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WINNERS: 2010 British Fantasy Awards

The winners of the 2010 British Fantasy Awards have been announced:

  • BEST NOVEL: One, Conrad Williams (Virgin Horror)
  • BEST NOVELLA: The Language of Dying, Sarah Pinborough (PS Publishing)
  • BEST SHORT FICTION: “What Happens When You Wake Up in the Night,” Michael Marshall Smith (Nightjar)
  • BEST ANTHOLOGY: THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR 20, edited by Stephen Jones (Constable and Robinson)
  • BEST COLLECTION: Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, Robert Shearman (Big Finish)
  • THE PS PUBLISHING BEST SMALL PRESS AWARD: Telos Publishing, David Howe
  • BEST COMIC/GRAPHIC NOVEL: Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader?, Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert (DC Comics/Titan Books)
  • BEST ARTIST: Vincent Chong, for work including covers for The Witnesses Are Gone (PS Publishing) and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 20 (Constable & Robinson)
  • BEST NON-FICTION: Ansible, David Langford
  • BEST MAGAZINE/PERIODICAL: Murky Depths, edited and published by Terry Martin
  • BEST TELEVISION: Doctor Who, head writer: Russell T Davies (BBC Wales)
  • BEST FILM: Let The Right One In, directed by Tomas Alfredson (EFTI)
  • BEST NEWCOMER: Kari Sperring for LIVING WITH GHOSTS (Daw)
  • THE BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY SPECIAL AWARD: Robert Holdstock
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3 Comments on WINNERS: 2010 British Fantasy Awards

  1. Pretty good list of winners it looks like. Well, except for one exception. “BEST COMIC/GRAPHIC NOVEL: Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader?, Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert (DC Comics/Titan Books)” is a terrible choice.  It was meant to be a companion to the Superman classic story by Curt Swan/Alan Moore, “Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow” which is maybe the great Superman story. Swan/Moores work hits all the right buttons. And it certainly deserves it’s reputation; in no small part do to Swan career impressive body of improtant work.

    This Batman book fails to meet expectations on every level. And it’s certainly not on par with the “Man of Tomorrow” masterpiece. It’s just an average Batman tale. And not a particulary good one at that.

    I blame lazy voters on this. They see Gaiman’s name and automatically think, oh, if it’s Neils work it must good. Even if they haven’t read the comic.

    Last year provided many great moment in comics. This one surely isn’t one of them. It’s just lazy voting based on Gaiman repuation and past work. Not the Batman book for what it is, an absolute failure.

  2. Sarah Pinborough’s The Language of Dying is EXCELLENT.  She also has another good story in the winning Anthology titled “Our Man in the Sudan”. 

    Also, I haven’t read Shearman’s winning collection, but his previous World Fantasy Award winning collection Tiny Deaths was quite charming.

  3. I heard Rob Shearman perform one of his stories at Readercon (“read” is a poor verb to use in this context) and it was marvelous.  He said that a U.S. edition might be available at some point, but all Amazon has are used copies that are priced a bit dearly for me at the moment.  But I look forward to getting a copy and devouring it; I loved the story and was a very humorous and personable conversationalist (and also uproariously funny at the Bookaholics panel the night before his story performance).

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