Well, I called some of the novel shortlist for the BSFA Awards right, anyway. It is:
Nina Allan, for The Race, published by Newcon Press
Frances Hardinge, for Cuckoo Song, published by Macmillan
Dave Hutchinson, for Europe in Autumn, published by Solaris
Simon Ings, for Wolves, published by Gollancz
Anne Leckie, for Ancilliary Sword, published by Orbit
Claire North, for The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, published by Orbit
Nnedi Okorafor, for Lagoon, published by Hodder
Neil Williamson, for The Moon King, published byNewcon Press
I was really surprised not to see Bête, Southern Reach and A Man Lies Dreaming on the list. Maybe not so surprised at the omission of Tigerman – not ‘genre’ enough?
Anyway, the full shortlist is here. It’s a good year for NewCon Press, a publisher which consistently punches above its weight (and is my spiritual home) and also terrific for Nina Allan, who was also nominated for the Kitschies.
Many thanks to everyone who nominated Europe In Autumn. I’m not going to try and predict which book will win, but it’s very good company to find myself in. Onward to Heathrow!