I didn’t win, but I predicted who did in two and a half categories.
Nonfiction: Jeff Vandermeer, WONDERBOOK.
Art: Joey HiFi, with the art for DREAM LONDON.
Short Story: Nina Allen, “Spin.”
Novel: an unexpected tie, with both Gareth L. Powell’s ACK-ACK MACAQUE and Ann Leckie’s ANCILLARY JUSTICE.
I called WONDERBOOK, Joey HiFi, and ANCILLARY JUSTICE. There are some sceptics out there who owe me a drink…
It is out. I am on it, for “Sleeps With Monsters” at Tor.com.
Along with a whole lot of shiny people.
You know how people say it’s an honour just to be nominated? It is an amazing honour just to see my name on that list. But I owe a great number of people for making it possible to write that column.
I couldn’t write the “Sleeps With Monsters” column without building on the work and support of a hell of a lot of other people: people like Bridget McGovern, at Tor.com, who first invited me to contribute the thing that between “Sleeps With Monsters,” and like Irene Gallo, Tor.com’s publisher, both of whom have been incredibly supportive when it comes to my work for them. People like Elizabeth Bear and Amanda Downum and Jaime Lee Moyer and Leah Bobet, who have been friends to me for a good long time; people like the community of people I have encountered through Livejournal and Twitter, like Jenny Kristine Thurman and Fade Manley and Alex Dally MacFarlane and many countless others, too many to name, who’ve challenged me to think harder, more thoroughly, and more deeply, about genre, gender, and intersectionality. And I’m indebted to all the writers who’ve allowed me to interview them, to share their perspectives on science fiction and fantasy.
I fail a lot. I fall short of consistently producing the kind of work, and the kind of thinking, I’d like to produce. But it’s been a privilege to be able to contribute to the conversation, and it’s an immense honour that the BSFA’s membership has chosen to recognise my work by shortlisting for the award. It’s an honour I’ll do my best to see my work lives up to, in the future.
Congratulations to the other shortlistees, especially Kameron Hurley and Ann Leckie, whose works deserve to be on the Best Novel shortlist if anyone’s does.