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BSFA Award for Best Non Fiction

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Country  UK
Official website  BSFA Awards
First awarded  2002
Awarded for  The best science fiction or fantasy non-fiction published in the previous calendar year
Presented by  British Science Fiction Association
Currently held by  Jeff VanderMeer, Wonderbook

The BSFA Awards are given every year by the British Science Fiction Association. The Best Non-Fiction award is open to any written work about science fiction or fantasy which appeared in its current form in the previous year. Whole collections of work that has been published elsewhere previously are ineligible as is work published by the BSFA.



  • 2001: Omegatropic by Stephen Baxter
  • 2002: Introduction to Maps: The Uncollected John Sladek by David Langford
  • 2003: Reading Science Fiction by Farah Mendlesohn
  • 2004: No award
  • 2005: Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 by Gary K. Wolfe
  • 2006: No award
  • 2007: No award
  • 2008: Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn
  • 2009: Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe
  • 2010: Blogging the Hugos: Decline by Paul Kincaid
  • 2011: The SF Encyclopedia, third edition, edited by John Clute, Peter Nicholls, David Langford and Graham Sleight
  • 2012: The World SF Blog, Chief Editor Lavie Tidhar
  • 2013: Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer
  • 2001

  • Stephen Baxter - Omegatropic (book, BSFA)
  • Gene Wolfe - The Best Introduction to the Mountains (essay, Interzone #174)
  • Andrew M Butler - The Pocket Essential Terry Pratchett (book, Pocket Essentials)
  • Justina Robson - Storming the Bastille (review, The Alien Online)
  • Michelle Le Blanc & Colin Odell - Tim Burton (book, Pocket Essentials)
  • 2002

  • David Langford - Introduction to Maps (essay, Maps: The Uncollected John Sladek)
  • Nick Gevers - The Interrogation: An interview with Christopher Priest (interview, Interzone #183)
  • Oliver Morton - Mapping Mars (Fourth Estate)
  • Fred Smith - Once There Was a Magazine (book, Beccon Publications)
  • Lucius Shepard - The Time Machine (review, Electric Story, F&SF)
  • 2003

  • Farah Mendlesohn - Reading Science Fiction (essay, The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction)
  • M. J. Simpson - Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams (book, Hodder & Stoughton)
  • John H. Arnold & Andy Wood - Nothing is Written: Politics, Ideology and the Burden of History in the Fall Revolution Quartet (essay, The True Knowledge of Ken MacLeod)
  • Mike Ashley - The Profession of Science Fiction #58: Mapping the Territory (essay, Foundation #87)
  • Cheryl Morgan - A Sick Mind: The Thackery T Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases (review, Emerald City #97)
  • 2004

  • No award
  • 2005

  • No shortlist
  • 2006

  • Paul Kincaid & Andrew M. Butler - The Arthur C. Clarke Award: A Critical Anthology (book, Serendip Foundation)
  • Justine Larbalestier - Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century (book, Wesleyan University Press)
  • Paul Gravett - Great British Comics (book, Aurum Press)
  • Julie Phillips - James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon(book, St. Martin's)
  • Farah Mendlesohn - Polder: A Festschrift for John Clute and Judith Clute (book, Old Earth Books)
  • 2007

  • No award
  • 2008

  • John Clute - Physics for Amnesia
  • Roz Kaveney - Superheroes! Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films (book, I.B. Tauris)
  • Paul Kincaid - What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction (book, Beccon)
  • Farah Mendlesohn - Rhetorics of Fantasy (book, Wesleyan)
  • 2009

  • John Clute - Canary Fever (book, Beccon)
  • Deepa D - I Didn’t Dream of Dragons (blog post)
  • Hal Duncan - Ethics and Enthusiasm (blog post - withdrawn from consideration by the author)
  • Nick Lowe - Mutant Popcorn (column, Interzone)
  • Farah Mendlesohn and Edward James - A Short History of Fantasy (book, Middlesex University Press)
  • 2010

  • Paul Kincaid – Blogging the Hugos: Decline (blog post, Big Other)
  • Abigail Nussbaum – Review, With Both Feet in the Clouds (review, Asking the Wrong Questions)
  • Adam Roberts – The Wheel of Time (blog post, Punkadiddle)
  • Francis Spufford – Red Plenty (book, Faber and Faber)
  • Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe – (podcast, Notes from Coode Street)
  • 2011

  • Mike Ashley – Out of This World: Science Fiction but not as we Know it (British Library)
  • John Clute, Peter Nicholls, David Langford and Graham Sleight, ed. – The SF Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (Gollancz website)
  • Abigail Nussbaum – Review of Arslan by M. J. Engh (Asking the Wrong Questions blog)
  • Ian Sales, ed. – SF Mistressworks (website)
  • Jared Shurin and Anne C. Perry, ed. – Pornokitsch (website)
  • Graham Sleight, Tony Keen and Simon Bradshaw, ed. – The Unsilent Library: Essays on the Russell T. Davies Era of the New Doctor Who (Foundation Studies in Science Fiction) (Science Fiction Foundation)
  • 2012

  • The Complexity of the Humble Space Suit by Karen Burnham (Rocket Science, Mutation Press)
  • The Widening Gyre by Paul Kincaid (Los Angeles Review of Books)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge University Press)
  • The Shortlist Project by Maureen Kincaid Speller
  • The World SF Blog, Chief Editor Lavie Tidhar
  • 2013

  • Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer (Abrams Image)
  • Going Forth by Night by John J. Johnston (Unearthed, Jurassic)
  • Sleeps with Monsters by Liz Bourke (
  • References

    BSFA Award for Best Non-Fiction Wikipedia