BSFA Award winners

The BSFA awards are voted on by BSFA members and, more recently, members of the British science fiction convention, Eastercon. Their aim, according to the BSFA website, is to “seek to honour the most worthy 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.”

To qualify, the work must have been released in 2022.

Best Novel (defined as a work greater than 40,000 words)

  • Winner: City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Stars and Bones by Gareth Powell
  • The Coral Bones by E.J. Swift
  • The Red Scholar’s Wake by Aliette de Bodard
  • The This by Adam Roberts

Best Short Fiction (defined as work less than 40,000 words)

  • “A Moment of Zugzwang” by Neil Williiamson
  • Luca by Or Luca
  • Winner: Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances by Aliette de Bodard
  • Ogres by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • “Seller’s Remorse” by Rick Danforth

Venessa Armstrong, for details of all awards

Stargate’s Future at Amazon May Include Movies and Series

Molly Templeton at writes:

When Amazon Studios bought the legendary movie studio MGM last year, they bought a huge catalog of movie and television properties. Obviously, they weren’t just going to sit on those new acquisitions—not when there are always remakes and reboots to create!
According to Deadline, executives have been combing through that catalog, deciding which bits of intellectual property are best suited to being further developed—and sorting out the rights to said projects.

A handful of projects have been chosen for movie or TV development—and Stargate is among them.
The future potential of Stargate has been discussed for years and years, but the last related project to come to fruition was the brief web series Stargate Origins in 2018. Before Amazon bought MGM, there was talk of a Stargate revival featuring members of the Stargate SG-1 cast. Once upon a time, there were plans for a Stargate Extinction movie.

Stargate’s Future at Amazon May Include Movies and Series

The Weird West Bundle

The Weird West Bundle – curated by Tammy Salyer:

Okay, you may be saying, but what do you mean by Weird West? Oh boy, here’s where things get REALLY good. Weird West is a subgenre of speculative fiction that combines bits of traditional Western stories with supernatural, science fiction, steampunk, or even horror elements. In other words, it turns the good ole standby of cowboys and Indians firmly on its head, and throws in a dash of shamans and sorcerers, a spritz of steampower and magic (and sometimes steampowered magic!), or a sprinkle of zombies and Fae, and nearly every goldurn one of ’em is a gunslinger!

Tammy Salyer

You can read more about the bundle here

Nova Mob April 5th: “1966 and all that” – Best Short Sf

April features Perry Middlemiss on “1966 and all that – best short SF of 1966”. A year in which John Bangsund and Australian Science Fiction Review were shortlisted for the Best Fanzine Hugo. Perry will be talking to the short fiction categories.

Here are the Hugo nominees for novels and fanzines, 1967:

Best Novel

  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein [If Dec 1965,Jan,Feb,Mar,Apr 1966; Putnam, 1966]
  • Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany [Ace, 1966]
  • Too Many Magicians by Randall Garrett [Analog Aug,Sep,Oct,Nov 1966]
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes [Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966]
  • The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz [Chilton, 1966]
  • Day of the Minotaur by Thomas Burnett Swann [Ace, 1966]

Best Fanzine

  • Niekas ed. by Edmund R. Meskys and Felice Rolfe
  • Australian Science Fiction Review ed. by John Bangsund
  • Lighthouse ed. by Terry Carr
  • Yandro ed. by Robert Coulson and Juanita Coulson
  • Habakkuk ed. by Bill Donaho
  • Trumpet ed. by Tom Reamy
  • Riverside Quarterly ed. by Leland Sapiro

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Meeting details Nova Mob Wednesday 5 April 2023 – “1966 and all that” – Best Short Sf – Perry Middlemiss

Please share this invitation with like-minded friends and fans

Face to face 

You are invited to an in-person Nova Mob meeting at: Wednesday 5 April 2023 8.00pm – 9.15pm or so, first floor Conference Room

Kensington Town Hall

30 – 34 Bellair St

Kensington Melbourne VIC 3031

 By Zoom – simulcast

You are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Wednesday 5 April

8.00pm – 9.30 pm Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney time
7.30pm – 9.00pm Adelaide time
Join Zoom Meeting

Passcode: nova

Meeting ID: 417 758 3193

This is the standard web link. It doesn’t change. Maybe add it to your bookmarks.

