Friday 7 February 2014

2014 BSFA Awards

 The short lists for the 2014 BSFA awards are out. The shortlist for best novel is exciting:

Best Novel

God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Evening’s Empires by Paul McAuley (Gollancz)

Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris)

The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

   I’m gonna try to read four of them:  I’ve read McAuley before so I’m sure Evening’s Empires will be very good/brilliant but it’s not out in pbk yet.

   Remember that last year the BSFA awards and the Clarke both courted controversy with their all-male shortlists so it’s good to see the inclusion this year of God’s War and Ancillary Justice. Hurley’s novel, released much earlier in the States, has been a site of controversy and critical debate, as well as much praise so I’m really looking forward to finally reading it. Leckie’s novel is getting LOTS of good press so that’s the one I’ve started with.

   The Clarke shortlist isn’t out until 13th March; the long list of submissions can be found here.

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