BSFA Award Nominations So Far — Best Short Story

Once more, with feeling: this is a list of all works that have so far received at least one nomination for this year’s BSFA Award for Best Short Story. Why not read a couple? I’m going to try to get through as many of the ones I haven’t yet read as I can by next weekend. Send additional nominations with your membership number and/or postcode, by January 16th. After that, the five with the most nominations go forward to the final ballot.

The Best Monkey” by Daniel Abraham (The Solaris Book of New SF, Volume Three, ed. George Mann, Solaris)
After the Revolution” by Pauline J Alama (Abyss & Apex, first quarter 2009)
“Microcosmos” by Nina Allan (Interzone 222)
Genesis by Bernard Beckett (Quercus Publishing)
“Atomic Truth” by Chris Beckett (Asimov’s, April/May 2009)
“Diamond Shell” by Deborah Biancotti (request; from A Book of Endings, Twelfth Planet Press)
“Problems of Light and Dark” by Deborah Biancotti (request; from A Book of Endings, Twelfth Planet Press)
“Ys” by Aliette de Bodard (Interzone 222)
An Education of Scars” by Philip Brewer (Futurismic, March 2009)
Starship Fall by Eric Brown (PS Publishing)
“After the Change” by Stephanie Burgess (Future Bristol, ed Colin Harvey, Swimming Kangaroo Press)
“The Festival of Tethselem” by Chris Butler (Interzone 224)
The Branding of Shu Mei Feng” by Amanda Clark (Daybreak, 29 November 2009)
“Re-Creations” by David L Clements (Footprints)
“Erosion” by Ian Creasey (Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2009)
“The Certainty Principle” by Colin Davies (Asimov’s, Feb 2009)
Tyrannia” by Alan DeNiro (Strange Horizons, 30/11/09)
“The Other Side of Life” by Ian R Faulkner (Murky Depths 10)
Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast” by Eugie Foster (Interzone 220)
“It Takes Two” by Nicola Griffith (Eclipse 3, ed. Jonathan Strahan)
The Slows” by Gail Hareven (New Yorker, May)
Fembot” by Carlos Hernandez (Daybreak, 25/12/09)
Homeostasis” by Carlos Hernandez (Futurismic, July)
“The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santiera” by Carlos Hernandez (Interfictions 2, ed. Chris Barzak and Delia Sherman)
All the Anne Franks” by Erik Hoel (Strange Horizons, 23/11/09)
The Push by Dave Hutchinson (Newcon Press)
Seventh Fall” by Alex Irvine (Subterranean, Summer 2009)
Spar” by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, October 2009)
Trembling Blue Stars” by Richard Kadrey (Flurb 7)
A Journal of Certain Events of Scientific Interest from the First Survey Voyage of the Southern Waters by HMS Ocelot, As Observed by Professor Thaddeus Boswell, DPhil, MSc; or, A Lullaby” by Helen Keeble (Strange Horizons, 1/06/09 and 8/06/09)
Galatea’s Stepchildren” by Sam S Kepfield (The Future Fire 16)
Johnnie and Emmie-Lou Get Married” by Kim Lakin-Smith (Interzone 222)
horrorhouse” by David D Levine (Daybreak, 30 October 2009)
“Where the Time Goes” by Heather Lindsley (Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2009)
“Death Knocks” by Ken MacLeod (When it Changed, ed. Geoff Ryman)
“Moss Witch” by Sara Maitland (When it Changed, ed. Geoff Ryman)
“Vishnu at the Cat Circus” by Ian McDonald (in Cyberabad Days)
“A Clown Escapes from Clown-Town” by Will McIntosh (Interzone 221)
“Mother of Champions” by Sean McMullen (Interzone 224)
“Love in Another Language” by Eugene Mirabelli (Not One of Us 42)
“On the Road” b Nnedi Okorafor (Eclipse 3, ed. Jonathan Strahan)
“Silence and Roses” by Suzanne Palmer (Interzone 223)
“By Starlight” by Rebecca Payne (Interzone 225)
“Minya’s Astral Angels” by Jennifer Pelland (The Solaris Book of New SF, Volume Three, ed George Mann, Solaris)
The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough (PS Publishing)
Troublesolving” by Tim Pratt (Subterranean, Fall 2009)
“Unexpected Outcomes” by Tim Pratt (Interzone 222)
The Beloved Time of their Lives” by Roberto Quaglia and Ian Watson (The Beloved of my Beloved, Newcon Press; pdf link)
“The Receivers” by Alastair Reynolds (Other Earths, ed. Nick Gevers and Jay Lake)
“The Fixation” by Alastair Reynolds (The Solaris Book of New SF 3, ed. George Mann)
“Hair” by Adam Roberts (When it Changed, ed. Geoff Ryman)
“After Everything Woke Up” by Rudy Rucker (Interzone 220)
“Sublimation Angels” by Jason Sanford (Interzone 224)
“Here We Are, Falling Through Shadows” by Jason Sanford (Interzone 225)
Lily Glass” by Veronica Schanoes (Strange Horizons, 27/04/09)
Unrest” by Grace Seybold (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 12/03/09)
“Dog-Eared Paperback of Our Lives” by Lucius Shepard (Other Earths, ed. Nick Gevers and Jay Lake)
The Very Difficult Diwali of Sub-Inspector Gurushankar Rajaram” by Jeff Soesbe (Daybreak, 13 October 2009)
“Black Swan” by Bruce Sterling (Interzone 221)
“Palimpsest” by Charles Stross (in Wireless)
Eros, Philia, Agape” by Rachel Swirsky (, March 2009)
The Shangri-La Affair” by Lavie Tidhar (Strange Horizons, 19/01/09 and 26/01/09)
Spiders Moon” by Lavie Tidhar (Futurismic, November 2009)
The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew” by Catherynne M Valente (Clarkesworld, August)
“The Island” by Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2, ed. Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, Eos; read online [select “chapter two”])
“Out of Time” by Jack Westlake (Murky Depths 8)
“Glitch in the System” by Ian Whates (The Gift of Joy, Newcon Press)
“Ghosts in the Machine” by Ian Whates (The Gift of Joy, Newcon Press)
"The Assistant" by Ian Whates (The Solaris Book of New SF Volume 3, ed. George Mann, Solaris)
“Infected” by Lilah Ward (Not One of Us 41)

Well, the short story club selections seem to be doing pretty well; be interesting to see if any of them make the final ballot. Surprised not to see “Vishnu at the Cat Circus” nominated yet. And I think I’ve managed to link all the stories that are online, but if I’ve missed any, let me know.

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