Tag Archive: BSFA

Mar 27

Two Winners

The winners for both the Philip K. Dick and the British Science Fiction Awards have been announced. In the case of the PKD the award went to Ramez Naam for his book Apex.  Marguerite Reed took home a special citation (I suppose second place) for her novel Archangel. I really didn’t like Nexus, the first book in …

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Mar 19

Week 11: Man Booker in Translation, Pocket Universes and Other Books I Can’t Discuss

Books Read Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip Making Wolf by Tade Thompson Currently Reading The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (1) This year the administrators of the Man Booker have decided to produce a longlist for the Man Booker International Prize. Since 2005 the Prize has been awarded every two years …

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Mar 12

Week 10: Definitely not a LONGLIST, Overbearing Angels and the Deconstruction of Myth

Books Read The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett Currently Reading Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson (1) Earlier this week Tom Hunter, the Award Director for the Arthur C Clarke Awards, released the list – NOT A LONGLIST – of all the books submitted to the judges …

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Mar 05

Week 9: Clever Cliches, Awkward Sex Scenes and an Enjoyable Pot Boiler

Books Read Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald Currently Reading The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (1) This has been a week of podcasts with one recorded and published on the weekend (Coode Street Roundtable episode 2) and an episode of Shooting The Poo recorded Thursday night.  On Saturday Kirstyn and I will be …

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Feb 12

Week 6: A Decision, Racism and more swears than usual

Books Read The Sellout by Paul Beatty The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill Currently Reading Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh (1) The announcement of the BSFA nominees this week (see this post) sparked off another change in how I approach award shortlists. I was intending on reading Justina Robson’s Glorious Angels, but after noting a lukewarm review …

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Feb 08

BSFA Shortlist – Best Novel

The British Science Fiction Association shortlist was announced on the weekend.  As with last year I’ll be reading the five books nominated in the Best Novel category: Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett (Corvus) The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz) Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald (Gollancz) Glorious …

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Jul 27

Who Should Have Won the British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel

Because I’ve completely forgotten who was nominated (announced so long ago) here is a reminder of the finalists and links to my reviews: Ancillary Sword, Anne Leckie (Orbit) The Race, Nina Allan (Newcon) Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan) Europe in Autumn, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Wolves, Simon Ings (Gollancz) The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, …

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Jul 25

Book Review: The Moon King by Neil Williamson

What’s It About [I’ve gone back to relying on back cover copy.  I apologise for my laziness] All is not well in Glassholm. Life under the moon has always been so predictable: day follows night, wax phases to wane and, after the despair of every Darkday, a person’s mood soars to euphoria at Full. So …

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Jun 30

Book Review: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

What’s It About? Set in Lagos, the novel is a vibrant mix of alien first contact, superheroes and Nigerian myths and legends. Representative Paragraph Two children meet an alien for the first time… “Don’t you want to speak to a real live alien?” Kola asked. “Like the ones in the movies?” Fred vigorously shook his …

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Jun 11

Book Review: Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson

What’s It About Imagine a near future where the European Union has been dissolved and the continent has splintered into hundred of tiny nations and polities and republics.  A Europe where three apartment buildings, ruled over by a gang, can call for nationhood.  A Europe where sovereignty and independence and geography is always in a …

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