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The Arthur C. Clarke Award and me

I am very happy to be able to say that I will be one of the judges of the Arthur C. Clarke Award next year, nominated by the British Science Fiction Association. The award is given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom in the last year (ie next year's award is for books published this year). There are five judges, plus Andrew Butler as Chair and Tom Hunter as Director, and novels are already being submitted to us. It's very exciting.

Arthur C. Clarke was one of those writers who dragged me into sf, through Of Time And Stars, A Fall of Moondust, Imperial Earth, Earthlight, Rendezvous with Rama, The City and the Stars, The Fountains of Paradise, Childhood's End, 2001, 2010, and the various other short stories around the place. His writing style is lucid, ironic, occasionally passionate, usually infused with sensawunda. I'm really honoured to be part of the award that celebrates his legacy.

This will mean some reduction in book-blogging here (which is anyway a couple of weeks behind). The keen-eyed among you will have noticed that I've been coding some recent sf reads by Greek letters rather than writing them up; those represnt books which have been, or might be, submitted for the award. I shall be a bit quieter (though not absolutely quiet) about next year's nominees for other SF awards as well, consistent with the rules. However, that still leaves plenty of other books to write about.

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coalescent
Aug. 28th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! And have fun -- looks to me like you've got a good year to work with.
bopeepsheep
Aug. 28th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, wonderful! ACC was a major part of my route into SF too - Of Time and Stars, and Islands in the Sky both appeared in Puffin school catalogues at a good time for me to try them (and the same copies are still on my shelf ~35 years later).

I had the 'how did you get into SF?' conversation in several audiences at loncon, including the Doctor Who Family panel, and I remember thinking I should write it up some time, as it seemed to be a bit different from other people my age's experiences. Do remind me to do that some time soon - preferably by doing it yourself, as I am sure that would be an interesting read. :)
atreic
Aug. 28th, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's cool!
mizkit
Aug. 29th, 2014 07:54 am (UTC)
Congratulations! That's terrific!
fivemack
Aug. 29th, 2014 10:05 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm sure you'll do an excellent job, and I wish you joy in reading All The Books.
rmc28
Aug. 29th, 2014 10:19 am (UTC)
What excellent news :-)
swisstone
Aug. 29th, 2014 11:00 am (UTC)
I'm very glad about this.
andrewducker
Aug. 29th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
Congratulations - well-deserved, I'd say.
thnidu
Jan. 23rd, 2015 06:00 pm (UTC)
Wow.
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