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January 24, 2013

British Science Fiction awards finalists revealed

Tomorrow's award winners ... The British Science Fiction Association's logo

Tomorrow’s award winners … The British Science Fiction Association’s logo

All-male shortlist for 2012 BSFA best novel award puts well-established names in contention

By Alison Flood

From a near-future dystopia where genetic defects are eradicated from unborn children to terrorist attacks on the solar system 300 years from now, a universe-spanning shortlist for the British Science Fiction Association’s best novel award has just been announced.

Former winner Kim Stanley Robinson is chosen for his novel 2312, which takes place in a future where humanity is scattered through the solar system, living on moons and planets and within asteroids. Robinson, who won the BSFA for the first novel in his acclaimed Mars trilogy, is up against another former winner, the Scottish writer Ken MacLeod, whose novel Intrusion imagines a world where a single pill enables a pregnant mother to cure genetic disease in her foetus, and where one mother refuses to take “The Fix”.

Chris Beckett, a part-time lecturer in social work, is shortlisted for Dark Eden, set on a permanently dark planet where the incestuous descendants of two abandoned astronauts are struggling to survive. The all-male line-up, voted for by the British Science Fiction Association membership, is completed with M John Harrison’s Empty Space, the conclusion to a trilogy that was described in a Guardian review as “very Blue Velvet meets Dune, but only in its Lynchishness, if that word has ever been coined.

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