttps://www.gold.ac.uk/goldsmiths-press/publications/the-disinformation-war/
The First Bright ThingR. DawsonPan MacMillanhttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/j-r-dawson/the-first-bright-thing/9781035018192
The Fractured DarkMegan E. O’KeefeOrbithttps://store.orbit-books.co.uk/products/the-fractured-dark
The FutureNaomi Alderman4th Estatehttps://www.4thestate.co.uk/products/the-future-naomi-alderman-9780008309138/
The Green Man’s QuarryJuliet McKennaWizard Tower Presshttps://www.wizardstowerbooks.com/shop/the-green-mans-quarry/
The InfiniteAda HoffmannAngry Robothttps://angryrobotbooks.com/books/the-infinite/
The Master of SamarMelissa ScottCandlemark and Gleamhttps://rb.gy/ved79u
The Narrow Road Between DesiresPatrick RothfussGollanczhttps://store.gollancz.co.uk/products/the-narrow-road-between-desires
The Pollutant SpeaksAlex CochranBee Orchid Presshttps://www.beeorchidpress.com/books/thepollutantspeaks/
The Red HairbandCatherine GreeneGuernica Editionshttps://guernicaeditions.com/products/the-red-hairband
The Saint of Bright DoorsVajra ChandrasekeraTordotcomhttps://publishing.tor.com/thesaintofbrightdoors-vajrachandrasekera/9781250847386/
The Space Between UsDoug JohnstoneOrenda Bookhttps://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/The-Space-Between-Us/Doug-Johnstone/The-Enceladons-Trilogy/9781914585449
The Surviving SkyKritika H. RaoTitan Bookshttps://titanbooks.com/71060-the-surviving-sky/
The ValkyrieKate HeartfieldHarper Collinshttps://harpercollins.co.uk/products/the-valkyrie-kate-heartfield?variant=40053540290638
The Water OutlawsS.L. HuangSolarishttps://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/The-Water-Outlaws/S-L-Huang/9781837861415
These Burning StarsBethany JacobsOrbithttps://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/bethany-jacobs/these-burning-stars/9780316463324/
Titanium NoirNick HarkawayCorsairhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Titanium-Noir-Nick-Harkaway/dp/1472156935
Translation StateAnn LeckieOrbithttps://store.orbit-books.co.uk/products/translation-state
Warrior of the WindSuyi Davies OkungbowaOrbithttps://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/suyi-davies-okungbowa/warrior-of-the-wind/9780316428958/
Witch KingMartha WellsTordotcomhttps://publishing.tor.com/witchking-marthawells/9781250826794/
YellowfaceR F KuangThe Borough Presshttps://harpercollins.co.uk/products/yellowface-rebecca-f-kuang?variant=40134136332366

BEST SHORT FICTION

 Title Author Publisher Link
A Little SeasoningNeil WilliamsonInterzone Digitalhttps://interzone.digital/a-little-seasoning/
A Small Bloody Gift by Naomi DayFiyah #25Fiyahhttps://fiyahlitmag.com/shop/issues/2023-issues/fiyah-25/
A Touch of the GrapeSharon Diane KingThird Flatironhttps://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/podcasts-from-3f/a-touch-of-the-grape-by-0e1urQzlw27/
A Wonder of Nature In Need of KillingVG CampenPseudoPod.orghttps://pseudopod.org/2023/10/06/pseudopod-886-a-wonder-of-nature-in-need-of-killing/
Adtatter LoveStephen OramExtracting Humanityhttps://orchidslantern.com/2023/05/03/extracting-humanity/
Advice for Aspiring CartographersAvra MargaritiBaffling Magazine – October 2023https://www.bafflingmag.com/issue-thirteen/advice-for-aspiring-cartographers
AI Aboard the Golden ParrotLouise HughesClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/hughes_03_23/
An Eternal AmanuensisJo Lindsay WaltonCriptörökhttps://grand-union.org.uk/product/louise-hickman-jo-lindsay-walton-jenny-chamarette-hannah-wallis-criptorok/
And All the Fields BelowSarah GreyLightspeedhttps://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/and-all-the-fields-below/
And The Crowd GoesPhoenix AlexanderArcturushttps://arcturus.chireviewofbooks.com/and-the-crowd-goes-a41c03c6d786
Another CountryRachael CuppInterzonehttps://interzone.press/iz-296/
Bird-Girl Builds a MachineHannah YangClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/yang_11_23/
BlowoutWole TalabiAnalog Science Fiction and Facthttps://wtalabi.wordpress.com/published-fiction/
British teleportationRick DanforthFlashpoint SFhttps://flashpointsf.com/2023/09/08/british-teleportation/
Celeronian NativesKanishk TantiaThe Dread Machinehttps://www.thedreadmachine.com/celeronian-natives/
Changing of the GuardTaylor DyePodcasts from 3Fhttps://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/podcasts-from-3f/changing-of-the-guard-by-V_HZAM2Gqnx/
CopperJendia GammonInterzonehttps://interzone.press/iz-295/
EuterpeMaureen BowdenTangent Onlinehttps://tangentonline.com/print-other/rhapsody-of-the-spheres-edited-by-juliana-rew/
HinoeumaFábio FernandesIZ Digitalhttps://interzone.digital/hinoeuma/
His Monstrous CloacaAddison SmithStupefying Storieshttps://stupefyingstories.blogspot.com/2023/07/his-monstrous-cloaca-by-addison-smith.html
How to Raise a Kraken in Your BathtubP. Djèlí ClarkUncannyhttps://www.uncannymagazine.com/article/how-to-raise-a-kraken-in-your-bathtub/
I Think About You Only LouderJordan KurellaHeartlines Spec – February 2023https://www.heartlines-spec.com/i-think-about-you-only-louder-by-jordan-kurella/
Imagine: Purple-Haired Girl Shooting Down the MoonAngela LiuClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/liu_06_23/
Interstate MohinisM.L. KrishnanDiabolical Plots – June 2023https://www.diabolicalplots.com/dp-fiction-100b-interstate-mohinis-by-m-l-krishnan/
Italic & BoldDan PeacockHeartlines Spec – February 2023https://www.heartlines-spec.com/italic-bold-by-dan-peacock/
Judge Dredd Risk AssessmentMike Carroll2000ADhttps://2000ad.com/news/out-now-judge-dredd-megazine-461/
Killtopia Volume 5Dave CookBHP Comicshttps://www.waterstones.com/book/killtopia-vol-5/dave-cook/9781910775417
Lady Koi Koi: A book ReportSuyi Davies OkungbowaApex Magazinehttps://apex-magazine.com/short-fiction/lady-koi-koi-a-book-report/
Lost in TranscriptionAbigail GuerreroRadon Journalhttps://www.radonjournal.com/issue5/lost-in-transcription
Morag’s boyFiona mooreClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/moore_12_23/
Notes from a trans-inclusive gender apocalypseEmber RandallCast of Wondershttps://www.castofwonders.org/2023/02/cast-of-wonders-528-notes-from-a-trans-inclusive-gender-apocalypse/
Of Dark That BitesJess WhitecroftPseudoPod.orghttps://pseudopod.org/2023/03/17/pseudopod-857-of-dark-that-bites/
On Planetary Palliative CareThomas HaIZ Digitalhttps://interzone.digital/on-planetary-palliative-care/
Our Lady of the VoidHesper LeveretInterzonehttps://interzone.press/iz-296/
PaperweightEugen Bacon & Clare RhodenThis Fresh Hellhttps://www.clandestinepress.net/products/this-fresh-hell
Patient DiplomacyRick DanforthStupefying Stories Showcasehttps://stupefyingstories.blogspot.com/2023/08/patient-diplomacy-by-rick-danforth.html
PAYMENT UNKINDAndrew Leon HudsonDark Matter Magazine Issue 16https://darkmattermagazine.shop/blogs/issue-016/payment-unkind
Poets of PainswickKate FranciaAugurhttps://www.augurmag.com/poets-of-painswick/
Quantum BirdsSylvia HeikeFlash Fiction Onlienhttps://www.flashfictiononline.com/article/quantum-love/
Saturdays SongWole TalabiLightspeedhttps://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/saturdays-song/
See That My Grave is Kept Cleanby Kyle AkersPseudoPod.orghttps://pseudopod.org/2023/09/08/pseudopod-882-see-that-my-grave-is-kept-clean/
Seven Irrational ThingsMatt MordecaiSoftstarhttps://softstarmagazine.substack.com/p/seven-irrational-things-part-one
Sfumato’Alexander GlassInterzone 296https://interzone.press/iz-296/
Sina the Child with No EchoEugen Bacon (Mothersound)Mothersoundhttps://www.android-press.com/product-page/mothersound-the-sau%C3%BAtiverse-anthology-ebook
Six Ways to Get Past the Shadow Shogun’s Goons and One Thing to Do When You Get ThereStewart BakerEscape Podhttps://escapepod.org/2023/09/08/escape-pod-905-six-ways-to-get-past-the-shadow-shoguns-goons-and-one-thing-to-do-when-you-get-there/
Soyinka’s MemoryStephen EmbletonThe Shallow Tales Reviewhttps://theshallowtalesreview.com.ng/soyinkas-memory-stephen-embleton/
Spring Woods SpringB PladekStrange Horizonshttp://strangehorizons.com/fiction/spring-woods-spring/
Stealing From TitansMichael CobleyParSec #8https://www.pspublishing.co.uk/parsec-digital-magazine-issues-58-subscription-5878-p.asp
Strung Along in SeaforthJonathan LaidlowInterzone #295https://interzone.press/iz-295/
Such Is My Idea Of HappinessDavid GoodmanClarkesworld #205https://clarkesworldmagazine.com/goodman_10_23/
Taking TurnsStephen EmbletonLanguages of Waterhttps://www.mvmediaatl.com/product-page/languages-of-water
The Building Across the StreetRT EsterInterzone #294https://interzone.press/iz-294/
The Grove’s LamentTobias S BuckellMothersoundhttps://www.android-press.com/product-page/mothersound-the-sau%C3%BAtiverse-anthology-ebook
The King’s EndingLouise HughesHexagonhttps://hexagonmagazine.ca/authors/
The MaddingNuzo OnohMagazine of Fantasy and Science Fictionhttps://weightlessbooks.com/the-magazine-of-fantasy-and-science-fiction-mar-apr-2023/
The Naismith and the Wild BoyDavid GullenParsec #7https://www.pspublishing.co.uk/parsec-digital-magazine—issue-7-6073-p.asp
The Perfect Union of JuliannaL ChanIZ Digitalhttps://interzone.digital/the-perfect-union-of-julianna/
The Pet of OlodumareJoshua Uchenna Omenga & Oghenechovwe Donald EkpekiFantasy and Science Fictionhttps://tangentonline.com/print-bi-monthly/fantasy-science-fiction-july-august-2023/
The Rafting of Jorge Santa CruzAdelehin IjasanIZ Digitalhttps://interzone.digital/the-rafting-of-jorge-santa-cruz/
The Spoil HeapFiona MooreClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/moore_03_23/
The Sport of SnailsF.J. BergmannSpace Cowboy Bookshttps://spacecowboybooks.com/simultaneous-times-episode-65-is-live/
The Stellar InstrumentBrandon CaseThird Flatironhttps://thirdflatiron.com/?page_id=11
The Story That Never WasBrent A. HarrisSpace Cowoby Bookshttps://spacecowboybooks.com/simultaneous-times-ep-63-is-live/
The StrangefolkNana Afadua Ofori-AttaOmenanahttps://omenana.com/2023/03/31/the-strange-folk-nana-afadua-ofori-atta/
The Time Traveller’s CookbookAngela LiuCast of Wondershttps://www.castofwonders.org/tag/angela-liu/
The Way of Baa’ghCheryl S NtumyMothersoundhttps://www.android-press.com/product-page/mothersound-the-sau%C3%BAtiverse-anthology-ebook
The White RoadKelly LinkWhite Cat, Black Doghttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/704687/white-cat-black-dog-by-kelly-link/
Things Most MeaningfulP. A. Cornellhttps://www.juliarios.com/things-most-meaningful-a-story-by-p-a-cornell/#:~:text=I’d%20open%20the%20box,it%20empty%20all%20the%20time.
This is How We Save ThemDeji Bryce OlukotunLife Beyond Ushttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Beyond-Anthology-Astrobiology-Institute/dp/198814048X
Those Last Days of SummerLaura Jean McKayCollected in Gunflowerhttps://scribepublications.co.uk/books-authors/books/gunflower-9781915590343
Turf War 2200Matthew Sanborn SmithSpace Cowboy Bookshttps://spacecowboybooks.com/simultaneous-times-episode-60-is-live/
Upgrade DayRJ TaylorClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/taylor_09_23/
Want Itself is a Treasure in HeavenTheodora WardUncanny Magazine – May/June 2023https://www.uncannymagazine.com/article/want-itself-is-a-treasure-in-heaven/
We are a little hotelAi JiangInterzonehttps://interzone.press/iz-295/
We Are Only Ourselves’Alex PenlandInterzone 296https://interzone.press/iz-296/
We the Ones Who Raised Sam Gowers from the DeadCynthia ZhangPseudoPod.orghttps://pseudopod.org/2023/03/31/pseudopod-859-we-the-ones-who-raised-sam-gowers-from-the-dead/

