So in recent days, the list of books nominated for the hugely respected ARTHUR C CLARKE award have been announced, apparently fairly mixed in selection as usual.
As reported on SFX magazine site, there are a fine and varied collection of very talented authors of the science fiction genre to be chosen.
The list includes GREG BEAR, DREW MAGARY, CHINA MIEVILLE, JANE ROGERS, CHARLES STROSS, SHERI S TEPPER.
Judging on very recent history, CHINA is a writer who is probably the most currently acclaimed and admired, his work having grown hugely in success over the last decade, his unique reliable quality urban dark fantasy tales. The bets on him taking the award are of course a very good chance. But then, the other choices are of similar high quality and distinctive work individually. GREG BEAR has written many large sci-fi works now viewed as classics, though he is probably seen as a more straight sci-fi author.
CHARLES STROSS though, is to my view, always a facinating and very interesting writer, often I would argue underrated or misunderstood in the sci-fi world. He does continue to put out strange, unique and entertaining tales of his special kind.
TEPPER, though I am not too familiar with her work, seems to have a strong home grown fan base, and seems to me a very interesting author whom I would like to read, but perhaps she is not well known enough here right now.
Then DREW MAGARY has put out a book which seems very unusual, brave but perhaps too strange and bizarre or just not ‘sci-fi’ enough for this particular award, which might be a shame for him.
We will all wait until 1-7 May SCI-FI LONDON festival for the results to be heard. As ever, so difficult to predict from the impressive books chosen.