Focus 61 has been guest-edited by Ian Sales and is themed on the subject of self-publishing and small presses. It features an article on Whippleshield Books which is just about legible despite an over-ambitious layout. Other contributors (in a much more easy-to-read format) include Geoff Nelder, William King, Gary Gibson, Tony Ballantyne, Colin Tate, Keith Brooks, Vaughan Stanger, Darren Nash, Joyce Chng, R.B. Harkess, Berit Ellingsen, Terry Jackman, Jonathan McCalmont, Martin McGrath, Del Larkin-Smith and Donna Scott.
If you’re a member of the BSFA then this issue of Focus will have mailed out with Vector 274.
Artwork by Julie Dillon
Vector 272 is available from the BSFA.
A list of the books under review can be found here along with the results of the BSFA reviewers poll. Graham Andrews, Gary Dalkin, David Hebblethwaite, Patrick Mahon, Paul Kincaid, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Paul Graham Raven, Ian Sales, Sue Thomason, Sandra Unerman, Lynne Bispham, Liz Bourke and myself all contribute pieces on our favourite books of 2012, and there are also articles from Shana Worthen, Martin Lewis, Sophie Halliday, Alison Page, Tony Jones, Mike Barrett, Andy Sawyer, Paul Kincaid (again) and Stephen Baxter.
The results of the 2012 BSFA Awards have just been announced, and I am pleased to say that Adrift on the Sea of Rains has won the award for Best Short Story.
And congratulations to the rest of the winners. See the above link for the full list.
The BSFA Awards Booklet 2012 contains all of the shortlisted short fiction from Aliette de Bodard, Chris Butler, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Tim Maughan, China Mieville and Ian Sales, as well as reproductions of all of the shortlisted artwork. It’s free to members of the British Science Fiction Association.
If you’re not a member, join here.
The contents of Focus aren’t listed online so you might be interested to know that this issue is guest-edited by Keith Brooke and has articles by Kristine Kathyrn Rusch, Garry Kilworth, Michael Swanwick, Kim Lakin-Smith, Steven Savile, Linda Nagata, Lisa Tuttle, Jeff Noon and James Patrick Kelly. Pretty damned impressive, eh? Now go and see what’s in Vector. And then join the BSFA.
The Late Spring issue of Vector has summations of 2011 from Graham Andrews, Lynne Bispham, Nic Clarke, Mark Connorton, Gary Dalkin, Alan Fraser, Naill Harrison, David Hebblethwaite, Tony Keen, Paul Kincaid, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Martin McGrath, Kev McVeigh, Anthony Nanson, Paul Graham Raven, Partick Mahon, Ian Sales, Andy Sawyer, Donna Scott, Sue Thomson, Sandra Unerman, Jonathan McCalmont, Alison Page and me. The rest of the contents (including articles from Shana Worthen, Victor Grech, Clare Thake-Vassallo, Ivan Callus, Melanie Keene, Terry Martin, Stephen Baxter and others) can be found here. Book reviews editor Martin Lewis’s editorial can be found here along with a list of the books reviewed in this issue.
This British Science Fiction Association mailing also comes with the latest issue of the BSFA writers magazine, Focus 58. Again, follow the link to discover the contents.
There is also an anthology, BSFA Awards 2011, which reprints all of the shortlisted stories, giving us Nina Allan’s The Silver Wind (Interzone 233) and Al Robertson’s Of Dawn (Interzone 235) as well as stories from Paul Cornell, Kameron Hurley and China Miéville.
Vector 269 is now available from the BSFA. The contents can be found here and a list of the books reviewed can be found here. I’ve reviewed Tim Lebbon’s Echo City. This mailing also includes a Newcon Press sampler which has fiction from Andy West and Kim Lakin-Smith.
The reading list can be found here. Locus 613 (the February issue) has also been published, although the site has not been updated with it yet, and this issue has a summation of the science fiction publishing year amongst other things. It reports that the BFSA experiment in direct selling with Vector 268 (the Diana Wynne Jones special issue) moved almost 10% more copies than usual.
As always, I highly recommend Locus to everyone who is serious about science fiction. It is essential.
Nina Allan’s The Silver Wind (Interzone 233) and Al Robertson’s Of Dawn (Interzone 235) can be downloaded for free. This is because they’ve both been shortlisted for the BSFA Awards, but read them even if you’re not entitled to vote. Both are excellent stories. It’s also great to see SF Mistressworks on the shortlists.
If you’re not voting for the BSFA Awards, you might consider voting for the best stories and artwork in the annual Interzone Readers’ Poll.
Of course, some people are voting on both sets of awards. It’s not an either/or situation.