The biggest, the most exciting, the most SUPER event of the year! So THAT’S why they were out of party foods at the grocery store today…
The British Science Fiction Association announced the shortlist nominees for the 2015 BSFA Awards. The winners will be announced on March 26 at Mancunicon (Eastercon) in Manchester. This is one of my favorite SF book awards to follow, a great place to discover and celebrate excellent and sophisticated speculative fiction. The BSFA isn’t immune to cheesy sci-fi, but it’s not the pasteurized disappointment certain other big name SF book awards prove to be year after year.
Two of my picks on my shifting, fleeting, oft-reshuffled 2014 best novel shortlist were nominated. My reading overlap ratio isn’t nearly as uncanny as it was with the BSFA shortlist, but I didn’t expect to see much overlap between the two awards. Continue reading →
So, uh, I don’t know if you noticed that all three of the novels I selected to illustrate my post about the Locus Recommended Reading list got shortlisted this weekend. Aaand, two of them received double-noms.
I’m super stoked that the above novels got nom’d for the exciting BSFA award! And, super-duper stoked that Lagoon and The Race also made the Red Tentacle shortlist for The Kitschies!
Let’s review the big news, then I promise I’ll get back to talking about old books. Continue reading →
And the 2014 noms are… [with my initial thoughts in brackets.]
Best Novel: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit) [surprise, surprise. Here’s a link to my review.] Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross (Ace/Orbit UK) [Maybe he gets better, I tell myself.] Parasite by Mira Grant (Orbit) [Will her fans back off if she finally wins one?] Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia (Baen Books) [No.] The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Tor) [No. I read the first threeand you can’t make me read more.]
[Overall opinion: Very disappointed. Was hoping to have an excuse to read Christopher Priest’s The Adjacent and Gareth L. Powell’s Ack Ack Macaque.]Continue reading →
Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot) God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey) The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door) Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie (Orbit) The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz) The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)