BEST SHORT NON FICTION

(For short stories and their equivalent)

A Brief History of New Worlds in Four FormsTom DillonFoundationhttps://www.proquest.com/openview/ef58788c3a24d3495a75304811f871dc/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=636386
A Not-So-Swiftly Tilting Planet: Global Inequities In SFF PublishingNg Yi-ShengStrange Horizonshttp://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/a-not-so-swiftly-tilting-planet-global-inequities-in-sff-publishing/
A Political History of the Future: The Tech BillionaireAbiail NussbaumLawyers and Guns Reviewhttps://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2023/09/a-political-history-of-the-future-the-tech-billionaire
Dominant Themes in Afro-Centric FictionEugen BaconAurealishttps://aurealis.com.au/store/aurealis-158-copy/
Exposition Tax: The hidden burden of writing from the marginsbySuyi Davies OkungbowaHydra Househttps://hydrahousebooks.com/catalog/ex-marginalia/
In Search of Green OvershootsNiall HarrisonStrange Horizonshttp://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/in-search-of-green-overshoots/
Introduction to AfropantheologyOghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki & Joshua Uchenna OmengaPublic Bookshttps://www.publicbooks.org/introduction-to-afropantheology/
It Can’t Rain All the Time: The Crow and MasculinityJordan KurellaPsychopomphttps://psychopomp.com/it-cant-rain-all-the-time-the-crow-and-masculinity/
Making Breaking and Extraction: an exploration of bodies and time in SFFShinjini DeyStrange Horizonshttp://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/making-breaking-and-extraction-an-exploration-of-bodies-and-time-in-sff/
Prisoners In The Temple Of The MusesWole TalabiAnciillary Review of Bookshttps://ancillaryreviewofbooks.org/2023/08/17/prisoners-in-the-temple-of-the-muses/
Project Management Lessons from Rogue OneFiona MoorePersonal bloghttps://adoctorofmanythings.wordpress.com/
Search of Green OvershootsNiall HarrisonStrange Horizonshttp://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/in-search-of-green-overshoots/
Tech Billionaires Need to Stop Trying to Make the Science Fiction They Grew Up on Real Scientific AmericanCharles StrossScientific Americanhttps://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tech-billionaires-need-to-stop-trying-to-make-the-science-fiction-they-grew-up-on-real/
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tech-billionaires-need-to-stop-trying-to-make-the-science-fiction-they-grew-up-on-real/ is Dead, Long Live the Year’s BestNiall HarrisonLA Review of bookshttps://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-years-best-is-dead-long-live-the-years-best-on-the-2023-theodore-sturgeon-memorial-award-finalists/
Weaving the Rainbow: Worldbuilding and SFGautam BhatiaBombay Literary Magazinehttps://bombaylitmag.com/weaving-the-rainbow/

BEST SHORTER FICTION

(For novellas, novelettes and other works that are not novel length).

 Title AuthorPublisher Link
A Feast for FliesLeigh HarlenDancing Star Presshttps://www.dancingstarpress.com/product/a-feast-for-flies/
A Necessary ChaosBrent LambertNeon Hemlockhttps://www.neonhemlock.com/books/a-necessary-chaos
And Put Away Childish ThingsAdrian TchakovskyRebellion Publishinghttps://rebellionpublishing.com/product/and_put_away_childish_things/
Axiom of DreamsArula RatnakarClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/ratnakar_09_23/
Broken ParadiseEugen BaconLuna Presshttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Broken-Paradise-Luna-Novella-Book-ebook/dp/B0BLTGR4Q6
DefectivePeter WattsLife Beyond Ushttps://read.laksamedia.com/life-beyond-us/
Emergent PropertiesAimee OgdenTordotcomhttps://publishing.tor.com/emergentproperties-aimeeogden/9781250866813/
EuropaAllen StroudFlame Tree Presshttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Europa-Fractal-Episodes-Book-1-ebook/dp/B0CFM9W733
Hamlet – Prince of RobotsM. Darusha WehmIn Potentia Presshttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Hamlet-Prince-Robots-Darusha-Wehm-ebook/dp/B0B6GT5483
Hero’s ChoiceMerc Fenn WolfmoorRobot Dinosaurhttps://robotdinosaurpress.com/product/heros-choice/
I am AIAi JiangShortwave Publishinghttps://shortwavepublishing.com/catalog/i-am-ai-novelette/
Land of The Awaiting BirthOghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki & Joshua Uchenna Omenga.https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/blog/2023/11/25/between-dystopias-the-road-to-afropantheology-by-oghenechovwe-donald-ekpeki-and-joshua-uchenna-omenga
Little NothingDee HollowayQueen of Swords Presshttps://queenofswordspress.com/product/little-nothing/
MiasmaJess HislopLuna Presshttps://jessfhyslop.wordpress.com/books/
Off Time JiveA.Z. LouiseNeon Hemlockhttps://www.neonhemlock.com/books/off-time-jive-az-louise
Pluralities byAvi SilverAtthis Artshttps://www.atthisarts.com/product/pluralities/
Rose/HouseArkady MartineSubterranean Presshttps://subterraneanpress.com/rose-house/
Telling the BeesEmma LeadeyNewcon Presshttp://www.newconpress.co.uk/info/book.asp?id=225&referer=Catalogue
The Book of GaherisKari SperringNewcon Presshttp://www.newconpress.co.uk/info/book.asp?id=221&referer=Catalogue
The Iron ChildrenRebecca FraimowSolarishttps://rebellionpublishing.com/product/the_iron_children/
The Lies We Tell OurselvesL K KitneyLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/post/in-the-spotlight-interview-with-lk-kitney
The Midas RainAdam RobertsNeoTexthttps://neotextcorp.com/fiction/the-midas-rain/
The Navigating FoxChristopher Rowetordotcomhttps://publishing.tor.com/thenavigatingfox-christopherrowe/9781250804501/
The Panharmonion ChroniclesHenry ChebaaneSupanova Mediahttps://www.panharmonion.com/
The Scourge Between StarsNess BrownNightfirehttps://tornightfire.com/catalog/the-scourge-between-stars-ness-brown/
The Window in the ForestSeán Padraic BirnieInterzonehttps://scarletferret.com/magazines/interzone/295
To The Woman in the Pink HatLaToya Jordan (Aqueduct Press)Acquduct Presshttp://www.aqueductpress.com/books/978-1-61976-236-7.php
UndulationStephen EmbletonMothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthologyhttps://www.android-press.com/product-page/mothersound-the-sau%C3%BAtiverse-anthology-paperback
Where the God-Knives TreadA.L. GoldfussLightspeedhttps://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/where-the-god-knives-tread-part-1/

BEST FICTION FOR YOUNGER READERS

 Title Author Publisher Link
A Song of SalvationAlechia DowInkyardhttps://www.harpercollins.com/products/a-song-of-salvation-alechia-dow?variant=40911998582818
City of Vicious NightClaire WinnFluxhttps://fluxnow.com/product/city-of-vicious-night/
MindbreakerKate DylanHodder & Stoughtonhttps://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/kate-dylan/mindbreaker/9781529393262/
spell boundFT LukansSimon & Schusterhttps://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/Spell-Bound/F-T-Lukens/9781398521476
The Inn at the Amethyst LanternJ Dianne DotsonAndroid Presshttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Inn-at-Amethyst-Lantern-ebook/dp/B0CHC7GVGD
The Library of Broken WorldsAlaya Dawn JohnsonHarpercollinshttps://harpercollins.co.uk/products/the-library-of-broken-worlds-alaya-dawn-johnson?variant=40174071808078
vivi conway and the sword of legendLizzie Huxley JonesRound Table Bookshttps://www.roundtablebooks.co.uk/bookshop/vivi-conway-and-the-sword-of-the-legend
We Who Are Forged In FireKate MurrayHardie Granthttps://www.hardiegrant.com/au/publishing/bookfinder/book/we-who-are-forged-in-fire-by-kate-murray/9781760508937

BSFA Awards 2022

The British Science Fiction Association announced the winners of the 2022 BSFA Awards at Eastercon on April 9.

The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955.

The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970. 

NOVEL 

  • City Of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky 

SHORT FICTION

  • Of Charms Ghosts and Grievances by Aliette de Bodard

ARTWORK

  • Cover of The Red Scholar’s Wake by Alyssa Winans

NON FICTION

  • Terry Pratchett: A Life with Footnotes by Rob Wilkins

BEST BOOK FOR YOUNGER READERS

  • Unraveller by Francis Hardinge 

[Thanks to Dave Lally for the results.]

BSFA Awards 2022 Shortlist

The British Science Fiction Association today announced the shortlist of nominees for the BSFA Awards, for work published in 2022. The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970. The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955. 

The winners will be announced at the Eastercon convention, “Conversation” held at the Birmingham NEC Hilton from April 7-10.

Voting by members of the BSFA will open later in March.

Finalists for the British Science Fiction Association Awards for publications in 2022.

Best Artwork

  • Alyssa Winans, Cover of The Red Scholar’s Wake by Aliette de Bodard, Gollancz
  • Manzi Jackson, Cover of Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction, Macmillan
  • Chris Baker, Cover of Shoreline of Infinity 32, Shoreline of Infinity
  • Vincent Sammy, Cover of Parsec 4, PS Publishing
  • Miguel Co, Cover of Song of the Mango and Other New Myths, Ateneo De Manila UP
  • Jay Johnstone, Cover of The Way the Light Bends, Luna Press Publishing

Best Fiction for Younger Readers

  • T. Kingfisher, Illuminations, Argyll Productions
  • Frances Hardinge, Unraveller, MacMillan Children’s Books
  • Kate Dylan, Mindwalker, Hodder and Stoughton
  • Gina Chen, Violet Made of Thorns, Hodder and Stoughton
  • Juno Dawson, Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, Harper Voyager
  • Vanessa Len, Only A Monster, Hodder and Stoughton
  • Xiran Jay Zhao, Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor, Margaret K. McElderry Books

Best Short Fiction

  • Or Luca, ‘Luca’, Luna Press Publishing
  • Aliette de Bodard, ‘Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances’, JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc
  • Rick Danforth, ‘Seller’s Remorse’, Hexagon Magazine, Issue 11
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky, ‘Ogres’, Rebellion
  • Neil Williamson, ‘A Moment of Zugzwang’, ParSec #4

Best Novel

  • Adrian Tchaikovsky, City of Last Chances, Head of Zeus
  • Aliette de Bodard, The Red Scholar’s Wake, Gollancz
  • Adam Roberts, The This, Gollancz
  • Gareth Powell, Stars and Bones, Titan Books
  • EJ Swift, The Coral Bones, Unsung Stories

Best Non-Fiction

Second Round of 2022 BSFA Awards Nominations Begins

The 2019 BSFA Award trophy

The British Science Fiction Association has released the longlists of nominees for the BSFA Awards for work published in 2022.

The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention. The 2023 Eastercon, Conversation, will be held in Birmingham from April 7–10, where the winners will be announced.

BEST BOOK FOR YOUNGER READERS

TitleAuthorPublisherLink
Beasts of RuinAyana GrayG.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readershttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/673363/beasts-of-ruin-by-ayana-gray/
Survive the DomeKosoko JacksonSourcebooks Firehttps://read.sourcebooks.com/young-adult/survive-the-dome.html
UnravellerFrances HardingeMacmillian Children’s Bookshttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/frances-hardinge/unraveller/9781509836970
IlluminationsT KingfisherArgyll Productionshttps://argyllproductions.com/product/illuminations/
All That’s Left in the WorldErik J. BrownHodder’s Children’s Bookshttps://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/erik-j-brown/all-thats-left-in-the-world/9781444960174/
Her Majesty’s Royal CovenJuno DawsonHarper Voyagerhttps://harpercollins.co.uk/products/her-majestys-royal-coven-juno-dawson?variant=39643048443982
Only A MonsterVanessa LenHodder and Stoughtonhttps://www.hodder.co.uk/titles/vanessa-len/only-a-monster/9781529380101/
This Vicious GraceEmily ThiedeHodder and Stoughtonhttps://www.hodder.co.uk/titles/emily-thiede/this-vicious-grace/9781399700115/
Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Taking The BlameLouie StowellWalker Bookshttps://www.walker.co.uk/Loki-A-Bad-God-s-Guide-to-Taking-the-Blame-9781529501223.aspx
The Fox’s TowerSam ThompsonLittle Island Bookshttps://www.littleisland.ie/products/the-foxs-tower
The KindredAlechia DowHarpercollinshttps://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-kindred-alechia-dow?variant=40354175975458
Born AndromedaK.M. WattsInterlude Presshttps://store.interludepress.com/collections/born-andromeda-by-k-m-watts#:~:text=Watts,-Release%20Date%3A%20November&text=Being%20eighteen%20is%20difficult%2C%20especially,the%20protective%20dome%20of%20royalty.
MindwalkerKate DylanHodder and Stoughtonhttps://www.hodder.co.uk/titles/kate-dylan/mindwalker/9781529392685/
Secret of the StormforestL.D. LapinskiOrion Children’s Bookshttps://www.ldlapinski.com/the-secrets-of-the-stormforest
Violet Made of ThornsGina ChenHodder and Stoughtonhttps://www.hodder.co.uk/titles/gina-chen/violet-made-of-thorns/9781399707145/
Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny WoodsCatherynne M. ValenteMargaret K. McElderry Bookshttps://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Osmo-Unknown-and-the-Eightpenny-Woods/Catherynne-M-Valente/9781481476997
Zachary Ying and the Dragon EmperorXiran Jay ZhaoMargaret K. McElderry Bookshttps://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Zachary-Ying-and-the-Dragon-Emperor/Xiran-Jay-Zhao/Zachary-Ying/9781665900706
The CometJoe Todd-StantonFlying Eye Bookhttps://flyingeyebooks.com/shop/the-comet/

