Well, nearly, anyway. The deadline for nominations for the BSFA Awards is a couple of weeks or so away, and the BSFA has produced a helpful crowdsourced list of suggestions for members to consider when casting their vote.
I’ve only read one of the books on the list, but I’ve been reading reviews and talking to people, and I’m going to have a punt at what might be on the shortlist for the novel award.
A Man Lies Dreaming, Lavie Tidhar
Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie
Bête, Adam Roberts
Descent, Ken MacLeod
Hive Monkey, Gareth L. Powell
J, Howard Jacobson
Southern Reach, Jeff Vandermeer
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North
The Martian, Andy Weir
The Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley
The Race, Nina Allan
Tigerman, Nick Harkaway
Wolves, Simon Ings
I figure the shortlist will consist of books from this list. As I said, these are my guesses based on reviews and conversations with various people over the past year, rather than my own reading. My attempt at reading the zeitgeist, I guess. It’d be nice if Europe In Autumn was in there too, but I didn’t put it on the list in case I jinxed it. You can get back to me at the beginning of February and berate/scorn/laugh at me for getting it wrong.