The Waiting, Part I, is over, and this year’s Clarke Award shortlist is out. (Since it was released all of twelve hours ago, many or most of you reading this are already well-aware that it’s out.)
There are five members of the jury, which this year is comprised of Juliet E McKenna (BSFA), Martin Lewis (BSFA), Phil Nanson (SFF), Nikkianne Moody, SFF, and Rob Grant (SCI-FI-LONDON film festival), with Andrew M. Butler representing the Arthur C. Clarke Award as the Chair of Judges. The jury read the sixty books submitted to the award, ruled out the ones they considered to not be science fiction, and from the rest, chose what they collectively agreed (through however much argument and compromise) to be the best six works of science fiction published in Britain in 2011.
- Greg Bear, Hull Zero Three (Gollancz)
- Drew Magary, The End Specialist (Harper Voyager)
- China Miéville, Embassytown (Macmillan)
- Jane Rogers, The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press)
- Charles Stross, Rule 34 (Orbit)
- Sheri S.Tepper, The Waters Rising (Gollancz)
There’s plenty of commentary elsewhere about the items actually on the shortlist. I’ll be number-crunching all of the entries in the Guess the Shortlist contest in another day or so, although some of that analysis has already been done elsewhere.
There’ll be even more speculation available at the SFF’s Not-the-Clarke Award panel at Eastercon on Saturday, 7 April, at 17:30 (but only if you’re an Eastercon member this year; join now if you haven’t already and plan to attend, as they’re on course to sell out this week, before the convention.).
But meanwhile, speaking of the Clarke Award, have a look at its tasteful, newly-redesigned website!
I’m in Glasgow for most of this week, for work-related reasons, so posting is likely to be light; but I can at least catch up on my linking.
- Simon Pegg on why zombies shouldn’t run
- Nic Clarke on Temeraire by Naomi Novik
- Alastair Reynolds on The Quiet War by Paul McAuley
- The October Locus is online for your perusal; this issue includes among other things the first installment of Gardner Dozois’ short fiction column, which I have to say I found a little disappointing, a good long column by Rich Horton riffing on Elizabeth Bear’s suggestion that different generations of sf writer don’t read each other, and Graham Sleight on Ursula K. Le Guin
- Brian Francis Slattery discusses fantasy and magic realism
- The new Internet Review of SF has an article on silent SF movies, Nader Elhefnawy on The New Space Opera, and a bunch of other stuff.
- Reviews at Strange Horizons: Martin Lewis on The Knife of Never Letting Go, Roz Kaveney on The Middleman, Gene Melzack on Gareth L. Powell’s collection The Last Reef, and Gwyneth Jones on Blonde Roots by Bernadine Evaristo
- Sam Jordison’s Hugo-reading reaches A Canticle for Leibowitz, which he concludes is an important antecedent of The Road (ObLinks: one, two.)
- John Clute reviews The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll
- Ian Sansom reviews Michel Faber’s new myth-of-Prometheus novella The Fire Gospel
- Shine: “a collection of near-future, optimistic SF stories”, to be edited by Jetse de Vries for Pyr Solaris.
- Paul Kincaid’s latest SF Sceptic column: Genre at the End of Time. And Paul reviews Greg Bear’s City at the End of Time at SF Site.
- Following up her review of Incandescence, Karen Burnham has some more thoughts about that book and characterization in sf
- And not sf-related, strictly speaking, but a fascinating review-essay by Zadie Smith comparing Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland and Tom McCarthy’s Remainder
EDIT: I knew I’d forget something. Can anyone work out, based on these reviews, whether 2666 is a work of the fantastic?