A Competition

Today’s the day. When I’ve posted this, I’ll be heading into London, to a room in the Science Museum, to sit down with the other judges and decide the shortlist for the 2007 Arthur C. Clarke Award.

So here’s a competition, to get you interested: what do you think should be on the shortlist? What do you think were the six best science fiction novels published in the UK in 2006? I’ll be offline for the whole day, obviously, but if it turns out that anyone’s guessed the entire shortlist correctly, top-to-bottom, I’ll buy it for them.

The rules: one guess per person; all guesses to be posted here; and all guesses must be receieved by 1800 GMT. If your memory needs to be jogged, there’s a list of books here — but bear in mind that (a) it’s incomplete, and (b) it includes fantasy novels. Good luck!

(PS: For those who were following the discussion, there have been a few new comments about the BSFA’s non-fiction award.)

6 thoughts on “A Competition

  1. Nigh on impossible, because I’ve read about one book eligible, but might as well guess!

    JG Ballard, Kingdom Come
    Kevin Brockmeier, The Brief History Of The Dead
    Jon Courtenay Grimwood, End Of The World Blues
    M John Harrison, Nova Swing
    Roger Levy, Icarus
    Jeff Vandermeer, Shriek An Afterword

  2. Nova Swing, M John Harrison
    Icarus, Roger Levy
    Against the Day, Thomas Pynchon
    Shriek An Afterword, Jeff Vandermeer
    End of the World Blues, Jon Courtenay Grimwood

  3. I assume Nova Swing, Gradisil, and Keeping it Real are very likely choices.

    I’ll guess the Grimwood and — out on a limb — the Pynchon too.

    Did Peter Watts’s BLINDSIGHT appear in the UK this year?

  4. Rich,

    The Watts hasn’t appeared in the UK, and we’re also missing several other major US novels – Rainbows end and Spin, for starters. Grump grump.

  5. To be sure, Peter Watts and to a lesser extent Robert Charles Wilson might grump about their novels being called “U.S.” and not Canadian. (Wilson being one of those ambiguous cases.)

    Spin hasn’t appeared in the U.K. yet? That seems quite a surprise. It’s brilliant stuff.

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