BEST ARTWORK

TitleArtistPublisher/Where AppearsLink
Onyx’s full runway wardrobe on Drag Race España, season 2OnyxDrag Race España, season 2https://www.instagram.com/onyxunleashed/
Cover of Blade Runner 2029 Vol 3 RedemptionAndres GuinaldoTitan Bookshttps://wordery.com/blade-runner-2029-vol-3-redemption-mike-johnson-9781787737372/
Cover of Ocean of StarsRodrigo VegaLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/post/ocean-of-stars-the-debut-sf-novel-by-john-dodd
Cover illustration of Braking DayKekai KorakiHachettehttps://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/adam-oyebanji/braking-day/9781529417142/
Cover of Shoreline of Infinity 32Shoreline of Infinityhttps://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/product/shoreline-of-infinity-32/
Cover of Malarkoi by Alex Phebyhttps://www.galleybeggar.co.uk/paperback-shop/malarkoi
Twelve Percent Dread by Emily McGovernPan Macmillianhttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/emily-mcgovern/twelve-percent-dread/9781529066562
Cover of Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative FictionManzi JacksonSt Martin’s Presshttps://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250833006/africarisen
Cover of Song of the Mango and Other New MythsMiguel Cohttps://www.ateneo.edu/news/2023/01/05/new-press-song-mango-other-new-myths
Cover of Hexagon #11Thais Leiroshttps://hexagonmagazine.ca/issue-11-winter-2022/
The Repairer of ReputationsVincent Sammyhttps://shop.ttapress.com/products/interzone-292-293-double-issue
Cover of The Bridging Worlds AnthologyDare Segun Falowohttps://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/bridging-worlds-cover-image.jpg
Cover of Parsec #4PS Publishing/Parsec 4https://www.pspublishing.co.uk/parsec-digital-magazine—issue-4-5819-p.asp
WayfinderLarry AchiampongTurner Contemporaryhttps://mkgallery.org/2022/05/13/announcing-larry-achiampong-wayfinder/
Building a Martian HouseElla Good and Nicki KentM-Shed Square, Bristolhttps://buildingamartianhouse.com/
Cover of 2000AD Prog 2306 by Alex RonaldRebellionhttps://2000ad.com/news/2000-ad-regened-prog-2306-is-out-now/
Cover of Chasing WhispersLynne HansenRaw Dog Screaming Presshttps://rawdogscreaming.com/cover-reveal-chasing-whispers-by-eugen-bacon/
Cover of Cast Long ShadowsTara Bushhttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/product-page/cast-long-shadows-hardback
Cover of The Memory LibrarianAlexis Tsegbahttps://www.harpercollins.com/pages/the-memory-librarian
Cover of Friendship in The Lord of the RingsJay JohnstoneLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/product-page/friendship-in-the-lord-of-the-rings
Cover for Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia ArmfieldPan Macmillanhttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/julia-armfield/our-wives-under-the-sea/9781529017236
Cover of Clarkesworld #193Daniel ConwayClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/prior/issue_193/
Cover of Empathy by Hoa PhamIlyanna KerrGoldSFhttps://cdn2.penguin.com.au/covers/original/9781913380618.jpg
Subira’s LatticeEv Shipardhttps://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0014/1213/7034/products/product-IZ292-subiras-lattice.jpg?v=1654696010
Cover art for The Red Scholar’s Wake by Aliette de BodardAlyssa WinansGollanczhttps://www.gollancz.co.uk/titles/aliette-de-bodard/the-red-scholars-wake/9781399601382/
Cover of Mage of FoolsTricia ReeksMeerkat Presshttps://meerkatpress.com/books/mage-of-fools/
The Evolution of Ent-: QXLibby HeaneyArebyte Galleryhttps://www.arebyte.com/evolution-of-ent
Cover for The Men by Sandra NewmanGrantahttps://granta.com/products/the-men/
Cover of Clarkesworld #192Raja NandepuClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/prior/issue_192/
Wind, River, Angel, SongDave SenecalTTA Presshttps://shop.ttapress.com/products/interzone-292-293-double-issue
Cover of Celestial by M.D. LachlanGollanczhttps://www.gollancz.co.uk/titles/m-d-lachlan/celestial/9780575115255/
Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of the ImaginationThe London Science Museumhttps://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/science-fiction
The Way The Light BendsJay JohnstoneLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/post/cover-reveal-the-way-the-light-bends
Cover of Unraveller by Frances HardingePan Macmillanhttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/frances-hardinge/unraveller/9781509836970
The Egg CollectorsEv Shipardhttps://www.manzieri.com/portfolio/the-egg-collectors-infinivox-2022/
The Queen of Summer’s TwilightCharles VessNewcon Presshttp://www.newconpress.co.uk/info/book.asp?id=204

BEST NON-FICTION

Lesbian Potentiality & Feminist Media in the 1970sRox SamerDuke University Presshttps://www.dukeupress.edu/lesbian-potentiality-and-feminist-media-in-the-1970s
Fifty Key Figures in Cyberpunk CultureAnna McFarlane, Lars Schmeink, Graham J. Murphy (eds),https://www.routledge.com/Fifty-Key-Figures-in-Cyberpunk-Culture/McFarlane-Murphy-Schmeink/p/book/9780367549138
Terry Pratchett: A Life with FootnotesRob WilkinsDoubledayhttps://www.discworldemporium.com/product/terry-pratchett-a-life-with-footnotes/
The White Tree of Gondor: A Brief Overview of Modern Ukrainian SF&FVolodymyr Arenev and Mykhailo Nazarenko, trans. Alex Shvartsmanhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/arenev_nazarenko_09_22/
Story Matrices: Cultural Encoding and Cultural Baggage in Science Fiction and FantasyGillian PolackLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/product-page/story-matrices
Robert Holdstock’s Mythago WoodPaul Kincaidhttp://www.paulkincaid.co.uk/mythago-wood-contents
The Routledge Handbook of Star TrekLeimar Garcia-Siino, Sabrina Mittermeier, Stefan Rabitsch (eds)https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Star-Trek/Garcia-Siino-Mittermeier-Rabitsch/p/book/9780367366674
About WritingGareth L. PowellGollanczhttps://www.gollancz.co.uk/titles/gareth-l-powell/about-writing/9781473234703/
Too Dystopian For Whom? A Continental Nigerian Writer’s PerspectiveOghenechovwe Donald EkpekiUncanny Magazinehttps://www.uncannymagazine.com/article/too-dystopian-for-whom-a-continental-nigerian-writers-perspective/
Uneven Futures: Strategies for Community Survival from Speculative FictionIda Yoshinaga, Gary Canavan, Sean Guynes (eds)MIT Presshttps://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262543941/uneven-futures/
An Earnest BlacknessEugen BaconAnti-Oedipus Presshttps://anti-oedipuspress.com/books/an-earnest-blackness/
Genre Fiction: the Roaring YearsPeter NichollsAnsiblehttps://ae.ansible.uk/?t=roaring
Mathematics for Ladies: Poems on Women in ScienceJessy RandallMIT Press / Gold SFhttps://mitpress.mit.edu/9781913380489/mathematics-for-ladies/
Management Lessons from Game of Thrones: Organization Theory and Strategy in WesterosFiona MooreEdward Elgarhttps://www.elgaronline.com/display/book/9781839105272/9781839105272.xml
Bodies of Mass DestructionArtur NowrotStrange Horizonshttp://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/bodies-of-mass-destruction-gender-personhood-and-violence-in-trans-speculative-fiction/
Brian W. AldissPaul KincaidUniversity of Illinois Presshttps://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/?id=44xma6ms9780252044489
The Palgrave Handbook of Utopian and Dystopian LiteraturesPeter Marks, Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor, Fátima Vieira (eds),Palgravehttps://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-88654-7
Not The Fellowship. Dragons Welcome!Francesca T Barbini (ed)Luna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/product-page/not-the-fellowship-dragons-welcome
The Making of The Wandering Earth: A Film Production HandbookJiaren Wang, Regina Kanyu Wang (eds)Routledgehttps://www.routledge.com/The-Making-of-The-Wandering-Earth-A-Film-Production-Handbook/Wang-Storycom/p/book/9781032072166
Fantasy and How it WorksBrian AtteberyOUPhttps://academic.oup.com/book/43926
A Review of Everything Everywhere All At OnceS. Qiouyi LuStrange Horizonshttp://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/everything-everywhere-all-at-once/
Men, Women & Other Beings From the SouthDeirdre C. Byrne and Gerhard HopeOmenanahttps://omenana.com/2022/12/23/men-women-and-other-beings-from-the-south-an-overview-of-south-african-science-fiction-and-fantasy-deirdre-c-byrne-and-gerhard-hope/
Preliminary Observations from an Incomplete History of African SFFWole TalabiSFWAhttps://www.sfwa.org/2022/06/01/preliminary-observations-incomplete-history-african-science-fiction-fantasy/
Equipping Space CadetsEmily MidkiffUniversity Press of Mississippihttps://www.upress.state.ms.us/Books/E/Equipping-Space-Cadets
The Ghosts of Workshops PastS.L. HuangTor.comhttps://www.tor.com/2022/08/17/the-ghost-of-workshops-past-how-communism-conservatism-and-the-cold-war-still-mold-our-paths-into-sff-writing/
Breaking Out of Capitalist RealismJuliet KempUncannyhttps://www.uncannymagazine.com/article/breaking-out-of-capitalist-realism/
The Critic and the Clue: Tracking Alan Garner’s Treacle WalkerMaureen Kincaid SpellerStrange Horizonshttp://strangehorizons.com/non-fiction/the-critic-and-the-clue-tracking-alan-garners-treacle-walker/
Friendship in The Lord of the RingsCristina CasagrandeLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/product-page/friendship-in-the-lord-of-the-rings
Bridging WorldsOghenechovwe Ekpeki (ed.)Jembefola Presshttps://odekpeki.com/2022/09/10/bridging-worlds-global-conversations-on-creating-pan-african-speculative-literature-in-a-pandemic/
Robert Holdstock’s Mythago WoodPaul KincaidPalgravehttp://www.paulkincaid.co.uk/mythago-wood-contents
Death of Landscape (essay collection)Elvia WillsSoft Skull Presshttps://softskull.com/dd-product/death-by-landscape/
Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of the ImaginationGlyn Morgan (ed.)Thams and Hudstonhttps://thamesandhudson.com/science-fiction-voyage-to-the-edge-of-imagination-9780500252390

