BSFA website is currently down, but many sites have posted the list. It's about stories first published in UK during the year 2008.
Update 24 January 2009: The official post at BSFA site is now available: "The Awards will be presented at this year’s Eastercon, LX, on 11th April."
Update 12 April 2009: Winner is announced. Marked in list below.
Nominees (4 stories, best first).
- [winner] [ss] Ted Chiang's "Exhalation" (A); download text/MP3; Jonathan Strahan (Ed)'s "Eclipse Two: New Science Fiction and Fantasy": A "man"'s quest for knowledge in an unusual universe reveals something unexpected & alarming. Included in my "best of 2008" list.
- [novelette] Greg Egan's "Crystal Nights" (A); download text from publisher's site, or podcast at Transmission from Beyond (includes downloabable MP3 audio); Interzone, #215 (April 2008): A retelling of Theodore Sturgeon's "Microcosmic God". A man creates a fast-evolving micro-cosmos as a computer simulation, but things aren't quite under control...
- Paul McAuley's "Little Lost Robot" (B); download text/MP3; Interzone, #217; space opera: A war machine launched eons back during a war by earth to destroy human colonies elsewhere in galaxy has come back to destroy earth! Because it can no longer distinguish between friend & foe - all life is enemy.
- [ss] Mary Rickert's "Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment: One Daughter's Personal Account" (C); download text/MP3; F&SF, October/November 2008; horror: Talibanization of the US. A dystopia where Homeland Security hunts & publicly executes any woman who's ever had an abortion. These executions are very common & regular - & the events are treated as entertainment!
- Last year: BSFA Awards 2007: short fiction; Nebula Awards 2007: short stories, novelettes, novellas (best of US); Hugo Awards 2008: short stories, novelettes, novellas (international).
- This year: Nebula Awards 2008: short stories, novelettes, novellas (best of US); Aurealis Awards 2008: short fiction (best of Australia).
- My best of the year 2008 list (also links more "best of 2008" lists, including anthologies that collect stories from last year).
- "Best of" lists.