BSFA Award for Best Novel

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BSFA Award for Best Novel
Awarded forThe best science fiction or fantasy novel published in the previous calendar year
Presented byBritish Science Fiction Association
First awarded1970
Currently held byN. K. Jemisin (The City We Became)
WebsiteBSFA Awards

The BSFA Awards are given every year by the British Science Fiction Association. The Best Novel award is open to any novel-length work of science fiction or fantasy that has been published in the UK for the first time in the previous year. Serialised novels are eligible, provided that the publication date of the concluding part is in the previous year. If a novel has been previously published elsewhere, but it hasn't been published in the UK until the previous year, it is eligible.[1]

Winners and Shortlists[edit]

The ceremonies are named after the year that the eligible works were published, despite the awards being given out in the next year.

  *   Winners and joint winners

Year Author(s) Work Publisher/Publication Ref.
1969 John Brunner* Stand on Zanzibar Doubleday [2]
1970 John Brunner* The Jagged Orbit Ace [3]
1971 Brian W. Aldiss* The Moment of Eclipse Faber and Faber [4]
1973 Arthur C. Clarke* Rendezvous with Rama Gollancz [5]
1974 Christopher Priest* Inverted World Faber and Faber [6]
1975 Bob Shaw* Orbitsville Gollancz [7]
1976 Michael G. Coney* Brontomek! Gollancz [8]
1977 Ian Watson* The Jonah Kit Gollancz [9]
1978 Philip K. Dick* A Scanner Darkly Doubleday [10]
1979 J. G. Ballard* The Unlimited Dream Company Jonathan Cape [11]
Rob Swigart A.K.A.: A Cosmic Fable Magnum [11]
Tom Reamy Blind Voices Sidgwick & Jackson [11]
Arthur C. Clarke The Fountains of Paradise Gollancz [11]
Thomas M. Disch On Wings of Song Gollancz [11]
1980 Gregory Benford* Timescape Simon & Schuster [12]
Frederik Pohl Beyond the Blue Event Horizon Del Rey [12]
John Crowley Engine Summer Doubleday [12]
Keith Roberts Molly Zero Gollancz [12]
Michael Bishop Transfigurations Gollancz [12]
Norman Spinrad A World Between Pocket [12]
1981 Gene Wolfe* The Shadow of the Torturer Sidgwick & Jackson [13]
Christopher Priest The Affirmation Faber and Faber [13]
J. G. Ballard Hello America Jonathan Cape [13]
Robert Holdstock Where Time Winds Blow Faber and Faber [13]
1982 Brian W. Aldiss* Helliconia Spring Jonathan Cape [14]
Philip K. Dick The Divine Invasion Timescape [14]
John Crowley Little, Big Bantam [14]
Michael Bishop No Enemy But Time Timescape [14]
Gene Wolfe The Sword of the Lictor Timescape [14]
1983 John Sladek* Tik-Tok Gollancz [15]
Michael G. Coney Cat Karina Ace [15]
Gene Wolfe The Citadel of the Autarch Timescape [15]
Mary Gentle Golden Witchbreed Gollancz [15]
Brian W. Aldiss Helliconia Summer Jonathan Cape [15]
1984 Robert Holdstock* Mythago Wood Gollancz [16]
J. G. Ballard Empire of the Sun Gollancz [16]
Christopher Priest The Glamour Jonathan Cape [16]
William Gibson Neuromancer Gollancz [16]
Angela Carter Nights at the Circus Chatto & Windus [16]
1985 Brian W. Aldiss* Helliconia Winter Jonathan Cape [17]
Tim Powers The Anubis Gates Chatto & Windus [17]
Gene Wolfe Free Live Free Gollancz [17]
Keith Roberts Kiteworld Gollancz [17]
Geoff Ryman The Warrior Who Carried Life Allen & Unwin [17]
1986 Bob Shaw* The Ragged Astronauts Gollancz [18]
Greg Bear Blood Music Gollancz [18]
William Gibson Count Zero Gollancz [18]
Josephine Saxton Queen of the States The Women's Press [18]
Bruce Sterling Schismatrix Penguin [18]
1987 Keith Roberts* Gráinne Kerosina [19]
1988 Robert Holdstock* Lavondyss Gollancz [20]
Iain M. Banks The Player of Games Macmillan [20]
William Gibson Mona Lisa Overdrive Gollancz [20]
Gwyneth Jones Kairos Allen & Unwin [20]
Bob Shaw The Wooden Spaceships Gollancz [20]
Lucius Shepard Life During Wartime Bantam [20]
1989 Terry Pratchett* Pyramids Gollancz [21]
Jonathan Carroll A Child Across the Sky Legend [21]