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The Entropy of LossStewart HotstonNewcon Presshttp://www.newconpress.co.uk/info/book.asp?id=199&referer=Catalogue
Like Stars Daring to ShineSomto IhezueFiresidehttps://firesidefiction.com/like-stars-daring-to-shine
We Built This CityMarie VibbertClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/vibbert_06_22/
Facing KirunaPaul Graham RavenTwelfth Planet Presshttp://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/anthologies/phase-change
SUMMelinda A. SmithEllipsis Imprintshttps://books2read.com/sum-by-melinda-a-smith
Cerebra and the DragonEmily InkpenTwisted Fatehttps://twistedfatepublishing.com/product/light/
OgresAdrian TchaikovskyRebellionhttps://rebellionpublishing.com/product/ogres/
The Chancels of MainzRussell HemmellLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/post/the-chancels-of-mainz-interview-with-russell-hemmell
Destiny DelayedOghenechovwe Donald EkpekiAsimov’shttps://odekpeki.com/2022/09/11/destiny-delayed/
The SoundRachel HandleySonder Magazinehttps://sonderlit.com/2022/04/27/runner-up-the-sound-by-rachel-handley/
Junk HoundsLavie TidharClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/tidhar_10_22/
Night on Preston’s BaldJ Dianne Dotson(Janus Literary)https://www.janusliterary.com/2022/08/30/j-dianne-dotson-night-on-prestons-bald/
And Then I Woke UpMalcolm DevlinMacmillianhttps://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250798077/andtheniwokeup
Good VibrationsPhilip A SuggarsMirahttp://mironline.org/goodvibrations/
Generative, AdversialMobThe Dread Machinehttps://www.thedreadmachine.com/generative-adversarial/
Seller’s RemorseRick DanforthHexagon magazinehttps://hexagonmagazine.ca/issue-11-winter-2022/
The Slow Deaths of AutomobilesFiona MooreClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/moore_09_22/
The Memory SpiderFiona MooreAbyss and Apex 81 2022https://www.abyssapexzine.com/2022/01/memory-spider/
Of Charms, Ghosts and GrievancesAliette de BodardJabberwockyhttps://awfulagent.com/ebooks/of-charms-ghosts-and-grievances-2/
12 THINGS A TRINI SHOULD KNOW BEFORE TRAVELLING TO A BACK IN TIMES FETE™R.S.A. GarciaStrange Horizonshttp://strangehorizons.com/fiction/12-things-a-trini-should-know-before-travelling-to-a-back-in-times-fete/
RosebudPeter CornellTor.comhttps://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250765390/rosebud
All Our Signs AlignEve MortonThird Flatironhttps://thirdflatiron.com/2021_TF_WP/?page_id=8
IRLSteven BarnesTor.comhttps://publishing.tor.com/africarisen-shereereneethomas/9781250833006/
DOGZ OF WARHannu Afere(OMENANA#23)https://omenana.com/2022/09/24/%E1%97%AAogz-of-w%E1%97%A9%E1%96%87-by-hannu-afere/
And Then I Woke UpMalcolm DevlinTor.comhttps://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250798077/andtheniwokeup
Thank You, Clicking PersonJeff NoonInterzonehttps://shop.ttapress.com/products/interzone-292-293-double-issue
Let The Mountains Be My GraveFrancesca TacchiNeon Hemlockhttps://www.neonhemlock.com/books/let-the-mountains
Madam AisirhiowenAmadin OgbeweOmenanahttps://omenana.com/2022/04/30/madam-aisirhiowens-greatest-invention-amadin-ogbewe/
The Marshalls of MarsTim MajorInterzonehttps://interzone.digital/the-marshalls-of-mars/
Wheel of FortuneIda Keoghfrom Major Arcana (pub Black Shuck Books)https://blackshuckbooks.co.uk/gbh7/
The Portal KeeperLavie TidharUncanny Magazinehttps://www.uncannymagazine.com/article/the-portal-keeper/
Rabbit TestSamantha Millspublished in Uncannyhttps://www.uncannymagazine.com/article/rabbit-test/
Kundo Wakes UpSaad HossainTorhttps://publishing.tor.com/kundowakesup-saadzhossain/9781250823939/
Subira’s LatticeVal NolanTTA Presshttps://shop.ttapress.com/products/interzone-292-293-double-issue
The FlairNick MamatasTwelfth Planet Presshttp://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/titles/phase-change#more-4998
The Language of RosesHeather Rose JonesQueen of Swords Presshttps://queenofswordspress.com/product/the-language-of-roses/
The Queen of the High FieldsRhiannon A GristLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/product-page/the-queen-of-the-high-fields
Company TownAimee OgdenClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/ogden_06_22/
Seven Non-AbolitionsJo Lindsay WaltonTwelfth Planet Presshttp://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/titles/phase-change#more-4998
Last Bite on the KlondikeLiam HoganThird Flatironhttps://thirdflatiron.com/2021_TF_WP/?page_id=8
Wanting ThingsCarl RitterhoffClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/ritterhoff_03_22/
E.I.Kola Heyward RotimiReckoning Presshttps://reckoning.press/reckoning-6/
Broken BlueEM FauldsStrange Horizonshttp://strangehorizons.com/fiction/broken-blue/
The Faerie EngineAlexander GlassTTA Presshttps://shop.ttapress.com/products/interzone-292-293-double-issue
Unto The Godless What Little RemainsMário CoelhoRebellionhttps://rebellionpublishing.com/product/unto_the_godless_what_little_remains/
Laser Squid Goes House HuntingDouglas DiCiccoEscape Podhttps://escapepod.org/2022/08/18/escape-pod-850-laser-squid-goes-house-hunting/
SchlafstundeLavie TidharApexhttps://apex-magazine.com/short-fiction/schlafstunde/
January FifteenthRachel SwirskyMacmillanhttps://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250198945/januaryfifteenth
Two Hands Wrapped in GoldS.B. DivyaUncannyhttps://www.uncannymagazine.com/article/two-hands-wrapped-in-gold/
Shared DataMalka OlderPopscihttps://www.popsci.com/technology/shared-data-a-short-story-from-an-alternate-future/
CheckerboardThoraiya DyerTwelfth Planet Presshttp://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/products/titles/phase-change#more-4998
MnemotechnicFiona MooreCosmasshttps://www.cossmass.com/issue/8/
Bridget Has DisappearedTamika ThompsonTTA Presshttps://shop.ttapress.com/products/interzone-292-293-double-issue
Frontier of the HeartSara UcklemanLibra Tigerhttps://juliebozza.com/book/queer-weird-west-tales/
A Dream of Electric MothersWole TalabiSt Martin’s Presshttps://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250833006/africarisen
Twenty Hours’Kim FuBomb Magazinehttps://bombmagazine.org/articles/twenty-hours/
SpearNicola GriffithTordotcomhttps://publishing.tor.com/spear-nicolagriffith/9781250819321/
Lily, the ImmortalKylie Lee BakerUncannyhttps://www.uncannymagazine.com/article/lily-the-immortal/
Live from the Troll FactoryEdward BarnfieldThird Flatironhttps://thirdflatiron.com/2021_TF_WP/?page_id=8
The Massage Lady at Munjeong Road BathhouseIsabel J. KimClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/kim_02_22/
BabirusaArula RatnakarClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/ratnakar_02_22/
Victory Citrus Is SweetThoraiya DyerTor.comhttps://www.tor.com/2022/09/07/victory-citrus-is-sweet-thoraiya-dyer/
Those We Leave BehindVaughan StangerSci Phi Journalhttps://www.sciphijournal.org/index.php/2022/03/24/those-we-leave-behind/
UmbilicalTeika Marija-SmitsParsec 4https://www.pspublishing.co.uk/parsec-digital-magazine—issue-4-5819-p.asp
I Never Liked You AnywayJordan KurellaVernacular Bookshttps://vernacularbooks.com/2022/08/15/news-roundup-finches-a-world-fantasy-award-finalist-and-i-never-liked-you-anyway-by-jordan-kurella-now-available/
The Coward Who Stole God’s NameJohn WiswellUncannyhttps://www.uncannymagazine.com/article/the-coward-who-stole-gods-name/
Breath from the Depths’Samanta SchweblinOneworldhttps://oneworld-publications.com/work/seven-empty-houses/
SweetbabyThomas HaClarkesworldhttps://clarkesworldmagazine.com/ha_10_22/
Moving OnAndrew WrightThird Flatironhttps://thirdflatiron.com/2021_TF_WP/?page_id=8
An Address to the Newest Disciples of the Lost WordsVanessa FoggLight Speedhttps://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/an-address-to-the-newest-disciples-of-the-lost-words/
The Mercy of the SandseaTL HuchuAnaloghttps://tangentonline.com/print-bi-monthly/analog-july-august-2022/
The Feast of Mulligan LangStark HolbornInterzonehttps://interzone.digital/the-feast-of-mulligan-lang/
The Sea Goddess’ BloomUchechukwu NwakaEscape Podhttps://escapepod.org/2022/12/08/escape-pod-866-the-sea-goddesss-bloom/
ZugzwangNeil WilliamsonParsec 4https://www.pspublishing.co.uk/parsec-digital-magazine—issue-4-5819-p.asp
High Times in the Low ParliamentKelly Robsonhttps://kellyrobson.com/high-times-in-the-low-parliament/
Kepler’s SonGeoff NelderLL Publicationshttps://geoffnelder.com/new-novella-keplers-son/
Six Lights Off Green ScarGareth PowellInfinity Plushttp://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/sixlights.htm
 Seven Days R. T. LuckLight Spring LLChttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BHRGZPWR

NOVELS

The Coral BonesEJ SwiftUnsung Storieshttp://www.unsungstories.co.uk/the-coral-bones-by-e-j-swift#:~:text=Telma%20Velasco%20is%20hunting%20for,of%20a%20more%20hopeful%20future.
Flight of the AphroditeSimon MordenGollanczhttps://www.gollancz.co.uk/titles/s-j-morden/the-flight-of-the-aphrodite/9781473228603/
On the BrinkR. B. KellyNewcon Presshttp://www.newconpress.co.uk/info/book.asp?id=196&referer=Catalogue
LapvonaOtessa MoshfeghPenguin Random Housepenguinrandomhouse.com/books/690279/lapvona-by-ottessa-moshfegh/
Stars and BonesGareth PowellTitan Bookshttps://titanbooks.com/70275-stars-and-bones/
ResilientAllen StroudFlame Tree Presshttps://www.flametreepublishing.com/resilient-isbn-9781787587151.html
EversionAlistair ReynoldsGollanczhttps://www.gollancz.co.uk/titles/alastair-reynolds/eversion/9780575090798/
Braking DayAdam OyebanjiJo Fletcher Bookshttps://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/adam-oyebanji/braking-day/9781529417142/
The Way the Light BendsLorraine WilsonLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/product-page/the-way-the-light-bends
Eyes of the VoidAdrian TchaikovskyTorhttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/adrian-tchaikovsky/eyes-of-the-void/9781529051933
LeechHiron EnnesTorhttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/hiron-ennes/leech/9781529073607
The MenSandra NewmanGranta Bookshttps://granta.com/products/the-men/
EmbertideLiz WilliamsNewcon Presshttp://www.newconpress.co.uk/info/book.asp?id=202&referer=Catalogue
What Moves the DeadT. KingfisherTitan Bookshttps://forbiddenplanet.com/353150-what-moves-the-dead/
GlitteratiOliver K. LangmeadTitan Bookshttps://forbiddenplanet.com/336573-glitterati/
A Half-Built GardenRuthanna EmrysTorhttps://publishing.tor.com/ahalfbuiltgarden-ruthannaemrys/9781250210982/
Amongst Our WeaponsBen AaronovitchOrionhttps://forbiddenplanet.com/362954-amongst-our-weapons/
Cold WaterDave HutchinsonRebellion Publishinghttps://rebellionpublishing.com/out-now-cold-water-by-dave-hutchinson/
Night IvyE. D. E. BellAtthis Arts Ltdhttps://www.atthisarts.com/product/night-ivy/
Our Lady of Mysterious AilmentsTendai HuchuTorhttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/t-l-huchu/our-lady-of-mysterious-ailments/9781529039542
Nettle & BoneT KingfisherTitan Bookshttps://titanbooks.com/70732-nettle-bone/
Children of MemoryAdrian TchaikovskyTorhttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/adrian-tchaikovsky/children-of-memory/9781529087178
From Death to DawnChele CookIndependently Publishedhttp://chelecooke.com/fromdeathtodawn/
It Doesn’t Have to Be This WayAlistair MackayKwelahttps://alistaircharlesmackay.com/
Sea of TranquilityEmily St. John MandelPicadorhttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/emily-st-john-mandel/sea-of-tranquility/9781529083491
A Fractured InfinityNathan TavaresPenguin Random Househttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/713498/a-fractured-infinity-by-nathan-tavares/
The ThisAdam RobertsGollanczhttps://store.gollancz.co.uk/products/the-this
Beyond the Burn LinePaul McAuleyGollanczhttps://store.gollancz.co.uk/products/beyond-the-burn-line?_pos=2&_sid=910d66fc1&_ss=r
Time ShelterGeorgi GospodinovW&Nhttps://www.weidenfeldandnicolson.co.uk/titles/georgi-gospodinov/time-shelter/9781474623087/
The Red Scholar’s WakeAliette de BodardGollanczhttps://store.gollancz.co.uk/products/the-red-scholars-wake?_pos=1&_sid=5e573a817&_ss=r
BabelR. F. KuangHarper Voyagerhttps://harpercollins.co.uk/products/babel-or-the-necessity-of-violence-an-arcane-history-of-the-oxford-translators-revolution-rf-kuang
The Book EatersSunyi DeanHarper Voyagerhttps://harpercollins.co.uk/products/the-book-eaters-sunyi-dean
GoliathTochi OnyebuchiTorhttps://publishing.tor.com/goliath-tochionyebuchi/9781250782960/
Picard: Second SelfUna McCormackPocket Bookshttps://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/Star-Trek-Picard-Second-Self/Una-McCormack/Star-Trek-Picard/9781982194826
Under Fortunate StarsRen HutchingsRebellionhttps://rebellionpublishing.com/product/under_fortunate_stars/
Ocean of StarsJohn DoddLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/product-page/ocean-of-stars
HellSansEver DundasAngry Robothttps://angryrobotbooks.com/books/hellsans/
JackdawTade ThompsonCheeriohttps://www.hatchards.co.uk/book/jackdaw/tade-thompson/9781800811652
The Green Man’s GiftJuliet E. MckennaWizard’s Tower Presshttps://wizardstowerpress.com/books-2/books-by-juliet-e-mckenna/the-green-mans-gift/
SpearNicola GriffithSt Martin’s Presshttps://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250819321/spear
City of Last ChancesAdrian TchaikovskyHead of Zeushttps://headofzeus.com/books/9781801108454
Expect Me TomorrowChristopher PriestGollanczhttps://store.gollancz.co.uk/products/expect-me-tomorrow?_pos=1&_sid=0906752fb&_ss=r
The Grief of StonesKatherine AddisonRebellionhttps://rebellionpublishing.com/product/the_grief_of_stones-2/
The Moonday LettersEmma ItarantaTitan Bookshttps://titanbooks.com/70970-the-moonday-letters/
In the Heart of Hidden ThingsKit WhitfieldJo Fletcher Bookshttps://www.jofletcherbooks.com/titles/kit-whitfield/in-the-heart-of-hidden-things/9781529414875/
Harpan’s WorldsTerry JackmanElsewhen Presshttps://elsewhen.press/index.php/event/harpans-worlds-worlds-apart-paperback-publication-day/
The Immortality ThiefTaran HuntSolarishttps://rebellionpublishing.com/product/the_immortality_thief/
CelestialM. D. LachlanGollanczhttps://store.gollancz.co.uk/products/celestial?_pos=1&_sid=d4b834a7c&_ss=r
Light Years From HomeMike ChennMIRAhttps://www.harpercollins.com/products/light-years-from-home-mike-chen?variant=40310092693538
SundialCatriona WardViperhttps://serpentstail.com/work/sundial/
Mage of FoolsEugen BaconMeerkat Presshttps://meerkatpress.com/books/mage-of-fools/
The CartographersPeng ShepherdWilliam Morrowhttps://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-cartographers-peng-shepherd?variant=40828316680226
Cast Long ShadowsCat HellisenLuna Presshttps://www.lunapresspublishing.com/product-page/cast-long-shadows-hardback
To ParadiseHanya YanagiharaPicadorhttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/hanya-yanagihara/to-paradise/9781529077506
The Spear Cuts Through WaterSimon JimenezDel Reyhttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/647357/the-spear-cuts-through-water-by-simon-jimenez/
Ocean’s EchoEverina MaxwellOrbithttps://store.orbit-books.co.uk/products/oceans-echo
UnravellerFrances HardingeMacmillian Children’s Bookshttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/frances-hardinge/unraveller/9781509836970
Echoes of EternityAaron Dembski-BowdenGames Workshophttps://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/siege-of-terra-echoes-of-eternity-hb-eng-2022
Venomous LumpsuckerNed BeaumanSceptrehttps://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/ned-beauman/venomous-lumpsucker/9781473613553/
Daughter of the Moon GoddessSue Lynn TanHarper Voyagerhttps://harpercollins.co.uk/products/daughter-of-the-moon-goddess-the-celestial-kingdom-duology-book-1-sue-lynn-tan
Stone BlindNatalie HaynesMantlehttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/natalie-haynes/stone-blind/9781529061475
The Path of ThornsAngela SlatterTitan Bookshttps://titanbooks.com/70284-the-path-of-thorns/
PlutoshineLucy KissickGollanczhttps://store.gollancz.co.uk/products/plutoshine?_pos=1&_sid=8357e53ce&_ss=r
UpgradeBlake CrouchMacmillianhttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/blake-crouch/upgrade/9781529045352
EmpathyHoa PhamGoldsmiths and MIT uni presshttps://www.gold.ac.uk/goldsmiths-press/publications/empathy/
The Circus InfiniteKhan WongAngry Robothttps://angryrobotbooks.com/books/the-circus-infinite/
How High We Go in the DarkSequoia NagamatsuBloomsburyhttps://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/how-high-we-go-in-the-dark-9781526637208/
Mischief ActsZoe GilbertBloomsburyhttps://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/mischief-acts-9781526628800/

