March 30th, 2012 by Editors
The Arthur C Clarke Award shortlist was recently announced (it is a UK – based juried award):
The nominees are:
Greg Bear, Hull Zero Three (Gollancz)
Drew Magary, The End Specialist (Harper Voyager)
China Miéville, Embassytown (Macmillan)
Jane Rogers, The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press)
Charles Stross, Rule 34 (Orbit)
Sheri S.Tepper, The Waters Rising (Gollancz)
Christopher Priest, author of The Prestige and previous winner of the Clarke, is reported as ranting about the poor quality of this years nominees in an article in the Guardian today that discusses Priest’s recent blog post.
The Guardian notes that Priest’s own novel did not make the short list this year and also takes particular glee with the criticism hurled in Charlie Stross’s direction, notinig that Priest’s critique refers to Stross’ writing as being like an “internet puppy”.
Stross has responded by changing images on his twitter account to a puppy (a statement that is not confirmed my recent visits there.)
In a break with tradition, I’ll offer the personal commentary that it might have been a better idea for Christopher to wait for a year in which he wasn’t a nominee to try and pee all over the award – which he has apparently received graciously enough in the past. I’m not suggesting for one moment that his failure to make the short list is what prompted his ire – merely that it is very easy to make that connection, given the current circumstances.
I don’t care one way or the other – I like Priest’s work and I like Stross work – and I like puppies too.