Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Aliette de Bodard picks up two sci-fi awards for 'startlingly original fiction

Writer is the first to win best novel and best short story at British Science Fiction Association ceremony in the same year. 

Author Aliette de Bodard
Aliette de Bodard has previously won two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and a British Science Fiction Association Award for her short stories. Photograph: Lou Abercrombie
Aliette de Bodard has scooped an unprecedented two British Science Fiction Association awards, for best novel and best short story.
It is the first time a writer has taken the two fiction awards since the programme began in 1970. Keith Roberts is the only other person to have won two awards at the BSFAs, when he won best artist and best short story in 1986.

De Bodard, who attended Ecolé Polytechnique and works as a system engineer in Paris, was announced the winner at the awards ceremony on Saturday night as part of the annual Easter weekend science fiction convention, this year taking place in Manchester under the name Mancunicon. De Bodard won for her novel The House of Shattered Wings, published by Gollancz, and for her short story Three Cups of Grief, By Starlight, which appeared in the magazine Clarkesworld.

After the ceremony, de Bodard told the Guardian she was “delighted and more than a bit shocked to have won two BSFA awards. I was honestly not expecting to walk home with either of them, especially since there were two very strong shortlists with wonderful contenders.”   MORE

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