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BSFA Awards
Awarded forAwarded each year to the best Novel, Short fiction, Artwork and work of Non-Fiction published in the previous calendar year as voted for by the members of the British Science Fiction Association.
Presented byBritish Science Fiction Association
First awarded1970

The BSFA Awards are literary awards presented annually since 1970 by the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) to honour works in the genre of science fiction. Nominees and winners are chosen based on a vote of BSFA members. More recently, members of the Eastercon convention have also been eligible to vote.

BSFA Award categories[edit]

The award originally included only a category for novels. Categories for short works and artists were added in 1980. The category for younger readers was added in 2021. The artists category became artwork in 1986 and a category for related non-fiction was added in 2002. A media category was awarded from 1979 to 1992. The ceremonies are named after the year that the eligible works were published, despite the awards being given out in the next year. The current standard award categories are:

Previous categories:

BSFA Award winners[edit]

Year Category Work Author(s)
1969 Novel Stand on Zanzibar John Brunner
1970 Novel The Jagged Orbit John Brunner
1971 Collection The Moment of Eclipse Brian W. Aldiss
1972 No award — insufficient votes.
1973 Novel Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke
Special Award Billion Year Spree Brian W. Aldiss
1974 Novel Inverted World Christopher Priest
1975 Novel Orbitsville Bob Shaw
1976 Novel Brontomek! Michael G. Coney
Special Award A Pictorial History of Science Fiction David Kyle
1977 Novel The Jonah Kit Ian Watson
1978 Novel A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick
Collection Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
Media The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (original radio series) Douglas Adams
1979 Novel The Unlimited Dream Company J. G. Ballard
Short "Palely Loitering" Christopher Priest (F&SF)
Media The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Artist Jim Burns
1980 Novel Timescape Gregory Benford
Short "The Brave Little Toaster" Thomas M. Disch (F&SF)
Media The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy second radio series Douglas Adams
Artist Peter Jones
1981 Novel The Shadow of the Torturer Gene Wolfe
Short "Mythago Wood" Robert Holdstock (F&SF)
Media Time Bandits film
Artist Bruce Pennington
1982 Novel Helliconia Spring Brian W. Aldiss
Short "Kitemaster" Keith Roberts (Interzone 1)
Media Blade Runner film
Artist Tim White
1983[1] Novel Tik-Tok John Sladek
Short "After-Images" Malcolm Edwards (Interzone 4)
Media Android film
Artist Bruce Pennington
1984[2] Novel Mythago Wood Robert Holdstock
Short "The Unconquered Country" Geoff Ryman (Interzone 7)
Media The Company of Wolves film
Artist Jim Burns
1985[3] Novel Helliconia Winter Brian W. Aldiss
Short "Cube Root" David Langford (Interzone 11)
Media Brazil film
Artist Jim Burns
1986[4] Novel The Ragged Astronauts Bob Shaw
Short "Kaeti and the Hangman" Keith Roberts (in collection Kaeti & Company)
Media Aliens film
Artist The Clocktower Girl by Keith Roberts
1987[5] Novel Grainne Keith Roberts
Short "Love Sickness" Geoff Ryman (Interzone 20/21)
Media Star Cops television series
Artwork Cover of Worldcon Programme Book Jim Burns
1988[6] Novel Lavondyss Robert Holdstock
Short "Dark Night in Toyland" Bob Shaw (Interzone 26)
Media Who Framed Roger Rabbit film
Artwork Cover of Lavondyss Alan Lee
1989[7] Novel Pyramids Terry Pratchett
Short "In Translation" Lisa Tuttle (Zenith)
Media Red Dwarf television series
Artwork Cover of Other Edens III Jim Burns
1990[8] Novel Take Back Plenty Colin Greenland
Short "The Original Doctor Shade" Kim Newman (Interzone 36)
Media Twin Peaks television series
Artist Covers of The Difference Engine and Interzone 40 Ian Miller
1991 [9] Novel The Fall of Hyperion Dan Simmons
Short "Bad Timing" Molly Brown (Interzone 54)
Media Terminator 2: Judgment Day film
Artwork Cover of Interzone 45 Mark Harrison
1992[10] Novel Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson
Short "Innocents"[a] Ian McDonald (New Worlds 2)
Artwork Cover of Hearts, Hands and Voices Jim Burns
1993[14] Novel Aztec Century Christopher Evans
Short "The Ragthorn" Robert Holdstock and Garry Kilworth (Interzone 74)
Artwork Cover for Red Dust by Paul J. McAuley Jim Burns
Special Award The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction ed. John Clute and Peter Nicholls
1994[15] Novel Feersum Endjinn Iain M. Banks
Short "The Double Felix" Paul di Filippo (Interzone 87)
Artist Cover for Interzone 79 Jim Burns
1995[16] Novel The Time Ships Stephen Baxter
Short "The Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires" Brian Stableford (shorter version, Interzone 91/92)
Artist cover for Seasons of Plenty Jim Burns
1996[17] Novel Excession Iain M. Banks
Short "A Crab Must Try" Barrington J. Bayley (Interzone 103)
Artist cover for Ancient Shores Jim Burns
1997[18] Novel The Sparrow Mary Doria Russell
Short "War Birds" Stephen Baxter (Interzone 126)
