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Vote For the Greatest Living British Writer

The newly launched Book Magazine from the U.K. is running a poll through April 30th to determine the Greatest Living British Writer. The only genre authors included are Terry Pratchett and J.K. Rowling, but there is space to include your own choice.

With more and more award-nominated genre books coming from the U.K. it surprises me to see only two names there. No China Miéville? No Iain M. Banks or Ian MacDonald? Tsk tsk.

[via Andrew Wheeler]

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

6 Comments on Vote For the Greatest Living British Writer

  1. Shouldn’t Doris Lessing be considered a genre writer?

  2. Shouldn’t Doris Lessing be considered a genre writer?

  3. oops.

  4. Excellent catch! First time I’ve heard of her. According to the British Arts Council:

    In the late 1970s and early 1980s Doris Lessing turned almost exclusively to writing fantasy and science fiction in the ‘Canopus in Argos’ series, developing ideas which she had touched on towards the end of ‘Children of Violence’ and in Briefing for a Descent into Hell. The first book in the series, Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta, was published in 1979. The fourth, The Making of the Representative for Planet 8, was adapted by Philip Glass as an opera, with a libretto by the author.

  5. Does Arthur C. Clarke count or is he too ex-pat?

  6. the greatest living sci fi author is Greg Egan sadly he is not british.

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