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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:

WolvesMars 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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girfan
Mar. 22nd, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
I like the top left and the bottom right covers, with a preference for the top left.
The sculpture is quite amazing!
fishlifter
Apr. 1st, 2015 07:26 am (UTC)
It may be a bit late to point this out but you're using the 2015 US/Canadian cover of Mars Eavacuees here whereas the one on the shortlist is the 2014 UK paperback. See: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?438493

-- Mark
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