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March 1, 2012

2012 Arthur C. Clarke Award Submission List

UPDATE Tom pointed out to me that it is of course six books on the shortlist! So I've added one more.

You know you're in the middle of awards season when the submission list for the Arthur C. Clarke Award arrives. And tadaa! Here it is. As usual it's important to understand that this is not a long list, but instead every novel that has been submitted to be considered. Some publishers don't submit their books.

As last year (two years in a row makes it a tradition) there is a competition to guess the five six books that will make the short list. Guess it right and win the books.

I haven't really kept up to date with the books or the buzz this year, so unlike last year when I got four right, this year I'll be lucky to get two right. I think The Islanders by Christopher Priest will get nominated, I also have a sneaking suspicion that he might win it, because the book is SF but quite different form your standard novel, definite Clarke material. I'm also guessing Embassy Town by China MiƩville, not that I've read it yet, but it's China and sounds interesting. Apart from that I'm in even lower probability guessing mode. Maybe By Light Alone by Adam Roberts? (On the shelf to read.) Definitely not Reamde, which I loved, but I've heard other people dislike, also it's not SF enough. I don't think Rule 34 by Charles Stross will get a nomination (haven't read that either) because it's a "sequel" to Halting State. That's the sort of logic that would be inverted in a public voted a ward but no sure with a jury. Maybe The Clockwork Rocket by Greg Egan? Don't know anything about it, but it's Greg Egan. Maybe Osama by Lavie Tidhar? (On my pile to read).And finally Wake Up and Dream by Ian R. MacLeod? Because he's good and stuff? Don't know.

Is that five six yet?

  • The Islanders by Christopher Priest
  • Embassy Town by China MiĆ©ville
  • By Light Alone by Adam Roberts
  • The Clockwork Rocket by Greg Egan
  • Osama by Lavie Tidhar
  • Wake Up and Dream by Ian R. MacLeod
Yes, there you go. One a certain the others a guess.