Pixel Scroll 11/3/22 And When The File Breaks The Pixel Will Scroll

(1) GATHERING NOMINATIONS. The BSFA Awards 2022: Longlist Nominations are open. According to their tweet anyone can suggest works. However, only BSFA members have a vote in the outcome.

(2) THE STARS MY QUESTIONATION. LearnedLeague has another SF-related quiz, this one written (“smithed” in LL parlance) by Filer Frasher Sherman. “Invasions From Outer Space: Film and TV” can be found here.

David Goldfarb says 1778 people played the quiz, which is a pretty good turnout for a One-Day.

(3) CALLS FOR HELP. Here are two GoFundMes for SFF writers who need help with medical expenses:

 R.S.A. Garcia: “Help R. S. A. Garcia Pay for Cancer Expenses”. (The full medical details and the reasons for the appeal are at the link.)

…However, this past week, the doctors found some worrying signs of endometrial cancer and have recommended a full hysterectomy, in addition to the other procedures. The recovery time required and the need to do reconstructive surgery means that I don’t expect to be able to work again for another 6 months to a year.

I was let go from my job when I had my surgery. Since then, my sister’s has been covering all our household expenses but we now find ourselves in a difficult situation.

…My medical costs are mounting with a minimum of two surgeries planned for the next six months and potentially as many as four. The results of my biopsy on November 25, will determine the next phase of my treatment. We’re already in debt and have liquidated our insurance policies to try to keep afloat.

So we’re asking for your help….

James A. Moore: “The Hits Keep Coming”. The appeal at the link contains the grim details, as related by its organizer, Christopher Golden.

…There will be time and many costs involved, but this GoFundMe is really meant only as a bridge to help Jim get to wherever they will end up next. It’s hard to fathom how anyone could endure a string of events like this, but Jim endures. Please help if you can, and if you can’t donate anything, please share with anyone you think will be able to do so…. 

(4) WHERE EREWHON IS NOW. Tor.com reports that Erewhon Books has been acquired by Kensington Publishing.

Kensington Publishing recently acquired fellow independent publisher Erewhon Books.

Erewhon—established in 2018, which boasts a lineup of authors including C. L. Polk, E. Lily Yu, Benjamin Rosenbaum, and Cassandra Khaw—is now an imprint of Kensington. The acquisition includes Erewhon’s backlist as well as their titles coming out through 2024. Editorial oversight will continue under Erewhon Publisher Sarah Guan, with the rest of the Erewhon team also joining Kensington. Starting in 2023, Penguin Random House Publisher Services will begin distributing all of their books….

Erewhon was founded by Liz Gorinsky, who left in March to “pursue other projects”.

(5) SCREENING THE ALIENS. Either the big screen or the little. Cora Buhlert’s new “Non-Fiction Spotlight” is for The Aliens Are Here – Extraterrestrial Visitors in American Cinema and Television by Fraser A. Sherman”.

Tell us about your book.

The Aliens Are Here: Extraterrestrial Visitors in American Cinema and Television looks at how movies and TV have portrayed Earth’s encounters with beings from other worlds. Each chapter takes a different topic — alien invaders, aliens as refugees, alien/Terran love stories, UFO abduction films, genre mashups — and looks at related films, themes and tropes. Then I spotlight one to three movies or TV shows relevant to the chapter topic. The alien monsters chapter, for instance, has The Thing From Another WorldThe Thing and The Andromeda Strain.

(6) TAKING NOTES. Laura Anne Gilman chats with CrimeReads about her new historical fantasy novel. “History Is Shouting…All You Need to Do Is Listen”.

… As every historian, pro or amateur, knows, history repeats itself. That is, events happen in a cyclical pattern, over and over, in varying lengths of time. The story of history is a reminder even when we think that we’re learning from experience, that learning never seems to stick for more than a generation or two before dissipating into mist. Or, as I like to put it, history repeats itself because it knows we’re not listening. And it will get louder and louder until we do.

Which for the political scientist and pundit may be depressing as hell, but for the historical novelist it’s a candy store just waiting to be plundered. All that wild, wonderful detail you literally couldn’t make up without someone calling hijinks, actually happened….

(7) BAEN SALE. Baen Books’ Veteran’s Day November Ebook Sale is on. Click through for a list of Baen authors with military service and the titles of their ebooks being offered at a $1 discount. Sale ends November 30, 2022. Available wherever Baen Ebooks are sold.

(8) MEMORY LANE.

1934 [By Cat Eldridge.] Ngaio Marsh’s A Man Lay Dead

I truly love country house mysteries.  I truly do. There’s A. E. Milne’s The Red House Murder and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot’s Christmas as novels and Gosford Park and Knives Out as the modern exemplars of it in films. And here we have a woman born and raised far from Britain, in New Zealand to be precise, with a country house murder. 

Ngaio Marsh was born in 1895 Christchurch, New Zealand where she lived until 1928, when she went to London with friends on whom he would base the Lamprey family in the Surfeit of Lampreys novel, her tenth novel to feature Roderick Alleyn. Then after she spent time in both countries.

So let’s us talk about A Man Lay Dead which as I said is a country house murder. It is the first novel to feature Roderick Alleyn, and was first published in 1934 by Geoffrey Bles in London. 

The plot concerns a murder committed during a detective game of murder at a weekend party in a country house.  But she hasn’t really developed the character of Alleyn yet so another character is focused on.

WE ARE GOING TO TELL A STORY HERE, SO BEWARE!

A small group of guests at Sir Hubert Handesley’s estate including a man about town, several of his nieces, an art expert, a gossip reporter, and pay attention as Marsh makes sure you notice him, a butler of Russian ancestry.

The murder mystery game in which one of the guests is of course chosen to be the murderer and someone to be murdered by him or her. At the time of the murderer’s choice, he tells the victim they’re dead.

At that point, the lights go out, a loud bell rings, and then everyone comes back to together for yet more drinks and to piece together who did it. It is all intended to be a good hearted diversion, except that the corpse is very, very real.

Alleyn has his holiday with Troy to investigate a murder connected to a stolen chalice in the area, but he’s called when this murder occurs at uncle’s estate.

NO MORE STORY TO BE TOLD, SO COME BACK AND I’LL POUR VINTAGE BRANDY

Marsh had being reading a short story by Christie or Sayers, she forgots which, and wondered if she could write a mystery novel set in the Murder Game which was popular at English weekend parties. So she bought some composition books and set down to write.

Marsh regretted this novel immensely once she’d refined her writing skills in years to come. Joanne Drayton noted in Ngaio Marsh: Her life in crime that she would “cringe at the thought of her first novel with its barely plausible story line, shallow characterization and confined setting”. 

It would later be adapted for the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries series, the Angela North character here was replaced by Agatha Troy who appears in later novels as Alleyn’s romantic interest and eventual wife. 

It, like almost everything Marsh did, is of course available from the usual suspects.

(9) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born November 3, 1921 Charles Bronson. He didn’t do a lot of genre acting but I’ve got him in One Step Beyond as Yank Dawson in “The Last Round” and he’s in The Twilight Zone in “Two” as The Man opposite Elizabeth Montgomery as The Women. He was also in Master of The World which is based on the Verne novel Robur the Conqueror and its sequel Master of the World. (Died 2003.)
  • Born November 3, 1931 Monica Vitti. She’s best remembered in the English-language movie-going world for her performance as the lead agent in Modesty Blaise. It‘s rather loosely based upon the Modesty Blaise strip by Peter O’Donnell, who co-wrote the original story upon which Evan Jones based his screenplay. (Died 2022.)
  • Born November 3, 1933 Ken Berry. He’s receiving Birthday Honors for Disney’s The Cat from Outer Space in which he was Dr. Frank Wilson. No, the cat wasn’t Goose. Nice idea though. And he played seven different roles on the original Fantasy Island. Also, like pretty much everyone else. he was a guest performer on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. I know it’s not genre, I just find that amusing. (Died 2018.)
  • Born November 3, 1933 Jeremy Brett. Still my favorite Holmes of all time. He played him in four Granada TV series from 1984 to 1994 in a total of 41 episodes. One source said he was cast as Bond at one point, but turned the part down, feeling that playing 007 would harm his career. Lazenby was cast instead. I can’t actually say it’s fact, but it is a great story. (Died 1995.)
  • Born November 3, 1933 Aneta Corsaut. If you saw The Blob, the original Fifties version, she was Jane Martin. Her only other genre film work was as an uncredited tourist mother in Blazing Saddles. And unless I’m mistaken, she had no other genre series work at all though she was popular in Westerns. She is best remembered for playing Helen Crump on The Andy Griffith Show. (Died 1995.)
  • Born November 3, 1952 Eileen Wilks, 70. Her principal genre series is the World of Lupi, a FBI procedural intertwined with shapeshifters, dragons and the multiverse. Highly entertaining, sometimes considered romance novels though I don’t consider them so. The audiobooks are amazing as well! I re- listened to several of them recently and the steel booted Suck Fairy saw her boots rust away.
  • Born November 3, 1956 Kevin Murphy, 66. Best known as the voice and puppeteer of Tom Servo for nine years on the Mystery Science Theater 3000. He was also the writer for the show for eleven years. I’m surprised the series was never nominated for a Hugo in the Long Form or Shot Form. Does it not qualify?
  • Born November 3, 1963 Brian Henson, 59.  Can we all agree that The Happytime Murders should never have been done?  Wash it out of your consciousness with Muppet Treasure Island or perhaps The Muppet Christmas Carol. If you want something darker, he was a puppeteer on The Witches, and the chief puppeteer on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And he voices Hoggle in Labyrinth.

(10) COMICS SECTION.

  • Tom Gauld extols the advantages of shopping at a haunted bookshop.