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Pre-Mob dining – at the Doutta Galla Hotel 

The usual pre-Mob location in Newmarket

Doutta Galla Hotel, 339 Racecourse Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3031, Australia

Table for 8 booked for 5 April under the name of the Nova Mob Book Discussion group also Murray, 6.00pm for 6.30, through to 8.00pm.

Crit Mass, April 19th: On Jonathan Stroud’s “Lockwood & Co.”

Lockwood & Co. is a young adult supernatural thriller series which follows three young operatives of a psychic detection agency (Lucy Carlyle, Anthony Lockwood, and George Cubbins) as they fight ghosts (known throughout the series as Visitors) in London, England. There are five novels in the series, published from 2013.

More recently, it has been turned into a Netflix TV series of eight episodes, screened from January this year.

Adam enjoyed the series (both as novels & TV), and is going to talk about why it’s of interest this month.
Reminder: Crit Mass has moved back to the third Wednesday of the month, so this will be on April 19th at Kappy’s.

If you’re in Adelaide, meet at kappy’s in Compton St (near the market).
Doors open at 6:15 for a 6:30pm start.

Zoom Details

Topic: Critical Mass
Time: Apr 19, 2023 at 6:30 at kappy’s / 7:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Meeting ID: 867 1156 2991
Passcode: 535708

Crit Mass April 19th: From Page to Screen: The Haunting Evolution of Stroud’s Lockwood & Co.

Join us for an enthralling discussion that delves into the dark and mysterious world of Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. book series, and its spine-chilling adaptation into the Netflix TV series. This captivating talk will explore the intricacies of Stroud’s immersive storytelling, the challenges and triumphs of adapting the ghostly adventures for a visual medium, and the creative choices that brought the characters and their supernatural escapades to life on screen. Fans of the books and TV series alike won’t want to miss this fascinating journey into the eerie universe of Lockwood & Co. as we uncover the secrets behind its haunting success!

— Alex (aka ChatGPT 4)

Crit mass Wed march 22: AI in the real world and fiction

On Wednesday, March 22nd, we will meet at Kappys at 6:30 to discuss ChatGPT and SF featuring AI.

There’s a long history of SF featuring AI, from the 1920 science-fiction play by the Czech writer Karel Čapek, R.U.R.(Rossum’s Universal Robots), to HAL9000 in Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey.
Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics which feature in the Susan Calvin stories are well known (later sidestepped by the Zeroth Law).

There’s a long history of SF featuring AI, from the 1920 science-fiction play by the Czech writer Karel Čapek, R.U.R.(Rossum’s Universal Robots), to HAL9000 in Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey.
Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics which feature in the Susan Calvin stories are well known (later sidestepped by the Zeroth Law).

And of course, the classic novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” By P K Dick, turned into the film Bladerunner.

Come along to share your thoughts on ChatGBT, and join the discussion on AI in sf and how it’s changed.

As usual, the in person meeting will be at Kappys, 22 Compton St, Adelaide
6:15 for a 6:30 start, Adelaide time

Those who can’t make the meeting in person are welcome to join us via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting March 22nd, 6:30pm Adelaide / 7pm Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra

Meeting ID: 867 1156 2991
Passcode: 535708

Back to the Future is Female!

File770 reports

The Library of America’s panel “Back to the Future Is Female!” can now be viewed on YouTube.

From Pulp Era pioneers to the radical innovators of the 1960s and ’70s, visionary women writers have been a transformative force in American science fiction. For Women’s History Month, acclaimed SF authors Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Pamela Sargent, and Sheree Renée Thomas join Lisa Yaszek, editor of LOA’s The Future Is Female!, for a conversation about the writers who smashed the genre’s gender barrier to create worlds and works that remain revolutionary.


