Here Are the 2020 BSFA Award Winners

EasterCon took place this past weekend, and the British Science Fiction Association was on hand to announce the winners of this year’s British Science Fiction Award, recognizing works that “seek to honour the most noteworthy examples in each category, but also to promote the genre of science fiction, and get people reading, talking about, and enjoying all that contemporary science fiction has to offer.”

This year’s nominees featured a strong list of nominees, and members of the association and EasterCon voted N.K. Jemisin’s The City We Became as best novel. Here’s the full list of winners (noted in bold):

Best Novel

  • Tiffani Angus, Threading the Labyrinth (Unsung Stories)
  • Susanna Clarke, Piranesi (Bloomsbury)
  • M. John Harrison, The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again (Gollancz)
  • N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became (Orbit)
  • Gareth L. Powell, Light of Impossible Stars (Titan Books)
  • Kim Stanley Robinson, The Ministry for the Future (Orbit)
  • Nikhil Singh, Club Ded (Luna Press)
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Doors of Eden (Tor)
  • Liz Williams, Comet Weather (Newcon Press)
  • Nick Wood, Water Must Fall (Newcon Press)

The BSFA notes, “There was a multiple tie for fifth place this year. The committee decided that instead of abbreviating the shortlist, all nominees would be included.”

Best Non-Fiction

  • Francesca T Barbini (ed.), Ties That Bind: Love in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Luna Press)
  • Paul Kincaid, The Unstable Realities of Christopher Priest (Gylphi Press)
  • Andrew Milner and J.R. Burgmann, Science Fiction and Climate Change (Liverpool University Press)
  • Adam Roberts, It’s the End of the World: But What Are We Really Afraid Of? (Elliot & Thompson)
  • Jo Lindsay Walton, “Estranged Entrepreneurs” (Foundation: the International Review of Science Fiction)
  • Jo Walton, “Books in Which No Bad Things Happen” (

Best Short Fiction (under 40,000 words)

  • Eugen M. Bacon, Ivory’s Story (Newcon Press)
  • Anne Charnock, “All I Asked For,” Fictions, Healthcare and Care Re-Imagined. Edited by Keith Brookes, at Future Care Capital.
  • Dilman Dila, “Red_Bati,” Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora, edited by Zelda Knight and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki. (AURELIA LEO)
  • Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, “Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon,” Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora, edited by Zelda Knight and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki. (AURELIA LEO)
  • Ida Keogh, “Infinite Tea in the Demara Cafe,” Londoncentric. Edited by Ian Whates. (Newcon Press)
  • Tobi Ogundiran, “Isn’t Your Daughter Such a Doll,” Shoreline of Infinity

Best Artwork

  • Iain Clarke, Shipbuilding Over the Clyde, Art for Glasgow in 2024 WorldCon bid.
  • Fangorn, covers of Robot Dreams series.
  • Ruby Gloom, cover of Nikhil Singh’s Club Ded (Luna Press Publishing)
  • Sinjin Li, cover of Eli Lee’s A Strange and Brilliant Light (Jo Fletcher Books)
  • Nani Walker, Four Black Lives Matter Murals in AR. Using drone photogrammetry, Nani Sahra Walker produced 3-D models of four Black Lives Matter murals as memorials to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others killed by police. Published by the Los Angeles Times in collaboration with RYOT and reported by Dorany Pineda.


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