WINNER: 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award

The winner of the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award, given to the best SF novel published each year in the UK (not necessarily by a British writer), is The City & The City by China Miéville (published by Macmillan).

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3 thoughts on “WINNER: 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award”

  1. I haven’t read this yet.  And, I intend to.  However, irrespective of its quality, it seems to me extremely lazy that the Clarke awad board would decide on giving it to the same author three times.  Last year saw an excellent collection of novels including Anathem, Galileo’s Dream, Julian Comstock and several others.  The only book they could find was The City and The City?

    Sorry, but that’s infuriating.  And, it seems they want to avoid a genre book  Clarke was a Science Fiction writer.  Right?

  2. I haven’t yet read the rest of the field, so cannot comment on the comparative merits, but The City & The City is an exceptionally good book.  I think it’s Mieville’s best work to date.  So as far as that goes, it doesn’t seem like a lazy pick to me.

    I think you’ll change your mind about “non-genre” after you’ve read it.  While the basic underlying idea doesn’t have solid SF justification inside the story, the way that Mieville works out the consequences and implications has an extrapolative soliditity that I think will feel quite familiar to hard SF readers.  (Not to mention that Mieville is firmly within the larger genre if one includes fantasy.)

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