Geoff Ryman The Child Garden Allen & Unwin [21]
C. J. Cherryh Cyteen Warner [21]
Kim Stanley Robinson The Gold Coast Orbit [21]
1990 Colin Greenland* Take Back Plenty Allen & Unwin [22]
William Gibson & Bruce Sterling The Difference Engine Gollancz [22]
Dan Simmons Hyperion Headline [22]
Mary Gentle Rats and Gargoyles Bantam [22]
Iain M. Banks Use of Weapons Orbit [22]
1991 Dan Simmons* The Fall of Hyperion Headline [23]
Mary Gentle The Architecture of Desire Bantam [23]
Paul J. McAuley Eternal Light Gollancz [23]
1992 Kim Stanley Robinson* Red Mars HarperCollins [24]
Connie Willis Doomsday Book Bantam [24]
Ian McDonald Hearts, Hands and Voices Gollancz [24]
Simon Ings Hot Head Grafton [24]
Lisa Tuttle Lost Futures Grafton [24]
1993 Christopher Evans* Aztec Century Gollancz [25]
Nicola Griffith Ammonite Grafton [25]
Kim Stanley Robinson Green Mars HarperCollins [25]
Colin Greenland Harm's Way HarperCollins [25]
Neal Stephenson Snow Crash Roc [25]
1994 Iain M. Banks* Feersum Endjinn Orbit [26]
Eric Brown Engineman Pan [26]
Ian McDonald Necroville Gollancz [26]
Gwyneth Jones North Wind Gollancz [26]
Greg Egan Permutation City Millennium [26]
1995 Stephen Baxter* The Time Ships HarperPrism [27]
Michael Moorcock Blood Unknown [27]
Ian McDonald Chaga Gollancz [27]
Paul J. McAuley Fairyland Gollancz [27]
Peter F. Hamilton The Nano Flower Pan [27]
Christopher Priest The Prestige Simon & Schuster [27]
1996 Iain M. Banks* Excession Orbit [28]
Kim Stanley Robinson Blue Mars HarperVoyager [28]
Bruce Sterling Holy Fire Orion [28]
Stephen Bury Interface Orion [28]
Gill Alderman The Memory Palace HarperVoyager [28]
Ken MacLeod The Stone Canal Legend [28]
1997 Mary Doria Russell* The Sparrow Black Swan [29]
Tim Powers Earthquake Weather Legend [29]
Michael Swanwick Jack Faust Orion [29]
Jack Deighton A Son of the Rock Orbit [29]
1998 Christopher Priest* The Extremes Simon & Schuster [30]
Ken MacLeod The Cassini Division Orbit [30]
Iain M. Banks Inversions Orbit [30]
Kathleen Ann Goonan Queen City Jazz HarperVoyager [30]
John Meany To Hold Infinity Bantam [30]
1999 Ken MacLeod* The Sky Road Orbit [31]
Mary Doria Russell Children of God Black Swan [31]
Simon Ings Headlong HarperVoyager [31]
Justina Robson Silver Screen Macmillan [31]
Eugene Byrne ThigMOO Earthlight [31]
2000 Mary Gentle* Ash: A Secret History Gollancz [32]
John Meany Paradox Bantam [32]
China Miéville Perdido Street Station Macmillan [32]
Jon Courtenay Grimwood redRobe Earthlight [32]
Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space Gollancz [32]
2001 Alastair Reynolds* Chasm City Gollancz [33]
Neil Gaiman American Gods Headline [33]
Gwyneth Jones Bold as Love Gollancz [33]
Geoff Ryman Lust Flamingo [33]
Jon Courtenay Grimwood Pashazade: The First Arabesk Earthlight [33]
Paul McAuley The Secret of Life HarperVoyager [33]
2002 Christopher Priest* The Separation Scribner [34]
Gwyneth Jones Castles Made of Sand Gollancz [34]
Jon Courtenay Grimwood Effendi: The Second Arabesk Earthlight [34]
M. John Harrison Light Gollancz [34]
China Miéville The Scar Macmillan [34]
Kim Stanley Robinson The Years of Rice and Salt HarperCollins [34]
2003 Jon Courtenay Grimwood* Felaheen: The Third Arabesk Earthlight [35]
Alastair Reynolds Absolution Gap Gollancz [35]
Tricia Sullivan Maul Orbit [35]
Gwyneth Jones Midnight Lamp Orbit [35]
Justina Robson Natural History Macmillan [35]
William Gibson Pattern Recognition Viking [35]
2004 Ian McDonald* River of Gods Simon & Schuster [36]
Alastair Reynolds Century Rain Gollancz [36]
Kim Stanley Robinson Forty Signs of Rain HarperCollins [36]
Susanna Clarke Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Bloomsbury [36]
Ken MacLeod Newton's Wake Orbit [36]
Jon Courtenay Grimwood Stamping Butterflies Gollancz [36]
2005 Geoff Ryman* Air Gollancz [37]
Jon Courtenay Grimwood 9tail Fox Gollancz [37]
Charles Stross Accelerando Orbit [37]
Ken MacLeod Learning the World Orbit [37]
