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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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