Artist 'The Black Blood of the Dead' cover Interzone 116 SMS
1998[19] Novel The Extremes Christopher Priest
Short "La Cenerentola" Gwyneth Jones (Interzone 136)
Artwork 'Lord Prestimion' (cover, Interzone 138) Jim Burns
1999[20] Novel The Sky Road Ken MacLeod
Short "Hunting the Slarque" Eric Brown (Interzone 141)
Artwork Darwinia (cover of Darwinia, Robert Charles Wilson) Jim Burns
2000[21] Novel Ash: A Secret History Mary Gentle
Short "The Suspect Genome" Peter F. Hamilton (Interzone 156)
Artwork Hideaway (Cover, Interzone 157) Dominic Harman
2001[22] Novel Chasm City Alastair Reynolds
Short Story "Children of Winter" Eric Brown (Interzone 163)
Artwork cover of Omegatropic Colin Odell
Non-fiction Omegatropic Stephen Baxter
2002[23] Novel The Separation Christopher Priest
Short Fiction Coraline Neil Gaiman
Artwork cover, Interzone 179 Dominic Harman
Related Publication Introduction to Maps: The Uncollected John Sladek David Langford
2003[24] Novel Felaheen Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Short Fiction The Wolves in the Walls Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
Artwork cover, The True Knowledge of Ken MacLeod Colin Odell
Non-fiction Reading Science Fiction Farah Mendlesohn
2004 Novel River of Gods Ian McDonald
Short Fiction Mayflower II Stephen Baxter
Artwork cover, Newton's Wake (US Edition) Stephan Martinière
2005[25] Novel Air Geoff Ryman
Short Fiction Magic for Beginners Kelly Link
Artwork cover, Interzone 200 Pawel Lewandowski
Non-fiction Award Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 Gary K. Wolfe
2006[26] Novel End of the World Blues Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Short Fiction The Djinn's Wife (Asimov's Science Fiction, July 2006) Ian McDonald
Artwork Angelbot, cover of Time Pieces Christopher "Fangorn" Baker
2007 Novel Brasyl Ian McDonald
Short Fiction Lighting Out Ken MacLeod (disLocations)
Artwork Cracked World, cover of disLocations Andy Bigwood
2008 Novel The Night Sessions Ken MacLeod
Short Fiction Exhalation Ted Chiang
Artwork cover of Subterfuge Andy Bigwood
Non-fiction Rhetorics of Fantasy Farah Mendlesohn
2009 Novel The City & the City China Miéville
Short Fiction The Beloved Time of Their Lives Ian Watson and Roberto Quaglia
Artwork cover of Desolation Road Stephan Martinière
Non-fiction Mutant Popcorn Nick Lowe
2010[27] Novel The Dervish House Ian McDonald
Short Fiction The Ship Maker Aliette de Bodard
Artwork cover of Zoo City Joey Hi-Fi
Non-Fiction Blogging the Hugos: Decline Paul Kincaid
2011[28] Novel The Islanders Christopher Priest
Short Fiction The Copenhagen Interpretation Paul Cornell
Artwork cover of The Noise Revealed Dominic Harman
Non-Fiction The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction 3rd edition John Clute, Peter Nicholls, David Langford and Graham Sleight
2012 Novel Jack Glass Adam Roberts
Short Fiction Adrift on the Sea of Rains Ian Sales
Artwork cover of Jack Glass Blacksheep
Non-Fiction The World SF Blog chief editor Lavie Tidhar
2013[29] Novels (tie)
Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie
Ack-Ack Macaque Gareth L. Powell
Short Fiction Spin Nina Allan
Artwork cover of Dream London Joey Hi-Fi
Non-Fiction Wonderbook Jeff VanderMeer
2014[30] Novel Ancillary Sword Ann Leckie
Short Fiction The Honey Trap Ruth E. J. Booth, La Femme
Artwork The Wasp Factory after Iain Banks Tessa Farmer
Non-Fiction Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and the First World War Edward James
2015 Novel House of Shattered Wings Aliette de Bodard
Short Fiction Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight Aliette de Bodard
Artwork cover of Pelquin's Comet Jim Burns
Non-Fiction Rave and Let Die: the SF and Fantasy of 2014 Adam Roberts
2016[31] Novel Europe in Winter Dave Hutchinson
Short Fiction Liberty Bird Jaine Fenn
Artwork cover of Central Station Sarah Anne Langton
Non-Fiction 100 African Writers of SFF Geoff Ryman
2017 Novel The Rift Nina Allan
Short Fiction The Enclave Anne Charnock
Artwork (tie)
Cover of The Ion Raider Jim Burns
Waiting on a Bright Moon Victo Ngai
Non-Fiction Iain M. Banks (University of Illinois Press) Paul Kincaid
2018[32] Novel Embers of War Gareth L Powell
Short Fiction Time Was Ian McDonald
Artwork In the Vanishers’ Palace: Dragon I and II Likhain
Non-Fiction On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures Aliette de Bodard
2019[33] Novel Children of Ruin Adrian Tchaikovsky
Short Fiction This is How You Lose the Time War Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Artwork cover of Wourism and Other Stories (Luna Press) Chris "Fangorn" Baker
Non-Fiction The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein Farah Mendlesohn
2020[34] Novel The City We Became N. K. Jemisin
Short Fiction Infinite Tea in the Demara Cafe Ida Keogh
Artwork Shipbuilding Over the Clyde Iain Clark
Non-Fiction It's the End of the World: But What Are We Really Afraid Of Adam Roberts
2021[35][36] Novel Shards of Earth Adrian Tchaikovsky
Short Fiction Fireheart Tiger Aliette de Bodard
Artwork Glasgow Green Woman Iain Clark
Non-Fiction Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction edited by Francesca T. Barbini
Best Book for Younger Readers Iron Widow Xiran Jay Zhao