Justina Robson Living Next Door to the God of Love Macmillan [37]
2006 Jon Courtenay Grimwood* End of the World Blues Gollancz [38]
Liz Williams Darkland Tor [38]
Roger Levy Icarus Gollancz [38]
James Morrow The Last Witchfinder Weidenfeld & Nicolson [38]
M. John Harrison Nova Swing Gollancz [38]
2007 Ian McDonald* Brasyl Gollancz [39]
Bryan Talbot Alice in Sunderland Jonathan Cape [39]
Richard Morgan Black Man Gollancz [39]
Ken MacLeod The Execution Channel Orbit [39]
Alastair Reynolds The Prefect Gollancz [39]
Michael Chabon The Yiddish Policemen's Union Fourth Estate [39]
2008 Ken MacLeod* The Night Sessions Orbit [40]
Neal Stephenson Anathem William Morrow [40]
Stephen Baxter Flood Gollancz [40]
Nick Harkaway The Gone-Away World Heinemann [40]
2009 China Miéville* The City & the City Macmillan [41]
Stephen Baxter Ark Gollancz [41]
Ursula K. Le Guin Lavinia Gollancz [41]
Adam Roberts Yellow Blue Tibia Gollancz [41]
2010 Ian McDonald* The Dervish House Gollancz [42]
Tricia Sullivan Lightborn Orbit [42]
Ken MacLeod The Restoration Game Orbit [42]
Paolo Bacigalupi The Windup Girl Orbit [42]
Lauren Beukes Zoo City Angry Robot [42]
2011 Christopher Priest* The Islanders Gollancz [43]
Adam Roberts By Light Alone Gollancz [43]
Kim Lakin-Smith Cyber Circus NewCon [43]
China Miéville Embassytown Macmillan [43]
Lavie Tidhar Osama PS [43]
2012 Adam Roberts* Jack Glass Gollancz [44]
Kim Stanley Robinson 2312 Orbit [44]
Chris Beckett Dark Eden Corvus [44]
M. John Harrison Empty Space Gollancz [44]
Ken MacLeod Intrusion Orbit [44]
2013 Ann Leckie* Ancillary Justice Orbit [45]
Gareth L. Powell* Ack-Ack Macaque Solaris [45]
Christopher Priest The Adjacent Gollancz [45]
Paul McAuley Evening's Empires Gollancz [45]
Kameron Hurley God's War Del Rey [45]
2014 Ann Leckie* Ancillary Sword Orbit [46]
Frances Hardinge Cuckoo Song Macmillan [46]
Dave Hutchinson Europe in Autumn Solaris [46]
Claire North The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August Orbit [46]
Nnedi Okorafor Lagoon Hodder & Stoughton [46]
Neil Williamson The Moon King NewCon [46]
Nina Allan The Race NewCon [46]
Simon Ings Wolves Gollancz [46]
2015 Aliette de Bodard* The House of Shattered Wings Gollancz [47]
Dave Hutchinson Europe at Midnight Solaris [47]
Justina Robson Glorious Angels Gollancz [47]
Ian McDonald Luna: New Moon Gollancz [47]
Chris Beckett Mother of Eden Corvus [47]
2016 Dave Hutchinson* Europe in Winter Solaris [48]
Nick Wood Azanian Bridges NewCon [48]
Becky Chambers A Closed and Common Orbit Hodder & Stoughton [48]
Chris Beckett Daughter of Eden Corvus [48]
Tricia Sullivan Occupy Me Gollancz [48]
2017 Nina Allan* The Rift Titan [49]
Anne Charnock Dreams Before the Start of Time 47North [49]
Mohsin Hamid Exit West Hamish Hamilton [49]
Ann Leckie Provenance Orbit [49]
2018 Gareth L. Powell* Embers of War Titan [50]
Dave Hutchinson Europe at Dawn Solaris [50]
Yoon Ha Lee Revenant Gun Solaris
Emma Newman Before Mars Ace
Tade Thompson Rosewater Orbit
2019 Adrian Tchaikovsky* Children of Ruin Tor [51]
Juliet E. McKenna The Green Man’s Foe Wizard's Tower Press [51]
Emma Newman Atlas Alone Gollancz
Gareth L. Powell Fleet of Knives Titan
Tade Thompson The Rosewater Insurrection Orbit
2020 N. K. Jemisin* The City We Became Orbit [52]
Tiffani Angus Threading the Labyrinth Unsung Stories [52]
Susanna Clarke Piranesi Bloomsbury
M. John Harrison The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again Gollancz
Gareth L. Powell Light of Impossible Stars Titan
Kim Stanley Robinson The Ministry for the Future Orbit
Nikhil Singh Club Ded Luna
Adrian Tchaikovsky The Doors of Eden Tor
Liz Williams Comet Weather NewCon
Nick Wood Water Must Fall NewCon
2021 Adrian Tchaikovsky* Shards of Earth Tor [53]
Liz Williams Blackthorn Winter NewCon [53]
Arkady Martine A Desolation Called Peace Tor
Aliya Whiteley Skyward Inn Solaris
Adam Roberts Purgatory Mount Gollancz
Juliet E. McKenna The Green Man's Challenge Wizard's Tower Press

