Yep – the shortlist for the BSFA awards has been announced – you can find the full details here.
They had changed the voting system this year. One of the aims was to stop a small group of people clubbing together to pile their votes onto the favourite person to get them onto the short list. This year, the first round was nominations as usual, but limited to four per person per category – so you had choose if you were putting in a multiple set. The second round was voting on the nominations – again a limited number of votes per person per category.
And now that we’re into the final round, the shortlist makes very interesting reading.
The list of novels are those you would expect see given the comments I’ve seen around the bazaars – there’s no real surprises. For me, it’s a choice between Ian McDonald’s Luna New Moon and Dave Hutchinson’s Europe at Midnight.
But one thing that is good to see – Interzone has some entries. Although I’m not as much of fan of Interzone as I used to be, it’s still good to see a British stalwart in the listings.