Mieville’s The City & The City wins Clarke Award
The City & The City, by China Miéville, was awarded the Arthur C. Clarke Award at the opening night festivities of the SCI-FI LONDON Film Festival, in London. Miéville previously won the Clarke Award for Perdido Street Station in 2001 and for Iron Council in 2005.
The award, in the form of an engraved bookend, came along with a £2,010 cash award. The cash award each year is in the amount of the year the prize was awarded.
The other contenders for the award this year were Spirit (Gollancz), by Gwyneth Jones; Yellow Blue Tibia (Gollancz), by Adam Roberts; Galileo’s Dream (HarperCollins), by Kim Stanley Robinson; Far North (Faber & Faber), by Marcel Theroux; and Retribution Falls (Gollancz), by Chris Wooding.
The Arthur C. Clarke Award his been in existence since 1987, when Margaret Atwood won for The Handmaid’s Tale (McClelland and Stewart), and was established by a grant from Sir Arthur C. Clarke. The Award is voted by a panel of judges from the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation and, this year, webzine SF Crowsnest.
The competition is open to any full-length science fiction novel written in English and published in the UK in the calendar year before the prize is awarded.
This year’s winner has also been nominated for a Hugo Award, a Locus Award, and a Nebula Award.
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