Malaysian author Zen Cho is in the running to win both the best newcomer and the best fantasy novel prizes at the British fantasy awards this autumn.
The British Fantasy Society announced the shortlists for its awards on Tuesday morning. Running for more than 40 years, the prizes are decided by votes from the society’s members and juries. They have been won in previous years by some of the biggest names in the genre, including Michael Moorcock, Tanith Lee, Ramsey Campbell and Gene Wolfe.
Cho, who grew up in Malaysia and now lives in England, is one of six writers picked as contenders for the best fantasy novel prize. Her novel, Sorcerer to the Crown, is set in Regency-era London and sees Zacharias Wythe, England’s first African Sorcerer Royal, attempting to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. It will compete with US writer Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, already winner of the Nebula prize for best novel and in the running for the Hugo best novel prize.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia, who describes herself as “Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination”, was chosen for her debut novel Signal to Noise, set in Mexico City. The shortlist for best fantasy novel is completed with books from UK authors: Jen Williams’s The Iron Ghost, Joe Abercrombie’s Half a War, and Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Guns of the Dawn.
Along with Cho, the best newcomer award shortlist features novels including…