For the SciFi buffs in the audience.
The Arthur C. Clarke Award is the UK’s premier prize for science fiction. This year’s winner has been announced with China Miéville winning with his book The City and The City. This novel also won the British Science Fiction Association prize for best novel earlier this month. It is the third time China Miéville has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
According to the Guardian, The City and the City is set up as a straightforward crime novel set in the dilapidated city of Beszél in eastern Europe. Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad is trying to solve what initially looks like a routine case but, as he looks deeper into the murder of a mysterious woman, he discovers that she has links to Ul Qoma, a city that exists in the same physical space as Beszél but whose inhabitants studiously ignore any sign of overlap.
This year’s six shortlisted titles were selected from a long list of forty-one :
Spirit by Gwyneth Jones
The City & The City – China Miéville (Macmillan)
Yellow Blue Tibia – Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
Galileo’s Dream – Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperCollins)
Far North – Marcel Theroux (Faber & Faber)
Retribution Falls – Chris Wooding (Gollancz)