BSFA Best Art

I usually find the award categories for art rather difficult to vote in, because I don't have a lot of confidence in my own taste, and I'm also not familiar enough with the technicalities to easily tell the difference between bugs and features. Four book covers have been nominated, and I find it quite difficult to choose between them:

Wolves Mars Evacuees
Mirror empire Bete


Basically, I like the two on the left more than the two on the right, but find it quite difficult to articulate why.

However, it doesn't matter much, because in my view there's a runaway winner this year which isn't a book cover at all. This picture is copied from the creator's website, and shows the work of art as it was set up in the Exhibition Hall at Loncon 3:

Wasp Factory

Quite apart from it being an amazing and wonderful creation in its own right, it is a lovely salute to Iain M. Banks and a memory of our Worldcon. So my vote goes firmly to Tessa Farmer's Wasp Factory sculpture.

Correction: I used the wrong Mars Evacuees cover above. The correct one is this:

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1 Response to BSFA Best Art

  1. pmcray says:

    I quite liked “Earthshock” in some ways. The location scenes are pretty well-handled. And it’s got Beryl Read in it! VoV is OK, but perhaps a little overrated. Langford is actually fine. The problem is, like Bryant, that she is given ridiculous clothes and little to do except be a peril monkey. Which is why Ace in RotD is a breath of fresh air.

    Certainly we get the true Seven here for the first time and McCoy feels much more at home in the role. No-one’s slumming it here because it’s a bit of just throwaway fluff for kids. But there are lots of bits that are pretty silly – the little girl with her electricity-based powers is all a bit comics-y for my taste. And why does she kill Smith except that she’s bad and he’s bad? As for the bit with the umbrella and the wire, what the point of that? They don’t do anything in the shuttle other than have one of the characters jump down a grav-shute (presumably). A problem with a lot of “Who” is the characters rarely act as though they are in continuing firefight situation with a superior force. OK, this is part of the grammar of popular television.

    I think there was still plenty of anti-Irish prejudice amongst racists in the East End in the early 1960s.

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