The nominees for this year's BSFA awards have been announced, and I'm very pleased to report that my review of Arslan by M.J. Engh has been nominated for best non-fiction. I'd like to take this chance to thank the BSFA and the award's administrators, as well as everyone who nominated my review, and to congratulate the other nominees.
I don't expect to win, nor do I think that I should. As proud as I am of my Arslan review, and as gratified as I've been by the positive response that it has engendered, I can't hold it up against the entire third edition of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, or the SF Mistressworks project, or the other, more "conventional" nominees such as the blog Pornokitsch, the catalogue for the British Library's much-lauded Out of This World exhibition, or the essay collection The Unsilent Library. The BSFA's nonfiction award casts a wide net and has a history of producing rather esoteric shortlists. Which makes it a lot of fun and thus a good award to be nominated for, and that's more than enough for me. I look forward to learning, when the award is handed out, which of the fantastic and deserving works with which my review has the honor of being nominated gets to take the award home.