Thursday, April 29, 2010

Miéville wins third Arthur C Clarke Award

29.04.10 |   The Bookseller

Self-proclaimed writer of "weird fiction" China Miéville has won the Arthur C Clarke Award for an unprecented third time.

The City & the City (Macmillan) won the British Science Fiction Association prize for best novel earlier this month.

"It was particularly difficult for judges to pick a winner this year," said chair of judges Paul Billinger, according to the Guardian. "China eventually won because of the intricacy of the book and the way the whole of the concept expands from the initial premise into the different types of city. The way that was done was so clearly and cleverly written."

Miéville previously won the prize for his novels Perdido Street Station and Iron Council. The City and the City triumphed over titles from previous winner Gwyneth Jones and Marcel Theroux, with Miéville picking up an engraved bookend and a cheque for £2,010 last night (28th April).

The shortlist in full comprised:

Spirit by Gwyneth Jones (Gollancz)
The City & The City by China Miéville (Macmillan)
Yellow Blue Tibia Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
Galileo's Dream Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperCollins)
Far North Marcel Theroux (Faber)
Retribution Falls Chris Wooding (Gollancz)

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