International Guests in Canberra: Mar 22

Gillian notes

CSFG [Canberra SAfGroup] has a couple of international special guests, and, since they may well be of interest to members of Critical Mass and Nova Mob, we’d like to invite you to join us. Please don’t share the link anywhere public

Hoping to see some of you there!

Gillian Polack

Livia has done something amazing. She has persuaded Cristina Jurado and Vanesa O’Toole to come and chat with us, this coming Wednesday. She and I were talking about how to talk about translation, code shifting, working in more than one language, and different expectations for writing (what makes a good SF work in Spanish? Is it the same as in English?). I’m hoping we can talk about markets, similar experiences in being outside the US and such things, but the focus is the language issues. Bring your questions, and prepare for a really special Novel Vague meeting.

I’ll open the room for the meeting at 6.30 pm, but the meeting doesn’t start until 7. Opening it early is so that those who want to chat, can. Here is the link. Please do not share it publicly – but feel free to invite friends who don’t want to miss this very special international Novel Vague,

Time: Mar 22, 2023 06:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney / 6pm Adelaide

[To Join Zoom Meeting, contact Roman at websmith at for details.]

Guest bios:

Cristina Jurado is a bilingual author of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other hybrid genres, as well as editor, translator, and sf promoter. In 2019 she became the first female author to win the Best Novel Ignotus Award (Spain’s Hugo) for Bionautas. Her recent fiction includes the novella ChloroPhilia (Apex Publishing), the novel Bionautas (Twine), her collection Alphaland (Calque) and many stories in various venues, such as Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Apex magazine, and The Best of World SF by Head of Zeus.

Her works have been translated into English, Italian, Romanian, Chinese and Japanese.
As editor she has published: Alucinadas, the first anthology of sf short stories written by women in Spanish (translated into English as Spanish Women of Wonder): Infiltradas, the first anthology of feminist sf articles, which won the Best Non-Fiction Book Ignotus Award in 2020; and Todos los demás planetas, an sf anthology focused on inclusive language.
In 2015 Cristina founded SuperSonic, winner of three Best Magazine Ignotus Awards and honored by the European Science Fiction association (ESFS) as Best Zine in 2016 and Best Magazine in 2017. She has worked as international editor for Apex magazine and has co-edited with Lavie Tidhar The Apex Book of World SF #5, focused on speculative fiction around the world. Distinguished as Europe’s Best SF Promoter Award in 2020, she has worked as editor and contributor in Apex magazine and Constelación magazine, and as Spanish slush reader for Clarkesworld.

Vanesa O’Toole was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1981. Although she is a writer of different literary genres, she loves to approach other realities through fantasy, horror, and science fiction.
Her interest is to tell stories, so she does not limit herself to just literature but also writes for other audiovisual formats such as theater, radio plays, film, television, and more.
She participated in the organization and production of interdisciplinary book presentations at the Roca Museum, the Botanical Garden, the Book and Language Museum, cultural centers, thematic fairs, among others. She has also been invited as a speaker at book fairs (in Buenos Aires City, province, and interior of Argentina), MICA, Tecnópolis, Kirchner Cultural Center, National Library, Book and Language Museum, Argentina ComicCon, Fantasticon, Faerie Fantasy, Frikipalooza, and various thematic events.
She performs integral cultural management tasks and was a founding partner of the Argentine Fantastic Literature Writers (E.L.F.A.). In addition, she teaches personalized writing workshops and is a professor in the Radio and Television Scriptwriting program at the Higher Institute of Radio Education (ISER). As the director of Editorial Thelema, she has published over 70 books. As a writer, she has published 25 titles, including her own books and anthologies.
More info in and

Critical Mass March 22nd: Chatbots and AI variants

After hearing that Clarkesworld rejected more than 200 submissions because they were written using something like ChatGPT, members decided it would be good to discuss ChatGPT, AI and stories — writing and reading — at the march meeting.

As usual, the in person meeting will be at Kappys, 22 Compton St, Adelaide
6:15 for a 6:30 start, Adelaide time

Those who can’t make the meeting in person are welcome to join us via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting March 22nd, 6:30pm Adelaide, 7pm Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra

Meeting ID: 867 1156 2991
Passcode: 535708