Category Archive: Awards
Two-thirds of the way through and I think we can say: where fiction is concerned, 2016 is not turning out to be my year. So: 2015 saw the publication of The Thing Itself, my sixteenth novel. I write a particular sort of fiction, and itâ€™s not one that everyone (or even most) people grok. But […]
The BSFA Awards shortlists for the best SF of 2015 have just been announced. And here they are: Best Novel Dave Hutchinson, Europe at Midnight, Solaris Chris Beckett, Mother of Eden, Corvus Aliette de Bodard, The House of Shattered Wings, Gollancz Ian McDonald, Luna: New Moon, Gollancz Justina Robson, Glorious Angels, Gollancz Best Short Story […]
The Campbell finalists' list has been announced. And here it is: Nina Allan, The Race (Newcon Press) James L. Cambias, A Darkling Sea (Tor) William Gibson, The Peripheral (G.P. Putnam's Sons) Daryl Gregory, Afterparty (Tor) Dave Hutchinson, Europe In Autumn (Solaris) Simon Ings, Wolves (Gollancz) Cixin Liu (Ken Liu, translator), The Three-Body Problem (Tor) Emily […]
It's been quiet around here for a little while. Awards seasons has been in full spate and *sigh* it's been an awards season without room for anything I published in 2013, so there's been nothing to report. But just when I thought it was going to pass me by entirely came the rather wonderful news […]
I'm very pleased that my short story collection Adam Robots has been long-listed for the Edge Hill Short Story prize, an award uniquely targeted at collections of original short fiction. Shortlist announced in May.
Apologies for the way this site fell into silence. It was probably a stunned silence -- Jack Glass won the BSFA and Campbell awards, and I was as amazed as I was delighted. I have the trophies sitting on my mantlepiece now, and it's taken me a while to gather my chin from the floor. […]
I could not be more delighted to have made the (very strong) 2013 John W. Campbell Memorial Award shortlist: The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks (Orbit) Any Day Now, Terry Bisson (Overlook) Existence, David Brin (Tor) The Rapture of the Nerds, Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross (Tor) Empty Space, M. John Harrison (Gollancz; Night Shade […]
There's no graceful way to apologise for falling internet-silent for a long time, so I'll hurry past that, mumbling and looking at the floor. Instead let's concentrate on: NEWS! 1. I won my first ever award! Jack Glass won the BSFA Best Novel award, which thrilled me more than I can easily say. The shortlist […]
I'm always a bit leery of posting website material during pre-awards season, for fear of seeming appearing to pimp my stuff, but there has been news. First, I am delighted and pleased and indeed stunnedelighted that Jack Glass has been shortlisted in the BSFA Award Best Novel category. The winners will be announced at EightSquared, […]
I'm immensely pleased and honoured that By Light Alone has been shortlisted for the 2012 BSFA Award for Best Novel. The shortlist is a very strong one, this year: Cyber Circus by Kim Lakin-Smith (Newcon Press) Embassytown by China Mieville (Macmillan) The Islanders by Christopher Priest (Gollancz) By Light Alone by Adam Roberts (Gollancz) Osama […]
For a second time this month I'm over at MEAD, with this sprightly cartoon-box two-step: I like the idea of a medal, I must say! And the more people who suggest it, the more likely it becomes, I suppose.
I'm very pleased indeed that my reviews of the complete Jordanian Wheel of Time have been shortlisted for a BSFA Best Non-Fiction Award. Exciting. If I win, I vow to complete the series and review all the Brandon Sandon Bransanderson sequels as well. But even if I don't win: it's an honour to be nominated.
The headline there says it all: I'm absolutely delighted to have been named a finalist for this prestigious award. Just look at the company I'm keeping!
... and the winner was: Miéville's The City and the City, as if you didn't know. Ah well: it's a superb novel. The ceremony was as it always is: good to see lots of people there, meet old friends and put faces to a couple of internet names. Stephen Hunt reports that Sean Pertwee was […]
Very exciting. For the record, I predict a win for either Miéville or Jones, with Robinson running a good race and coming up on the right hand side. I haven't yet got around to reading Far North, so can't say whether it does or doesn't have a chance, or does or doesn't deserve the prize […]
I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for this year's Arthur C Clarke Award. Spirit by Gwyneth Jones The City & The City by China Miéville Yellow Blue Tibia by Adam Roberts Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson Far North by Marcel Theroux Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding As I was saying to somebody else, […]
I'm more chuffed than a chaffinch (who, I assume, are so-called from their enormous capacity for chuffed-ness) that Yellow Blue Tibia has been shortlisted for the BSFA award. Best of all, just look at the stratospheric calibre of the other three titles! That's pretty pleasing company to be keeping, I don't mind telling you.
And by way of following up the previous post, here's something I wrote for the Guardian Book Blog on that very subject. Let the record show: the final portion of the last sentence of the first paragraph read, when I submitted it: '...my reaction was compounded of one part vainglorious ego-puff, one part genuine pride […]
Or, rather, nothing to do with the Booker prize 2009. Kim Stanley Robinson has edited a New Scientist science fiction special, which starts with a Robinsonian editorial: British science fiction is now in a golden age. I say this as a happy fan and an awed colleague: the range, depth, intensity, wit and beauty of […]
I was, as I reported, chuffed to have been nominated for the Sideways award; but I did not expect to win it. The reason for this was that the shortlist contained two books that were, I thought, clearly better than mine: Terry Pratchett's Nation and Jo Walton's Half a Crown. I genuinely expected one of […]
I can claim merely a fraction (and not a large fraction, neither) of the credit for this: but I'm delighted nevertheless that 2008's Riffing on Strings, Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory, edited by Sean Miller & Shveta Verma (a varied collection of essays and creative pieces, including my story 'S-Bomb') has has won an […]
And there was much rejoicing. In my house at any rate.