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Iain Rowan’s Nowhere to Go shortlisted for a Spinetingler award

Great to see Iain Rowan’s rather good collection of crime and suspense fiction, Nowhere to Go, shortlisted for Best Short Story Collection over at Spinetingler magazine.

Nowhere to Go by Iain RowanIt’s very easy for good books to get lost in all the noise of e-publishing, and it’s common – and, to be fair, quite reasonable, based on the statistics – for reviewers and award-givers to assume the worst and overlook ebooks. It’s very much to the Spinetingler team’s credit that they considered and shortlisted Iain’s book, and yet another significant achievement in the career of a writer who deserves far more attention (it sounds silly to say that of a writer who has won a Derringer award for a story included in Nowhere to Go, and been shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association’s Debut Dagger for his novel One of Us, but he should certainly be getting commercial attention to match the critical success).

To coincide with publication of One of Us in March 2012 we’ve given Nowhere to Go a new cover; you’ll also notice that it’s a wraparound cover – the collection will be getting a much-deserved first print edition very soon, which we’re very excited about.

On a personal note, it’s been a delight to work with Iain. Editing and producing Nowhere to Go was that rare experience where I found myself prolonging a piece of work because I was enjoying the fiction so much; similarly, when working on One of Us I found exactly the same thing happening.

Here’s hoping that what we’ve done at infinity plus is just one step in the process of Iain becoming a hugely successful and award-winning (again) writer!

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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.


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