(11) BE ON THE LOOKOUT. The Guardian has many good things to say about Neptune Frost, an Afrofuturist movie that a couple of people have been pushing for the Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo next year: “Neptune Frost review – exhilarating Afrofuturist musical battles exploitation”.

Black Panther 2 is imminent, but in many ways the extraordinary Neptune Frost is the real Afrofuturist deal: a transgressive socialist Wakanda with an exoskeleton of punk geopolitics bolted on. As well as a denunciation of the western techno-centric order, it’s a musical lesson in conscious collaboration between the developed and developing world that Hollywood could learn from – instead of just piggybacking on African aesthetics. Filmed in Rwanda but set in Burundi, the story was developed by US musician Saul Williams – drawing on material from his recent albums – and his Rwandan wife Anisia Uzeyman; they share the directorial credit…

(12) PASSING THE HELMET. Guardian reports on “‘A joke that went out of control’: crowdfunding weapons for Ukraine’s war”.

By Christmas, 50 hardly used FV103 Spartan armoured personnel carriers (APCs), until recently the property of the British army, and currently in warehouses in secret locations across the UK, will arrive on the frontline in Ukraine’s war with Russia in time for the toughest winter conditions.

The transfer, the largest of such APCs to Ukraine, is not due to British munificence nor to procurement by the Ukrainian ministry of defence.

It is instead just the latest example of the extraordinary scale and indeed speed of the crowdfunding campaigns that have been powering the Ukrainian military since the early days of the war.

The fundraising appeal for the armoured vehicles – tagline “Grab them all” – had only been launched on Wednesday by the Serhiy Prytula charity foundation, named after its founder, a popular comedian and TV presenter with a sizeable online following….

(13) JEOPARDY! Unlike tonight’s Jeopardy! contestants, Andrew Porter recognized what the right response should be.

Final Jeopardy: Novel Locales

Answer: This place from a 1933 novel lies in the valley of the Blue Moon, below a peak called Karakal.

Wrong questions: What is the Big Valley?; What is Brigadoon?; What is Xanadu?

Right question: What is Shangri La?

(14) FELINES OF FAME. Can there be any doubt we want to know this? “The 10 Most Famous Cats In Animated TV Shows” according to CBR.com. (I can’t find any I would kick out, but I wish Top Cat was on the list.)

…From the earliest animations, where they were nothing more than silent presence, to the more modern takes, where they have plenty of sasses to share, these felines are more than the fond memories they give their fans. Most people likely have a fictional cat that they remember, and going back to watch the series they’re from can bring nostalgia and a ton of laughs….

(15) DON’T LET IT HANG YOU UP. Rory Cellan Jones explains how cell phones can for the first time take pictures in this 2001 clip from the BBC that dropped today.

(16) VIDEO OF THE DAY. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] In “Honest Game Trailers: Stardew Valley,” Fandom Games says this game is so soothing “it’s like Animal Crossing went to therapy.”  But the game offers an escape by “having adventures you could never have in real life: owning your own home, forming meaningful relationships, and finding satisfaction in your work.” But if you’re tired of doing chores, head to the underground caves where you can slay demons and dinosaurs!

[Thanks to Michael Toman, Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, Cora Buhlert, David Goldfarb, Martin Morse Wooster, JJ, John King Tarpinian, Chris Barkley, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title debit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Jack Lint.]

2021 BSFA Awards

The British Science Fiction Association today announced the winners of the 2021 BSFA Awards.

The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955.

The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970. This year marks the launch of a new category, the Best Book for Younger Readers.

 BEST BOOK FOR YOUNGER READERS

  • Iron Widow, by Xiran Jay Zhao, Rock the Boat

BEST NOVEL

  • Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Tor

BEST SHORTER FICTION

  • ‘Fireheart Tiger’ by Aliette de Bodard, Tor.com

BEST NON-FICTION

  • Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Francesca T. Barbini, Luna Publishing

BEST ARTWORK

  • Glasgow Green Woman by Iain Clark, Glasgow2024
Aliette de Bodard with BSFA Award

2021 BSFA Awards Shortlist

The British Science Fiction Association today announced the shortlist of nominees for the BSFA Awards, for work published in 2021.

The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955. Voting opens for BSFA members on Monday, February 28 at bsfa.co.uk

 This year’s Eastercon, Reclamation, will be held April 15-19, and is where the winners will be announced. The BSFA Awards ceremony will be free to attend by all members of Eastercon and nominees: details will be released closer to the date.

Members of the BSFA will receive a PDF with excerpts of the nominated works via an emailed newsletter in advance of the convention, and a physical copy of the Awards Booklet at a later date.

The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970. This year marks the launch of a new category, the Best Book for Younger Readers.

 BEST BOOK FOR YOUNGER READERS

  • The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis, Bloomsbury Children’s Books
  • A Snake Falls to Earth, by Darcie Little Badger, Levine Querido
  • Iron Widow, by Xiran Jay Zhao, Rock the Boat
  • Redemptor, by Jordan Ifueko, Hot Key Books
  • The Empty Orchestra, by Elizabeth Priest, Luna Press Publishing
  • Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep by Philip Reeve, David Fickling Books

BEST NOVEL

  • A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine, Tor
  • Blackthorn Winter by Liz Williams, NewCon Press
  • Purgatory Mount by Adam Roberts, Gollancz
  • Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Tor
  • Skyward Inn by Aliya Whiteley, Solaris
  • Green Man’s Challenge by Juliet E. McKenna, Wizard’s Tower Press

BEST SHORTER FICTION

  • ‘Fireheart Tiger’ by Aliette de Bodard, Tor.com
  • ‘Light Chaser’ by Peter F. Hamilton, Gareth L. Powell, Tor.com
  • ‘O2 Arena’ by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Galaxy Edge Magazine
  • ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ by Fiona Moore, Abyss & Apex

BEST NON-FICTION

  • Cyberpunk Culture and Psychology: Seeing Through the Mirrorshades, by Anna McFarlane, Routledge
  • Diverse Futures: Science Fiction and Authors of Color, by Joy Sanchez-Taylor, Ohio State Press
  • The Anthropocene Unconscious: Climate Catastrophe Culture, by Mark Bould, Verso Books
  • Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Francesca T. Barbini, Luna Publishing
  • Octothorpe Podcast, by John Coxon, Alison Scott, and Liz Batty, Octothorpe
  • Science Fiction and the Pathways out of the COVID Crisis, by Val Nolan, The Polyphony

BEST ARTWORK

  • Cover of Eugen Bacon’s Danged Black Thing, by Peter Lo / Kara Walker, Transit Lounge Publishing
  • Cover of Eugen Bacon’s Saving Shadows, by Elena Betti, NewCon Press
  • Cover of Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s Son of the Storm, by Dan dos Santos / Lauren Panepinto, Orbit
  • Cover of Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (ed.)’s The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction, by Maria Spada
  • Glasgow Green Woman by Iain Clark, Glasgow2024

Second Round of 2021 BSFA Awards Nominations Begins

The 2019 BSFA Award trophy

British Science Fiction Association members will have until February 21 to help choose the BSFA Awards shortlists for works published in 2021. The voting form is available to BSFA members here.

In the first round, members nominated a longlist of 74 novels, 62 works of short fiction, 25 items of nonfiction, and 28 artworks.

Once voters have determined the shortlist, BSFA members and members of the British national science fiction convention Eastercon will vote for the winners.

The full longlists follow:

BEST ARTWORK LONGLIST

  • Black Corporeal (Between This Air), by Julianknxx
  • Brick Lane Foundation, by Abbas Zahedi
  • Build or Destroy, by Rashaad Newsome
  • Cover of Danielle Lainton & Louise Coquio (eds)’s Pashtarina’s Peacocks: For Storm Constantine, by Ruby
  • Cover of Eugen Bacon’s Danged Black Thing, by Peter Lo / Kara Walker
  • Cover of Eugen Bacon’s Saving Shadows, Elena Betti / Ian Whates
  • Cover of Freda Warrington and Liz Williams’ Shadows on the Hillside, by Danielle Lainton
  • Cover of Jamie Mollart’s Kings of a Dead World, by Heike Schüssler
  • Cover of Rian Hughes’ The Back Locomotive, by Rian Hughes
  • Cover of Rosa Rankin-Gee’s Dreamland (artist’s name not given)
  • Cover of Shift #3, by Mark Montague
  • Cover of Shift #7, by Ian D Paterson
  • Cover of Simon Jimenez’s The Vanished Bird (2021 paperback edition), artist’s name not given
  • Cover of Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s Son of the Storm, by Dan dos Santos / Lauren Panepinto
  • Cover of The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction Anthology, Maria Spada
  • Cover of Xueting Christine Ni (ed.)’s Sinopticon, by Bradley Sharp
  • Exhibition at 180 The Strand, by Ryoji Ikeda
  • Flyaway, by Kathleen Jennings
  • Late Hangout at Zuko’s, by Devin Elle Kurtz
  • MILK, by STREF (Stephen White)
  • Morando, by a’strict
  • Narrow Escape, by Larry MacDougall
  • Renaissance Generative Dreams: AI Cinema, by Refik Anadol
  • Rupture No. 1, by Heather Phillipson
  • Shift Pin-Up, by Warwick Fraser-Croombe
  • The Scottish Green Lady (for Glasgow in 24), by Iain Clarke
  • This Is The Future, by Hito Steyerl
  • Viscera, by Allissa Chan

BEST FICTION FOR YOUNGER READERS LONGLIST

  • A Snake Falls to Earth, by Darcie Little Badger
  • All Our Hidden Gifts, by Caroline O’Donoghue
  • Iron Widow, by Xiran Jay Zhao
  • Lionheart Girl, by Yaba Badoe
  • Monsters of Brookhaven, by Pádraig Kenny
  • Noor, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Redemptor, by Jordan Ifueko
  • Show Us Who You Are (Knights Of), Elle McNicoll
  • Skywake: Invasion, by Jamie Russell
  • Stella’s Stellar Hair, by Yesenia Moises
  • The Boy with Wings, by Lenny Henry, Mark Buckingham
  • The Empty Orchestra, by Elizabeth Priest
  • The False Rose, Jakob Wegelius, trans. Peter Graves
  • The Gilded Ones, by Namina Forna
  • The Outrage, by William Hussey
  • The Planet in a Pickle Jar, by Martin Stanev
  • The Raven’s Heir, by Stephanie Burgis
  • The Shadows of Rookhaven, by Pádraig Kenny,
  • The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin discovered most of the Universe, Sandra Nickel, illus. Aimée Sicuro
  • Utterly dark and the face of the deep, by Philip Reeve
  • Victories Greater Than Death, by Charlie Jane Anders