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "BSFA Award Winners & Nominees (Novel)". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  2. ^ "1969 BSFA Awards".
  3. ^ "1970 BSFA Awards".
  4. ^ "1971 BSFA Awards".
  5. ^ "1973 BSFA Awards".
  6. ^ "1974 BSFA Awards".
  7. ^ "1975 BSFA Awards".
  8. ^ "1976 BSFA Awards".
  9. ^ "1977 BSFA Awards".
  10. ^ "1978 BSFA Awards".
  11. ^ a b c d e "1979 BSFA Awards".
  12. ^ a b c d e f "1980 BSFA Awards".
  13. ^ a b c d "1981 BSFA Awards".
  14. ^ a b c d e "1982 BSFA Awards".
  15. ^ a b c d e "1983 BSFA Awards".
  16. ^ a b c d e "1984 BSFA Awards".
  17. ^ a b c d e "1985 BSFA Awards".
  18. ^ a b c d e "1986 BSFA Awards".
  19. ^ "1987 BSFA Awards".
  20. ^ a b c d e f "1988 BSFA Awards".
  21. ^ a b c d e "1989 BSFA Awards".
  22. ^ a b c d e "1990 BSFA Awards".
  23. ^ a b c "1991 BSFA Awards".
  24. ^ a b c d e "1992 BSFA Awards".
  25. ^ a b c d e "1993 BSFA Awards".
  26. ^ a b c d e "1994 BSFA Awards".
  27. ^ a b c d e f "1995 BSFA Awards".
  28. ^ a b c d e f "1996 BSFA Awards".
  29. ^ a b c d "1997 BSFA Awards".
  30. ^ a b c d e "1998 BSFA Awards".
  31. ^ a b c d e "1999 BSFA Awards".
  32. ^ a b c d e "2000 BSFA Awards".
  33. ^ a b c d e f "2001 BSFA Awards".
  34. ^ a b c d e f "2002 BSFA Awards".
  35. ^ a b c d e f "2003 BSFA Awards".
  36. ^ a b c d e f "2004 BSFA Awards".
  37. ^ a b c d e "2005 BSFA Awards".
  38. ^ a b c d e "2006 BSFA Awards".
  39. ^ a b c d e f "2007 BSFA Awards".
  40. ^ a b c d "2008 BSFA Awards".
  41. ^ a b c d "2009 BSFA Awards".
  42. ^ a b c d e "2010 BSFA Awards".
  43. ^ a b c d e "2011 BSFA Awards".
  44. ^ a b c d e "2012 BSFA Awards".
  45. ^ a b c d e "2013 BSFA Awards".
  46. ^ a b c d e f g h "2014 BSFA Awards".
  47. ^ a b c d e "2015 BSFA Awards".
  48. ^ a b c d e "2016 BSFA Awards".
  49. ^ a b c d "2017 BSFA Awards".
  50. ^ a b "2018 BSFA Awards". BSFA.
  51. ^ a b "2019 BSFA Awards Announcement". BSFA. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  52. ^ a b "2020 BSFA Awards Announcement". BSFA. Retrieved 2021-04-04.
  53. ^ a b "2021 BSFA Awards Announcement". BSFA. Retrieved 2022-04-24.