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British Fantasy Award

Entry updated 12 October 2012. Tagged: Award.

1. Sf Award (1966-1967), the predecessor of the BSFA Award. This short-lived award was sponsored by the British Science Fiction Association and took the form of a shield initially presented "to the person or organization which, in the voted opinion of the Association, has made the best contribution to speculative fiction in the preceding calendar year". Nominations were solicited from BSFA members and an adjudicating committee chose the winner from a shortlist of the most popular nominees. The first recipient was John Brunner in 1966. In 1967 the award was given for a specific book with first UK publication in the previous year, and went to Philip K Dick for The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1964). Also in 1967, Michael Moorcock received a special adjudicators' award – intended as a one-off – for his services to magazine sf in the UK. Owing to administrative complications the BFA was "held in suspense" in 1968-1969, finally being relaunched as the BSFA Award first presented in 1970. [DRL/GP]

2. Fantasy and especially Horror awards (1972-current) presented by the British Fantasy Society. The first award was given for a novel, The Knight of the Swords (1971) by Michael Moorcock; numerous other categories have since been added. This award is unrelated to 1. Current award categories include the August Derleth Award for best horror novel and the Robert Holdstock Award for best fantasy novel. [DRL]


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