I can also now announce that Helen Marshall has won the British Fantasy Award 2013 for Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award). Helen is a ferociously-talented writer who will have a massive impact on the field in coming years. And, yes, I am very happy with the decision that the jury reached. It was a strong field too, and several others on the shortlist would have made worthy winners.
Here are the final lists of nominees. One from each of these lists will win.
Haven’t done one of these for a while. Here’s the stuff that’s come in for Interzone, the BFAs and one or two other places.
Angel City by Jon Steele
Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh
The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig
Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky
World War Z by Max Brooks
The People’s Will by Jasper Kent
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
God’s War by Kameron Hurley
The Adjacent by Christopher Priest
Theatre of the Gods by M. Suddain
The Bloodline Feud by Charles Stross
Slave State by Chris Kelso
The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen
Vurt by Jeff Noon
Pollen by Jeff Noon
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Slaine: The Grail War by John Smith, art by Nick Percival & Steve Tappin
Blood and Bone: a Novel of the Malazan Empire by Ian C. Esslemont
Across the Event Horizon by Mercurio D. Rivera
Misspent Youth by Peter F. Hamilton
The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
Indigo Prime: Anthropocalypse by John Smith, Lee Carter, Edmund Bagwell
Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins
Play With Fire & Midnight at the Oasis by Justin Gustainis
Solaris Rising 2 edited by Ian Whates
Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler
The Peacock Cloak by Chris Beckett
Seoul Survivors by Naomi Foyle
Spectrums: Our Mind-boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity by David Blatner
The New Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones
Sold for Endless Rue by Madeleine E. Robins
Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni
Burnt Island by Alice Thompson
Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter
City in the Dusk and other stories by Matt Colborn
The Warring States by Aidan Harte
The Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
Nod by Adrian Barnes
Hair Side, Flesh Side by Helen Marshall
Peel Back the Sky by Stephen Bacon
The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle
There is obviously not enough space to review everything and it should be stated that the absence of a review is no reflection on the quality of the book. Editing is a messy business and sometimes a great book will fall by the wayside for all sorts of reasons. Feel free to use the links to browse any of the books that look of interest.
Hope I haven’t missed anyone out. Apologies if I have; please let me know and I will rectify it.
You’ve seen the shortlists. Now read the longlists. It’s a bit like time travel with the possibility of alternate universes thrown into the mix. A little bit.
Al Robertson’s Of Dawn was in Interzone 235 and Mercurio D. Rivera’s Tethered was in Interzone 236.
The shortlists for the 2012 British Fantasy Society Awards can be found here. Good luck to the jurors; there are some pretty hefty titles in there.