BEST NOVEL LONGLIST

  • 10 Low, by Starke Holburn
  • A Desolation Called Peace, by Arkady Martine
  • A Heart Divided, by Jin Yong
  • Alien 3, by Pat Cadigan and William Gibson
  • All our Hidden Gifts, by Caroline O’Donoghue
  • All the Murmuring Bones, by A.G. Slatter
  • Anna, by Sammy HK Smith
  • Artifact Sapce, by Miles Cameron
  • Barbarians of the Beyond, by Matthew Hughes
  • Bewilderment, by Richard Powers
  • Black Water Sister, by Zen Cho
  • Blackthorn Winter, Liz Williams
  • Blood Red Sand, by Damien Larkin
  • Catalyst Gate, by Megan O’Keefe
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr
  • Cwen, by Alice Albinia
  • Darkest, by Paul L. Arvidson
  • Discord’s Shadow, by K. S. Dearsley
  • Dreamland, by Rosa Rankin-Gee
  • Elder Race, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Empire of the Vampire, by Jay Kristoff
  • Far From the Light of Heaven, by Tade Thompson
  • Fire of the Dark Triad, by Asya Semenovich
  • Firebreak, by Nicole Kornher-Stace
  • Four Dervishes, by Hammad Rind
  • Fugitive Telemetry, by Martha Wells
  • Galactic Hellcats, by Marie Vibbert
  • Gardens of Earth, by Mark Iles
  • Gutter Child, by Jael Richardson
  • Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
  • Iron Widow, by Xiran Jay Zhao
  • Jade Legacy, Fonda Lee
  • Kings of a Dead World, by Jamie Mollart
  • Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Library for the Dead, by T.L. Huchu
  • Light Chaser, by Peter F. Hamilton and Gareth L. Powell
  • Machinehood, by S.B. Divya
  • Master of Djinn, by P. Djeli Clarke
  • Murder at the Mushaira, by Raza Mir
  • My Brother the Messiah, by Martin Vopenka
  • New Gods, by Robin Triggs
  • Notes from the Burning Age, by Claire North
  • On Fragile Waves, by E. Lily Yu
  • One Day all This Will be Yours, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Perhaps the Stars, by Ada Palmer
  • Plague Birds, by Jason Sanford
  • Purgatory Mount, by Adam Roberts
  • Remote Control, by Nnedi Okorofor
  • Requiem Moon, by C. T. Rwizi
  • Shadows of Darkness: Remnants of Resistance, by Jonah S. White
  • Shards of Earth, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Skyward Inn, by Aliya Whiteley
  • Son of the Storm, by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
  • Termination Shock, by Neal Stephenson
  • The Actual Star, by Monica Byrne
  • The Actuality, by Paul Braddon
  • The Chosen and the Beautiful, by Nghi Vo
  • The Fallen, by Ada Hoffmann
  • The Green Man’s Challenge, by Juliet E McKenna
  • The Jasmine Throne, by Tasha Suri
  • The Kingdoms, by Natasha Pulley
  • The Maleficent Seven, by Cameron Johnston
  • The Past is Red, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Rage Room, by Lisa de Nikolits
  • The Raven’s Heir, by Stephanie Burgis
  • The Seep, by Chana Porter
  • The Unravelling, by Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • The Upper World, by Femi Fadugba
  • The Wisdom of Crowds, by Joe Abercrombie
  • This Is Our Undoing, by Lorraine Wilson
  • Three Twins at the Crater School, by Chaz Brentley
  • Twenty Five To Life, by RWW Greene
  • Wendy, Darling, by A. C. Wise
  • You Sexy Thing, by Cat Rambo
  • BEST SHORT FICTION LONGLIST
  • What is Mercy?, by Amal Singh
  • A Blind Eye, by M. H. Ayinde
  • Advanced Triggernometry, by Stark Holborn
  • An Array of Worlds as a Rose Unfurling in Time, by Shreya Anasuya
  • Clockwork Sister, by M.E. Rodman
  • Dog and Pony Show, by Robert Jeschonek
  • Down and Out under the Tannhauser Gate, by David Gullen
  • Dream Eater, by Nemma Wollenfang
  • Dreamports, by Tlotlo Tsamaase
  • Efficiency, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Fanfiction for a Grimdark Universe, by Vanessa Fogg
  • Fireheart Tiger, by Aliette de Bodard
  • First Person Singular, by Haruki Murakami
  • Fish, by Ida Keogh
  • Flight, by Innocent Chizaram Ilo
  • Flyaway, by Kathleen Jennings
  • Her Garden, the Size of Her Palm, by Yukimi Ogawa
  • If The Martians Have Magic, by P. Djeli Clark
  • Immersion, by Aliette de Bodard
  • Just Enough Rain, by PH Lee
  • Light Chaser, by Peter F Hamilton and Gareth L Powell
  • Metal Like Blood in the Dark, by T. Kingfisher
  • O2 Arena, by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
  • Prime Meridian, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Proof, by Induction, by Jose Pablo Iriarte
  • Scars, by Bora Chung
  • Secrets of the Kath, by Fatima Taqvi
  • Seven Horrors, by Fabio Fernandes
  • Shutdown/Restart, by Jo Ross-Battett
  • Sorry We Missed You!, by Aun-Juli Riddle
  • The Abomination, by Nuzo Onoh
  • The Alien Invasion, by Ely Percy
  • The Alien Stars, by Tim Pratt
  • The Andraiad, by Tim Major
  • The Best Damned Barbershop in Hell, by Bruce Arthurs
  • The Center of the Universe, by Nadia Shammas
  • The Chorus, by Aliya Whiteley
  • The Constellation of Alarion, by John Houlihan
  • The Failing Name, by Eugen Bacon and Seb Doubinsky
  • The Farmers and the Farmed, by William C. Powell
  • The Forlorn Hope, by Verity Holloway
  • The Future God of Love, by Dilman Dila
  • The Ghosts of Trees, by Fiona Moore
  • The Graveyard, by Eleanor Arnason
  • The Hungry Dark, by Simon Bestwick
  • The Lay of Lilyfinger, by G.V. Anderson
  • The Man Who Turned Into Gandhi, by Shovon Chowdhury
  • The Mermaid Astronaut, by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Metric, by David Moles
  • The Musuem For Forgetting, by Peter M Sutton
  • The Plus One, by Marie Vibbert
  • The Samundar Can be Any Color, Fatima Taqvi, Flash Fiction Online
  • The Song of the Moohee, by Emmett Swan
  • The Tale of Jaja and Canti, by Tobi Ogundiran
  • The Walls of Benin City, by M. H. Ayinde
  • Things Can Only Get Better, by Fiona Moore
  • Virtual Snapshots, by Tlotlo Tsamaase
  • White Rose, Red Rose, by Rachel Swirsky
  • Worldshifter, by Paul Di Filippo
  • Zeno’s Paradise, by E. J. Delaney

BEST NON-FICTION LONGLIST

  • A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, by George Saunders
  • Blake’s 7 Annual 1982, eds Grahame Robertson and Carole Ramsay
  • Cyberpunk Culture and Psychology: Seeing Through the Mirrorshades, by Anna McFarlane
  • Debarkle, by Camestros Felapton
  • Diverse Futures: Science Fiction and Authors of Colour, by Joy Sanchez-Taylor
  • Extraterrestrial, by Avi Loeb
  • Gendering Time, Timing Gender, by PM Biswas
  • Manifestos of Futurisms, by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay
  • Octothorpe Podcast, by John Coxon, Alison Scott, and Liz Batty
  • On Writing Narratives, Questioning Standards, and Oral Traditions in Storytelling, by K. S. Villoso
  • Science Fiction and the Pathways out of the COVID Crisis, by Val Nolan
  • Science Fiction in Translation, by Ian Campbell
  • Science Fiction: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Sheryl Vint
  • Seduced, by the Ruler’s Gaze: An Indian Perspective on Seth Dickinson’s Masquerade, by Sid Jain
  • Space Forces: A Critical History of Life in Outer Space, by Fred Scharmen
  • Speculative Sex: Queering Aqueous Natures and Biotechnological Futures in Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl, by Sarah Bezan
  • Star Warriors of the Modern Raj: Materiality, Mythology and Technology of Indian Science Fiction, by Sami Ahmed Khan
  • Storylistening, by Sarah Dillon and Claire Craig
  • The Anthropocene in Frank Herbert’s Dune Trilogy, by Tara B.M. Smith
  • The Anthropocene Unconscious: Climate Catastrophe in Contemporary Culture, by Mark Bould
  • The History of Science Fiction: A Graphic Novel Adventure, by Xavier Dolla, illus. Djibril Morissette-Phan
  • The Importance of Being Interested, by Robin Ince
  • World of Warcraft: New Flavors of Azeroth, by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel
  • Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Francesca T Barbini
  • Writing the Contemporary Uncanny, by Jane Alexander

2020 BSFA Awards

The British Science Fiction Association announced the BSFA Awards 2020 winners on April 4.

The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970. The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955.

Best Artwork

  • Iain Clarke, Shipbuilding Over the Clyde, Art for Glasgow in 2024 WorldCon bid.

Best Short Fiction (under 40,000 words)

  • Ida Keogh, ‘Infinite Tea in the Demara Cafe’, Londoncentric, Newcon Press. Edited by Ian Whates.

Best Non-Fiction

  • Adam Roberts, It’s the End of the World: But What Are We Really Afraid Of?, Elliot & Thompson.

Best Novel

  • N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became, Orbit.

Pixel Scroll 4/3/21 Oh, Dear, One Of My Cats Just Brought Me Half A Pixel

(1) BSFA AWARDS LINK CHANGE. Use this link instead of the one posted yesterday to view the BSFA Awards ceremony on April 4.

BSFA chair Allen Stroud says, “Apologies for the alteration. Owing to a case of deleting a scheduled event (totally my fault), the url for the awards has changed.”

(2) WFC PROGRESS REPORT. World Fantasy Convention 2021 – which still plans an in-person con in Montreal this November – has released Progress Report #2. Chair Diane Lacey says:

…In the midst of these difficult times, we want to assure everyone that we are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We’re working hard to ascertain every contingency that may have an impact on WFC 2021. We will make modifications to our plans accordingly to keep our membership safe. We sincerely hope there will be progress in controlling and conquering the virus long before our convention, and we are quite confident we will be able to hold an in person convention. We look forward to welcoming you all to Montréal. Please feel free to contact us at any time with your concerns or questions….

(3) 2024 WORLDCON BID NEWS. The UK in 2024 bid committee aired this video update during the virtual Eastercon:

(4) SLF PODCAST LAUNCHES. The Speculative Literature Foundation has started a new podcast, “Mohanraj and Rosenbaum Are Humans”, hosted by Mary Anne Mohanraj and Benjamin Rosenbaum.

Join two old friends as they talk about science fiction, community, the writing life, teaching, parenting, and a whole lot more. Does Ben really think you should let your kids touch the stove, and did he really burn his son’s homework? Why did he write a novel with no men or women in it? What exactly did a young Mary Anne do to appall her aunts in college, and how did it lead circuitously to her founding science fiction’s longest-running webzine? Mohanraj and Rosenbaum… Are Humans? Yes, yes they are.

Episodes of the Spring 2021 season are being released on Mondays and Thursdays, starting March 22. They’re available on major podcast platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, etc. Or tune into the “Mohanraj and Rosenbaum Are Humans” website. Episodes available so far are –

  1. Episode 1: “Introductions” (Published 22 March 2021)
  2. Bonus Episode 1: “The Capitol and the Cafe” (Published 25 March 2021)
  3. Episode 2: “The Toilet Seat Con Hook-Up” (Published 29 March 2021)

Mohanraj is the author of A Feast of Serendib, Bodies in Motion, The Stars Change, and twelve other titles. Mohanraj founded Hugo-nominated and World Fantasy Award-winning speculative literature magazine Strange Horizons, and serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit (desilit.org) and the Speculative Literature Foundation (speclit.org). Rosenbaum’s short stories have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Locus, BSFA, and World Fantasy Awards. He designed the Ennie-nominated Jewish historical fantasy tabletop roleplaying game Dream Apart, and serves on the board of Basel’s liberal Jewish congregation, Migwan. He lives in Switzerland with his wife Esther and a gradually emptying nest of children. His first SF novel, The Unravelling, is forthcoming from Erewhon Books.

(5) DC PROJECTS SHELVED. Two DC movies, Ava DuVernay’s New Gods and James Wan’s Aquaman spinoff The Trench, are “not moving forward” Warner Bros. and DC told The Hollywood Reporter.

…New Gods, which DuVernay has been developing as a directing vehicle with acclaimed comic book writer Tom King since 2018, would have brought to the screen the comic book characters created by the late and legendary artist Jack Kirby. DuVernay, however, remains in the DC fold and is currently working on the DC series Naomi for The CW.

The Trench, meanwhile, was to have been a horror-tinged project spinning out of Aquaman and focused on the group of deadly amphibious creatures seen in the $1 billion-grossing 2018 film. Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald had written the script, which Wan was developing as a producer with collaborator Peter Safran. Wan, too, remains in the DC fold as he is prepping to shoot Aquaman 2 for the studio later this year….

(6) THESE SPUDS WON’T PEEL THEMSELVES. Ted Chiang tells New Yorker readers “Why Computers Won’t Make Themselves Smarter”.

…The idea of an intelligence explosion was revived in 1993, by the author and computer scientist Vernor Vinge, who called it “the singularity,” and the idea has since achieved some popularity among technologists and philosophers. Books such as Nick Bostrom’s “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies,” Max Tegmark’s “Life 3.0: Being Human in the age of Artificial Intelligence,” and Stuart Russell’s “Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control” all describe scenarios of “recursive self-improvement,” in which an artificial-intelligence program designs an improved version of itself repeatedly.

I believe that Good’s and Anselm’s arguments have something in common, which is that, in both cases, a lot of the work is being done by the initial definitions. These definitions seem superficially reasonable, which is why they are generally accepted at face value, but they deserve closer examination. I think that the more we scrutinize the implicit assumptions of Good’s argument, the less plausible the idea of an intelligence explosion becomes.

… Some proponents of an intelligence explosion argue that it’s possible to increase a system’s intelligence without fully understanding how the system works. They imply that intelligent systems, such as the human brain or an A.I. program, have one or more hidden “intelligence knobs,” and that we only need to be smart enough to find the knobs. I’m not sure that we currently have many good candidates for these knobs, so it’s hard to evaluate the reasonableness of this idea. Perhaps the most commonly suggested way to “turn up” artificial intelligence is to increase the speed of the hardware on which a program runs. Some have said that, once we create software that is as intelligent as a human being, running the software on a faster computer will effectively create superhuman intelligence. Would this lead to an intelligence explosion?…

(7) BLACK WIDOW SPINNING YOUR WAY. “We have unfinished business” is the keynote of  Marvel Studios’ Black Widow trailer dropped today. The movie comes to theaters or Disney+ with Premier Access on July 9.

(8) PENNY FRIERSON OBIT. Penny Frierson (1941-2021), co-chair of the 1986 Atlanta Worldcon, has died reports Guy H. Lillian III, who received the news through Charlotte Proctor.

Frierson joined fandom in 1968.  She chaired DeepSouthCon 15 in Birmingham, AL in 1977 and helped found the Birmingham Science Fiction Club in 1978.

Penny also was a member of the Southern Fandom Press Alliance. She won the Rebel Award in 1986.

She was married to Meade Frierson III, who predeceased her in 2001.

1992 Worldcon: Charlotte Proctor, Penny Frierson, Nicki Lynch, Rich Lynch.

(9) MEDIA BIRTHDAY.

