Monday, January 26, 2009

British Science Fiction Award Nominees

(via Torque Control)

Best Novel
Flood by Stephen Baxter
The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod
Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Best Short Fiction
“Exhalation” by Ted Chiang (Eclipse 2)
Crystal Nights” by Greg Egan (Interzone 215)
Little Lost Robot” by Paul McAuley (Interzone 217)
“Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment” by M. Rickert (F&SF, Oct/Nov 2008)

I’m not sure, exactly, how much I care about this award. I’ve got all my interest wrapped up in the Trifecta of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy, but it’s worth noting anyway. Besides, I’ve been half-heartedly meaning to read The Gone-Away World for a while now.

I’ll for sure read the short stories, if I can find copies of them all (my library doesn’t have Eclipse Two yet, for some reason). Not sure about all four novels.

-And for the sake of superficial gender examination, there are eight fiction nominees. Only one is written by a woman (Mary Rickert). I don’t know how this award tracks historically.

(I'd have linked to the M. Rickert story, but it seems to connect to a page which you need to sign up for some publication thingy to read, and I'm not overly excited about that and nor do I want to support it. If there are any direct links to the story, I'd still love to read it)

1 comment:

Tia Nevitt said...

I really didn't like Evidence of Love. That's the only short fiction piece listed that I've read. But bravo that a debut novel is on the Best Novel list.