BSFA Award for Best Non-Fiction

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BSFA Award for Best Non-Fiction
Awarded for The best science fiction or fantasy non-fiction published in the previous calendar year
Country UK
Presented by British Science Fiction Association
First awarded 2002
Currently held by Jeff VanderMeer, Wonderbook
Website BSFA Awards

The BSFA Awards are given every year by the British Science Fiction Association. The Best Non-Fiction award is open to any written work about science fiction or fantasy which appeared in its current form in the previous year. Whole collections of work that has been published elsewhere previously are ineligible as is work published by the BSFA.




  • Stephen Baxter - Omegatropic (book, BSFA)
  • Gene Wolfe - The Best Introduction to the Mountains (essay, Interzone #174)
  • Andrew M Butler - The Pocket Essential Terry Pratchett (book, Pocket Essentials)
  • Justina Robson - Storming the Bastille (review, The Alien Online)
  • Michelle Le Blanc & Colin Odell - Tim Burton (book, Pocket Essentials)


  • David Langford - Introduction to Maps (essay, Maps: The Uncollected John Sladek)
  • Nick Gevers - The Interrogation: An interview with Christopher Priest (interview, Interzone #183)
  • Oliver Morton - Mapping Mars (Fourth Estate)
  • Fred Smith - Once There Was a Magazine (book, Beccon Publications)
  • Lucius Shepard - The Time Machine (review, Electric Story, F&SF)


  • Farah Mendlesohn - Reading Science Fiction (essay, The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction)
  • M. J. Simpson - Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams (book, Hodder & Stoughton)
  • John H. Arnold & Andy Wood - Nothing is Written: Politics, Ideology and the Burden of History in the Fall Revolution Quartet (essay, The True Knowledge of Ken MacLeod)
  • Mike Ashley - The Profession of Science Fiction #58: Mapping the Territory (essay, Foundation #87)
  • Cheryl Morgan - A Sick Mind: The Thackery T Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases (review, Emerald City #97)


  • No award


  • No shortlist


  • Paul Kincaid & Andrew M. Butler - The Arthur C. Clarke Award: A Critical Anthology (book, Serendip Foundation)
  • Justine Larbalestier - Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century (book, Wesleyan University Press)
  • Paul Gravett - Great British Comics (book, Aurum Press)
  • Julie Phillips - James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon(book, St. Martin's)
  • Farah Mendlesohn - Polder: A Festschrift for John Clute and Judith Clute (book, Old Earth Books)


  • No award


  • John Clute - Physics for Amnesia
  • Roz Kaveney - Superheroes! Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films (book, I.B. Tauris)
  • Paul Kincaid - What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction (book, Beccon)
  • Farah Mendlesohn - Rhetorics of Fantasy (book, Wesleyan)


  • John Clute - Canary Fever (book, Beccon)
  • Deepa D - I Didn’t Dream of Dragons (blog post)
  • Hal Duncan - Ethics and Enthusiasm (blog post - withdrawn from consideration by the author)
  • Nick Lowe - Mutant Popcorn (column, Interzone)
  • Farah Mendlesohn and Edward James - A Short History of Fantasy (book, Middlesex University Press)




  • The Complexity of the Humble Space Suit by Karen Burnham (Rocket Science, Mutation Press)
  • The Widening Gyre by Paul Kincaid (Los Angeles Review of Books)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge University Press)
  • The Shortlist Project by Maureen Kincaid Speller
  • The World SF Blog, Chief Editor Lavie Tidhar


  • Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer (Abrams Image)
  • Going Forth by Night by John J. Johnston (Unearthed, Jurassic)
  • Sleeps with Monsters by Liz Bourke (

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "2011 BSFA Awards winners", accessed on 23 April 2014
  2. ^ "BSFA Award winners announced", accessed on 23 April 2014
  3. ^ "BSFA Award winners announced", accessed on 23 April 2014