  • April 3, 1953 — In London sixty-eight years ago, The War Of The Worlds based on the H.G. wells novel had its very first theatrical showing. It was the recipient of a 1954 Retro-Hugo Award at Noreascon 4 in 2004.  It was produced by George Pal, and directed by Byron Haskin. It starred Gene Barry and Ann Robinson. It was deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant in 2011 by the United States Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. 

(10) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge and John Hertz.]

  • Born April 3, 1783 Washington Irving. Best remembered for his short stories “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, both of which appear in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. collection. The latter in particular has been endlessly reworked downed the centuries into genre fiction including the recent Sleepy Hollow series. (Died 1859.) (CE)
  • Born April 3, 1905 – Noel Loomis.  Two novels, three dozen shorter stories for us (five at Project Gutenberg); also detective fiction; Westerns (including film, television) and related nonfiction: two Spur Awards, President of Western Writers of America.  Also printing; he edited this.  (Died 1969) [JH]
  • Born April 3, 1927 Donald M. Grant. He was responsible for the creation of several genre small press publishers. He co-founded Grant-Hadley Enterprises in 1945, Buffalo Book Company in 1946, Centaur Press in 1970 and Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in 1964. Between 1976 and 2003, he won five World Fantasy Awards and a Balrog Award as well. (Died 2009.) (CE)
  • Born April 3, 1928 – Colin Kapp.  A dozen novels, three dozen shorter stories; perhaps best known for the Unorthodox Engineers: collection recently republished for Kindle.  CK was an engineer himself, though art doesn’t always work that way.  Guest of Honour at Eastercon 31.  (Died 2007) [JH]
  • Born April 3, 1929 Ernest Callenbach. Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston was rejected by every major publisher so Callenbach initially self-published it. Ecotopia Emerging is a prequel and sequel as well was published later. Yes, I read both. As such fiction goes, they’re just ok.  If you can find a copy, Christopher Swan’s YV 88: An Eco-Fiction of Tomorrow which depicts the rewilded Yosemite Valley is a much more interesting read. (Died 2012.) (CE) 
  • Born April 3, 1936 Reginald Hill. Now this surprised me. He’s the author of the most excellent Dalziel and Pascoe copper series centered on profane, often piggish Andrew Dalziel, and his long suffering, more by the book partner Peter Pascoe solving traditional Yorkshire crimes. Well there’s a SF mystery in there set in 2010, many years after the other Dalziel and Pascoe stories, and involves them investigating the first Luna murder. I’ll need to read this one. There’s another with Peter Pascoe as a future European Pan Police Commissioner. (Died 2012.) (CE) 
  • Born April 3, 1946 Lyn McConchie, 75. New Zealand author who has written three sequels in the Beast Master series that Andre Norton created and four novels in Norton’s Witch World as well. She has written a lot of Holmesian fiction, so I’ll just recommend her collection of short stories, Sherlock Holmes: Familar Crimes: New Tales of The Great Detective. She’s deeply stocked at the usual digital suspects. (CE)
  • Born April 3, 1950 – Mark Linneman, age 61.  Helpful reliable fan often found where such are needed and even the non-monetary compensation we can grant is scant, e.g. tallying Worldcon Site Selection ballots, which ML has done four times I can think of.  Often seen at Midwestcons, SMOFcons (Secret Masters Of Fandom, as Bruce Pelz said a joke-nonjoke-joke; con for studying, trying to improve, SF cons and like that).  North America agent for Aussiecon 4 the 68th Worldcon.  Guest of Honor at Concave 33.  [JH]
  • Born April 3, 1950 – Tony Parker, age 71.  Co-chaired TropiCon VIII-IX (with wife Judy Bemis).  Guest of Honor at Concave 16 (with JB).  Thoughtful and even (sorry, Tony) wise. [JH]
  • Born April 3, 1958 – Vanna Bonta.  One novel, three collections of poetry.  Voice actress in Beauty and the Beast (1991).  She, her husband, and the zero-gravity suit she invented were in The Universe (2008); she designed a pressure-release device for high-combustion engines in NASA (U.S. Nat’l Aeronautics & Space Adm’n) and Northrop Grumman’s Lunar Lander Challenge.  Among twelve thousand haiku submitted to NASA for inclusion with the Mars explorer MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere & Volatile EvolutioN), hers made the top five: “Thirty-six million / miles of whispering welcome. / Mars, you called us home.”  You’ll see its alliteration; do attend to its ambiguity.  (Died 2014) [JH]
  • Born April 3, 1958 Alec Baldwin, 63. I’ve no idea how many times I’ve seen him in Beetlejuice as Adam Maitland since it’s one of my favorite films, period. Despite those who don’t like The Shadow and him in his dual role of Lamont  Cranston and The Shadow, I’m quite fond of it. Let’s just skip past any mention of The Cat in the Hat… Ahhhh Rise of the Guardians where he voices Nicholas St. North is quite fantastic. Another go to, feel good film for me. He’s Alan Hunley in some of the Mission: Impossible franchise, a series I think I’ve only seen the first two films of. And here’s a weird one — the US. run of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends replaced the U.K. narrator, some minor musician no one had ever heard of by the name of Ringo Starr, with him. (CE)
  • Born April 3, 1962 James R. Black, 59. I’d like to say he’s best known for his leading role as Agent Michael Hailey on The Burning Zone but since it was short-lived and I’m not sure anyone actually watched it on UPN that might be stretching reality a bit. If you like great popcorn viewing, The Burning Zone is certainly worth seeing. Prior to his run on that series, he’s got a number of one-offs including Babylon 5Deep Space 9, The SentinelSpace: Above and Beyond with his first genre role being Doctor Death in Zombie Cop. (CE)
  • Born April 3, 1989 – Elaine Vilar Madruga, age 32.  Two novels, fifty shorter stories, some in English: last year “Elsinore Revolution”, see the Jan/Feb Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction; her poem “The Apocalypse According to My Name” in Spanish and English, see the Spring Star*Line; four more.  [JH]

(11) COMICS SECTION.

(12) THE SOUND OF MUSIC? Puppeteer and space aficionado Mary Robinette Kowal told Twitter followers, “I giggled all the way through this puppet music video ‘Everybody Poops In Space’ from @AdlerPlanet There’s a SINGING FECAL CONTAINMENT BAG”. Consider yourself warned.

(13) FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP. Variety’s Matthew Chernov puts 33 films in order in “Godzilla: All the Movies Ranked Including ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’”.

He’s been dissolved at the bottom of the ocean, frozen solid in an iceberg, blown up in a volcano, disintegrated in an atomic meltdown, and killed by missiles on the Brooklyn Bridge, but thanks to the millions of fans who love him, Godzilla will never die. Japan’s biggest star returns again in “Godzilla vs. Kong,” the latest entry in the Big G’s ever-expanding filmography. Pitted against his hairy rival for the second time in history, “Godzilla vs. Kong” is the fourth movie in Legendary Pictures popular MonsterVerse saga, which launched in 2014 with Gareth Edwards’ stylish reboot.

Like many long-running franchises, the Godzilla series has gone through a number of distinct phrases since its introduction. The first phrase, which covers the 15 titles released between 1954 and 1975, is commonly known by fans as the Showa era. These kaiju films (kaiju is the Japanese term for giant monster) are marked by their dramatic shift in tone, from the somber and haunting original classic to the wonderfully ludicrous “Godzilla vs. Hedorah.”

The second phase is often referred to as the Heisei era, and it includes the seven titles released between 1984 and 1995. These Godzilla films feature a greater sense of narrative continuity, and they ask complex philosophical questions about science and humanity. The third phase is the Millennium era, which covers the six titles released between 1999 and 2004. The majority of these Godzilla films are self-contained stories, much like an anthology series. There have also been a number of standalone reboots, both Japanese and American, that put their own unique spin on the character.

To help you program the ultimate monster marathon, here’s our Godzilla movie ranking, listed from wretched worst to bestial best. Long live the lizard king!

(14) WAS THE GRINCH AN ASTRONAUT? [Item by rcade.] Spaceflight can cause the heart to shrink, according to a study in the journal Circulation led by Dr. Benjamin Levine of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “Long spaceflights and endurance swimming can ‘shrink the heart’” at BBC News.

The study examined astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent 340 days about the International Space Station, and endurance swimmer Benoît Lecomte. Swimming for extended periods of time is a useful model for time spent in orbit. Lecomte trained over five hours a day for five months preparing to swim the Pacific Ocean.

Both Kelly and Lecomte showed signs of heart atrophy and lost mass in the organ — 19 to 27 percent loss in Kelly.

Levine said:

One of the things we’ve learned over many years of study, is that the heart is remarkably plastic. So the heart adapts to the load that’s placed on it. …

In spaceflight, one of the things that happens, is you no longer have to pump blood uphill, because you’re not pumping against gravity….

(15) WITCHER WRAP. Netflix dropped a behind-the-scenes trailer for season 2 of The Witcher.

15 locations, 89 cast members, and 1,200 crew members later, The Witcher has officially wrapped production on Season 2! Here’s a look behind-the-scenes at some of the excitement among the cast and crew – led by showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.

(16) WHAT’S BUGGING YOU? In the Washington Post, Alexandra Petri offers a “handy quiz” to determine whether you’re someone who is emerging from a year of pandemic lockdown or if you are a Brood X cicada!

Check all that apply:

  • You haven’t had any contact with friends or other members of your generation in what feels like 17 years….

(17) FAKE OLDS TO GO WITH FAKE NEWS. Gizmodo surveys research showing how “Scientists Implant and Then Reverse False Memories in People”.

Researchers have demonstrated just how easy it is to trick the mind into remembering something that didn’t happen. They also used two very simple techniques to reverse those false memories, in a feat that paves the way for a deeper understanding of how memory works….

“When people describe a memory, they will say that they are ‘absolutely certain’ of it. But this certainty can be an illusion. We suffer from the illusion of believing that our memories are accurate and pure,” Lisa Son, professor of Psychology at Barnard College of Columbia University, told Gizmodo. “This is despite the fact that we, in fact, forget all the time.”

Indeed, our minds are able to fabricate memories of entire events just by piecing together bits of stories, photographs, and anecdotes somebody else shares. These so-called false memories have been a hot topic of research for a while now, and there’s growing evidence that they could be a widespread phenomenon, according to a 2016 analysis of the field.

Building off of that, Oeberst’s lab recently implanted false memories in 52 people by using suggestive interviewing techniques. First, they had the participants’ parents privately answer a questionnaire and come up with some real childhood memories and two plausible, but fake, ones—all negative in nature, such as how their pet died or when they lost their toy. Then they had researchers ask the participants to recall these made-up events in a detailed manner, including specifics about what happened. For example, “Your parents told us that when you were 12 years old during a holiday in Italy with your family you got lost. Can you tell me more about it?”

The test subjects met their interviewer three times, once every two weeks, and by the third session most participants believed these anecdotes were true, and over half (56%) developed and recollected actual false memories—a significantly higher percentage than most studies in this area of research….

(18) REMEMBER THE DEAN DRIVE. “Latest EmDrive tests at Dresden University shows “impossible Engine” does not develop any thrust”.

… After tests in NASA laboratories had initially stirred up hope that the so-called EmDrive could represent a revolutionary, fuel-free alternative to space propulsion, the sobering final reports on the results of intensive tests and analyzes of three EmDrive variants by physicists at the Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden) are now available. Grenzwissenschaft-Aktuell.de (GreWi) has exclusively interviewed the head of studies Prof. Dr. Martin Tajmar about the results….

(19) DOUBLE DUTCH LUNAR EXCURSION MODULE. [Item by Andrew Porter.] Live Science asks “How long would it take to walk around the moon?” Depends whether you go with the wind before or behind you, right?

…A total of 12 humans have stepped foot on the lunar surface, all of whom were part of the Apollo missions between 1969 and 1972, according to NASA. The footage that was beamed back to Earth showed how challenging (and, apparently, fun) it was to walk — or more accurately, bounce — around in the moon’s low gravity, which is one-sixth the gravity of Earth

However, research from NASA has since suggested that it is possible for humans to maneuver much faster on the moon than the Apollo astronauts did. Theoretically, walking the circumference of the moon could be done faster than previously predicted.

Picking up the pace 

During the Apollo missions, astronauts bounced around the surface at a casual 1.4 mph (2.2 km/h), according to NASA. This slow speed was mainly due to their clunky, pressurized spacesuits that were not designed with mobility in mind. If the “moonwalkers” had sported sleeker suits, they might have found it a lot easier to move and, as a result, picked up the pace.

(20) VIDEO OF THE DAY. In “Honest Game Trailers: Persona 5 Strikers” on YouTube, Fandom Games says that this game combines the happy joys of teenagers vacationing in Japan with the thrill of ‘spending 80 hours slaughtering one billion people,” a combination that’s like “peanut butter and methamphetamines.”

[Thanks to Alan Baumler, Cat Eldridge, Guy H. Lillian III, JJ, John Hertz, Lorien Gray, Rob Thornton, JeffWarner, Andrew Porter, rcade, Michael Toman, Mike Kennedy, James Davis Nicoll, Martin Morse Wooster, and John King Tarpinian for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Patrick Morris Miller.]