Clarke Award

No, this isn’t going to be an intelligent dissection of the result of last night’s Arthur C Clarke Award. By all accounts Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City is a worthy winner, but I have to confess that I haven’t yet read any of the short-listed titles, although I’m certainly looking forward to them (the Beukes and McDonald in particular). Rather, it’s just a note to say how much I enjoyed the award ceremony last night.

Hosted again at the Apollo on Lower Regent Street as part of Sci-Fi London, the event was organised by Award Director Tom Hunter and his team, and they did a superb job. The Clarke Award is one of two SF events I try to get to every year (the other is Eastercon). It’s friendly, well-organised, and always crammed with great people. I spoke to so many people last night that I ended up almost losing my voice…

The one thing I will say about the result is that it’s great to see it going to a book published by a company like Angry Robot, a clear indication that our genre is going strong at the moment, with a healthy clamour of different voices. Long may it last.

About Keith Brooke and infinity plus

Keith Brooke is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and other strange stuff, and editor and reviewer of same. He is also the publisher at infinity plus, an independent imprint publishing books by leading genre fiction authors. View all posts by Keith Brooke and infinity plus

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