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2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award Eligible Novels Posted at 10:06 AM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Arthur C. ClarkeTorque Control has released the list of eligible novels for the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award. From this list of 54 the Clarke jury will select 6 novels for the shortlist to be released on Friday, March 4th. The winner will be announced at SciFi London on April 27th.

If you hurry, you can try your hand at being a Clark juror in Torque Control’s Guess the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist contest. The contest ends Wednesday.

We’ve got about half of the eligible books in our database already and we’ll be adding the missing books in time for Friday’s announcement.

So what have you read from this list and which ones would you put on your own shortlist?

Update – 03/03/11: All the novels are in now. Happy reading.


Emil   |   01 Mar 2011 @ 02:22

I notice already a few novels that cross pollinate the awards, or getting critically positive reviews. If we haven’t seen them on the Nebula ticket (which is disappointing), we’ll certainly see them nominated for the other awards. (1) Zoo City – Lauren Beukes (2) How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe – Charles Yu (3) Terminal World – Alastair Reynolds (4) The Dervish House – Ian McDonald (5) The Quantum Thief – Hannu Rajaniemi (6) Zendegi – Greg Egan (7) The Passage – Justin Cronin (8) Kraken – China Miéville (9) The Evolutionary Void – Peter F. Hamilton. These are the ones I’m really interested in. I’ve just finished Tony Ballantyne’s "Recursion" (check my review a little later) and am very keen to read the sequels and "Twisted Metal", the forerunner for "Blood and Iron." I’ve read Robert Sawyer’s "WWW: Wake" and found it a bore to the extend that I need not read "WWW: Watch." All in all, an impressive list, waiting with abated breath to see who goes on to be outright nominees.

Emil   |   04 Mar 2011 @ 01:46

And, of course, as it goes with awards, only "Zoo City" and "The Dervish House" makes the shortlist. Quite surprising list of nominations, ultimately 🙂

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