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My votes for BSFA Best Art 2016

Since none of the artists whose work is up for the BSFA for Best Art is also on the Hugo ballot, I think I can list my preferences here in the usual way.

6) Suzanne Dean and Kai & Sunny – Cover of The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan (William Heinemann).

Geometrically pleasing but not super-exciting.

5) David A Hardy – Cover of Disturbed Universes by David L Clements (NewCon Press).

Hardy is one of the great sf artists, but this didn't appeal to me as much as some of his other work.

4) Chris Moore – Cover of The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds (NewCon Press).

A more interesting composition, but again didn't quite grab me.

3) Tara Bush – Transition (Cover of Black Static #53).

This is more like it, an interesting and somewhat haunting playing with images.

2) Juan Miguel Aguilera – Cover of The 1000 Year Reich by Ian Watson (NewCon Press).

Much more going on here; you feel that this is an important moment in the history of an interesting world/worlds.

1) Sarah Anne Langton – Cover for Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications).

Fascinating, weird, does amazing things with only one colour and just a few lines at angles to each other. Makes me want to read the book, more than any of the others do.



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