  1. ^ The BSFA website gives the title of this story as "Innocent",[11] but other sources indicate that the correct title is "Innocents". See, for example, the Locus Magazine Index to Science Fiction[12] and the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Matrix issue 53 (June/July 1984) p1
  2. ^ Matrix issue 59 (June/July 1985) pp4-6
  3. ^ Matrix issue 63 (April/May 1986) p1
  4. ^ Matrix issue 70 (June/July 1987) p4
  5. ^ Matrix issue 76 (June/July 1988) p7
  6. ^ Matrix issue 82 (June/July 1989) p7
  7. ^ Matrix issue 88 (June/July 1990) p7
  8. ^ Matrix issue 94 (June/July 1991) p9
  9. ^ Matrix issue 100 (June/July 1992) pp9-10
  10. ^ Matrix issue 106 (June/July 1993) p3
  11. ^ "Previous BSFA Award Winners". British Science Fiction Association. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  12. ^ "The Locus Index to Science Fiction: 1984-1998: Contents List". Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  13. ^ "Publication: New Worlds 2". ISFDB. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  14. ^ Matrix issue 111 (April/May 1994) p21
  15. ^ Matrix issue 114 (April/May 1995) p3
  16. ^ Matrix issue 122 (November/December 1996) p7
  17. ^ Matrix issue 125 (May/June 1997) p6
  18. ^ Matrix issue 131 (May/June 1998) p3
  19. ^ Matrix issue 137 (May/June 1999) p11
  20. ^ Matrix issue 144 (July/August 2000) p15
  21. ^ Matrix issue 149 (May/June 2001) p17
  22. ^ Matrix issue 155 (May/June 2002) p20
  23. ^ Matrix issue 162 (July/August 2003) p4
  24. ^ Matrix issue 167 (May/June 2004) p4
  25. ^ Matrix issue 179 (June/July 2006) p5
  26. ^ Matrix issue 184 (2007) p5
  27. ^ "BSFA Award 2010 - Winners". Archived from the original on 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-04-28. "BSFA Award 2010 - Winners", accessed on 4 May 2011
  28. ^ "2011 BSFA Award winners announced", accessed on 9 April 2012
  29. ^ "BSFA Award winners announced", accessed on 23 April 2014
  30. ^ "The BSFA Awards 2014 Winners Announced", accessed on 10 April 2015
  31. ^ "BSFA Awards 2016 Winners Announced", accessed on 21 September 2019
  32. ^ "BSFA Awards 2018 Announced", accessed on 21 September 2019
  33. ^ "BSFA 2019 Awards Announcement", accessed on 17 May 2020
  34. ^ "BSFA 2020 Awards Announcement", accessed on 4 April 2021
  35. ^ "BSFA 2021 Awards Announcement", accessed on 25 April 2021
  36. ^ "2022 BFSA Award Winners Announced". Starburst Magazine. 2022-04-16. Retrieved 2022-05-13.

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