The Shipmaker shortlisted for a BSFA Award


Have been sitting on this since yesterday evening: the tireless Donna Scott let me know my Interzone short story “The Shipmaker” has made the shortlist in the Best Short Fiction category. Where it’s, er, up against some very stiff competition by Nina Allan, Peter Watts, and Neil Williamson.


While I go for a liedown, you can go congratulate Lauren Beukes, whose Zoo City is on the shortlist for Best Novel. And indeed, everyone else on the list (it’s quite an impressive rollcall).

The Award Ceremony will take place at this year’s Eastercon in Birmingham–any members of the BSFA/Eastercon can vote. I’ll see about getting the story up online.

As usual–many many thanks to everyone who nominated it, to Andy Cox and Andy Hedgecock for publishing it in the first place, and to the BSFA Awards administrator, Donna Scott, for so quickly tallying up the votes.

ETA: an online version is now available here. Thanks for Andy Cox for the sheer reaction speed.


  1. Congratulations! Enjoyed reading the story and it deserves the nomination.

  2. Well done to you! All the best.

  3. Dylan: aw, thanks!
    Carl: thanks–and congrats to you for the Best Art nomination!

  4. Hey, credit where it’s due. I love the art of manipulating the humours and fighting to achieve harmony in the ship’s design, and most importantly in the heartroom. Such an alien idea to the traditional, pragmatic Western psyche. And the conflict Dac Kien feels as someone brought up with the expectations of bearing children to honour her and her family, but her sexuality directly opposing that. Great stuff.

  5. Aw, thanks so much!
    The whole “bearing children” things came from a discussion with my family–probably a very old-fashioned Asian attitude, which I sure hope won’t go forward into the 22nd century, but it did make me want to tackle that kind of issue.
    And I was never a fan of “there’s only one way to tackle science” approach (to some extent, that’s what I tried to do as well with my story “The Wind-Blown Man”, which had this wholly different scientific approach based on alchemy). This one is more based on feng shui, but they’re very similar frames of influence.

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